Pages for the Planet: Artist’s Books and Ecology, Curated by Ronni Komarow

WHEN:
Exhibit: February 8 – March 21, 2012
Artists’ Talk & Reception:
Wednesday, February 15, 11:30 am – 1 pm
at the Kresge Auditorium

WHO:
Claudine Bing Peter Madden
Ann Forbush Rachel Prouty
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord A.E. Ryan
Ania Gilmore Marcella Stasa
Margret Hall Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Ronni Komarow Annie Zeybekoglu

WHAT:
Pages for the Planet: Artist’s Books and Ecology
Curated by Ronni Komarow

WHERE:
The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: (617) 731-7157
Web: www.pmc.edu/hess-gallery

HOURS:
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am-10 pm; Fri. 8:30 am-5 pm;
Sat., Sun. 12-5 pm
Spring Break: Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 18
Holiday/Break hours: www.pmc.edu/library. Follow library hours.

Ecology as understood by twelve different artists is the subject of the forthcoming exhibit Pages for the Planet: Artist’s Books and Ecology at the Hess Gallery of Pine Manor College. The exhibit will be on view from February 8 through March 21. Curated by Ronni Komarow, it features works that exemplify the broad range of techniques found within the artists’ book format, and which engage in highly individual ways with ideas relating to ecology and our environment. The artists’ talk and reception on Wednesday, February 15 from 11:30 am – 1 pm offers the opportunity for further insight into these artists’ views and working methods. The talk and reception will be held in the gallery and are free and open to the public.

The twelve featured artists are Claudine Bing, Ann Forbush, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Ania Gilmore, Margret Hall, Ronni Komarow, Peter Madden, Rachel Prouty, A.E. Ryan, Marcella Stasa, Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, and Annie Zeybekoglu. Their work ranges from altered books to hand-printed accordion-fold formats to pieces in which familiar rectilinear geometry gives way to soft enclosures, hanging structures, and materials as varied as metals, fabric, feathers, and clay. They demonstrate inventive approaches, devotion to craft, and enjoyment in the richness and physicality associated with artists’ books.

The selected artists’ works engage with the idea of ecology from a range of perspectives. Claudine Bing relates her interest in geological time and landforms to human time and perspectives. Ann Forbush’s interest in “marks” includes such marks as fossils, vessels, shadows, and handwriting, relating them to the “happy accidents” of the art-making process. Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord meditates on connections between nature and the spirit, celebrating the natural world, and its invisible, spiritual essence. Ania Gilmore’s elegant designs are also experiments with materials, and go beyond information to create a connection between form, materials and content. In her imagery, Margret Hall explores the relationship between herself and her environment, be it urban or natural. Ronni Komarow’s mixed media work is based in narrative and rooted in observations on nature and the spirit, and concern for the planet. With keen attention to craft, Peter Madden explores themes of travel, love, loss, and history in ways that imply environmental interest and concern. Rachel Prouty’s works are personal investigations that help her understand where she is in the world. In her pieces, maps become curated landscapes. A.E. Ryan’s imagined narratives synthesize new and old in constructions with dense surfaces, reminiscent of gardens and architecture. Marcella Stasa focuses on books incorporating natural materials. Her interest in found objects includes what is decayed, rusted, or in some other state of decomposition. Stephanie Mahan Stigliano combines visual art with craft and storytelling to create compelling commentary on the natural world, our place in it, and our ambivalent relationship to it. Annie Zeybekoglu’s strong graphic designs and narratives reflect her deep interest in Africa and a conscious effort to give herself over to the materials, and attend to the responses they elicit.

Artists’ books are complex objects inviting exploration of their many layers of meaning. They are, in Rachel Prouty’s words, “the dwelling place for an idea.” This exhibit allows the viewer to engage with books made by individual artists, find connections among their ideas and approaches, and be drawn into their responses to, and concern for our environment and planet.



Founded in 1911, Pine Manor College is a four-year liberal arts college, preparing women for lives of inclusive leadership and social responsibility in their workplaces, families and communities. The Hess Gallery is housed in the Annenberg Library at Pine Manor College. Its focus is contemporary New England artists. Events are free and open to the public. For events celebrating Pine Manor College’s centennial anniversary, please go to http://www.pmc.edu/centennial.  Sat., Sun. 12-5 pm