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Alicia Bailey
Abecedarian Gallery
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Kunsthaus at Abecedarian Gallery

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Kunsthaus (Art House)

Kunsthaus is an exhibition of works on paper by three Austrian artists –  Peter Eder, Ottilie Grossmayer and Sylvia Vorwagner. The exhibit was curated by Heidi Zednik, an artist/curator who lives both in the US and Austria. This traveling exhibit was on view at Semi-Public Gallery in Asheville, NC last year. The exhibition is on view at Abecedarian Gallery February 17 – April 7, 2012.


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The work of these three artists emphasize gestural vibrancy and visual spontaneity.  In addition, all three artists live and work in Gmunden on Lake Traunsee.  While the full range of the artists’ individual work varies – in style, subject matter and medium – the work selected for this show is all mixed media on paper.


About the artists:


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Peter Eder’s Aunt Emmy is the culmination of a year-long graphic response to a family photo album inherited from his aunt. Individual pages have been painted over, photographs altered or removed, the aunt’s handwritten notes either left visible or added to. Through this process, Peter attempted to re-establish a connection to a person he used to know well and also to artistically explore places, memories and emotions not his own.


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Ottilie Grossmayer’s screen prints can be viewed as a study of two themes – poetry and word-play.  Selected excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s four quartets- little gidding and Hannes Vyoral’s aus der Wildnis are graphically presented in a square format.  The second theme, which Ottilie has focused on for several years, is the visual play on words, either through their double meaning or the tension between image and printed text. The screen prints are all hand-altered with paint or with handwritten or stenciled text.


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Sylvia Vorwagner’s work can be seen as three thematic explorations: Connected Appreciation, Change your Attitude and an “open” series that examines reoccurring themes and symbols.  Connected Appreciation, as the title series suggests, considers our human and specifically earth bound inter-connectedness and serves as a call for us to re-value our approach to the world around us.  In Change your Attitude, Sylvia probes events that occur on the same day but in different locations – with some locations being specific, such as Tokyo, and others being abstractly referred to, such as The Day Before Yesterday. In each location, Sylvia references how human greed and power have destroyed the world we live in.


About curator Heidi Zednik:

Heidi Zednik is dual-citizen of Austria and the USA with an ongoing interest in cross-continent exhibition exchange. Such exhibitions have been arranged through projects such as  Spondere, MAP (Mobile Art Project) and Suitcase Gallery. Her visual artworks have been exhibited and collected internationally. She is represented by Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO and affiliated with Semi-Public, Asheville, NC



Artists Book Cornucopia II Repurposed Picks – Carreiro & Paulsrud

Two of the works in this show are from re-purposed books each quite different in both production and final presentation than the other.

ABC11 Carreira passagePassage, by Linda Carreiro, no longer functions as a book – the pages held in open position with a delicate papercut overlay. The piece is mounted on an aluminum stand.

Linda Carreiro’s artwork is centred around an examination of anatomical culture, and the book as 
material. Pieces resulting from this exploration have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and in Europe. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Calgary in Canada.

The one of a kind book is priced at $500.

Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here:

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The second is an installation by Pamela Paulsrud, a grouping of her Touchstones (books reshaped with various power tools) intermixed with the river rocks that inspired them. Not only is each individual book interactive, the entire installation can be re-configured in countless variations.

Pamela Paulsrud is a visual artist. In creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations, her 
work as a papermaker, calligrapher, book artist and collaborator has been recognized internationally. Her 
exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, her love of the land, the earth and it’s resonance, 
inspires both her work and her life.

The installation, which includes 35 Touchstones, several pounds of river rocks selected by the artist and priority shipping to a US address, is $2275. Individual books are $65 each.

Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here:

Artists Book Cornucopia II – Books without words- Reves & Hoffman

Both of these books are accordion structures, both have no text beyond the titles and colophons. There all similarity stops.

ABC11 MedaVeda_Rives_Current_1Current, by Meda R and Veda M Rives, with a color scheme of shades of white punctuated by flecks of plant material, is rich in a way that surfaces only on closer scrutiny. It is lightweight and airy visually and physically.Veda M. Rives and Meda R. Rives are artists and identical twin sisters who established Mirror Image Press as their studio where they pursue Printmaking, Handmade Paper, Artists’ Books, and BookEnvirons. They create artworks both independently and collaboratively. They exhibit their artworks nationally and internationally.

This books is produced in an edition of 20 and sells for $300

Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here:

ABC11 judith_hoffman_inmydreams_2Quite the opposite is Judith Hoffman’s metal book In My Dreams We Travel in Boats. Filled with colorful drawings it has a solidity of weight quite at odds with its subject, a series of flying dreams Hoffman has had.

Judith Hoffman grew up with books for friends. In college, while studying painting and drawing, she used ball chains and ribbons to bind small collages into books. Jewelry skills led to metal people-shaped books with metal pages in their chests. She has been working in metal and paper ever since.

This unique books is priced at $1600

Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here:


Artists Book Cornucopia II #18 – Larson

Carrie LarsonBook of Days – a quotidian diary

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A decidedly unsexy look at an aspect of the minutia of a specific household routine, this piece pairs dryer lint with a presentation that mimics a research or specimen collection presentation. I particularly like this piece because it reminds of of a card-catalog, and I very much miss the act of flipping through card catalogs; the way the similar but slightly changing words at the top seem to take on different meaning through the act of flipping through.

Carrie L. Larson continues to hone her visual art skills since graduating from Whitman College in 1993. A love affair with the written word led to Book Arts as means of expression. She currently lives in Hoquiam, WA, where she toils in her attic studio, tends her adored letterpress, and regularly exercises her library card.

This artists’ book has been sold.

Artist statement, images, descriptive details here:

Artists Book Cornucopia II Pick 15 – McDermott

Compendium of Domestic IncidentsSarah McDermott

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This book, from the outside chemise and through to every page, incorporates multiple techniques and materials. It is well designed and executed so that what, in another artist’s hands, could have become a confusing array, is instead an engaging presentation of the prose poetry of Joanna Ruocco and the quirky drawings of Sarah McDermott. A variety of paper weights, colors and textures are bound across the spine. The binding allows the book to open flat so that no detail is lost within the illustrations that go across the spread.

Sarah McDermott currently lives in New York City where she is a Van Lier Scholar at the Center for Book Arts. She makes books and prints as The Kidney Press.

The edition is of 35 copies, the price $250

Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here:

Cornucopia Pick #12 – Barbara Brandel’s Sketchbook

Barbara BrandelSketchbook

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This books is tactile and luscious. Multi-colored pages of  crushed velvet carry landscape derived sketches, the ‘marks’ made with stitches and buttons. A recent visitor to the gallerycould hardly tear herself away, commenting, this book feels so wonderful, I want to take it to bed with me. I wholeheartedly agree.
Barbara Brandel, an artist for forty years, first was well-known as a fiber artist whose work appeared 
in Fiberarts, American Craft and Surface Design. Now working in collage, painting, and mixed media 
assemblages with buttons, her work has been shown and collected nationally.
This unique book is $1500.
Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here: