Monday, March 12, 2018

FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books, Villa Terrace Museum, Milwaukee, WI. March 1 - June 3, 2018.


FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books
Opens March 1, 2018, Runs through June 3, 2018

FOLD highlights a selection of accordion-fold books from the extensive collection of artists’ publications owned by Stephen Perkins (Madison, WI). The exhibition features renowned artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Ginger Burrell, Christo, Robert Indiana, Niki de Saint Phalle, Kiki Smith, Buzz Spector, and Dennis Oppenheim, and explores the art of accordion books, also known as concertina, screenfold, leporello, oriental-fold, and zig-zag fold, as panoramic spaces for images and text as well as three-dimensional sculptural objects. Encompassing the 1970s up to the present moment, FOLD offers a survey of accordion books that explore the creative possibilities offered by this unique publishing medium. Curated by Annemarie Sawkins, PhD (Milwaukee, WI).

Exhibition Walk-Throughs:
Join one of our drop-in tours to learn more about FOLD. Free with general admission. Led by one of our Curatorial staff members.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Exhibition Programming:

Talk/Walk: Expression Through Accordion Books with Max Yela
March 22nd, 2018 | 7:00 PM

UWM Special Collections librarian Max Yela will offer a presentation on the expressive qualities of the accordion-fold book through a hands-on demonstration of artists books from UWM's renowned book-arts collections, followed by a walk-though of selected works in the exhibition FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books.

Max Yela has been Head of the Special Collections Department at the UWM Libraries since 1994. Prior to this, he was the public services librarian for Special Collections at the University of Delaware, 1985-1994. He has also taught book arts concepts and practice, and the history of books and printing at UWM for the past fifteen years. Max's primary research uses media theory to investigate how artists use books as art media. In 2017 Max was honored for his many contributions to Wisconsin's visual arts community with a Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Award.

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm at Villa Terrace. Free with museum admission.

Accordion Book Workshop with Karen Hanmer
April 7th, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join experienced bookmaker Karen Hanmer for a hands-on bookmaking workshop at Villa Terrace in conjunction with our exhibition FOLD. Hanmer will teach several book forms including: accordion with wrapped covers, accordion with simple pop-ups, and accordion with pamphlets sewn in. 

Hanmer’s studio practice ranges from small editions of artists’ books to bookbinding instructional materials and one-of-a-kind design bindings. Her work is included in collections such as The Getty Museum, The Library of Congress, Yale University, and Graceland. She is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition and is one of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program. Hanmer is a leader in the book arts community, having served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 7, 1:00-4:00pm at Villa Terrace. Please sign up here to reserve your spot! Fees are $45 general/$25 students and include basic materials. Students should bring along scissors, a pencil, and an eraser.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lillian Sizemore, Vegetative Parts and Living Creatures, Japanese accordion albums, pen, watercolor & black walnut ink, 2017

A beautiful handmade gift from the artist, who just happens to be my amore. Working with these blank Japanese accordions Lillian has created two quite distinctive hand drawn & painted works that come nestled inside "The Scorpion's" box.

"Vegetative Parts," 6 pages, Japanese accordion album, 1.25" (h) x 1.25" (w), extended 9.5" [Above] 

"Living Creatures," 6 pages, Japanese accordion album, 1.25" (h) x 1.25" (w), extended 9.5" [Below]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Estrella Vega, The Paleozoic: a series about life before the dinosaurs, (5 volumes) Vega Star Press, 2016

This wonderful 5 volume project by artist/designer Estrella Vega, came about through "...the realization that most people don't know what preceded the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs, because they were huge and fearsome looking animals, dominate our idea of prehistoric life. Though the Paleozoic doesn't boast huge animals (with few exceptions), it nonetheless laid the foundation of our modern world: from establishing the basic body plans of all existing life forms, to creating the coal deposits that fueled our industrial revolution. Through this series, I hope to demystify the events and life forms of that era to the lay person." The Paleozoic: a series about life before the dinosaurs by Estrella Vega — Kickstarter

Vega does a fantastic job of realizing her original idea with each of these 9ft long accordions comprised on one side of her beautifully printed color illustrations of the animals and landscapes from each time period and the reverse side has text and illustrations explaining the history and development of the animals and lifeforms forms illustrated overleaf. The five time periods covered are: 1: The Cambrian, 2: The Ordovician and the Silurian, 3: The Devonian, 4: The Carboniferous and 5: The Permian.

A smart presentation completes the package with one end of each accordion slipped into a sleeve in the hardcover jacket which allows it to be taken out and the whole accordion can be displayed free from the cover. 

In summary, this is a really great educational project that takes full advantage of the features of the accordion format to realize the artists' original intentions, but what really holds it all together are Vega's beautiful illustrations and the vivid dioramas she creates for her histories of these fantastic creatures. 

Each page of the accordion is 6" (h) x 4.5" (w), 24 pages, double-sided, fully extended at 9 feet and the whole set is available at the very reasonable price of $80 from her website at: Estrella Vega

The Paleozoic: The Cambrian (543-480 million years ago/mya)

The back of the accordion with texts and illustrations explaining the animals and history of the time period.

The Paleozoic: The Ordovician & The Silurian (480-444 mya)

The Paleozoic: The Devonian (420-359 mya)

Back of book
The Paleozoic: The Carboniferous (358-298 mya)

The Paleozoic: The Permian (298-252 million years ago/mya)