Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bookbinder Exhibit in Portland

The bookbinding work of Philip Smith will be on display at the Collins Gallery of the Portland Central Library (Portland, Oregon) from 19 May through 11 July. There will be opening remarks by curator Jim Carmin and an 'illustrated lecture' by Smith on 19 May; events will begin at 2 p.m. Contact information, locations, &c. are here.

From the announcement: "Philip Smith is one of today's most unusual and extraordinary bookbinders. Born in 1928, he combines unorthodox materials and approaches, sometimes creating sculptural assemblages using multiple copies and volumes of books. His influence is far and wide. He has served as Past President of Designer Bookbinders (UK), written books and articles on bookbinding, and lectured extensively around the world on bookbinding as an art form."

Some of Smith's work - which looks quite extraordinary indeed - is shown here.

[h/t Jim Carmin, Ex-Libris]