Did you know that is possible to make a book by hand? Did you know that artists such as Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse made their own books? Did you know that there is a thriving whole underground DIY art medium called “artist books?” Artist books are finely crafted books made by hand, by artists, and Portland is a hotbed for this up and coming, hot and collectable artistic medium. I’ll show you slides of fine art books by a group of very talented artists from Portland and other parts of Oregon whose artist books are rocking the art world. Come soak up the inspiration of this very exciting, affordable, doable art form.
Laura Russell creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition artist books that explore the visual and graphic landscape that we look at everyday, but never really see. She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions. Her books are collected by individual collectors and are in major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations. She curates exhibitions, gives workshops, lectures and writes about the book arts. Laura is also the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery, fine art gallery in Portland featuring photography, artist books and other types of graphic arts.