Re-Imaging the Page
Opening Reception February 28, 2014, 5-8pm
First Friday: March 7, 6-9pm
Artist Talk & Demo: March 15, 2014 1-2pm
Closing Reception: March 15, 2014 2-4pm
Always Open by Appointment
Re-Imagining The Page is a show that explores the relationship of the book page to the actual book form. Can the work still be “read” when taken out of the lap and out of the hands of the viewer? Can the intimate relationship with journal pages still be achieved by asking the viewer to wander around the gallery rather than moving the pages? The manipulation of pages in a book offers the challenge of serial or sequential expression. In her aBuzz debut, Judith Cassel-Mamet is playing with the notion of sequential pages, but they are removed from the actual sketchbook and presented as an installation. Each page is a response to a photograph illustrating a news story over the course of 3 months (October thru December). Judith uses a wide range of mixed media to visually capture these current events.
Judith also takes the notion of text and texture to a new level in this show; one wall is devoted to mysterious floating text with journal entries removed from the page entirely. This wall of “ghost” text plays with shadows, lines and hidden meaning, as the words seem to both appear and disappear depending on the viewer’s angle. The technique used to create this ghost text has been invented by the artist, and will be demonstrated prior to the closing reception on March 15 (1-2pm).
Combining text with visual expression has been at the core of Judith Cassel-Mamet’s creative expression for the past decade. She has created a mountain of mixed media art journals and takes what she calls “The Adventure Journal” approach which is to look to the mundane aspects of daily life through an adventurous lens and capture various moments on a page. Playing with mixed media has offered an entirely rule-free approach. The pages in this show reflect that exploration, and that adventurous approach, as the events she is depicting range from the mundane (back page) stories to the front-page news. Her greatest influence in keeping her expression truly authentic is the illustrator Maira Kalman, author of The Principals of Uncertainty.
To see additional art journal work, mixed media paintings and her various journal kits please visit her website: www.jcmamet.net. You may also sign up for the Adventure Journal News on the contact page.