Printmakers' and Book Artists' Perspectives on Travel and Place
This exhibition brings together works by American and international artists that focus on concepts of place and travel, using materials drawn almost entirely from the Book Arts Collection in Special Collections at the UWM Libraries.
The unifying element for the exhibition is the recent portfolio project The Other Place, a suite of prints by Wisconsin artist Bob Erickson and Irish artist Keith Wilson, each of whom spent time in the home of the other, and then expressed in prints their understandings of each other's place. Other materials on display include works by noted American printmakers and book artists, such as Sarah Bryant, Fred Hagstrom, Karen Hanmer, Jim Lee, Clifton Meador, Gaylord Schanilec, Clarissa Sligh, Bonnie Stahlecker, Barbara Tetenbaum, Peter & Donna Thomas, and international artists, including David Esslemont (Wales), Néstor Goyanes (Argentina), Mirta Kupferminc (Argentina), Jean-Claude Loubières (France), Louse Levergneux (Canada), Xavier Monsalvatje (Spain), and Shu-Ju Wang (Taiwan).
All the works presented in the exhibition offer individual perspectives on what it means to be here or there, what we bring with us and what we leave behind, our sense of rootedness and uprootedness, our desires for home and for the road, and the miraculous nature of moving through the world and our encounters with it. As William Lawlor observes in his poem for The Other Place, "each step I take is measured near and far; there is this place, and then there is the other."
Under the supervision of Special Collections Librarian Max Yela, Emma Cobb wrote the text for the Another Place exhibit and directed the creation of its first digital incarnation. Kathryn Weisbeck scanned, photographed and edited the images for the exhibit. Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon collaborated on the design of the original exhibit and created this current digital incarnation using Omeka and Neatline.