EyesWereWatchingCrime and Romance: Leterpress books and broadsides by Emily Martin

Abecedarian Gallery - Reading Room

September 5 - October 24, 2009

  • The gallery will be closed September 6 - 16 for installation of Biographic in the main gallery
(from the press release)

Abecedarian Gallery exhibits the work of Iowa artist Emily Martin. Martin uses a vari- ety of printing methods with her books including inkjet printing, letterpress, Xerox, color Xerox and offset. Her books are in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Gallery, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and others. She teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and in workshops around the country. This is her frst solo exhibition in the Denver area.

At Abecedarian Martin is exhibiting work from an ongoing series begun in 1989. She made a series of 26 image prints and 20 word panels loosely exploring the notions of crime and romance. Some of the images were scenes of crimes and some were scenes of romance and some what she calls the innocent bystander images. Using the notion that adjacent word panels shade image meanings, Martin has combined the images in various presentations including prints and artists books.

In 2007 Martin began a similar process, working this time with a set of images and words as if she were casting a play. She came up with six separate fgures, three pairs of fgures and two different versions each of four different room settings and one crime scene body outline. These characters and settings are layered on the prints in a variety of combinations and result in a series called Clues but no Answers.

Abecedarian Gallery has a permanent and ongoing focus on work that fts under the ‘book arts’ umbrella. Although main gallery exhibitions often include mixed-media work that connects somehow to an aspect of the book arts genre, sometimes that connection seems a tenuous one. In the Reading Room, books are always the main focus of the work on display. Due to the hands on aspect of book viewing, and the fragility of many of the pieces exhibited, the Reading Room may be closed during First Friday and special events at the gallery.

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, Unit #101 (just south of Swift's diner)
Denver, CO 80204
Thu-Sat: 1:00-5:00 pm
1st & 3rd Fri: 1:00-8:00 pm



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