Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tunnel Art

I know this will be repetitive of me since I talked of him once before, but this 'Chapel of Sacred Mirrors' which I believe is located in NYC is a form of 'tunnel' art because you are experiencing it when you are in this place.

Here is a traditional tunnel book artist... (click it to see it full size)

Ann Stinner, titled "Drift" about life in the prairie. The materials she used are painted papers, stencil, collage, paste paper, and machine-perforated treatments; acrylic paint, gesso, and wheat paste were used in the colouring of the papers; laser printed written texts. I think her own statement about her work says it best.

Artist's Statement: What impresses me most about life on the prairies is the powerful influence of the natural elements. In spite of differences in ethnic background or daily routines, all of us who live here must adapt to the climate and the weather. Nature is a great equalizer, and a key determinant of prairie culture. These ideas interest me as an artist. In the midst of the beauty and vastness of the landscape, and in the face of wind, snow, and floods, our human presence often seems vulnerable and temporary. Even if we live in cities, we all pay attention to the rhythms of the seasons and try to anticipate the natural events which occasionally surprise us. This book work suggests, through both visual and verbal means, some aspects of the uneasy yet respectful relationship human beings have with their prairie environment.

1 comment:

  1. I would disagree that Alex Gray's work is representative of a tunnel book, or even an example of book arts in general. While each painting is connected to the others by a common theme, there is no layering that seems to be taking place-- every panel is separate.

    The second image, however, is a very fine example of a tunnel book.