Inner Librare

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Contributed by Workhouse Arts Center

August 24 – October 6, 2013

Building W-16 Vulcan Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center

workhouse arts centerIncreasingly digitalized, historically a cultural icon in its codex form of pages and text, and valued from Kindle to library as a distinct experience, is the book. What the word actually means to any given reader, or viewer, or handler is at a time of highly fluid interpretation. Concepts of handmade books as art, and object/installation/performance as “book,” are expanding genres within contemporary art.

With Inner Librare, the Workhouse and guest curator Ceci Cole McInturff present a multimedia examination of evolving interpretations of what is book-like, coinciding with the 12th annual Fall for the Book Festival on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.

From August 24 through October 6, the 20 veteran and emerging artists of Inner Librare imply stories through sculpture, photography, sound art, performance and artist’s books – with and without text.

Ceci Cole McInturff is artist/curator/owner of 87FLORIDA, an exhibit and performance space in Washington, DC. Her work includes writing, sculpture, narrative installation and book objects. She studied MA/Art and the Book at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and is currently completing an MFA in critical arts practices at George Mason University, with thesis research on alterations of consciousness at moments of creating, both in science and art.


Saturday, September 14, 6-9pm. Inner Librare goes experimental and live with edge-cutting performance artists from both coasts interpreting selected Inner Librare works, along with several of the artists delivering performed poetry to accompany their book works.


Caroline Rutledge Armijo
Lisa Cirando
Ceci Cole McInturff
Christina Crockett
Beth Curren
Alexandra Delafkaran
Helen Frederick
Kristín Guðbrandsdóttir
Sheila McMullin
Mahogany Murray
Nahid Navab
Alice Quatrochi
Steve Skowrun
Anne Smith
Lynette Spencer
Allson Strub
Susan Tichy
Marcia Weisbrot
Raven K. Jenkins
Afaf Zurayk

Ceci Cole McInturff, exhibit curator and artist:

“These works suggest that ‘book’ implies a particular kind of experience…a private, intimate way to experience a trajectory of thought, feeling or sensory input which takes a viewer/reader from one place to a different one from where they started.”

“Often, and blessedly, the book experience comes via words, pages and chapters. We build on that in this exhibition. With and without using text, the art here seeks to tell stories, pose questions and make observations using varied media, and the relationship between various media, as a narrative language.”

Brett John Johnson, Workhouse Director of Visual Arts:

“We are proud to be working with GMU and Ceci on this exhibition. Not only is it a great team effort, but it brings a wonderful conceptual discussion to our community regarding the idea of books and information sharing.”

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