The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits

The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits, was the second version of the Decatur Arts Alliance’s artists’ book exhibition accompanying the Decatur Book Festival, and was on display at the Art Institute ofKang, Sun Young-Memories Unfolded-sm Atlanta-Decatur’s gallery July 18 – September 19, 2014. included the 2014 version of the exhibition in its top critics’ picks for 2014, stating, “As the kickoff event for the AJC Decatur Book Festival, this wildly eclectic 39-piece exhibition challenged traditional perceptions of the book in analog form. Utilizing pop-up illustrations, hand-dyed silk pages, scrolls or materials made out of everything from bamboo to aluminum, international artists found new and often startling ways to reimagine not just the physical format of a book but also the ideological essence of the content.” (

The exhibition was juried by Mary Murphy, Savannah College of Art and Design; Barbara Tetenbaum, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Triangular Press; and Alexander Campos, New York Center for the Book. Prize winners were Sarah McDermott for Channel and Flow; Robin Price for Love in the Time of War; and Diane Jacobs for Nourish, All Our Relations.

Photograph: Sun Young Kang, Memories Unfolded. Photo courtesy of the artist