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Play Button - Art in the Windows Exhibition Series - Brian Belott, Pam Butler, Tamara Gonzales, Maggie Lee, Craig Olson, Elisa Soliven

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May 1 through June 30, 2013

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Mid-Manhattan Library

On view day and night

Play Button exhibition (detail)Play Button exhibition (detail)The Art and Picture Collections present Play Button an exhibition of artists’ books and zines featuring the work of Brian Belott, Pam Butler, Tamara Gonzales, Maggie Lee, Craig Olson, and Elisa Soliven.

Please join writer Sharon Butler and Tamara Gonzales for an Artist Dialogue series event on Saturday May 4 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room on the 1st floor. The zine party follows the audience Q&A session.

Art in the Windows exhibition series is curated by Arezoo Moseni.

Brian Belott, Artists BooksBrian Belott, Artists BooksBrian BelottUnique Artist Books
"Belott’s books are at a far remove from Anselm Kiefer’s enormous, decaying, lead-and-semen ledgers. They work well in groups; it’s nice to have a cluster of them on a shelf. Working on top of existing children’s books, Belott obliterates any sign of original text and pictures. Deploying fragments of printed page scavenged from glossy magazines, art history books, and the odd takeout menu, Belott appropriates not the central images but the stuff around those images and behind those images and beneath those images: blue and starry night skies, bright orange Formica countertops; cartoon blades of grass and random, oversize punctuation marks become a primary vocabulary for his picture-making. Pages of Belott’s books are often pictures without objects. The absence of objects is one of the subjects. In other books here, the narratives seem to be scrambled like so many-eggs, in a pictorial omelet. Familiar characters hover in the unfamiliar space, engaged in obscure tasks and subjected to improbable weather systems. Sometimes Belott plays for belly-laughs, other times the joke is implicit, but in all the books humor plays a role in what is concealed and what is revealed." — Donald Baechler. Brian Belott is represented by Galerie Zürcher.

Pam Butler, The Good Girl BookPam Butler, The Good Girl Book

Pam ButlerThe Good Girl Book and Unique Artist Books
Using the “girlish” perspective artist Pam Butler developed in her street posters “Good Girl Project” she builds The Good Girl Book into a relentless, ironic and humorous critique of the fears and fantasies that continue to dominate our cultural dialogue as well as our personal self awareness. 

Maggie Lee"A Collection of Zines"
She is a multimedia artist living and working in New York City. Her works range from photography and video to printmaking and publishing (both online and print). Paralleling ideologies relating to alternative pop culture, Lee creates diaristic imagery that references these other worlds and transforms and collages them with her vision. Lee received her BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2009.

Tamara Gonzales and Maggie Lee, PINKPURPLETamara Gonzales and Maggie Lee, PINKPURPLE

Tamara Gonzales and Maggie Lee, PINKPURPLETamara Gonzales and Maggie Lee, PINKPURPLE

Baphomet is an annual drawing zine collaboration by Tamara Gonzales, Craig Olson, and Elisa Soliven. Each edition of 50 is printed in color and includes a unique collaborative art work.

Craig Olson, represented by Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, is a Queens based painter, writer, and art critic. Olson received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2006.

Elisa Soliven is a Brooklyn based artist, with an MFA in Painting from Hunter College (2011).  In 2012 she received the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been included in numerous national and group exhibitions.

Play Button exhibition (detail)Play Button exhibition (detail)Tamara Gonzales is a multimedia artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her most recent paintings employ her unique process of spray painting through found lace tablecloths, doilies, and curtains. Gonzales received an AAS degree from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Inspired by her tumblr site PinkPurple is an ongoing collaborative zine by Tamara Gonzales and Maggie Lee.  This is the second edition with more pages, a manic panic hairs-trip, and hand beaded cover.

Artists books are works of art realized in the form of a book. They are often published in small editions, and sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as "unique."

Zines are noncommercial, often homemade or online publications usually devoted to specialized and unconventional subject matters.

Play Button exhibition (detail)Play Button exhibition (detail)

Play Button exhibition (detail)Play Button exhibition (detail)

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