The World as Text

The World as Text

June 16 - August 11, 2011  Center for Book and Paper Arts

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The World as Text was a summer reading room and exhibition featuring over seventy-five contemporary artist’s books, zines, exhibition catalogs and alternative publications.

The reading room was designed by artist John Preus, in collaboration with students from the Columbia College Chicago departments of Art + Design and Interdisciplinary Art, as well as students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. | View the charrette blog |

A hybrid space crafted out of re-purposed materials to amplify connections between the action of reading and the activity of performance, the reading room featured books that were selected by guest curators and contributors including Temporary Services, Maria Fusco, Sarah Bodman, Buzz Spector, Tate Shaw, Doro Boehme and Emily McVarish. 

The exhibition featured works by the following artists: 

Edie Fake
Joseph Grigely
Dianna Frid
Heidi Norton
Rebecca Mir
Deborah Stratman
Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson
Marshall Weber




THE WORLD AS TEXT is a summer reading room and exhibition featuring over seventy-five contemporary artist’s books, zines, exhibition catalogs and alternative publications.  The innovative reading room is designed by artist John Preus, in collaboration with students from the Columbia College Chicago departments of Art + Design and Interdisciplinary Art (check out the design blog), as well as students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  A hybrid space crafted out of re-purposed materials to amplify connections between the action of reading and the activity of performance, the reading room features books that were selected by guest curators and contributors including Temporary Services, Maria Fusco, Sarah Bodman, Buzz Spector, Tate Shaw, Doro Boehme and Emily McVarish.

THE WORLD AS TEXT features a concurrent exhibition of works by artists culled from the reading room, curated to amplify the connections between book practices and interdisciplinary art making.  Artists include Edie Fake, Joseph Grigely, Dianna Frid, Heidi Norton, Rebecca Mir, Deborah Stratman, Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson and Marshall Weber.

Press
Weinberg, Lauren. "10 Best Art and Design Shows of 2011 in No Particular Order," Time Out Chicago, December 25, 2011.

Waxman, Lori. "An Alternative Summer Reading List," Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2011.

Weber, Candace. "Columbia College highlights artists' books and zines," Time Out Chicago, August, 11, 2011. 

Ise, Claudine. "Critic's Pick," Artforum Online, August, 2011.

Click here to read a review by Lauren Weinberg in TimeOut Chicago's Exhibitionist Blog
Click here to read a review by Lori Waxman in the Chicago Tribune

Click here to read a review by Candace Weber in TimeOut Chicago
Click here to read a review by Claudien Ise on Artforum.com