Saturday, September 24, 2011

Another Opening, Another Show

project gutenberg project proved to be a very busy opening with lots of "red dots." So many red dots that I really did not have time to shoot photos of the crowd until we were down to the few lingerers!

They were really NICE lingerers...writer Betty Bright, artists Paulette Myers-Rich & Jodi Williams, gallerists Steve and Karen Sugarmen.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

project gutenberg project opens FRIDAY, SEPT 23, 7pm

 project gutenberg project opens TOMORROW! 
Friday, September 23, 7-10 pm. The food and beverages are chilling.  The lights are set, the floor needs sweeping, the trim on the new shop windows is painted.  
Now:  BEGIN!

I am so excited!  It is a simply beautiful show.

You must come see to believe it.  Jeff Rathermel has created an installation that is a cross between a bookstore, a library and a cabinet of curiosity!

project gutenberg project
by Jeff Rathermel
Sept 23-November 18

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

About installing art

 Jeff Rathermel is a master!  His show, project gutenberg project, is a series of groupings around a topic.  The green sheets are the titles of the series.  The red sheets are cut to the precise size of the artwork being installed.  They are laid out in their precise grids before any artwork actually is hung.

project gutenberg project
by Jeff Rathermel
September 23- November 18, 2011
Opening Reception Friday, September 23, 7-10pm

Monday, September 19, 2011

An orderly procession

Project Gutenberg, the online archive of literature, ironically destroys printed books in order to salvage the information. Ironically, the process turns well ordered, collated text into a collection of dis-bound, chaotic materials that may or may not convey conventional information to us.With the project gutenberg project Jeff Rathermel has collected this discarded material and compiled and re-oredered it into comprehensible collections of information. He has reconsidered the book in all its parts and has chosen attributes to highlight.

project gutenberg project
by Jeff Rathermel
September 23- November 18, 2011
Opening Reception Friday, September 23, 7-10pm

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gotta Love that Laser Level!

Jeff has the coolest tools!
What a cool laser level!

Without a laser level, this is how I would have hung the show!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

project gutenberg arrived today

Boxes upon boxes and bags upon bags of artwork arrived today.  It is always hard to believe that a well ordered show comes out of the chaos of an install...But then there are people like Jeff Rathermel who are so organized and so experienced that anything other than order is unimaginable.

project gutenberg project
by Jeff Rathermel
September 23- November 18, 2011
Opening Reception Friday, September 23, 7-10pm

Tuesday, September 6, 2011



Saved words, broken books, new appreciation

September 23- November 18

Jeff Rathermel is the executive director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts. But he is also an artist. Running a non-profit often saps his energy and thought processes for studio work. It is with great relief and excitement that he presents the Project Gutenberg Project, opening Friday, September 23 at Susan Hensel Gallery.

More and more, we are giving up the tangible for the digital. Project Gutenberg Project responds to this by celebrating the material beauty of the book and the value of tactile experience. Using book remains to create two and three dimensional work, this project both embraces and criticizes the power of technology to shape our understanding of the world.

The idea for the project grew out of a donation received by the Minnesota Center for Book: broken, dis-bound, trashed books. There were great works of literature, minor literary works, beautiful papers, illustrations, bits and pieces of varying quality that were the remains of the process of digitizing libraries undertaking by Project Gutenberg. In order to save the words, the books were destroyed. The organization could use little of what remained. Jeff Rathermel looked at these remains with the eyes of an artist who has been devoted personally and professionally to book and paper arts for years.

Project Gutenberg Project may be viewed simply at face value - a commentary on digital libraries and the "demise" of physical books - but it also has deeper underpinnings that explore notions of aesthetics, immediacy, cultural values and the basic human need to engage all senses to most effectively and satisfactorily experience the world they live in. And the reasonably priced objects and publications are just plain beautiful.

The show opens at Susan Hensel Gallery Friday, September 23, with a reception from 7-10pm. Also join Jeff for a closing event ,Keep in Touch: Physicality in Contemporary Art , on Friday November 11, 7-9pm, when he will be joined in conversation by Marianne Combs and Paulette Myers-Rich.

What: Project Gutenberg Project, by Jeff Rathermel

Where: Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

When: September 23-Nov 18

Opening Reception : Friday, September 23, 7-10pm

Closing Conversation : Friday, November 11, 7-9pm