Friday, April 24, 2009
Alex Appella's Artist's Books created from Alaska to Argentina
From David Abel: Alex Appella: "Where Are You From?" Artist's books created from Alaska to Argentina May 1 - 31 First Friday, May 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Reception for the artist Saturday, May 9, 5:00 p.m. Poetry reading and acoustic Latin music by Alex & Magu 23 Sandy Gallery 623 NE 23rd Avenue www.23sandy.com 503-927-4409, firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, Noon to 6:00 p.m. Alex Appella began binding her original poems and short stories while living on a boat in Juneau, Alaska. She then took her creations to the streets and plazas of Latin America as she and husband travelledoverland from Alaska to Costa Rica. Since then, binding has taken the couple to mining camps in Bolivia; to remote locations near their home in the sierras of Córdoba, Argentina; and to a number of more conventional venues both in South America and the US. For the first time, artist book fans can experience Appella’s books in their original presentation: as if you had stumbled across them while visiting their little stand in an outdoor market in Oaxaca, or Omoa, or Oncativo. Except this time, their little stand will be in the 23 SandyGallery, in Portland, Oregon. Alex Appella (born in Oregon) began bookbinding as a way to share her writing and collage art while travelling. What began as a temporary solution within a nomadic lifestyle has turned into a way of life. Alex now writes and binds from her home in Córdoba, Argentina. Alex’sself-published artist’s books can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the US and beyond.