Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bunker Hill Exhibition Review

I enjoyed my visit to the Bunker Hill Exhibition. It indeed helped me to understand and revise my foundations of Visual Communication and to see how artist’s pens down their thoughts achieved by extreme delicacy of touch and honesty of vision.

To me, the biggest attraction of the exhibition was while I was browsing the artist book (by Laura Blacklow) on the Guatemala Stories. The depictions of the facts although looked frozen in time but were so neatly tied up that I felt as though I am watching them first hand, seated in a Time machine. It catapults the artist’s compilation of records with thought provoking ideas about the atrocities committed during the Civil war. On the whole, the means of expression was quite dynamic with the design of illustrations and narratives.

The other artist book that caught my attention was Associative Miscellany (by Annie Silverman) on the history of the Honey. Honey that is considered a natural remedy in several cultures for small illnesses was quite well known in the ancient times too. It is very rightly said in the artist’s book “A bee collecting nectar is a metaphor for packing her cells with wisdom”. The pictures alongside the text were simple and easy to understand. They communicated the message visually.

There were other artist’s books that dwelled into story telling through simple pictures and narratives. One among them was the story of the princess having long tresses. There was another on the collection of articles viz. a bunch of keys, buttons, visiting cards, Wrappers etc. having glimpses of the artists reminiscences of his past. I was impressed by the dedication and motivation of the artist to gather those small pieces and put them together in an Artists Book, spanning a long period.

I was equally drawn to the stack of Marcia Ciro’s collection and painstaking efforts to carve a book out of Cardboard, which was a great inspiration of how vigorous, can be an art book and honing this craft.

The Book Lost in Learning equally grabbed my attention with the Old illustrations of discovery were very well supportive of the individuals representing their aura. The cylindrical books were equally amazing and it was also a novelty to handle them for the first time in my life. It was so startling to witness that in an era marred by globalized politics, culture & ecology; contemporary artists explore a world free of geographical constraints.


  1. I love the one you mentioned the artist collected items from his past and paste them as a artist book. I think its name is Rock Hearts. When I saw the cover of the book, I thought, well, this is another book full of samples of rocks, because its name and the color of the book, but it turned out that I was wrong. Actually I didn't read the book so much, but based on the pictures you took and I took, I got a feeling that the artist wanted us to travel with him together, in order to experience his past life. It is wonderful because we always do this kind of thing by reading someone's biography or watch a biographic movie, but neither of these two could provide a chance to touch the really "Past".

  2. I really like the first book that you posted - The Guatemala stories, It gave me the feeling that this book was written by someone very important in the past because of its antique style and contents.