Vessels of Possibility: Revelation and Interchange
Works by Pati Scobey and Julia Miller
the University of the Arts Printmaking Gallery
6th floor of Anderson Hall
333 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Friday, November 6 to Friday, November 20, 2009.
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Curated by Sally Faulkner and Donna Globus, graduate students in the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program. The show presents the broad approach to both the book and the print of these longtime friends. Through the investigation of historic binding structures and the influence of time and handling, Julia Miller’s work invites viewers to a wider understanding of the book. Her work reveals what can happen when an artist takes the material history of a form and uses it as a medium. Pati Scobey’s imagery of nature in her work is a response to her home territory in rural Michigan. She layers a distinctive vocabulary of marks in colorful patterns that reveals itself much like a well-loved landscape. Together, this pairing shows not only delight in the traditional form of the book but also the book’s resilience and adaptability to history.
(above, left: A is for Aurochs, an Alphabet of Old Words, 4” x 5” x 1.25”, Julia Miller. Right: Evening Sussurus, 6” x 24”, Pati Scobey)