Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Book Guild - Chapter 18

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Secret Sunday was the first project and the links to all the secrets can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The Book Guild is the second project and Chapter 18 starts right now!

All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. The Book Guild will present this list, along with links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And as members of The Guild, I am hoping YOU will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed book.

Chapter 18: Susan Tuttle

Exhibition 36: Mixed Media Demonstrations + Explorations

Susan shared the following with The Altered Page:

Susan Tuttle lives in a small, rural Maine town tucked away in the woods, surrounded by tall pines, fields, a river, wildlife, peace and quiet. She knows what it's like to live in a city -- she lived in Boston in her 20's and grew up in New Jersey not far from New York City. She says, "I grew up on a dirt road in New Jersey in the middle of the woods and at the same time had the pleasure and advantage of experiencing all the cultural benefits of New York City, which was just a train ride away. I appreciate both environments -- I prefer living in the woods, as it better suits my personality, but I love spending time in cities -- tapping into their vibrant energies and cultural scenes -- the galleries, museums, cuisine..." Susan adores Maine, but it can feel isolated at times. She talks about how she recreated a kind of citified cultural mecca right in the confines of her little home in the woods, all by visiting online artistic websites and blogs. Exhibition 36 is essentially the virtual gallery show of her dreams and contains the works of artists she has admired and connected with online.

Susan says, "The best way to give a synopsis of the book is to post the actual description from Amazon.":

"Within the pages of Exhibition 36, readers will enter a virtual art exhibit featuring thirty-six mixed-media artists whose collage, digital, assemblage, altered and repurposed art adorn the walls and pedestals of this unique gallery. The artists are "present" throughout the exhibit, answering questions, sharing their thoughts, talking about their work and offering instruction. The tour is structured to provide insight into the creative process of the artists whose work is on display and the reader will be delighted with the plethora of inspiration, articles, techniques and general visual candy. As a final bonus, many artists featured in the book have contributed imagery as a gift to readers for attending the exhibit to reuse in their own creations.

Possesses great crossover appeal for mixed-media artists of nearly every discipline, including jewelry makers, collage artists and more.

Readers will enter a "virtual tour" featuring art from a variety of contributing artists, including Claudine Hellmuth, Karen Michel, Ted Orland, Suzanne Simanaitis, Richard Salley, Jonathan Talbot, and many, many more."

You can visit Susan at her website her blog, through which she is offering online digital art workshops.


Gillian McMurray said...

I actually won a copy of this book from a blog giveaway. It is fantastic with lots of inspiration. If anyone hasn't seen it I'd recommend taking a look.

marianne said...

i agree- this is a great book, full of ideas & inspiration-

altered bits said...

this is a fantastic book indeed. i recommend it to anyone who doesn't already own it. it's very inspirational and has a wide array of fantastic ideas.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had never heard of this book before, but I'm glad to have learned about it and read Susan's account of it.

Lisa said...

one of my all time favorites.

jiLy Zaheer said...

Great selection by Lisa of Susan Tuttle's book - Exhibition 36... Just took a tour through Amazon, Looks like such an amazing gift to have. Just love reading what Susan shared about herself- always so touching and insightful to hear an artist's reflection on themselves. Just got a treat to look through Susan's website with its whole life of its own. Thanks for another great link to an amazing artist - her techniques and gorgeous art! Just love your Book Guild!!!

Joanie Hoffman said...

i love this book!