THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment

Clifton Meador – Five Negative Edmund Pettus Bridges

THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment
An Exhibition of Artists’ Books curated by Julie Chen
January 15, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibition of artists’ books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image, materials and the architectural capabilities of book structures.

Hands On 13: An Artists’ Books Event

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from our rare book vaults.

Artist and garden manager Lauri Twitchell shows a book she made at Blake Garden in Kensington (Photos by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Found objects, whether natural or debris found in the landscape, evoke a dialogue between maker and object. Drawn, collages, or photographed, these objects and ideas are turned into a meaningful form: the book.

Lauri Twitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a gardener, naturalist, and artist. As an artist’s book maker, she finds meaning in found materials such as fallen branches, rocks, bark, and birdsong.

More information: Hands On 13: Debris

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422,, ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.