Not By The Book

September 23 – December 8, 2021

This exhibition highlights four artists whose work celebrates the beauty and materiality of books. It also heralds the reopening of the Flinn Gallery after the pandemic and library renovation and joyously welcomes the return of three-dimensional artworks to the space. With the art of Shiela Hale, Chris Perry, Andrew Sovjani, and Erin Walrath, this show invites visitors to look at books in new ways, offering the opportunity to experience books – and their component parts – with visual delight.

Curators: Leslee Asch and Kira Albinsky


All artworks are for sale, please inquire

Shiela Hale

Shiela Hale, 4 Volumes from "Archive," altered texts and materials from nature, each volume is approximately 7 in. x 9 in. x 2 in., 2001-2020
Shiela Hale, "Tower," Baltic birch, volumes from encyclopedia of literary criticism, wire, 13.25 in. x 13.25 in. x 62 in., 2019
Shiela Hale, "Directory", altered book, 9 x 10 x 8 in., 2013-2021

Chris Perry

Chris Perry, "209 Ripples: well(head)," altered book, 9.5 in. x 12 in. x 4.5 in., 2020
Chris Perry, "166 Ripples: douse," altered books, 43 in. x 22 in. x 9 in., 2016
Chris Perry, "198 Ripples: piping(hot)", altered book, 16 x 10 x 2 in., 2020

Andrew Sovjani

Andrew Sovjani, "Construct #7," photograph, 40 in. x 40 in., 2019
Andrew Sovjani, "What I Lived For", from Whitewashed Series, archival pigment print, 36 x 48 in., 2020
Andrew Sovjani, "Tipped," photograph, 24 in. x 24 in., 2013

Erin Walrath

Erin Walrath, "Nothing Is Broken," book spines, archival glue, bookbinding tape, rope, 17 in. diameter x 10 in. depth, 2018
Erin Walrath, "Shrug (Pink)," book covers, archival glue, 14 in. x 11 in. x 2 in., 2018
Erin Walrath, "Nest", from the Spine Nest Series, book spines, archival glue, variable dimensions, 2013-2021

Thursday, September 23, 6 – 8 pm – Opening Reception

Friday, September 24, 7 – 9 pm – Friends Friday Film in Berkley Theater, 84 Charing Cross Road

Sunday, October 24, 2:00 pm – Artist Talk with Erin Walrath and Andrew Sovjani

Sunday, November 14, 2:00 pm – Artist Talk with Shiela Hale and Chris Perry