Wen-Li Chen
Communication Design :: Selected Work
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2021

Colleborated with Charles Matson Lume (artist), Joyce Sutphen (poet), Galilee Peaches (artist)

Artbook, Artist Book, Publication

Solo Exhibitoin “what opens—like a blaze of fire” by Charles Matson Lume

The artbook is treated as part of object and artwork, mimicking and being responsive with visual artist concept of installation at the exhibition, the environment surrendered the site, the book title, and the poetry from two female poets. It also opens up the free visual interpretation from the perspective of graphic design to experiment with the form, the format, the color, graphic components and elements, and the final representation to extend the possibility of elements being hold/contained in different mediums/spaces/platform between. There're three parts of the book to create the feel of small silky smoke coming out from the thick heavy ashes under burning. The middle part of the book is trying to communicate the words and feeling from poetry and the artist's images floating around together in between the spaces. You can sense it when you flip the pages and move your eyes page by page. The work can be seen as a collective dialogue between artist, designer, and poet in the form of a book and can be carried around during or after the exhibition as its being and continue to transcend the concept of the artist initially. There'll be 250 copies of books for free to collect during the exhibition and people can carry them around as they walk through the work during the event. Or they can bring it home with them to refresh or recreate the afterimage being made after reviewing the exhibition. The impact of visual reading will continue once they leave the site. It is also a gesture of love and care between family and the art community.

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