April 28 - May 2, 2011
Walter Hamady is a legend among artist book designers. Since 1964, he has run Perishable Press, where he published ingenious, immaculate, intricate small-edition books featuring poetry by luminaries such as Robert Creeley and Paul Blackburn. He has often referred to books as “the Trojan Horse of art,” thinking of the way they sneak artistic ideas into a familiar, handleable format. All along, Hamady, who is based in rural Wisconsin, made collages and assemblages, equally astonishing in conception and execution. In CvsD’s Art Chicago booth, Hamady’s fascinating, neo-Dada boxes, built of deconstructed cameras and all sorts of fetishistic materials and then mounted in cigar boxes (making them book-like diptychs), will have pride of place along with select examples of the artist’s Gabberjabs, which are virtuosic books that completely blur the distinction between design and art in the bound context. A 48-page catalog including an essay by Robert Cozzolino will be available.