NOUN: People, Places, +Art


A Socially Engaged Art Exhibition. This was a sequencial book project as well as a fictitious curration of an exhibition.



Socially Engaged Art

I decided to focus my book on the discipline of Socially Engaged Art (SEA). I find this sub-category of art fascinating because it intentionally shifts the focus of art’s subject from object to human or social interaction.

Concept

American Painter, Allan Kaprow, was quoted saying, “The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.” This proved to be a key inspiration for many design decisions throughout the book. Throughout the main essay, taken from the book Living As Form by Nato Thompson, I shifted the grid slightly over the margin as a more literal motif.








Materials

SEA is often in the intersects of grassroots activism. As a result, the aesthetics can commonly be under the categories of ready-made & up-cycled materials.

Because of this I played with a dual-purpose production of the book. The design is inherently lo-fi and reproducible. The dimensions are 8.5x11 with no bleeds, making it easily distributable through PDF, USBs, or printable in Zine format.

The second part of production is a customized ready-made book design with up-cycled objects to create a limited edition artifact that could be sold at exclusive exhibitions or online to raise money for related art or activist causes.

The cover is made out of paper bags.

The binding is made from cardboard, fabric, white string and used washers that cut through the book to reveal the spine.

There are three washers and three strings to call back People, Places, + Art, as well as symbolize the importance of process over product.


The cover is made out of paper bags.

The binding is made from cardboard, fabric, white string and used washers that cut through the book to reveal the spine.







Mark