Walker Fine Art – Denver, Colorado 2011
Judy Anderson is an artist. Ginny Hoyle is a poet. When they work together, they make artist books. When We Were Birds pours poems into, around and through a grouping of sculptural book forms. The volumes, mounted on tall steel platforms, stand like monuments—a paper city on a hill. This is book as icon, book as reliquary for the stories and songs that comprise our lives. Nearby, collaged paintings and one-of-a-kind photographic prints take you deep into the spirit and substance of the book forms, as if a 4-inch tourist were strolling through the pages. Luminous images celebrate details of the work—surfaces painted, drawn, inked, printed and overprinted. Poems rise from and melt back into the images. The collected poems are presented in full in books mounted on the back wall, an edition of 10 signed and numbered (hand-built) artist books embellished with full color images from the installation, printed on archival watercolor paper and embedded in steel forms by Christopher Hecker, who also made the platforms for the sculpted volumes. Denver artist Efrain Cruz is the installation’s photographer. A short video of poetry and images appeared in an alcove of the exhibition, allowing the viewer to experience the soul of the exhibition.
Artist books and sculptural platforms are shown here: Half Crazy; Abandon; Ripening; Spellbound; Awakening; When We Were Birds