Ex Libris at J. Johnson Gallery opens April 4th; book drive to benefit Learn to Read


J. Johnson Gallery presents the last exhibition of  the 2013-14 season, Ex Libris. A free opening reception will be held on Friday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. and the exhibition will continue through June 13.

Jacksonville Beach, FL: With an interweb as vast as our universe, printed matter and libraries are fading into digital media and marketing. Increasingly, artists are investigating the significance of books as material objects and information vessels, exploring contemporary ideas such as consumerism and relevance in a time of new technology. By folding, cutting, manipulating and carving covers and paper pages, artists are transforming bound literature journals into extraordinary original works of fine art, recasting books as an artistic medium.

J. Johnson Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the work of nine artists renowned for altering printed material in innovative and intriguing ways. Ex Libris, the last show featured at the gallery before it closes for the summer months, features works from artists located across the United States and as far away as China and the United Kingdom who are exploring books and other media visually and conceptually. Included in the show are Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Andrew Hayes, Guy Laramée, Francesca Pastine, and Alexander Korzer- Robinson.

The gallery has partnered with The BookMark, Neptune Beach’s independent bookstore, to host a book drive to spread the love of reading to individuals of all ages in Jacksonville. Throughout the exhibition the public is encouraged to bring new and gently used books to the gallery or drop off at The BookMark. These books will be donated to Learn to Read Jacksonville, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy in the city.