- June 4 – July 27, 2018: Puget Sound Book Artists 2018 Exhibit
Featuring 36 Artists with 57 Unique and original books, a fresh take on what a book can be and how its creator thinks and imagines.
- Thursday, June 7, 2018: Puget Sound Book Artists 2018 – Exhibit Opening 5:00-7:00pm (Refreshments in Pacific NW Room), Remarks/Awards 6:00pm,
The Link, Collins Library.
- Thursday, June 21, 2018: Puget Sound Book Artists –Artists Conversation, 5:30-7:30pm, Archives Seminar Room, Collins Library.
- Thursday, July 12, 2018: Puget Sound Book Artists – Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:30pm, Archives Seminar Room, Collins Library.
- August 9 – October 14, 2018: Book Exhibit: A Garden of Earthly Delights – Artists’ Books & Sketches by Mark Hoppmann
Partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, The Garden of Earthly Delights is an exhibition of eight new work by Tacoma book artist and illustrator, Mark Hoppmann. See if you can translate the cryptic text of Coptic bound, Hidden Writings, a, handwritten and illustrated manuscript transcribed in a new alphabet inspired by the decaying wharfs of Tacoma’s seafaring past.
Or explore the strange collection of images found in A Garden of Earthly Delights as the artist attempts to depict what Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece might have looked like had he lived in the present day Pacific Northwest.
In addition to alliterative haiku in Ode to the Northwest, a collection of sketches titled Gargoyles, and other new works, the exhibition will also include previous works not to mention many of the artist’s past and current sketchbooks, studies, and tools, all of which challenge the viewer’s perceptions of the Pacific Northwest and the art of the book.
Mark Hoppmann graduated from Drake University with a BFA in graphic Design and Commercial Art in addition to studying art for one year in Florence Italy. After working for twenty years in the graphic arts industry as an offset pressman, prepress and bindery operator, he resumed his art career and has been an artist in Tacoma Washington, working primarily as a book artist, illustrator, and watercolor painter for the last twenty years. He says, I have always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which in turn, inspire my art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, my intent is to design illustrated books for those, “with ‘satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.
- Saturday, August 11, 2018: A Garden of Earthly Delights – Artists’ Books & Sketches by Mark Hoppmann – Opening reception, 4:00–5:30pm, Collins Library, Pacific NW Room – hors d’oeuvres will be served.
- Sunday, September 23, 2018: Open Cases: co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Book Artists, 2:00–4:00pm, Collins Library. A unique chance to handle the books and see the illustrations from A Garden of Earthly Delights – Artists’ Books & Sketches by Mark Hoppmann.
- Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Sketch In with the Artist, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Collins Library. Mark Hoppmann will be demonstrating sketching, in collaboration with the Slater Museum. He will be sketching from museum specimens of local wildlife that has inspired his recent work in A Garden of Earthly Delights. Everyone is welcome to bring in their own sketchbooks and join in the fun.
- October 22, 2018 – March 22 2019, Memory Lame: Work by Jessica Spring. (More information forthcoming.)
This exhibit utilizes paper, an organic material attributed with memory from the moment it is formed, and letterpress printing, which makes a literal impression. Touching on all the senses, viewers are challenged to create their own treasure-house of ideas while contributing to our collective memories. Partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.
As an aging artist having a front-row seat to my father’s ravaging by Alzheimer’s disease, memory continues to be an intriguing, even unavoidably nagging topic of interest. Simply defined as the ability to encode, retain, then recall information and past experiences, memories stored in the brain are more of a jigsaw puzzle or a complex web than an organized library of books on shelves or accessible computer files.
As humans we employ many memory aids—from digital apps, scratch-paper notes and old-fashioned mnemonic devices—to readily access facts we need. Derived from the Greek μνημονικός (mnēmonikos) and related to Mnemosyne—the mythological goddess of memory—mnemonics make use of encoding, retrieval cues and imagery to better retain information. These memory tricks, including acronyms or silly rhymes, help us remember details from planetary names, days in a given month or mathematical order of operations.
The method of Loci, or the Memory Palace, is another mnemonic device which uses visualizations about one’s environment to quickly and efficiently recall information. The method relies on taking abstract, unrelated pieces of information and establishing signposts on a route which incorporate navigational and spatial memory skills.