KEEP: Modern Library
by Jody Alexander
About the Book
KEEP: Modern Library is an exhibit and a series by Jody Alexander that is inspired by withdrawn library books, Japanese textiles, the art of repair, and a KEEP stamp that was discarded from a library. This book is predominantly photographs from the exhibit at R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA, and with instagram photos from the Blitzer exhibit and the Sanchez Art Center exhibit. R. Blitzer Gallery photos by r.r. jones. Exhibits took place in 2015 and 2016.
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles, and rescues discarded books and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces and sculptural objects. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations. She has taught book arts at San Francisco Center for the Book, The Center for the Book in New York City and University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.