About the Book
The Moriarty Library at the Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD) is sited in a former church. The church has stained glass windows that filter light from the heavens. Through the panes of leaded glass viewers can see the sky. We think of the sky as positioned outdoors, but the sky also exists within the space of the library, represented in landscape paintings and drawings, film and video stills, photographs, animation cells, and illustrated books. When we look at images of the sky we often think of beauty, nature, or spirituality. But what does a sky image represent, really? When we see images of the sky positioned in books, do we just admire them, or do we consider the source?
On October 11th, 2016, visiting artist Aaron Krach and Image in Context faulty lead 107 First Year students on a hunt to “find the sky” in books housed in the library collection. Students scanned images and created citations that were uploaded to a shared document. This crowdsourced activity produced a bound artist book containing every image sourced, including citation and the names of all participants. Additional projects included book flags in the library stacks, “flagging” the books where sky images were found, a site-specific installation of twenty-five digital prints of selected sky images, and a series of bookmarks featuring sky images that functioned as take-aways, dispersing the sky project throughout the LUCAD community.
Aaron Krach is an artist and writer based in NYC. He works with people, flowers, words, rocks, vodka and sometimes frogs, cat toys, and clay to make books, sculptures, prints, events, and installations. Aaron exhibits in galleries, apartments, and public spaces in cities large (Sao Paulo, NYC) and small (Lake Ohrid, Macedonia). More often, his work appears in less conventional venues such as the street, books, email inboxes, and T-shirts. Aaron is an associate member of Ghana ThinkTank. aaronkrach.com Lisa Young’s hybrid practice centers around collecting everyday images and objects and investigating the way that the repetitive action of accumulating and organizing can create its own poetics. Her exhibition venues include the Cue Art Foundation, and White Columns, and her projects have been distributed through Cabinet Magazine, Printed Matter. An alumna of the Whitney ISP, Young is an Assistant Professor in Foundation and Interdisciplinary Arts at the Lesley University. lisa-young.com