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Outside of the Comfort Zone (Mine)

Not only have I been encouraging you to get your art out into the world, but I’ve also been sending out mine. I’m proud to share with you that my artists’ books will be in three current and upcoming gallery shows in case you’d like to see them in person.

4th Annual Juried Show – Sylvia White Gallery – Ventura, California – now through September 3rd

The first show, going on now through September 3, is at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, California. This annual juried show is why I titled the blog post “Outside of the Comfort Zone.” I was not going to enter this show because: 1. It is the Sylvia White Gallery, 2. It is not a book arts gallery, 3. I was pretty darned sure my work wouldn’t be chosen in this kind of setting. But, at the last-minute, I decided to enter. What’s that saying, you could have knocked me over with a feather? Well, in this case it was true. I’ll admit to some impromptu dancing with my husband in our closet (long story) when we found out that two of my artists’ books, The Heaven Project and Loves Me/Not had been chosen from 1800 entries for the show. If you can’t make it to the gallery in person, you can see the show online, here.


From Our Perspectives: A National Women’s Art Exhibition – Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, Michigan – September 15 – October 14

I’m pleased to have been asked to participate in this annual show for a second time, this time with my artists’ book I’m Telling You Now.  The description for the show: “Within their chosen medium, today’s women artists continue to share their unique viewpoints on the material, personal, global, political and cultural landscapes that surround us.”

I’d love to see the show in person but don’t think I can get to Michigan during that timeframe. Are you local? I’d love to see some photos. You can also see slide shows of previous year’s shows: 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.


BookOpolis 2011- Asheville Bookworks – Asheville, North Carolina – September 23 and 24 (Some work extended until November 28th)

This year I’ll have One Second of Time and Empty at BookOpolis in North Carolina. It’s not too late to send your own work, learn more here. I’m hoping like last year, to have one book, or both, chosen for the extended Capital Works Show.


Is there a show you’ve been thinking of entering but are not sure it’s worth the entry fee, potential rejection (At the same time that I was notified of the Sylvia White selection, I was notified that my work was not chosen for the Marin MOCA show, Shattered), or hassle? Remember your art needs a viewer to fulfill its potential and give it a try.



One Second of Time – A New Artists’ Book by Ginger Burrell

I am obsessed with earthquakes, or at least if you hear my husband tell it you would think so. I prefer to think of it as a healthy caution concerning a seemingly random natural event. Some of my earliest memories are of earthquakes – which makes sense since I’ve lived in California most of my life and, through some twist of fate, I’ve often been close to the epicenter.

When I am in a big warehouse store – Costco, Lowes, Home Depot – you know the kind with the miles of stock stacked above your head? – I think about earthquakes. When I walk across a parking structure – the kind that pancaked during the Northridge quake – I think about earthquakes. When I am on vacation – away from California – I think about earthquakes. Okay, perhaps I am a bit obsessed.

This book began as an expression of my hyperawareness. I created monoprints with jagged edges and a sense of motion and then combined them in Photoshop with found, public domain, images of earthquake damage. I then wrote poems to express my thoughts about earthquakes. 

One Second of Time, an accordion book, is irregularly folded so that from above it alludes to the seismogram. The poetry is also written and presented in seismograph form. The book is printed on Rives BFK with archival inkjet printing. The font is Chiller. The cover paper, meant to evoke layers of sedimentary earth, is Pirouette Marbled Paper in black, gold and silver. One Second of Time is an edition of 10.

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The title, One Second of Time, comes from a quote by Charles Darwin in 1839. “A bad earthquake at once destroys the oldest associations: the world, the very emblem of all that is solid, has moved beneath our feet like a crust over a fluid; one second of time has conveyed to the mind a strange idea of insecurity, which hours of reflection would never have created.”

If you would like to look at larger versions of the photographs in the slideshow, you can click on these images, here:

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