Inge Bruggeman, “the infinite between us”
Artist: Inge Bruggeman (Portland, OR)
Title: the infinite between us (2011)
Medium/technique(s): letterpress, drypoint, silkscreen, monotype, pochoir, cut-outs,
Edition size: 20
Number of pages: N/A
Dimensions, open:variable dimensions
Dimensions, closed: 8 x 5.75 x .375″
I am interested in the book, its history and its potential.
The book is a container for ideas, an object and a symbol that takes many different forms in many different cultures. Its job has been to store and impart information through the use of text, image, material, and structure. Not only is the book compelling as an object but it also involves concepts of language and communication that are intricate and complex.
The book is an active space for people and concepts to reside in, and to move around in. It is not a stagnant place, but one that is in constant flux and re-evaluation. As our culture shifts the book shifts with it, or perhaps the book itself leads us in unexpected directions. Not only is the object shifting, the act of reading itself is shifting. Letter, word, image, page, structure — these elements can combine in such a plethora of enigmatic and evocative ways.
I am also interested in the activated spaces that surround the book — the connections and circuits that link us as people to this object that has the potential to be a multi-media, multi-sensory and interdisciplinary experience. Although I am attracted to the history and the craft of the book, my interest is in taking the concept of the book in unexpected directions. As the traditional book loses more and more of its utilitarian function in our lives, it has turned into an important artistic form. It is this form of art that holds my attention and provides an arena for exploration and artistic expression.
the infinite between us was conceived as a residency project for the Atelier Vis-à-Vis in Marseille, France. It is inspired by the voyage around the world by the French sea-explorer Jean-François Galaup de Lapérouse. Although inspired by this fantastic exploratory sea voyage that ended in shipwreck after several years at sea, this book instead explores the aura around exploring the unknown. This project maps the spaces between the known and the unknown, between language and knowledge, and between the visual and the textual.