Solo Exhibition "The Sheer of Aboutlessness of Being" by Charles Matson Lume
Watkins Gallery, Winona, MN
Co-owned and colloberatied with: Charles Matson Lume, Andy Sturdevant
Texts: Charles Matson Lume, Andy Sturdevant
Images: Charles Matson Lume, Wen-Li Chen
Art Direction, Poster Design, Book Design, Photography
This project is a collaboration with Twin Cities based visual artist Charles Matson Lume and writer Andy Sturdevant to design an artist book. Working off the methods employed by the artist and writer, the design utilizes art documentation (both of exhibitions and in-process studio processes), site documentation, travel imagery, material studies and book-specific interactivity. This results in an artist book that is more than a monograph or catalogue, but, instead, a work of art, complete with different kinds of folding, cutting and material choices. The book is limited to 100 copies. In addition to the design of the artist book, I also designed the exhibition promotional materials, including poster and outdoor banner.
"Wen-Li was a pleasure to work with on designing an artist book we made for one of my solo exhibitions. I gave her full artistic control over the book because of her insight and keen sense of design. Wen-Li listened closely to the kinds of complexities and ideas I desired to inhabit the book. Her interpretation was outstanding. She had so many thoughtful and engaging design decisions. In fact, I have another forthcoming solo exhibition in which Wen-Li has agreed to design another book for me. I can’t wait to see what she will do. Her generosity, timeliness, and business acumen were all remarkable. I would recommend Wen-Li to anyone looking for an excellent designer."
— Charles Matson Lume