July 20, 2012
The Books of Ian Boyden
Essay by Timothy C. Ely
To the right: Sidereal Heart, 2011. Book made of a nickel-iron meteorite, 7.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 inches
My friend Timothy C. Ely wrote a beautiful and generous essay that appeared in the exhibition catalogue Flowing Movement: The Material Imagination of Ian Boyden. The essay was translated into Chinese and appears in the catalogue in both languages. The essay has been very well received by the Chinese audience, in particular, they enjoy his comparison of one of their most celebrated calligraphers with the patterns found in a nickel-iron meteorite. And most recently parts of this essay have been excerpted and published in a couple of magazines that covered my exhibition at the Suzhou Museum. Here are the first two paragraphs of Tim's essay and I provide a link should you wish to read the whole thing:
Books are strange animals, and great books are stranger still. For me, one attribute of a great book is that it changes my views of the world. These books also possess specific qualities of image and intellect supported by an architecture of fine craft, creating an experience that is holistic—an experience in which it appears that nothing has been overlooked.
Read the rest of the essay HERE.
This essay first appeared in Bai Qianshen, et al., Flowing Movement—The Material Imagination of Ian Boyden. Shanghai: Shanghai Wenwu Chubanshe (in collaboration with J.Y. Fine Art and Suzhou Museum), 2012.