Walking up the concrete canal entrance of one of Phoenixs coolest buildings, Burton Barr Library, feels a bit like boarding the Starship Enterprise.
Beyond the Borg cube and around the corner from the computer screens, you'll currently find a more earthly experience in Cover to Cover, an exhibit of old-school books by photographer Kris Sanford and Tucson-based mixed media artist Beata Wehr.
Sanfords work combines the pages of her grandfathers 1954 diary with vintage photographs. Shadows and partially obscured figures are set against a horizon of neat, tilted script. Dreamlike details such as saddle shoes, a string of pearls and a little girls ruched dress emerge from the page. Wehrs pieces are composed of more organic ingredients; quills and twigs and rusty bits of metal, many of them stitched directly onto paper. Her accordion fold artists book Abecedarium, featuring a many-pointed star of alphabet images, is a wonder.
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May 6-31, 2011