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.
May 6-31, 2011
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Phoenix, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.