Put the adjectives "torn," "cut" and "stitched" in front of the word "book," and you'll have librarians everywhere sweating. But the title of M.J. Goerke's retrospective show, Torn, Cut & Stitched
, actually refers to the methods by which she makes her books. Goerke could have also thrown in "watercolor," "drawing" and "sculpture," but that would've made for a wordy title indeed. Goerke's books' pages erupt from their bindings and spill forth from a sculpted head, slyly imitating how our brains process books. Torn, Cut & Stitched
is on display at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' Gallery FAB (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-6967) from Tuesday, January 16, through Thursday, February 15, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25.
Jan. 16-Feb. 15