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    Book Ends: Photographs by Cara Barer and Mary Ellen Bartley

    Book Ends: Photographs by Cara Barer and Mary Ellen Bartley

    Presented by Center for Photographic Art at Center for Photographic Art

    June 28, 2014

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    The Center for Photographic Art is pleased to present its newest exhibition of contemporary photography, Book Ends - Photographs by Cara Barer and Mary Ellen Bartley, curated by Jerry Takigawa. Book Ends is an exhibition highlighting two artists’ expressions of the book as beloved object, as mystery, and as “uncertain future.” Barer and Bartley read between the lines of the changing territory of this form of human expression. They are visual translators; they lovingly shift our attention and, accordingly, author divergent observations of the book for our delight. The world of books is a landscape in transition. Since the fifteenth century, books have been a dominant medium for preserving knowledge, communicating ideas, sharing stories, and delivering images. They are our companions and our comfort. They entertain and they enlighten. Yet, like so many venerable institutions today, the book stands at a crossroads.

    Cara Barer and Mary Ellen Bartley approach their passion for books from opposite sides of the aesthetic playground, but their enduring love for the medium is clearly their inspiration. “Books, physical objects, and repositories of information are being displaced by zeros and ones in a digital universe with no physicality, says Barer, through my art, I document this and raise questions about the fragile and ephemeral nature of books and their future.” “What drives the work for me, explains Bartley,” is the emotional connection I have to the books. I’m trying to convey the sensuality and intimacy of reading and looking through books as well as the fleeting inspiration and little jolts of connection that readers find in books they love.” Clearly these artists bring fresh insights about seeing the analog book-both its physicality and its personal meanings.

    The exhibition runs through August 9, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Center for Photographic Art is a non-profit gallery and educational organization committed to artistic development, creative inquiry and photography education. To that end, CPA presents exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other photographic special events. For more information, visit or call 831.625.5181.

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        Center for Photographic Art

        San Carlos and 9th Streets
        Carmel, CA 93921

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        June 28, 2014


        3:00PM through 6:00PM

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