Narrative Threads

May 4 through May 25, 2018

Carbondale Arts presents “Narrative Threads”, with an opening reception to the public at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad in Carbondale on First Friday, May. 4, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. “Narrative Threads” is a selection of contemporary artists’ books by artists from throughout the United States. The exhibition is curated by Alicia Bailey, curator/gallerist of Denver-based Abecedarian Artists’ Books.

“Narrative Threads” features works that utilize visible threads/fibers in addition to or instead of the strictly structural/functional use of threads found in traditional book binding. Regardless of physical scale, this form of interactive sculpture invites the reader/viewer in for a tactile, hands-on experience that is engagingly intimate.

Works such as these are appealing in their hand-mindedness and interactivity. Even the works not meant to be handled tempt the viewer to touch their surfaces, enlivened as they are by the sewn line and texturally dynamic fibers.

Selected works include those in which the presented narrative may take a backseat to the tactile invitations extended by color, texture and physical loveliness, alongside those in which the use of the materials is supportive of the narrative on which the work is based.

“Narrative Threads” opens the same evening as “Art For Change”, a group exhibition featuring five artists responding to a perceived needed change, whether that change be social, political, cultural or spiritual. Learn more about “Art For Change” at

A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place before the opening reception on First Friday, May. 4, at 5:30 p.m. with an opportunity to see the exhibition before it opens at 6p.m. For more information, visit or call (970) 963-1680.