RiTUAL. Reading Room : book show

artist reception
Saturday, December 14, 2013
3 - 6 pm
Friday, December 6, 2013
Saturday, January 25, 2014

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110 CHURCH gallery invites you to retreat from the cold into our gallery, transformed into a reading room. Be surrounded by stories, engulfed by pages, dazzled by over two hundred books. Books on shelves. Books on tables. Books hanging. Walls covered with books on display. Take books down, curl up and read. Fall in love with a book, buy it, and take it home.

Each of the 250+ books has been constructed from a single-sheet surface that is no larger than 11 x 17 inches. Books have been submitterd from as far away as Califirnia and the United Kingdom.

RiTUAL. A ceremonial act ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting the ceremony ~ A method of procedure that is followed without variation ~ performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.

Pricing: $20, $75, $250 or free.

an excerpt from Edith Newhall:

110 CHURCH gallery, on Church Street in Old City, may qualify as Philadelphia's smallest gallery, but it never fails to make the most of its petite white space. Case in point: "Ritual Reading Room, 100 Artists/200 Books," a monumental gathering of artists' books so ingeniously installed…

an excerpt from Don Brewer:

RiTUAL creates an environment saturated with information, ideas and design. The cable knit sweater book by Kate Flake is an expression of the information technology of sewing communicated as memetic code. A meme of cozy comfort is translated into the book in a language different from words; a thread of thought creates a story in an un-named tongue that is easily understood and re-interpretted into words. full review by Don Brewer >


(book shown in promotional image is Counting by Kate Flake, GA)

We are open First Fridays 5 - 8 pm : Dec 6 and Jan 3

If you are interested in the original requirements given to artists look at the prospectus >

Books from RiTUAL Reading Room
Linda Gassaway, Hannah Lee Cook, Emma Meetz, Steve Martin
The Sky is Falling by Allan Summers
The Sky is Falling by Allan Summers
Breathe by Damini Celebre
Breathe by Damini Celebre
110 CHURCH gallery
110 Church Street
Philadelphia 19106