Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Paintings/Collages & Unique Books

by Austin Straus


  • Location: Library
  • Time: All Day
  • Sponsor: Library
Violators by Austin Straus

Special Collections, Occidental College Library

Paintings/Collages & Unique Books by Austin Straus
Main Floor, Library
Open through March 31, 2014. -- new works will be on exhibit in February.

"The works shown here are a small sampling of my output spanning more than 50 years. I have been experimenting with burning techniques since childhood. I love the feeling of multi-layered aerial views which suggest maps, roads, veins and arteries, and the inner complexity of the brain and mind. Among my many influences are layered and weathered posters and billboards, and the work of Schwitters, Rotella, Tobey, Kandinsky, Klee, and Stuart Davis.  In many of my collages I try to suggest the multiplicity, ambiguities, and interplay of memories and dreams. (Thus: Rosetta Speaks, Boy in a Sailor Suit, Panther Song and Violators.) In others, I map cities and ruins. And in Las Vegas I tried to suggest the glitter and gold of that overwhelming money machine. I started making artists’ books more than 30 years ago. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with burning books (see my additional statement near the vitrine). I love the idea of see-through multi-level pages that can be turned by the reader-viewer, with a beautiful and powerful surprise on each page. Many of my books are sculptural artworks in book form. Other books are albums of paintings, collages, and drawings."  -- Austin Straus.

There will a talk with Austin Straus on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 4:30pm to 5:30pm. More info here.

Photo: Violators, mixed media on board, by Austin Straus.

General public is welcome to visit the exhibit between 10am and 8pm daily, when the Library is open.  Check the library schedule for specifics.