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January 30, 2007 to May 6, 2007

Tara O’ Brien: Entelechy

For Aristotle, the concept of entelechy was effectively the "end within"--the potential of living things to become themselves. In this context, artist Tara O’Brien considers books a living manifestation or testament to a person’s life.

To emphasize their role as physical objects that exist through time, O’Brien plays with the formal structure of the book, either by attending to or thwarting its purpose. In some instance books are crocheted and bound within pages; in other instances they are given anthropomorphic qualities such as hair or skin. O’ Brien states “as living things, books are a metaphor for the structure of life. Each page representing a momentous turning point or event, where we can turn back and see all of the actions that have led us to the event.”

O’Brien received an M.F.A. in book arts/printmaking from the University of Arts, Philadelphia. She has had exhibitions at The Gallery of the Art Institute of Boston (2006); Coburn Gallery, Colorado College. Colorado Springs (2006); Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY (2006); The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (2006); and Core New Art Space, Denver, CO (2005). O’Brien has participated in the Fourth International Artist’s Book Triennial, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006); project MOBILIBRE-BOOKMOBILE, a traveling exhibition from Montreal, Canada; the international traveling exhibition Artist’s Books from Philadelphia and Timisoara, which traveled from Philadelphia to Timisoara to New York (2005); and Stand and Deliver Movable Book Show, which traveled to Connecticut, California, Florida, Colorado, and Illinois (2004). O’Brien teaches at the Moore College of Art and Design and works independently as a book binder for various institutions and individual artists.

Tags: fiber, works on paper