Artist Rebecca Krinke and arts journalist Camille LeFevre will be launching the release of Rebecca's newest book, Bedtime Stories, on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artist and University of Minnesota faculty member Rebecca Krinke has transformed her “Bedtime” series of bed sculptures (seen at Rosalux Gallery and at Northern Spark Festival) into a new book, Bedtime Stories. Krinke and arts journalist Camille LeFevre, who contributed an essay to Bedtime Stories, will host a book launch/reception on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis, to celebrate the publication of Bedtime Stories. The event is free and open to the public.
In Bedtime Stories, Krinke reimages her series of bed sculptures by digitally combining photographs of her prior installations with photographs of liminal spaces the sculptures have never been and would be nearly impossible for them to be found, such as above Lake Superior, overwhelming a gallery at the American Swedish Institute, or on fire in a forest. The resulting images extend the “dream-space” of the sculptures into new settings, offering new daydreams. In addition to the book for sale, a selection of Bedtime Stories images will also be exhibited as framed works for sale.
“My intent was to experience the beds as if in dreams, transported in time and place,” says Krinke about creating the photographic montages in Bedtime Stories. “For a long time, I’ve wanted to physically take and install my bed sculptures in a variety of settings. Digital tools are making it possible in these images . My practices of keeping notebooks and making sculptural books kindled my interest in seeing the bed series transform, as a new subject, into its own book.”
In her essay in Bedtime Stories, LeFevre writes: “Krinke makes special her beds, as meme and art installation, yet again, transporting them to another realm of the imagination: the book. In these pages, the bed is elevated to a character, protean in its details and materiality as it floats, hangs, or burns in the most unlikely places: industrial, natural, cultural. In these Bedtime Stories, no victims or villains, princesses or princes exist. Krinke has become both fabulist and fabricator, writer and rescuer, progenitor and protagonist of her own story as an artist and woman. Now it’s your turn to dream.”