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Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books-Library of Congress-Tribute
Tribute to Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books- Library of Congress
Mark Dimunation retired as Chief of Rare Books at the Library of Congress on March 30, 2023. As he is no longer a government employee, we are now able to carry out a long-planned tribute to Mark, his dedication to the Library of Congress, and its remarkable collection of artist books. Mark has often referred to his work as being at “The People's Library,” and it is our hope and intent that The People celebrate his 25 years of dedication to the growth and evolution of the collection by placing Timothy Ely's Bones of the Book, long coveted by Mark for the collection, in the Library of Congress in his name.
Timothy Ely-Creates Single-copy Handmade Books
Timothy C. Ely is a contemporary American painter, graphic artist, and bookbinder, known for creating single-copy handmade books as art objects.
Timothy Ely began a self-motivated study of bookbinding in 1975.. He began to fabricate the work he is known for today, a fusion of largely English-style binding techniques with visionary drawings of an unknowable future.
His mastery of bookbinding techniques coupled with artistic innovation follow in the footsteps of monastic illuminators and bookbinders, continuing the long legacy of book arts.
Ely has spent his career creating books and learning the ways to do this which deliver an experience of mystery and delight — attempting to create an artifact which delivers the surprise one might feel encountering an unusual and compelling work hidden within a rare book collection.
The work which developed turns out to be thoroughly contemporary while also rooted in knowledge of the past — including methods chosen to deliver both the visual interest and the mechanical operation he envisioned.
Barbara Basbanes Richter. The Alchemy of Book Art: 8 Works by Tim Ely. Fine Arts and Collectibles. (July, 2016)