After Stephen Sidelinger moved from Venice, CA to his new home in Venice, FL which is just a few clicks south of Sarasota, he divided up the garage by building a wall to create his studio in the 3rd car space. The converted garage is a well organized work place that has plenty of hidden storage. Natural light floods the room from a large window and a window paneled door. In milder temperatures, Stephen can open the garage door to enjoy a soothing breeze and a sense of expanded space.
As stated on his web-site home page, Stephen truly has a “Distinctive Visual Language” which is expressed in his multiple disciplines of hand-bound books, objects made from collecting nature’s waste, unique color embroidery, whimsical objets d’art, as well as paintings and drawings. Because Stephen’s work is so diversified but uniquely his own nonetheless, I will only touch upon the books which have captivated my attention every time that I have visited him. I suggest that you go to his web-site where you will have the pleasure of viewing the breadth of his ingenuity.
“Sidelinger’s illuminated manuscripts explore the contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. He employs a wide range of forms to create bindings that range from historical to modern and from cloth to leather. The results are elaborately bound as one-of-a-kind objects though sometime as small editions. These books are created in every format, delve into aspects of the human condition, and in the process, encourage us to reevaluate our experience of the book as an commonplace medium.” …Don Steiner
For more on Stephen Sidelinger’s artworks go to www.stephensidelinger.com