June Bisantz could be considered the queen of public art in Connecticut. She often works big, and uses public spaces to challenge peoples' relationships with everyday objects and situations. Billboards, buses, and traffic signage often fall under her spell.
Her current exhibit "Turning Pages" is an interactive light projection on the facade of the Willimantic Public Library, 905 Main St., Willimantic, CT. It will be viewable from 8pm - midnight April 12-16. A preview of the project is online on Bisantz's website.
In "Turning Pages," text becomes luminous--optically, and as it ignites the imagination of the reader who approaches the library. The projection is a metaphor, as the beauty of reading depends on inner visualization, on the words coming off the page. Its existence highlights people's relationship with reading, and cleverly acknowledges the new roles libraries (and readers) must take on as electronic media changes what people think of "book" and "text".
From the press release: “Reading has saved my life many times”, says Bisantz, “A good book offers escape, high drama and great adventure. Turning Pages is about the excitement and anticipation of reading a new story.”
In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Bisantz is a teacher of digital art and design at Eastern Connecticut State University, and is a jazz musician.