Margo Klass

Among Margo Klass’s influences are medieval altarpieces, the work of twentieth century random constructionist Kurt Schwitters, and that of Japanese architect Tadeo Ando. Her work has been exhibited by various galleries and museums from Maine to Alaska. In addition to work in private collections, she has work in the collections of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Anchorage Museum of Art and History, and Davistown Museum in Liberty, Maine.

Margo Klass and Frank Soos began their collaboration in 2002 and make their home in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Double Moon

Margo Klass, Frank Soos

Publication Date: February 15, 2009

$19.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1597091411


For thirty years, Margo Klass has created hand-crafted book forms. In the last decade she’s turned her skills to making elegant and profound sculptures. She constructs box forms, icons, and altarpieces, and covers them in cloth or fine paper. Some have windows or skylights so shadow and light can collaborate. Then she gleans from the wide world found objects that she places in gorgeous juxtaposition. From this process come altarpieces and icons, tiny rooms and vast expanses that draw us into their worlds.

Frank Soos spends time in each of these created spaces, and responds in miniature essays, pieces of brief prose no longer than a paragraph. The interplay between words and objects is startling, playful, thought-provoking, and emotionally complex. Reflection and refraction—we take in both words and images, and then our imaginations continue the transformations.

The book itself is beautifully produced, with color plates on every page, French flaps, and two fold-out pages.

Wanda Chin’s book design and Dixon Jones’s electronic wizardry allow the images to come alive on the page. Kesler Woodward’s afterward offers an artist’s insights. Chris Arend, Blaine Pennington, Jim Barker, and Barry McWayne contribute fine art photography.


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