A new book exhibition in US

My books “Don’t retouch anything!” and “Wedding series 1819-1998” are on show. Paper from 1800’s Swedish Royal Announcements, ink, contact prints and a zirconia ring are some of the materials used.

Berglund Cardenas Gaby, Wedding series 1819-1998, mixed media, 2017 wm

Pages from “Wedding series 1819-1998”, mixed media, 2017


Pages from “Wedding series” 1819-1998, mixed media, 2017

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Pages from “Don’t retouch anything”, mixed media, 2017

Berglund Cardenas Gaby, Dont retouch anything, mixed media, 2017 wm

Pages from “Don’t retouch anything”, mixed media, 2017

Bound and Unbound IV is an international juried altered book exhibition at University Libraries, at the University of South Dakota:

“As artists, I believe, one of our roles in society is to protect and foster culture. Altered books seemingly exist as a contradiction to this; destroying the old to foster in the new, by using a cultural icon, the book, as a delivery system for new information outside the bounds of its original intent. I would hope that all the artists in this show hold a certain amount of reverence for the object they are destroying or obfuscating. I believe it is selfish to claim our personal expression is more valid than the information expressed in the book. But, as the book slowly declines as our society become more and more digital, can this mode still be relevant in today’s constant barrage of information? I believe these artworks act as a surrogate for these books, creating monuments and symbols that try to capture the logic of a book in the aesthetic of art.

We are asked as viewers to contemplate these works in consideration of the objects they were born of. The title of this show is Bound and Unbound, a reference to how books are assembled and made. It is a reference to the object itself without considering the information within its pages. It is looking at the object of a book as its physical form: pages, registers, binding and cover. In the works that were selected for this show, I am curating what I believe to be a transformation from object to icon. These works are ruminations and ideations of what the book as an object has a chance to become once divorced from its original intent. Art in itself is a language outside of the letters and words. These works are examples of when a book goes beyond its contents and becomes more than a possession. Your favorite book is something beyond a written tome of increasingly important thoughts. It is something that you use to construct yourself: to become wiser, excited, smarter, faster, better informed, inspired and more empathetic. I see these themes in the works themselves. We look at the weaving that recreates a map on top of the book. The topography of the thread creating an alternate universe that we can only imagine travelling. This transformation is what this show is about to me. The object is reborn/transmuted/challenged. The reader is now asked to read a form. Bound and Unbound IV is the sum of its parts, an exhibition of books undone and put back together. ” – Eli Show, juror.

Artists from Australia, Denmark, England, Puerto Rico, Romania, and the United States are represented in this exhibition running from Aug. 21, 2017 until Jan.3, 2018. 

Their digital library is in the process of publishing photos here

More videos and photos will follow on Instagram

Made it to THE BIG SHOW at Lawndale


After six months living in Houston I didn’t know what a huge honor it was to be selected for The Big Show, with juror Toby Kamps, former Curator of The Menil Collection and soon-to-be Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum. As usual, I didn’t enter for the competition but because the theme was interesting and it gave me a chance to exhibit one of my scrolls locally.

The scrolls were made in S. Korea and they were initially 3. Today they are over 20 pieces. They are by far the most humble works I have made yet the most important, meaningful and fun. They are part of my own meditation practice by handwriting with ink the words “no mind” repeatedly. This practice remind us of the Japanese Zen monks who in ancient times drew Enso circles of enlightenment with ink as part of their own meditation. The circles, like the handwriting, do not need to be perfect as they reflect the state of mind of the writer at the moment of performance. The dream is to show them together, as the last series of 15 pieces explores the use of mindfulness in the healing process of the mental illness.

Of the 3 initial scrolls mounted on antique wood spools one became part of the permanent collection of Kent University Special Collections and Archives in UK after “Prescriptions” exhibition at The Beany Museum in Canterburry. The other piece is currently in Venice after a recent exhibition at The Scuola Internazionale Di grafica Venezia and will stay there as part of a travelling exhibition of “Scrolls” in Italy.

This year’s organizing Theme
It is a truism that life moves fast and that change is a constant. In the 21st century, rates of change in our ecological, economic, and political lives are accelerating and increasing at breakneck speed. Even consciousness itself is under constant pressure as new technologies transfer images, messages, and memes from the screen to the mind at the speed of light.

This weekend: Artists’ Books Biennial in Ome, Italy

It’s truly an honor to be part of the IV International Biennial of Artists’ Books:  “Il Viaggio come Metafora, I’lo e la Natura (THE TRAVEL METAPHOR, NATURE AND I) exploring our journey in life as a metaphor where we are in close contact with the four elements of nature. It’s inspiration was the breathtaking nature of the venue: The Casa Museo Pietro Malossi, located in a village on the southern border of the Ome area, at the foot of the forested slopes of Mount Delma, and is crossed by the canal Molinaria that, as suggested by the same name, moved the wheels of a mill from grain and a mallet iron, existing factories probably since the fifteenth century. The whole place retains its striking beauty and magic.

The Museum is the house where Andrea Averoldi lived, an antiquarian whose collections now part of this museum include more than six thousand prints from woodcuts and lithographs to copper engravings and etchings.

Curator Virginia Millici has organized the international artists’ books biennial for the 9th time gathering a group of international artists, each of us with our own diverse practice, but brought together by a common interest in the medium of the book.

Artists’ books became popular throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and the genre has continued to expand. During the 1980s and 1990s many more artists began to use the book as a medium for self-expression and they continue to do so. Techniques remain varied and range from the traditional to the experimental. Small presses and individuals have continued to promote the art of letterpress printing and the hand-crafted book. Some artists have chosen to use computer-generated images while others have used the photocopier to reproduce their work. Many artists have taken up the challenge to experiment with the content and physical structure of the traditional book form. Bookworks and book objects have continued to step outside conventional boundaries to encompass concepts associated with the fine arts. Works range from the minuscule to the gargantuan. Bookworks are not restricted to the use of paper and ink but can incorporate all kinds of materials and appended objects. While such works are usually unique or limited editions, some are produced in multiple copies.

Exhibition title: IV Bila Biennale Internazionale Libro D’Artista, “Il Viaggio come Metafora, I’lo e la Natura (THE TRAVEL METAPHOR, NATURE AND I)


Period:  July 2nd – September 12th, 2017

Curator: Virginia Millici

Organizer:  Associazione Culturale Art Gallery/Museum Nabila Fluxus in collaboration with Associazione Culturale ” Il Borgo Del Maglio “

Participating artists:    Ariberto Badaloni, Paola Baldassini, Luisa Balicco, Tiziana Baracchi, Gaby Berglund Cardenas, Sarah Bodman, nicoletta bustreo, Sirlei Caetano, Mara Caruso, Maria Teresa Terry Cazzaro, Renata Di Palma, cinzia farina, Grupo Gralha Azul, Arlene Hawrot Landry, Jeanette E. Kohler, Mario Lagos, Beatrice Landucci, Mire Le Fay, Ruggero Maggi, Danilo Micheletto, Virgy M. Milici, Janis Rudolfs Nedela, Csaba Pal, Walter Pennacchi, Fabio Pera, Gentile Polo, Maria Pujol, Rosella Quintini, Roberta Spettoli, Maria Do Carmo Toniolo Kuhn, Luca Xodo

More details on  Exibart’s art newspaper, Rome.

This is the Facebook page created for the Biennial where you can follow up the upcoming exhibition and also see a preview of photos of the museum before the exhibition.


Berglund Cardenas, BOOK OF BALANCE 2

Book of Balance I, mixed media, 2013, S. Korea, Gaby B. Cardenas

The location of the museum

“No Mind” stays in Venice for travelling exhibition

After “Scrolls” exhibition ended at the SG Gallery in Venice, my scroll will stay longer with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia as this is a travelling exhibition. The beautifully located school was founded in 1969 and is the premier university program in Venice for Printmaking and Book Arts, as well as the most established and equipped studio for professional and practicing artists. One of the organizers of “Scrolls”, the Associazione VIS Venetiae Incipit Scriptorium, whose goal is to teach and keep the ancient art of calligraphy, posted these photos of the opening April 17th.

A scroll is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper which has been written, drawn or painted upon for the purpose of decoration or preserving or transmitting information. Scrolls were the first form of editable record keeping texts, used in Eastern Mediterranean ancient Egyptian civilizations. While the scroll was popular until the fourth century, it was gradually replaced by the codex, which is a book in the format used for modern books.

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“No Mind I” artist’s book, handwritten calligraphy on Nepalese paper, limited edition of 3, each unique.


A view from the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, photo by J. Davis.

First show in Houston, Venice and more

Still haven’t finished unpacking my studio but I’m thrilled about my first group exhibition in Houston honoring Frida Kahlo’s legacy at East End Studio Gallery (at Nance and Hardy Studios)  on April 8th, curated by Lizbeth Ortiz, known for her annual Frida Festival (going on its 11th year).  Also, I’ve been invited to show one of my artist’s books in Venice at “Scrolls” at the  Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia in Italy (Ap.14-21) and to join a group show to honor the anniversary exhibition of a great dutch artist: Norbert Wille at Jan Et Piet Museum in Netherlands (May 7th).

Moving to Houston from S. Korea  early this year after 7 1/2 years of making art and having such wonderful Asian country as home means both opportunities and challenges at personal and artistic levels, however doors always open when we put hard work and the heart on what we do.

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THE MOTHER, mixed media, 31.5 x 25.5 (80 x 64 cm) in. framed in acrylic box, 2012 (one of the 4 paintings to be exhibited at “Viva Frida”)