Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition
Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.
REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015
For more information please contact the Coördinator, Robyn Foster (email: email@example.com.)
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Friday, 23 October 2015
PLEASE NOTE THE
ARTIST FLOOR TALK EVENT
SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER 2015
AT UNSW CAMPUS LIBRARY
MY APOLOGIES FOR THE LATE NOTICE OF THIS NEWS
AND ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.
|SELINA GRIFFITH - SENIOR LECTURER IN DESIGN UNSW (OPENING SPEAKER), |
ROBYN FOSTER, JUDY BOURKE & TRACIE TOOHEY (CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS)
AT THE OPENING NIGHT FUNCTION OF PERSONAL HISTORIES UNSW CANBERRA
Above images from the Personal Histories UNSW Canberra Campus
Library Gallery (more to follow).
Wonderful to have interstate and out-of-town artists come along for the Canberra opening.
(Apologies for the lateness and sporadic nature of these images - ongoing computer issues!)
Friday, 28 August 2015
Personal Histories International Artists' Book Exhibition
UNSW Canberra Campus
(Australian Defence Force Academy - Duntroon)
Academy Library - Building 13
Northcott Drive Canberra ACT 2600
Open to the public:
Monday 28 September - Friday 11 December 2015
Official Opening Event:
5.30pm Thursday 1 October 2015
(official opening by Professor Ross Harley, Dean UNSW Art & Design)
Floor Talk event:
5.30 Thursday 29 October 2015
Artwork Image: ŠoŠo (Sandra Winkworth)
Thursday, 23 July 2015
I took a sample of Personal Histories artworks to the artists' book fair at
Artists Books Brisbane Event (abbe)
which ran over three days 16-18th July 2015
at QCA Griffith University, Southbank Brisbane.
This was a great venue to show some of the wonderful works
which have formed part of the overall exhibitions to a very interested audience.
Head on over to the official
to see lots of photographs, see who was there and to read more about the event.
Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper also have a wonderful article on their blog
Sunday, 10 May 2015
The doors have closed today on the
100Book: A Personal Histories International Artists' Book Exhibition
at Redland Art Gallery.
It has been a brilliant exhibition with lots of positive feedback from gallery visitors and staff.
Since the opening night event we have had two artist's floor talks, three guided walk throughs and one bookmaking workshop.
I have been very remiss in not putting any posts up on the blog over the run of the show, but I hope you will be bear with me as I get back on track.
I would like to share with you some of opening speaker, Jan Davis', words about the exhibition and about the practice of artist book making:
This exhibition of books is presented in a climate we are constantly told, of diminished reverence for the book, for the feel of the book, a time when people are supposedly turning away from reading a bound object held in their hands, turning towards reading from a screen. The 100book exhibition brings together artists who aspire to reignite our relationship with the book.
Why do artists make books?
There are many answers, but I want to talk about just two reasons that are powerfully demonstrated in this exhibition, (and I don't use that adjective lightly).
1. books can tell a story: they are open to presenting a narrative in a way that many single stand-alone works of art, such as a painting, a print or a piece of sculpture are not. A sequence of pages (not necessarily covered in words) gives an opportunity to develop a concept, to draw out or build an idea. And many artists, as you will see in this exhibition, have a complex story to tell.
2. books are intimate: they are quiet objects of contemplation. They take time, time to make, and they reward time spent reading them. They feel intimate in the making, they lure we bookmakers into revealing quite a lot about ourselves and others. Being with a book takes us to a very private place.
Viewers of this exhibition will recognise the narrative and the intimacy in the books and in the artists' statements that support them.
CATHERINE KIRKPATRICK (USA) writes that in creating these images her immediate family and ancestors came into her mind, their births, their life's journeys that led to her being born in New York City. She writes "I see their triumphs and struggles, and in my work I honour them'.
JAQUELINE BALMER - UNITED KINGDOM (LANCASHIRE) in describing her project "Was she the one who?", which involved working with old family photographs, writes 'Names were forgotten, or attributed to the wrong face, anecdotes were confused and embellished. Now, not knowing who these people were, we read stories into their images based on their expressions, their clothing or surroundings. Some of the stories you may read in these images are more accurate than others'.
HELEN SANDERSON (AUSTRALIA) in her work 'My grandmother was a Dear: The female line - Tracing the invisible women and those who came later', her 4th book records some of the lace passed down to her from these women. Lace pressed against their skins - Narratives and intimacy indeed!
This exhibition also demonstrates a key aspect of the artist's book community and that is their capacity to build and sustain communities of makers. Robyn (Foster) has tapped into existing national and international networks of artists making books to invite participation in this project and to also promote and disseminate information about the exhibition. She has created new communities and is continuing to do that.