PRESS & RELEASE
in the North Gallery
27 April – 9 June
Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Late openings: 16, 17 18 May until 9 pm
This exhibition is wheelchair-friendly
Otto, ‘The Octopus Would Like To Put a Stop To Us’
Chiara Bianchi, from ‘Mother Gladys’
Jackie Batey, from ‘Future Fantasteek!’
Sumi Perera, from ‘Turn the Page’
PRESS & RELEASE MEDIA AND REVIEWS
Resonance FM interview with Alex Fitch talking to Sue Gollifer, Iain Paxon, Karin Mori and Ben Thomson:
Long after the old printing presses have been dismantled and buried, the artist’s book springs to life in all its pulpy glory. With a passion for glittering words, rustling pages and multi-faceted forms, it gathers together the dreams, desires and obsessions of its creators into little repositories of life and light that outshine the Kindle.
Press & Release is an oasis for the bleary-eyed, screen-scorched reader. It celebrates the thriving culture of artists’ books, with a focus on hand-made and limited editions, and some boundary-breaking permutations. Ranging from silkscreen, collaged and hand-painted books to poetry, text and ‘zines, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the many and varied worlds of book artists.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a specially designed installation which invites viewers to engage with the books and escape the constraints of time.
Press & Release is curated by Karin Mori and gallery design is by Ben Thomson.
15 to 1, Sally Agee, Janet Allsebrook, *Jackie Batey, *John Bently, *Chiara Bianchi, *Deborah Boardman, Sarah Bodman, *Bodman’s Dark Humours, Bongout, *Booklyn Artists Alliance, Borbonesa, Ed Briggs, *Sarah Bryant, Duncan Bullen & Jamie Crofts, Angie Butler & Phillipa Wood, Roz Cran, CUBA, Otto Dettmer, Candice Hicks, Jane Diakonicolas & Martyn Lake, Carolina Diaz, Jane Fox, Tony Gammidge, Joanna Gibbs, Harold Graves, Jonny Hannah, Estelle Liebenberg – Barkhuizen, Heather Matthew, Andi McGarry, Christina Mitrentse, Karen Morgan, Mutter Matter (Jane Fox & Irene Mensah), Occuprint Portfolio, *Iain Paxon, Sumi Perera, David Rees, Fred Rinne, Jim Sanders, Lucy May Schofield, seekers of lice, *Lee Shearman, Dorry Smallman, Graham Smith, Sublevarte, Xelís de Toro, Sylvia Waltering, Marshall Weber, Leslie Wilson-Rutterford.
Come along to the gallery tonight, meet some of the exhibiting artists and gain a deeper insight into the world of artists’ books. Details…
For one evening only, the books will dust off their jackets and leap onto stage. Iain Paxon spins audio-visual yarns using music, slide projections and fairy tales; Bones & The Aft open their pop-up set and take us on a rock-n-roll bus ride; Carolina Diaz draws together dance and organic forms in a book-inspired dance performance (accompanied by musician Geoff Leigh), Laboratoro takes us on a page-turning promenade through the exhibition, and Jackie Batey fills us in on her Damp Flat Books which use humour and satire to rant about the glitches of modern life.
OFF THE PAGE
Immerse yourself in a lively mix of talks, workshops and special events, and learn more about resources and networks for book artists. Borbonesa, a collaborative trio of book artists, will give an illustrated talk about their work. You can also roll up your sleeves and try some drop-in workshops covering simple book formats, collage and working with downloadable books; there will be a café, stalls, networking activities and more.
THE BOOKENDS LOUNGE
Miniature Bookmaking (with Lee Shearman)
Simple Books: Innovative Structures (with Sarah Bryant)
Artists’ Books: Content and Structure (with Sarah Bryant)
Click HERE for details of courses