Monday, April 02, 2012

Upcoming Exhibition: A Novel Approach

A Novel Approach  
Books, Portfolios & Related Works from the Collection

April 6 – May 13, 2012
Opening Reception:

Sun. Apr. 15 @ 2pm
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s special interest in the book arts started with our founding director, Bill Poole, who was a private press printer and extraordinary book artist. In those early days the GPAG was a committee of the Grimsby Public Library Board, a close relationship that enhanced our interest in the book arts and that continues to this day. Many pieces in the permanent collection reflect this special interest and A Novel Approach will give visitors a chance to see and interact with many of these intriguing works of art.

In this exhibition we will consider a number of key questions, starting with “what is a book?” There is a considerable fine craft element involved in hand made books, printing, papermaking, stitching, gluing, assembling, and these are of particular interest. Books often to tell stories, leading us gradually on a narrative journey. Many works of art also tell stories, some in distinct isolated segments, like a book, some by bringing numerous narrative elements together into a single image. How do these relate to the concept of “book”?

The exhibition will include books and book inspired artworks in many media and forms. Expect to see some 16th century wood-cut book illustrations; the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild’s Millennium in a Box; screen prints by Carl Beam that relate the experiences of First Nations peoples and a section of the ceramic mural by Merton Chambers that once greeted people entering the Carnegie Library Building and tells the history of Grimsby on a series of book-shaped plaques.

Gallery visitors will have a further opportunity to explore the fascinating world of hand made books at Wayzgoose 2012 and can learn how to create their own book at the workshop led by Louisa Kratka on Sunday May 6. Please see our Spring 2012 Courses & Workshops brochure for more details.

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