SCU Curatorial Exhibition: Bookscapes
Curated by Darren Bryant, Associate Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences
The Library in partnership with the School of Art and Social Sciences welcomes you to Bookscapes, an exhibition of artists’ books from the SCU collection.
The exhibition highlights the calibre of artists’ works in the collection, as well as raises awareness of the concepts and practices of book artists.
Bookscapes identifies the practice of 26 artists, writers, and curators who make books around numerous ideas. The exhibition focuses on works that have a conceptual, political or social concern and range from the 1970’s conceptual works of Dieter Roth, to the beautifully illustrated woodblock prints of Michael Schlitz.
The exhibition finishes Friday 1st May 2015 in the Learning Centre Gallery Walk, Lismore.
Date: 13th April- 1st May, 2015
Venue: SCU Library foyer & Manning Clarke Room, Lismore Campus, NSW, Australia.
Curator: Darren Bryant, Associate Lecturer, SCU Curatorial Lab
Artists’ book or book works are broad terms used to describe books, unique or multiple that have been made or conceived by artists. Artist books as an art form, identify how for many centuries, artists have used book making as a way to display artwork. However, artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form associated with earlier art movements such as Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Fluxus.
In many cases, artist books that retain some or all characteristics of a book, provide another way of making and experiencing art, via a sequential arrangement of images associated with unconventional codex designs and formats. Artist books are often self published or produced by small presses and groups in limited editions. Book works are often portable that combine a diverse range of mixed media approaches to format, design and illustration. Sometimes they can be touched and handled, often re-arranged to the viewers preference like a performance, or designed to transform into a sculpture called a book object.
This exhibition showcases a selection of artist’s books from the SCU Manning Clarke Collection. This exhibition highlights the caliber of artist’s located in this collection, as well as to raise awareness to the concept’s and practices of book artists.
Bookscapes, identifies the practice of 25 artists, writers, and curators who make books around numerous ideas. The exhibition focuses on works that have a conceptual, political or social concern and range from the 1970s conceptual works of Dieter Roth to the beautifully illustrated woodblock prints of Michael Schlitz. Other artists include Jonathan Tse, Bea Maddock, Catherine Parker & Stephen Spurrier, Johanna Drucker, Anselm Kiefer, Tim Mosely, Anne Kirker & Normana Wight, Sarah Bodman, Judy Watson, Monica Oppen, Peter Lyssiotis, Christian Boltanski, Tara O’Brien, Robert Jacks, Ti Parks, Noreen Grahame & Jan Davis, Doug Spowart, Victoria Cooper, Dianne Longley, Richard Tuttle, and Peter Charuk.
This is the 1st of three exhibitions that the SCU curatorial lab will show here in the Library. The SCU curatorial lab is a mobile forum for SCU students from a range of faculties to conceive, organise and participate in the production of exhibitions, events, lectures and critical publications, with emphasis on creative collaborations between students, academic staff and industry professionals.
Catherine Parker & Stephen Spurrier
Anne Kirker & Normana Wight
Noreen Grahame & Jan Davis