<the space in between> BOOK PROJECT
Penelope Aitken, Chris Bond, Gabrielle Brauer, Richard Butler-Bowden, Narinda Cook, Martina Copley, Kate Cotching, Anna Finlayson, Juan Ford, Tara Gilbee, Andrew Goodman, Mandy Gunn, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Mark Hilton, Greer Honeywill, Louise Hubbard, Penelope Hunt, Paul Irving, Ash Keating, Wendy Kelly, Tamara Marwood, Gabby O’Connor, Karen Papeck, Patrick Pound, Elizabeth Presa, Kiron Robinson, Tracy Sarroff, Alex Selenitsch,Aloma Treister, Meredith Turnbull, Hayley West
13th of July – 4th of August, 2007
A group exhibition curated by Tara Gilbee
VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Sidney Myer Work on Paper Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, 15th of March – 13th of April, 2008
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 8th of August – 14th of September, 2008
Two collaborative works on paper created especially for <the space in between> book project.
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
There's always underground, i (Le Médecin malgré lui)
There's always underground, ii (Le Bourgeois gentilhomme)
Watercolour, pencil and collage on Fabriano traditional white 640gsm paper, 56cm X 76cm
<the space in between> book project is an intriguing and thought-provoking exhibition that investigates the nature of books and their place within our ordinary lives. It features work by thirty-two artists from across Australia, who have each responded to the internal space of a book carved and presented to them for their artistic intervention. Curator and collaborator Tara Gilbee has spent many months collecting dozens of books, in English and foreign languages, with colourful and often decorative hard covers and infinite variations of ivory toned pages. With a scalpel and considerable care, she has carved out a section from each book: sometimes guided by the formal structure of an embossed surface, at other times led by the layout of title and text on each cover. The participating artists were presented two objects — the remnants of the book with its empty cavity, and the detachable core — with which to create a work for <the space in between> book project. The end results on exhibition represent a vast array of responses, including sculptural work, installations, and even drawn and photographic reworkings of the original volumes.
(Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 2009)