Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria
Friday 4th of August – Sunday 26th of November, 2017
Extended indefinitely (2019)
La Trobe Reading Room
State Library Victoria
‘It was familiar. Yet it was out of sorts. It was a left foot crammed into the right shoe.’
We have turned State Library Victoria's dais in the heart of the Dome Reading Room into an artists’ book. Not a book you hold in your palm, but a book that you walk around. One foot, after the other — left, right, left, right — turning the cabinet pages with your feet.
Treating each cabinet as if it were a page, our five new artists’ books extend their wings across large-scale collages. Weaving a fable beneath glass, together, they read as one. Walk and see.
1. I think all the world is falling
2. No longer six feet under
3. Disrupted and rumpled
4. Dim wood, spark bright
5. A warmed pebble in my hand
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, 2017
Five 8-page, concertina bound artists’ books. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm, with covers mounted on gold-trimmed board, housed in a printed slipcase on 225gsm Buffalo board. Printed by Arten (covers, pages) and Bambra Press (slipcases). Each an edition of 6, with an artists’ proof.
Five trapezoid collages. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm. Printed by Arten.
You can see Looped as it sits in the library now and how it all came together nestled beneath #GraciaLouiseLooped.
Throughout 2017, you could collect a free 16-page zine, which included the text, A whisker lighter, and list of works from a stand at the dome dais. This zine is now available through our online store.
Looped had its dates extended indefinitely and can still be experienced in the dome.
Looped was originally a satellite exhibition to Self-made: zines and artist books, of which our work is also a part of, a travelling State Library exhibition which began in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery (State Library Victoria, from the 11th of August through until the 12th of November, 2017). Self-made has since headed to Bunjil Place Gallery, Mildura Arts Centre, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery in 2018. In 2019–20, Self-made tours to New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, and Latrobe Regional Gallery.