The next showing of The Portable Library Project opens this Friday at Mixed Media in Hamilton. The opening will coincide with Hamilton's monthy James Street Art Crawl. See above (and below!) for all the details. Hope to see you there!
The Portable Library Project is a multi-dimensional mail-art/bookmaking project involving the creation of small works exploring ideas surrounding archiving, ephemera, journalling, libraries and incorporating an art practice into everyday life. The 18 participating artists span several artistic disciplines, from performance art to fibre-based art; from photo-based art to craft to sculpture and installation. Artists involved in the project are based across Canada, and are from as far away as Seoul, Korea.
Invited artists were sent/delivered an empty cigar box, roughly the size of a hardcover book. Over the course of one week, participants were expected to create a 'book' a day, reflective of each person's day-to-day activities and artistic process. Books were ideally made while on the go; boxes were intended to be carried with the participant, where books were to be added and collected each day for seven days.
Participating artists: Aimee Lee (Seoul, Korea) Amber Landgraff (Toronto) Cara Spooner (Toronto) Daphne Gerou (Toronto) Debbie Danelley (Winnipeg, MB) Deborah Margo (Ottawa, ON) Fiona Bailey (Toronto) Jen Pilles (Oakville, ON) Laura Calvi (Halifax, NS) Laurie Kang (Toronto) Margaret Flood (Guelph, ON) Margaret Legue (Forest, ON) Morag Schonken (Halifax, NS) Sheila Jonah (Toronto) Simon Rabyniuk (Toronto) Stephanie Cormier (Toronto) Stephanie Vegh (Hamilton, ON) Sylvia Ziemann (Regina, SK)
The Portable Library Project is organized and curated by Tara Bursey.
Poster design: Tara Bursey