Where artists' books and the book arts meet online...
Time: September 2, 2009 to September 12, 2009
Location: Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
Street: 49 Phillip Avenue
City/Town: Watson, Canberra, Australia
Website or Map: http://www.megalo.org
Phone: +61 02 62414844
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Caren Florance
Latest Activity: Sep 9, 2009
Solo show of playful bookwork by Ampersand Duck.
I have a burning desire not to waste materials, and my personal artist’s books are made from paper or other materials left over from more formal projects. Many of my unique books are made from the print proofs, ghosts or off-cuts of commissioned letterpress work. I make them as a souvenir of a collaboration, or as an extension of themes that run through the text I’ve been working upon.
I am an avid reader and chronic daydreamer; I often spend so much time with the words and images of a single book project that it is refreshing to rework them in a different, more playful context, which allows me to extend my appreciation of the original text beyond the realms of the traditional page layout.
I also like to trawl second-hand book sales and rescue under-appreciated books to rework them into something people might value again. I might use the title and/or cover of vintage novels to begin new stories that the viewer can continue in their own imagination. In any case, my working methods seem perfectly in tune with a world that is once again recognising the need to re-use and recycle as a cultural process.
The opening for the exhibition is on Thursday 3 September at 6pm, and the show runs through until Saturday 12 September.
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