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[BKARTS] Dont Look Gallery - 'A Book for No Good Reason'



Just received this in my inbox from another arts list. If you're in Sydney, it could be interesting to check it out...

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You are invited to a new exhibition...



WHAT: A Book for No Good Reason

(First exhibition of the year at Don't Look Gallery)



WHEN: Opening Wednesday January 17, 6pm

Thurs Jan 18 - Sat Jan 27 (Thur-Sat 11-5)



WHERE: DON'T LOOK Experimental New Media Gallery

419 New Canterbury Rd (Near Marrickville Rd), Dulwich Hill



WHO: Pickafight Books (a williams with special guests Jordan Woods and Bernard)



CONTACT: Greg Shapley - Ph: 0401 152 434

EMAIL: dontlookgallery@xxxxxxxxx

WEB: myspace.com/dontlookgallery



To say that a williams makes books is like saying that an actor merely

reads lines. a williams is a maker of artist's books. He stiches and

binds, but he does much more than that. a williams 'performs' books -

the narrative, or content is focused around the performance of making

the book.



Thus his books are much more than just words on a page (in fact, they

aren't 'words on a page' at all), they are sculptural objects. For

instance, in his upcoming exhibition at Don't Look Gallery, we see a

video of the artist at work.



In creating 'IncendDIARY', a williams (and co-collaborator Jordan

Woods) fill the insides of books with sparklers, then blow the living

daylights out of them. This destructive, but spectacular, act evokes

the destruction of knowledge through the glorification of war, perhaps

illustrating the old adage that, 'the first casualty of war is truth'.

The charred remains of these books are exhibited like evidence at a

murder trial.



Most of his books don't meet such violent ends, however, but all of

them have 'lived' - they have all survived performance, and as a

result, can be read as texts (despite having no printed words).



The 'Information Bomb' is the result of a performance of a character.

This character believes that if he or she combines a book (a container

for information) with some ink (the revealer of information), an

aerial (the transmitter of information) and a switch (to make the

thing work), that they will be able to make a successful book -

perhaps a book that is more technologically advanced than others.



He describes this work as a 'prototype that never got through the

patent office, made by an inbred savant who grew up in a caravan park

on the Gold Coast' (a description that a williams thinks is a little

too close to his own for comfort).



Another work, entitled 'Preservation', is comprised of a book that has

been preserved in alcohol in the hope the book will 'last for future

generations' - yet ironically it has been ruined in the process. The

way it has been preserved denies access to that which it is trying to

preserve. The object itself has been confused with the knowledge it

contains and the book has been preserved at the cost of that which it

holds.



To a williams it is the lived experience of a book that matters. In

the words of the artist; "It's not what's in a book, who wrote it or

what it's about; but what you DO TO IT that really counts..."



a williams wishes to thank the Haswell and Macleay Museums at the

University of Sydney, Marrickville Council and Southern Cross

University for their assistance and support of this project.



FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT GREG SHAPLEY ON 0401 152 434 OR

EMAIL dontlookgallery@xxxxxxxxx



Cheers,
Bea Pierce

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http://www.20-20.org


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