100% Books by Canberra Artists was an exhibition of artists’ books at the Watson Arts Centre in Canberra, ACT, from 11–28 April, 2013. It was opened by arts writer Peter Haynes. It was curated by Caren Florance (Ampersand Duck) and was independently produced by Maryann Mussared and Caren Florance.
The show featured twenty Canberra artists who have made books as part of their broader artistic practice. Each artist has been asked to show an ‘early’ work and a ‘recent’ work. This gap may be only a few years in the case of the emerging artists, but may also be decades, and in some cases the change in visual approach is startling.
ANTONIA AITKEN :: G W BOT :: BYRD :: KIRSTEN FARRELL :: DIANNE FOGWELL :: U K FREDERICK :: SHELLAINE GODBOLD :: INGEBORG HANSEN :: NICCI HAYNES :: JAN HOGAN :: HANNA HOYNE :: MURRAY KIRKLAND :: MARYANN MUSSARED :: TANYA MYSHKIN :: PATSY PAYNE :: BERNIE SLATER :: FRANKI SPARKE :: NICK STRANKS :: GENEVIEVE SWIFTE :: IONA WALSH
There were artist’s talks at 1:30pm on each Saturday of the show: 13 and 20 April. Each Saturday afternoon the curator hosted a white-gloves show-through of the books. On 13 April there was a zine workshop led by artist Bernie Slater with the theme of ‘So you’ve decided to vote for Tony Abbott’. The resulting zine was sold at the zine fair and is now available through the artist. On 20 April there was a small zine fair with some books artists joining in with their works.
The short blurb goes:
Canberra has a long and prolific history of artistic book production, encouraged and inspired by our rich array of cultural and creative institutions. There is a vibrant community of artists who use the book form to explore and extend their broader practice, whether it be printmaking, sculpture or any other medium. This exhibition, featuring a range of work from fine press to street press, is both snapshot and survey of a selection of current practitioners. It promises to be a very special glimpse at Canberra’s other book scene.
The longer blurb (the media release) is here to download.
An article by Caren Florance on curating the show has been published in The Blue Notebook, Volume 8, no. 1, October 2013.
Please see the exhibition album for gallery views and works from each artist.