I’m pleased as punch to be curated into an exhibition at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery put together by Dena Beard, who also curates at the Berkeley Art Museum across the Bay. Featuring a lovely linup of local luminaries, it showcases the “back end” of the creative and productive processes relating to our art and research. In other words, there’s no “art” being shown, but provides a fascinating look at what fuels all of us. Running now till July 2, 2010.

Photos of the show taken by Dena Beard can be seen here.
From the gallery website:

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Lending Library is a group exhibition curated by Dena Beard featuring tools, materials, and resources from artists Amy Franceschini, Colter Jacobsen, Kevin Killian, Tom Marioni, Emily Prince, Stephanie Syjuco, and Christine Wong Yap.

Exhibition dates: May 28, 2010 – July 2, 2010

Opening reception: Friday, May 28, 2010, 7-9pm

We browse the bookshelves of the Lending Library as cross-sections of artists’ studios or as a medium for us to consider how we navigate and reclaim information in our own research practice. Experiencing the scribbled margins of a Xeroxed essay alongside modified found photographs changes their context, allowing for more dynamic images and learned connections to arise. Although the originals cannot be borrowed, scans of the artists’ materials will be available to takeaway and appropriate. Nestled in the back of Adobe Books this, the second iteration of Lending Library, develops some of the ideas brought forward with Oakland artists last February at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery. As such, Lending Library joins the landscape of open-source, browser-friendly experiences available in the Bay Area, expanding the idea of how an exhibition, or a library, can respond to a personal, anarchic search for knowledge.

photo by Dena Beard

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