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Reading list: Art in the Making

Reading list: Art in the Making

I just picked up this new book by Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson on Friday and managed to crack onto it this morning.

Adamson is a perennial favourite of mine, his past projects include Thinking Through Craft and The Invention of Craft– books that question assumptions about making and value using examples from traditional and non traditional mediums.

In the first book (Thinking Through Craft) Adamson posits that Craft is most powerful when it is deployed as a verb (as in the ACTION of craft), rather than as a noun (as in the OBJECT itself). He argues craft is a complex methodology for thinking through our relationships to material culture, labour, and value systems.

In his second work, The Invention of Craft, Adamson traces the emergence of the concept of craft in relation to the production methods of the Industrial Revolution.

In effect Adamson’s work seeks to separate craft from its perceived (and frankly ungenerative) binary relationship to art, and uses the concept of craft as a framework to address the material conditions of artistic production.
This latest book, in written in collaboration with Julia Bryan-Wilson (who’s past work  Art Workers focusing on the politically oriented “art workers” of the 60s and 70s was named A Best Book of 2009 by Artforum) seems so far to be the culmination of these interests.

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Reading list: Recipes for an Encounter

Reading list: Recipes for an Encounter

Lately I’ve been reading Recipes for an Encounter a book iteration of the 2008 exhibition Kits for an Encounter at Western Front.

The book delves into instructionals- written instructions left by artists for viewer-participants to complete. Some highlights from the book so far are Vahida Ramujkic’s Shengen with Ease (2006) a collection of instructions for non-EU citizens to navigate the bureaucratic maze of changing their status within the EU and Janice Kerbel’s Bank Job (1999) wherein the artist cased a financial institution in London as if she were planning on pulling off a heist.

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Do It Together, By Yourself

Do It Together, By Yourself

This summer fellow Vancouver artist Caitlin Chaisson and I are inviting people to Do It Together, By Yourself with us at the Fieldhouse.

I spend a lot of time in the fieldhouse reading and researching- both are really key components of my practice & with this project I’m inviting you to join me.

We will provide comfy things to sit on and coffee. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10-12.

 

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New read!

New read!

I’ve been really enjoying this new read releases by American curator Nato Thompson.

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Reading List

Reading List

I’ve been trying to set aside a little bit of time every day to dedicate to reading, and this is the first book I’m diving into this summer- a series of essays on research-based artistic practices.

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