Sandra Haar, a Book of Longing, pages 1 (verso) and 2 (recto), partially folded out, 2011, serigraphy, 16.5" x 11"
a Book of Longing
opening and launch March 10, 7-9PM
exhibition dates: March 10 – April 27, 2012
A Book of Longing is an artist's book that explores the complicated knot of emotional longing and sexual desire. It conjures up memories and fantasies; it represents tokens of affection and objects of yearning; it evokes interaction with the lover, the self and the lover-in-one's-self. Personal effects, sexual joinings, clasped hands, candy hearts, gestural portraits and a poetic text, appear in succession and combination as the pages of the bookwork are unfolded, inviting the viewer to consider different layers of experience and understanding. A subtle and evocative rhythm is created through the use of images in series and a loosely narrative format.
The exhibition will feature the book, as well as each of the 48 individual panels from it. The original edition book is screenprinted and hand-bound. An offset-printed version will be launched as well.
About the artist
Throughout her artistic practice, Sandra Haar has focused on issues of representation and subjectivity, investigating a range of personal and cultural concerns. The taboo and traumatic figure strongly in her work, as do themes of sexuality and eroticism. She works in a variety of media and formats, including mixed-media installation, bookworks, and flat work, with recent practice focusing on serigraphy. All of her work contains a textual component.
Sandra Haar's art has been exhibited locally and regionally, including Gallery 44 (Toronto), Forest City Gallery (London) and La Centrale (Montreal), published in several periodicals and anthologies, including The Girl Wants to: Women's Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House Press), and sold through Art Metropole (Toronto) and Printed Matter (New York).
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Sandra Haar, a Book of Longing, pages 3 (verso) and 4 (recto), folded in, 2011, serigraphy, 11" x 5.5"