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Nobuo Kubota, Phonic Slices (Tranches phoniques), 2001, 39 x 28.6 cm. Collection of the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.

Artists’ Books Revealed

The School of Art Gallery presents two exhibitions this fall that feature books by artists: Uncovering Artists’ Books curated by Geraldine Davis in the Main Gallery, and Unfolding Pages: Erwin Huebner’s Artists’ Books in the Special Collections Gallery.


Uncovering Artists' Books
Curated by Geraldine Davis
Main Gallery

September 28 - November 24, 2017
Opening reception: September 28, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Curator’s talk: 6 – 7 pm

In the exhibition, Uncovering Artists' Books, curator Geraldine Davis introduces us to the multiplicity of forms that are artists’ books. These portable art objects, through their sensual and tactile layers, offer intimate access to the artists' creative processes and imagery. This exhibition brings together work ranging from the mid-twentieth century to present day, from the East Coast to the West, in hopes of delivering moments of contemplation and fresh perspectives on the history of Canadian art.

One of the books to be featured in this exhibition is Le Refus Global, produced in 1948 by a collective of artists including Paul-Émile Borduas. Published in church-dominated Quebec, the book revolutionized visual arts practice in Canada by advocating a move away from representational traditions and into Automatism, a more spontaneous approach to art-maing. Viewed in the context of artists' books, Le Refus Global becomes both a document and window into the past.

Another artist to make a significant contribution to the field is the Vancouver-based artist, Nobuo Kubota. His 2001 short composition, Phonic Slices, reconfigured a sculpture of plywood letters into a flat, printed surface through the process of scanning. By including print technology in his multi-media art practice, Kubota further develops the notion of tactility in artists' books.

Uncovering Artists' Books moves through different periods, styles, and mediums to reveal the importance of artists' books as documents, windows, and playful expressions. Through a close look at the various expressions of artists' books, Geraldine Davis proposes a unique form of art viewing that is both immersive and patient.

For this project, Davis has drawn on the collections of Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, (Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity), Library and Archives Canada and Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The project has received funding from Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program.

A catalogue will be produced for the exhibition and will include texts by A.A. Bronson, Johanne Sloan, Martha Wilson and Geraldine Davis

More about the Curator:

Geraldine Davis is an independent curator and art dealer based in Toronto. Launching her professional career with the publication of a collaborative artist's book, A Rebel Gravity 1978, she has curated a number of major exhibitions and exhibitions catalogues, some of which include Art at Work: Corporate Collecting Practices Today (Art Gallery of Mississauga), J.C. Heywood: A Life in Layers (Burnaby Art Gallery), and Printshops of Canada (Macdonald Stewart Art Centre). Uncovering Artists' Books was initiated by the curator in collaboration with the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in 2016.


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Erwin Huebner, Accordion, 2017, mixed media. Collection of the Artist.

Unfolding Pages: Erwin Huebner’s Artists’ Books
Special Collections Gallery

September 28 – November 10, 2017
Opening reception: September 28, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Erwin Huebner is a cell-biologist and an artist who explores the interface between art and science, aesthetically and philosophically in photography, intaglio and related print media and in artist books from traditional bindings to sculptural books.

Since January 2017 Huebner has been artist in residence at the School of Art, and has been elaborating within his work on notions of what constitutes a book, exploring the capacity of inanimate objects to function as covers or enclosures for content on paper and other media. The forms his books take flow directly from their content. His fascination with microscopy and tiny books has resulted in miniature books, sometimes more traditionally bound and packaged. A less conventional book emerges from his musical studies as a child. A concertina, packed in its carrying case and with paper pages replacing the bellows, offers a glimpse into the music and lessons of a young accordion student. Working with cast glass, he has also created a book of molded glass panels lit with LED lights that reveal the subtle surfaces of the glass.

Erwin Huebner will be present at the opening of the exhibition September 28, and will talk about his work in the gallery on the afternoon of Thursday, October 19.


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School of Art Gallery
255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
204-474-9322

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 p.m.
Admission is Free.

The School of Art Gallery is accessible, but close parking may be an issue while street construction is ongoing.

Parking: ARTlab is located on Dafoe Road next door to Taché Hall and Drake Centre.