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James MacSwain: Ex Libris

November 3 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2 at 6pm

James MacSwain's Ex Libris is an exploration of the era of books. Before the internet all knowledge was transmitted through the printed word. In this era of instant communication books will become objects, not only in the realm of antique collectables, but of derision. The book will survive like newspapers, magazines and the theatre only if the upcoming generations are moved to examine what will be lost. And what will be lost? The psychological meaning between the logos and the page; the actual heft and weight of a book, may have a comeback as more and more our digital privacy and alienation from our physicality become pronounced. As well the book may survive as artists in a DIY frenzy, such as myself, create the book as a sensual object to be contemplated in a number of formats such as the accordion and starbooks on display.

Image: James MacSwain, The Ghost of a Flea, Homage to William Blake, paper, matt board, acetate and glue, 9" x 10" x 6", 2006.


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