Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lending Library

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.