The Signature of All Things: Gallery of works

Introducing Our Next Book: The Idiot

Open Book Art Collective is pleased to introduce the book we will be reading, exploring and creating art around this 2015 winter/spring season.

The Idiot is a classic, written by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, between 1868 and 1869.  Contrasting with Dostoevsky’s portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment  is his portrayal of the ideal man, a man of pure innocence, Prince Myskin. The Idiot explores what happens when this Prince encounters the real world, a world that Dostoevsky paints as being obsessed with power, money and manipulation.

Have you read this book before? If so what are your thoughts on Part 1? Do you agree with the statement below?

Follow along with us as we read and digest all four parts of this intriguing novel and then join us for the art exhibit later in the year!

Happy Reading!

Cheers,

OBAC

‘Dear Life’ Gallery

Alice Munro has mastered the craft of saying a lot with a little, and consistently captures an essence of Canadiana in person and place in her numerous short stories. In her most recent collection, Dear Life, she allows the reader to witness subtle yet pivotal experiences of her characters’ lives within a familiar Canadian landscape. Munro constructs vignettes that seem to be like significant links in domino chains of events-coming of ages; accidents; close encounters- though we as readers are left behind at the end of each story to imagine the fallout.

Munro’s stories are not expansive or epic, yet when magnified they reveal rich symbolism paired with characters whose complex networks and personal histories intersect. This is the material that the participating artists have drawn on to curate this collection of work.

The Open Book Art Collective seeks to create a visual/literary dialogue with art objects that are both informed by and informing the literature. Each individual artist has applied their medium to two short stories from Dear Life, exploring broader themes of recollection, place, banality and nostalgia. With painting, encaustic, drawing, sculpture, photography and textiles. Dear Life is a sensitive exploration into what it means to be human.

‘Dear Life’ Exhibited at The Moat Gallery, Central Vancouver Public Library, from Sept 2nd-Sept 26th, 2014.

An opening reception was held at The Shack Gallery on August 28th, 2014.

‘Dear Life’ Opening Night and VPL Exhibit Set-UP

‘Dear Life’ is an exhibition by the Open Book Art Collective, inspired by a book of short stories by Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro.

‘Dear Life’ Exhibited at The Moat Gallery, Central Vancouver Public Library from Sept 2nd-Sept 26th,  2014.

An opening reception was held at The Shack Gallery on August 28th, 2014.

Dear Life

Open Book Art Collective is pleased to announce our next book selection. This winter we will be reading and exploring Alice Munroe’s latest collection of short stories, ‘Dear Life’. In case you didn’t know, this 82 year old Canadian powerhouse,  recently received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“It has become practically de rigeur to refer to Munro as ‘our Chekhov’… But at this point in Munro’s career, how much can it add? What is certain is this: She is our Munro. And how fortunate we are to call her that.” — New York Times Book Review

We encourage you to read along with us and to stay tuned for upcoming shows this spring and summer!

Happy reading!

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The Death of A Beekeeper Exhibit

Curatorial Statement:
In the winter or 2013, some friends came together to read a book and make art. The book they chose was Lars Gustafsson’s 1978 novel, The Death of a Beekeeper.  The Result is a show curated with thought provoking artworks that seek to dialogue with Gustafsson’s writing.  Through a variety of mediums, such as collage, painting, drawing, sewing and installation, six artists explore and wrestle with themes of self-realization, loss and doubt.
 
“When the letter from the district hospital in Vasteras finally came, I didn’t want to open it, so I laid it aside…” (The Yellow Book 1:8)