Exhibition at the CSL library explores four artists’ distinct visions of the future of books

Côte Saint-Luc, June 14, 2010 – Le livre imaginé, an exhibition of works in by Cara Barer, Estela López Solís, Guy Laramée, and Gabrielle Laforest is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, until July 4 2010.

Throughout history, books have been profoundly influenced by their materials—from wood, stone, papyrus, and silk to parchment and paper, as well as by the emergence of the first printing presses. Today there are many new technologies for reading including mobile devices, audio books and e-books. In this exhibition, artists Cara Barer (photographs), Guy Laramée (sculpture), Gabrielle Laforest (painting) and Estela López Solís (video) propose their vision of the future of books in a variety of mediums.

Each artist takes a unique approach. Cara Barer, an artist based in Houston, Texas works with a distinctive process using books that she soaks in water, reshapes and photographs. She reassures viewers that “no important books have been injured during the making of any of these photo¬graphs.” Guy Laramée whose work is well known in Quebec, also works with books as a material. In his sculptures, volumes of dictionaries and ancient encyclopedias are transformed through sandblasting into landscapes of mountains.

Estela López Solís has contributed the video Read-to-Me (2009), which features a voice whose origins are ambiguous. It draws attention to the recent growth in technologies that synthesize voices on portable electronic books. The exhibition also includes work by Gabrielle Laforest. Her paintings explore the relationship between the canvas and the book as mediums. Her dyptichs in subdued tones offer of traces of writing that have been distorted by her technique of creating pressure between two canvases.

Le livre imaginé, is presented in partnership with L’aire libre and Librairie Monet. L’aire libre is a community of artists that endeavors to give the public unique access to the arts and to give artists the means to promote their individual work. Librairie Monet is a bookstore whose mission includes engaging socially and culturally in the community.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

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