The Bookcase Micromuseum and Lending Library is now dormant until September, 2019.
curated by Christine Negus
November 29-January 30, 2017-18.
“I like the idea of the persistence of teeth. In true crime shows, for instance, a body is often found, and eventually identified through the dental records. There’s some kind of permanence to these tiny things that require so much care, that need flossing and cleaning every day. But ultimately, they are the last thing standing. Over the years I’ve collected human teeth, I’ve made teeth from ceramics, I’ve collected tooth-themed jewellery, and I’ve found toothy animal remains in “death flea markets” in the Western United States, where you can buy bits and parts of things.” Unsettling and funny at once, Long in the Tooth … Yadda Yadda is a toothy-assed grin, a jaw breaker, a chatterbox, a gummer, the whining echo of the dentist drill. Some discomfort may be expected.
March 8, 2017-April 12, 2017
Helen Gregory presents a selection of bookworks and objects drawn from her own collection to explore the relationships among the souvenir, the natural history collection, the cabinet of curiosities, and the travel diary. Bones, skulls, molted carapaces, and disembodied chicken feet are not only metonymically connected to the animals that they were once a part of, but also act as souvenirs of the circumstances under which they found their way into Gregory’s collection. Lacking any sort of collection data, these specimens are scientifically irrelevant and their value exists only in their nostalgic connection to an increasingly ephemeral set of memories. Each object is a souvenir of a particular moment in time, associated with a place, a person, and a shifting emotional response. The bookworks are an extension of the collection and are part of a project that has been ongoing for over 25 years. Constructed from handmade paper, silk, acrylic mediums, soil, plants, small bones, and other found objects from nature culled from the places where Gregory has lived, they function as both reliquaries and travelogues.
Featuring essays by Genevieve Flavelle and Keely McCavitt, as well as summaries of all of the exhibitions from 2014-2016, the lavishly illustrated Bookcase catalogue is available at the link below, free of charge.
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