9 March 2012 to 28 April 2012
10am - 5 pm (Tuesday - Friday)
Venue: The Gus Fisher Gallery
Contact info: 09 923 6646
Preview: Friday 9 March, 5.30pm
Acknowledging the substantial history of text in art, Paper-jams looks sideways from that legacy to foreground those artists who address the page as a physical and political context rather than focusing on the content of the words contained within. For them, paper is a surface to excavate, to break through the conventional ways we absorb and present information. Similarly, books become objects with their own history of exchange, value and meaning. These works challenge the materiality of the page and the creative potential of its limitations. In an age of online information and electronic tablets, the threatened extinction of the conventional book brings renewed poignancy to the physical structures and systems that have supported publishing since the invention of the codex and the printing press. Artists include Gretchen Albrecht, Bruce Andrews, Billy Apple and Wystan Curnow, Dan Arps, Elliot Collins, Fiona Connor, Lyell Cresswell, Paul Cullen, Philip Dadson, Johanna Drucker, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Marco Fusinato, Tony Green, Robert Grenier, Fiona Jack, Tessa Laird, Alan Loney, Peter Madden, Allan McDonald, Teri Moon, Patrick Pound, Ed Ruscha, Katrina Van Roon and Ivan Zagni. Curated by Andrew Clifford.
All exhibitions and events are free and take place at the Gus Fisher Gallery unless otherwise noted.
Saturday 24 March, 1pm
Binds, bleeds and bytes: the future of books
In response to the exhibition Paper-jams, Auckland University Press Director, Sam Elworthy, discusses the implications and opportunities of the digital era for publishers.
Saturday 31 March, 1pm
A poetry reading and talk from Dinah Hawkins, who is collaborating with John Edgar on a publication for Holloway Press, and whose poems are part of his Ballast exhibition.
Saturday 14 April, 1pm
Artists Peter Madden and Tessa Laird discuss their work in Paper-jams.
Saturday 28 April, 1pm
Ivan Zagni/Philip Dadson/Stephen Matthews/Ron Samsom
A free concert of improvised sound and music in response to the exhibition Paper-jams, featuring composers Ivan Zagni and Philip Dadson, whose graphic scores appear in the exhibition. Stephen Matthews and Ron Samsom, both lecturers at the School of Music, will also perform in response to Paper-jams with an improvised presentation of text, percussion and melody.
Sunday 29 April, 5pm
The School of Music presents a free Sonic Art Showcase with student composers Tsubasa Kawamoto, Eva Li and Earl Ho: a cross-section of sonic arts genres, including live electronics with moving images, multi-channel electroacoustic music and popular music-influenced styles.
This event takes place at the Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street.
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Closed Public Holidays
(Closed Easter – 6 to 10 April)