Sitting Room, 2007
A traveling artists' book exhibition dedicated to the art of sitting and reading, the books will be displayed in a domestic environment specially created in the gallery.
Permanent Gallery & the Permanent Bookshop, Brighton, UK.
Start date: 01-Feb-2007
End date: 18-Feb-2007
Private view Wednesday 31 January 2007, 6-9pm
The setting is a carefully re-created Sitting Room within the Permanent Gallery interior, complete with comfortable armchairs, standard lamp, wallpaper, coffee table and gramophone. Visitors are encouraged to choose an artists book from the bookcase, make themselves at home and enjoy this rare opportunity to handle and interact with the limited edition artists-made book works.
Curators Tom Sowden and Lucy May Schofield, part of the Righton Press Group, based at Manchester Metropolitan University, conceived the idea for the show through a frustration of exhibiting their own books within the confines of glass cabinets. The primary benefit of using the book form as their chosen medium is to allow direct contact between the work and the viewer; the experience of reading and interacting is paramount. Sitting Room will allow the books to be read in a relaxed and cosy
Artists from the UK and throughout Europe were invited to create books based around the theme of Sitting Room and designed to be handled. Interpretations include books on domesticity, the act of sitting, reading, seated journeys, chair-related ephemera, conversations on the settee, ejector seats, superficial housework, family photograph albums, observations and viewpoints from the living room and a day in the life of a sofa. This eclectic mix of artists books represents work by acclaimed artists of national and international standing, and promises to be a truly welcoming show.