I have actually been visiting Canada’s Left Coast (British Columbia — mostly Vancouver and area) for the past week. Personal book arts activities were non-existent, but I did find some things that relate to artist’s books on my travels. There were two at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The first was unavoidable as it is a text-based installation by Barbara Kruger in the main rotunda.
The second text-based piece was hidden away on the third floor in a dark hallway that provided a shortcut between two of the rooms that were part of the Bharti Kher Matter exhibition. It was not possible to photograph it: illuminated by one dim overhead light and enclosed in an extremely scratched plexiglass case, it was barely possible to get a good look at it.
Entitled Sing to them that will listen, the work consists of a Tibetan singing bowl containing polished rice grains on top of a marble plinth. An evocation of the many voices of India, there are words and numbers written on the grains of rice. Since I could not get a picture myself, I have scavenged the web for images.
The middle image comes from an on-line review here. The other two come from the Hauser & Wirth website, where you can see more of Kher’s work. None of it looks even remotely like the piece I have just shown you, but to quote from the review:
Bharti Kher’s works are expertly executed, aesthetically striking and conceptually potent – a must see.
And now I must get back to work, including dealing with several things that people requested while I was away!