Ekphrasis: an exhibition of physical fictions

A Library Intervention

by Garry Barker

Leeds College of Art Library

September 13th – December 13th 2013

 Art and Fiction 1

Taking place in the Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk Site, artist myths, stereotypes and preconceptions are drawn together in this intervention as a library of possible readings. The work consists of a bookcase that has been set aside and dedicated to art and artists in fiction.

To aid the reader the artist’s book ‘Art and Fiction’ is provided. It includes an additional 26 micro fictions, each one written in response to the many myths of the artist, as well as 1,000 short descriptions of novels in which artists appear.

The weight of fiction is a hidden burden that all artists must carry. This exhibition is designed to explore these fictions in physical form. Books are physical, metaphysical and imaginary concepts, they can be materials for art works as well as repositories for them. The interplay between the visual and the written is historically understood as a type of ekphrasis, it can also lead to a return to reading whilst thinking about making. Garry Barker

There will be a series of readings in the Blenheim Walk Library to accompany this intervention.

All start at 5.00pm:

Tuesday October 1st, Tuesday October 15th, Wednesday November 6th and Tuesday November 19th.

To visit at other times please call the Library:

Tel: 0113 202 8169


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