New exhibition takes a look at the book

Choose Your Own Adventure, a new exhibition opening on Friday, 9 September at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor brings together a diverse group of artists to investigate the medium and meaning of contemporary book arts, including the book as object, as media, and as a site of resistance.

The exhibition has four components, as listed below.

  • Shaun Tan; The Art of Story Discovering the Lost Thing- Book to Film – in which we see how a popular children’s book The Lost Thing was created and then became an Oscar-winning film. Visitors will see the work behind the work, including the original painted and collaged illustrations for the book, the character sketches, storyboards and the final short animation.
  • Kylie Stillman, Local Branch, an installation specially created for this exhibition using books ‘weeded’ from the Hawkesbury Library collection. The work features more than 500 books that have been intricately carved, examining the lifecycle of both trees and books. Since her time as a student Stillman has enjoyed the challenge of finding materials and pigments from the ‘real world’ to create an artwork, and is best known for her book sculptures and woodcarvings.
  • A display of artist’s books from the Manly Library collection: Manly Library’s biennial Artist’s Book Award has provided an opportunity to develop a significant collection while contributing to the development and awareness of this energetic emerging contemporary art form. Entries are received from around the world, marking this as a globally recognized event.
  • A display of works titled Lost Things by Year 5 pupils from Kurrajong Public School in the small exhibition space.

The exhibition will continue until Tuesday, 30 October at 300 George Street Windsor (first floor).

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