Dorky Lecture by Shannon Gerard at OCADU. April 25, 2012.


Still looking for that crafty fix? City of Craft staffer, tote bag printer and pal, Shannon Gerard, is giving a public talk about her work and some other radical stuff! Be there and be square.

DORK. DREAMER. DISCERNING BIBLIOPHILE. On Publication, Transformation, and the Future of Books.
WED 25 APRIL 130 - 230

Come hear Shannon speak on the topics she is most passionate about - Independent and Alternative Forms of Publishing, Community Engagement and Relational Aesthetics, The Place of Book Arts within Contemporary Art Practice, and her own work as a book maker, artist, writer and educator.

She will speak a bit about recent publications, Unspent Love and Sword of my Mouth, as well as her work with public installation and animation. She will also address the research topics closest to her heart: The mindset of the collector, The sculptural and performative possibilities suggested by books and book-objects, The conceptual space that books occupy beyond the presentation of texts and images, How the social position of works (in other words, where we tend to encounter particular modes of art) mediates how we become engaged as readers/viewers-- and, PLAY.

Shannon Gerard writes, draws and publishes across several platforms and media, producing trade-paperback graphic fiction, on-line comics serials, periodical illustrations, artist’s books and multiples. Recent graphic novels include Sword of My Mouth for sci-fi industry leader IDW and Unspent Love with Conundrum Press (one chapter of which won THIS Magazine's 2010 Great Canadian Literary Hunt). Shannon's large-scale public installations incorporating stop-motion animation, wheatpaste, and digital print were most recently exhibited at YYZ Artists' Outlet. Employing play as a primary research strategy, Shannon also works with hyperbolic crochet and marionette puppets. Her work is collected online at shannongerard.tumblr.com.

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