The Renegade Library
A mail art project + artist talk by Lois Klassen
SAT. NOVEMBER 19, 2016
Artist Talk: 3pm
Exhibition open by appointment November 16-18
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2-5pm
* To book a time of visit the exhibition email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the years 1996 to 1998, the Renegade Library developed as both a social practice, and a collection of over 500 artist books. Originating with a mail art call for “collaborative mail art in book form,” this project of Lois Klassen in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, brought together over 700 artists from some 40 countries. Together, their correspondences produced a delightful collection of zines, assemblings, multiples, add & pass, miniatures, visual poetry, small presses, and much more. Renegade Library is an infectiously inspiring artifact of a 90s mail art and artist book experimentation. Today the Renegade Library occupies 20 boxes, which are individually being acquired by public artist book collections. The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive has acquired box #3. As the distribution of the boxes continues Renegade Library has taken up residence in collections including Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon), Also As Well Too (Winnipeg), Artexte (Montreal), Centro de Desarollo de las Artes Visuales (Havana), Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe), Bautista Kabistan Esquivel Collective (San Salvador), and Emily Carr University Library (Vancouver).
SITEFACTORY is an artist-run mobile gallery based in a converted school bus, created by Vancouver-based artist Leah Weinstein. Dedicated to exhibiting local and international emerging and established artists in various locations around Greater Vancouver, SiteFactory is designed to accommodate a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to video, performance and literary works. Through shifting contexts, SiteFactory is in conversation with a diverse range of landscapes and art practices, exploring the intersection of contemporary art, collaborative action and migration.
LOIS KLASSEN is a Vancouver-based artist and writer engaged in social practice. Her on-going projects Comforter Art Action and Slofemists (with Lori Weidenhammer) combine collective textile actions with public dialogue about human displacement and feminisms. Her texts have explored the impact of performance art on street audiences, the relevance of art coming out of “nowhere,” and declarations of current feminist practices. Her work has been hosted in Fillip Magazine, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff New Media Institute, Plug In ICA and MAWA in Winnipeg, Public Journal, SOMA Summer in Mexico City, University of Salford (UK), Glenbow Museum, Western Front, Emily Carr University, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Border Crossings, and more. She has worked as an art educator, a research ethics coordinator, and an Occupational Therapist. Her current PhD research (Queen’s University) concerns ethical formations in socially situated research-creation projects. Klassen received a Master of Applied Art in Visual Art from Emily Carr University in 2011.
LEAH WEINSTEIN’s art practice investigates connections between material culture and the social ideals of a larger collective. Using everyday objects and readymade materials to create sculpture, installation and performance, she examines relationships between individuals and collectives, subjects and objects, action and display. Based in Vancouver, her work has been supported by the BC Arts Council (2016); Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (2015); Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History (2015); Banff Centre (2015); and Richmond Public Art Commissions (2013). She completed a Masters degree in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2014.