The Serving Library v David Osbaldeston
Curated & Created by NTU - Bonington Gallery
Thursday 1 November, 5 – 7 pm
This exhibition showcases 100+ framed items that have featured in The Serving Library's journal, and that of its predecessors, since 2000. Items include: record sleeves, watercolours, woodcuts, polaroids, drawings, screen-prints, airbrush paintings, a car number plate, and a Ouija board
- From: Friday 2 November 2018, 10 am
- To: Saturday 15 December 2018, 5 pm
- Location: Bonington Gallery, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
Founded in New York in 2011 and based in Liverpool since 2016, The Serving Library (TSL) is a non-profit organisation that serves as a publishing platform, a seminar room, a collection of framed objects, and an event space. The enterprise is rooted in a journal published biannually as Dot Dot Dot from 2000–10, Bulletins of The Serving Library from 2011–17, and now annually as The Serving Library Annual, released simultaneously online (for free) and in print (for a fee) every autumn.
This autumn, Bonington Gallery will showcase TSL’s collection of framed objects; each one the source of an illustration that has appeared in one of the journals. The 100+ collection includes items as diverse as record sleeves, watercolours, woodcuts, polaroids, drawings, screen-prints, airbrush paintings, a car number plate, and a Ouija board. Together, these varied objects decorate the walls of the library to serve as a toolbox for teaching.
The space will be further populated by a new work by occasional Serving Library contributor David Osbaldeston, who – in response to a theme of translation – has produced a new series of images exploring how visual essentials such as black, white and repeating shapes progress through a sequence of depicted forms. As a system of signs that become open to subjective interpretation, each image is assisted by a single word, which could be seen either as an associative descriptor or erratic linguistic type.
Join us on Thursday 1 November from 5 pm to 7 pm for the Exhibition Preview of The Serving Library v David Osbaldeston, before it opens to the public on Friday 2 November.
The preview is open to staff, students and the general public, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.
General Exhibition Opening Times
Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm
Image Credit: David Osbaldeston, Untitled (deception), 2018
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