Are we facing a paperless future? While it may seem difficult to imagine a world without newspapers, magazines and books, it was not too long ago that imagining a world without encyclopedia sets, yellow page directories and desktop dictionaries seemed difficult too.
The impact of technology has now left us rarely using these reference materials by hand, instead we turn to the internet or computer software for the information these texts once contained. Will this transformation from printed page to digital information storage reach completion? The future impact of this transformation is now being considered with greater weight than ever before.
In the context of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, eight artists explore this question, the relevance of the printed book and its place in our future. Guest curators Olivia Lam and Melissa Bennett have brought together eight contemporary artists; Adam David Brown, Marco D’Andrea, Kristan Horton, Beth Howe, John Latour, Craig Leonard, Cindy Stelmackowich and Karen Trask. Through their works, each artist challenges the need and role of books in our modern times.
Through media such as sculpture, audio, paper works and digital imagery, each artist presents a view on the existing form and content of books, as well as the process of how we read and digest information.
Obsolete Concepts runs from November 6, 2010 to January 2, 2010. Opening reception if Sunday, November 7, 2010 from 1 to 3 p.m.