Convergences

Convergences Pile of Books

‘Convergences’ is a short, but densely layered book-work that was commissioned by the artist Sharon Kivland as a part of Leeds College of Art’s ‘Library Interventions’ series. For the project Kivland employed the services of several artists to read on her behalf and provide a ‘report’ on what they found.

‘Convergences’ is the result of that reading and charts the artist’s journey as a reader through Leeds College’s library collection, via the art work and influences of Kivland. The resulting journey throws up old memories and the past, present, fact and fiction begin to converge.

“I hugely enjoyed the opportunity to be a reader for Sharon Kivland, as it gave me a chance to get to know her work in more detail, and step into her shoes by imagining the books she may have chosen. The visit was a chance to return to West Yorkshire, my old home, and revisit memories from my time there. During the making process, which mostly took place in and around my workplace of South Kensington, the story of that real journey began to take shape; revealing an intriguing set of convergences.”

– Chris

The finished book-work was presented at the opening event for the series, alongside the contributions of Kivland’s other readers.


An uncorrected artists’ proof of Convergences is available in the shop as part of the Ephemera Collection.

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Book as Reference: The Immaterial Legacy at MACBA

The Immaterial Legacy - Exhibition Detail. Image © Chris Gibson, 2014.
The Immaterial Legacy – Exhibition Detail. Image © Chris Gibson, 2014.

‘The Immaterial Legacy’ was an eclectic exhibition held at MACBA, Barcelona between May 2014 to June 2015 which presented artworks from the museum’s collection alongside cultural artefacts from the period (such as music, film, advertising) in order to provide a historical context for the art.

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THEORY: Books On Books, Peter Willis

Publishing as Artistic Practice
Publishing as Artistic Practice – Book Cover. Image © Chris Gibson, 2017

In conjunction with the 2016 Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair at the ICA (London), Peter Willis wrote this excellent survey of books related to artists’ publications.

I’ve been using it as a bibliography for my own reading so wanted to share the books here. Continue reading THEORY: Books On Books, Peter Willis