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Collected Collaborations

Collected Collaborations: Redrawing Collective and OSW

4 August – 1 October 2011

Francis E. Parker

Collected Collaborations, initiated by the Artists’ Book Research Group, features propositional projects from the Redrawing Collective and OSW.

Catalogue essayist Brad Haylock suggests that ‘In the present moment, we are witnessing an international surge in the popularity of artists’ books and independent publishing, a trend that fetishises printed matter and which is accordingly yielding a glut of uncritical and self-congratulatory titles’.

The Redrawing Collective (Ben Harper, Fiona Macdonald, Alex Martinis Roe, Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Spiros Panigirakis) focuses upon the artist’s book as a collective site of production and reception. The group examines and remodels the record of its past dialogues, creating a two-part book that is both a performative object and a platform for critical engagement.

OSW (Open Spatial Workshop) (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell) presents an artist’s book that reframes the group’s archive, remodelled as an expanded diagram. The publication operates as a generative device that elaborates connections within OSW’s research into spatial practices and the politics of movement.

Grounded in the two collectives’ respective practices, the two projects in Collected Collaborations encourage us to interrogate the popularity and fetishisation of the artist’s book, to ask the question “why publish?”, and to proceed in the making and the reception of artists’ books with a critical eye.

Public Programs:
OSW discuss Collected Collaborations, introduced by Brad Haylock
Tuesday 13 September

Redrawing Collective discuss Collected Collaborations, introduced by Brad Haylock
Tuesday 20 September

Media Kit:
Collected Collaborations: Redrawing Collective and OSW

Image: Collected Collaborations: Redrawing Collective and OSW, installation view: Monash University Museum of Art, 2011. Photo: Warren Fithie