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THE BOOK BORROWERS – EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION FOR DARLINGTON GALLERY

AN EXHIBITION of artwork created exclusively for Darlington by north east artists Yvette Hawkins, Theresa Easton and Dawn Felicia Knox will go on show at the town’s CrownStreetArtGallery from Tuesday 18 December – Thursday 17 January 2013.

The Book Borrowers is the sixth exhibition to be held at Crown Street Art Gallery which opened in May and continues a theme of ‘books and art’ following exhibitions by the Materialistics (which celebrated books through imaginative knitted scenes) and Stephen Waterhouse’s recent solo exhibition.

Visitors to the The Book Borrowers will be able to enjoy book inspired artwork including an artist’s book celebrating the former Arts Centre.

The free event is being supported by Darlington for Culture. Volunteers from the group will attend the event to help visitors learn more about the exhibition and the Gallery.

Nick Wallis, Darlington Council’s Cabinet Member for the arts, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Yvette Hawkins, Theresa Easton and Dawn Felicia Knox to CrownStreetArtGallery. Their commitment to exhibit here in Darlington demonstrates the strength and developing reputation of the new Gallery. I do hope people come along to the Gallery to see the exhibition – the skill and creativity the artists have shown is really quite amazing.

“Darlington for Culture’s support in running the event is a great example of how local people are pulling together with the shared desire to develop the Borough’s arts scene.”

John Dean, Darlington for Culture Chair, said: “We have a terrific group of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the development of the arts in the borough in all their forms. To have played such a key role in bringing this exciting exhibition to Darlington fits in very much with our ambitions as an organisation and we are delighted that we were able to help.”

 More information on DfC can be obtained at www.darlingtonforculture.org

Yvette Hawkins is a British paper artist of Anglo-Korean origin who makes installations and sculptural objects using books, maps and other found materials, utilising a variety of techniques that include cutting, folding, stitching and bookbinding. Yvette trained at Glasgow School of Art and graduated from Newcastle University in 2007. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions within the UK.Her work has been featured in books and magazines and was included in Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made From Books (2011). Yvette is currently represented by Globe Gallery, UK and is lead artist on Book Apothecary: The Travelling Museum of Artist Books.

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Dawn Felicia Knox’s contribution to Book Borrowers explore the nature of books, articulating the way they take up physical space while affording the mental space for understanding, protection and transformation. She has created a monument in Everything They Knew the Year My Mother Was Born which is a collection of Encyclopaedia Britannica from 1951, the year of her mother’s birth. She has further used books as building blocks to create a temporary structure which mirrors a military breastwork, a fortification to protect from advancing soldiers. This is the second in a series which stands to confront the closure of libraries and the defunding of art and culture. Papier-mâché birds, made from a damaged volume of The War Illustrated, rise up from the temporary sculpture appearing to fly into the galllery.

Dawn Felicia Knox is an artist working with found and constructed narratives using photography and sculpture to create art objects and environments. American by birth, she forged an artistic presence in her native New Mexico through creating encounters with her artwork that were unexpected and engaging. She is now at home in North East England. For the last several years her work has been concerned with the reinterpretation of artefacts and historical narratives, bringing them into a wider discussion about art, science, myth and identity.

More information about her work can be found at http://www.dawnfelicia.com or www.dawnfelicia.tumblr.com.

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For ‘The Book Borrowers’, Theresa Easton has used recycled library books to adorn furniture usually associated with ‘holding and storing’ books and objects. The altered books have been manipulated and transformed into sculptural objects, denying the reader the opportunity or possibility of ever reading them again. The work acts as a metaphor, representing the reality of library closures and the loss of these library books from the public domain, as well as the space to read them. Self-commissioned at a time when Newcastle City Council announces major spending cuts and library closures, Cascade attempts to address the significance of cross fertilisation in Easton’s practice and the influence that access to libraries has in her work. All the books used in this body of work have been deemed ‘unfit for purpose’ by libraries across the North East.

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