Three artists’ books by emerging artists with a talk by Dan Starling
The prize has been awarded to Back Door Please!: 120 Hours on the Number 20 Bus by Tracey Vath which is a subjective and sometimes personal documentation of prolonged trips on a crowded east-side bus route, combining drawings and journal entries to create a narrative which retain a pleasing level of indeterminacy.
Honourable mentions were awarded to Scott Elliot, an Irish artist currently based in Norway, and Vancouver-based artist team of Alina Senchenko (2015) and Bára Hladíková. A third Honourable Mention was awarded to Stacey Ho and Elisa Ferrari (2013) for a publication project to be released at a later date.
Scott Elliott’s artists’ novel, The El Dorado Commission, creates narratives and meta-narratives around a story of a researcher looking into the origins of a painting, and beyond to the fountain of youth the painting depicts.
Alina Senchenko and Bára Hladíková have created a collection of images, documents, and writings titled Behind the Curtain, exploring the still-unknown histories of everyday life within the East Bloc before the fall of Soviet communism, through the eye of two women who are part of an East European diaspora in North America.
Dan Starling’s work plays with the conventions of narrative through intervention, extrapolation, reinterpretation and reconfiguration. His work deals with how aesthetic forms frame the narratives that influence how we see ourselves individually and collectively to produce exciting juxtapositions that encourage critical engagement. Starling studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2005) and Städelschule, Frankfurt. He has exhibited his work internationally.
Libby Leshgold Gallery and READ Books acknowledge that this event is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.