Telling Tales

As part of the 2021 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, the magical world of books and literary composition comes to life in ‘Telling Tales’, an art exhibition curated by Diane Soumilas at Glen Eira City Council Gallery in Melbourne. The show is on from 11 June to 18 July 2021 and is accompanied by a program of artist and curator talks. Bookings are essential.

The exhibition of paintings, book sculptures, photography, video, collage and altered books, created by artists Chris Bond, Penelope Davis, Prudence Flint, Nicholas Jones, Victoria Reichelt, Tai Snaith, Charlie Sofo and Deborah Walker, explore the physicality, visual aesthetics, and the intrinsic qualities of books as an embodiment for language, escapism, transformation, knowledge, and the like.

Tai Snaith, The Unseen Art Scene, 2019, porcelain and paper collage on found paperback book. Courtesy the artist and Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

In short, Bond creates a new language with detailed replicas of imagined library books, magazines and exhibition catalogues; Davis presents luminous, richly coloured photographic images of book spines made without the use of a camera; Flint’s paintings reference literature, reading and storytelling; Jones transforms discarded books into poetic works of art, exploring literature, history, storytelling, recycling and collecting; Reichelt’s photo-realistic paintings of animals in library environments address concerns for the uncertain future of printed books and libraries in a digital world. Snaith’s works involve collaged fragments of porcelain, gouache or watercolour on books or covers of women’s art, history, feminism, cinema, and natural history publications; Sofo looks to the space left behind when books are removed from the bookshelf; and Walker examines the female experience in paintings, which portray visions of enduring solace.