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New Aperture Public Art Project at Library Square

- Broadsiding by Michael Turner & Geoffrey Farmer -

For immediate release, January 29, 2010

(Vancouver, British Columbia) – Vancouver Public Library and the City of Vancouver Public Art Program are pleased to announce the installation of a new Aperture Project, Broadsiding by Michael Turner and Geoffrey Farmer. The banners will be installed in Library Square as of January 29.

The Aperture Project consists of six large-scale banners hung within the large rectangular apertures in the Central Library Promenade. Broadsiding will feature two sets of six banners to hang between January and September. The second set will be installed in mid-May.

Inspired by the Central Library’s architecture and pastel in-house information brochures, Broadsiding explores the perception of libraries in today’s world and the relationship between the library’s architectural form and informational content.

“The conception and completion of Vancouver’s current Central Library during the 1990s coincided with the rise of the Internet – an information delivery system that has altered how we think of and access libraries, while at the same time has the potential to render them obsolete,” said Turner. “The persistence of these pamphlets suggests that a space between adjustment and obsolescence might still exist for the library.”

Turner’s texts freely associate with the Central Library’s origins and architecture, various sources and styles of address – oracles, oratory, superstition, information systems, obsolescence and ruins. The banners act as editorial broadsides rather than as informational handouts. The texts “behave like aphorisms, poems even, their rhetoric modeled after Roman orators like Cicero. Reading them left to right one might get a sense of the building's history, from conception to use,” he added.

Turner is an award-winning author of fiction, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core Logo (1993), The Pornographer's Poem (1999) and 8 x10 (2009). He is the 2009-2010 Ellen and Warren Tallman Simon Fraser University Writer-in-Residence.

Artist Geoffrey Farmer’s work combines poetry, the everyday and social commentary. Recent exhibitions include a survey exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal and a solo exhibition at the Witte de With in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Group exhibitions include the Sydney and Brussels Biennales as well as at the Tate Modern, the ICA Boston and Johnen Gallery in Berlin.

The installation is the seventh work commissioned for the Aperture Project, presented by the Vancouver Public Art Program in partnership with Vancouver Public Library. Broadsiding is a co-production of Every Letter of the Alphabet, a project commissioned by the City of Vancouver through its Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program. The Aperture Project is supported by the Library Square Endowment Fund: a $475,000 endowment created by Vancouver City Council in 1995. For more information on public art at the library, please visit: www.vpl.ca/find/details/public_art_at_vpl

Founded in 1887, Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada's largest library systems dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Each year, the Library’s 22 branches serve over six million visitors and offer over 2.5 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources.

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For more information, please contact:
Karen Henry
Project Manager, Vancouver Public Art Program

NOTE: Digital images of the work available to media upon request.