ADD TO MY LIBRARY VOL .II

A solo exhibition by Christina Mitrentse.

at Art Work Space

The show consists of five interconnected parts produced over the last two years. A series of large-scale graphite and colour pencil drawings on paper created through an innovative methodology that depicts books as the building-blocks of idiosyncratic institutions; ‘STONEHENGE’, ‘WWW’, ‘NEW TATE’, ‘EMBLEM’, ‘RUINS I’, will fill the main walls of the gallery. An ON-LINE BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATA FLOW of favorite book titles/authors, selected by invited international contributors from the art world. ‘METABOOK’, a plinth-mounted silk-screened book sculpture; ‘10 FLAGS/ EMBLEMS’ silk-screens extracted from METABOOK form a wall-based installation and a spoken word performance by guest artist Douglas Park who will embody the Library’s body of knowledge as a living ’ENCYCLOPAEDIA’.The men who became a book!

Add To My Library Vol. II is dialectically related to the book practices of John Latham among others reference points, reflecting the current public Library cuts in UK, while invites the public to re-contextualise bibliographic experience. In a globalised environment increasingly dominated by the digital book market, e-learning and hypertext, Mitrentse’s project alludes to a MetaLibrary designed to re-draw the cultural institution and provoke changes in the function of the material book and the user’s relationship with it, while de- institutionalising it in the process. Being a critique on the book as sacred object and site of subjectivity the works are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time. Mitrentse is increasingly known for her extensive commitment to drawing, as an autonomous, yet rational, primary mode within her practice.Highly descriptive and meticulous, they marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and realistic representation to underpin ongoing manifold site-specific productions, enabling cryptic narratives and discourses to be generated.

Art Work Space

Opening Times
29 August - 25 September 2011
Monday to Friday, 10.30am-7.30pm;
Saturday to Sunday, 1.30-7.30pm

Where
Art Work Space
The Hemple Hotel, 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens,
London
W2 3EA