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Paper makes art at the RMG

When is the last time you opened an encyclopedia? The Obsolete Concepts exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery is featuring eight Canadian artists to show the significance of print and its place in our future.

Guest curators Olivia Lam and Melissa Bennett discussed the idea nearly five years ago while in the Masters of Art history program.

“We were discussing our love for books as objects, how they fell and smell, etc.,” said the York University graduates in a media release. “How reading a book is an experience unlike reading from a computer monitor.”

The two said even since beginning the exhibition four years ago, new innovations in technology have arose such as the iPad.

Artist Marco D’Andrea is featured in the exhibition and is excited to unite with the Oshawa community again, as he was previously a librarian at the Oshawa Public library.

“We’re delighted that the Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the last stop on the tour for the exhibition,” said Lam and Bennett. “Given the RMG’s own library and its close connection with the Oshawa Public Library, we think it’s a great space to reflect the status and nature of books.”

Visit the exhibit at the gallery (72 Queen St., Oshawa) until Jan. 2, 2011.
 

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