As a means of documenting passing thoughts and transient happenings, memories and the like – scrapbooks/sketchbooks are unique to the creator. It is almost unthinkable for them to be anything other than unique and of deep sentimental meaning to the artist. It is as though scrapbooks are a reciprocation of identity and surrounding contexts.
Scrapbooks range from crude splurges of sketches to refined drawings – they are a means of housing a mind and its inner workings in a tangible form. Snippets and tickets, paint and poetry – scrapbooks are works in their own right, they are a means of curating works to be viewed as a whole entity.
Scrapbooks/sketchbooks can come in an array of forms, whether they are a traditional tangible book or a video piece mapping out thoughts. The exhibition is an intriguing collection holding the books as almost sacred – presented in vitrines they are artefacts.
Artists included are: Brigid Berlin, William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Jimmy De Sana, John Evans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Isa Genzken, Al Hansen, Richard Hawkins, Geoffrey Hendricks, Ray Johnson & Brian Buczak, Leigh Ledare, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Karin Schneider & Louise Ward and Jean-Michel Wicker.