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INK Illustration

Invisible Library

12 June until 12 July 2009

PV: 11 June, 7 - 9pm

Pages in Plectrums, curated by Kieran Leonard, 8 July, 6 - 9pm

The collaborative Invisible Library project will transform the gallery space into an imaginary library filled with books that have been alluded to in novels, but have never actually existed... until now. INK will collaborate with the literary foundation Real Fits, taking up residency at the gallery for a month of unique events, workshops and talks. 

Part aesthetic adventure and part metafictional exercise, INK has chosen forty imaginary book titles from the Invisible Library Blogspot and illustrated their covers. Working with some of Real Fits best selling writers and novelists, as well as high profile cultural and musical figures, the opening or closing pages of these forty empty books with illustrated covers, will be penned in advance of the exhibition. The collaboration continues throughout the exhibition as the workshop participants are invited to temporarily 'sign out' these library books and carry on writing the developing narratives within. Thus by the close of the exhibition, the once blank pages of each book will be enlivened with various imaginative stories.

Artists including Carl Barat, Babyshambles' Drew McConnell and The Bluetones' Mark Morriss played a one-off free show at Tenderpixel Gallery. The acts performed tracks from their own back catalogues that have been particularly influenced by literature as well as reading from seminal books which had inspired their work.

INK Illustration is a London-based collective, founded by Chloe Regan, Rachel Gannon & Fumie Kamijothewhilst studying at the Royal College of Art. The illustration collective work individually as well as collaboratively on a wide range of commercial and personal projects including; curating, editorial work, retail, museum installations, craftwork and exhibitions. They continually investigate drawing in its broadest sense through their illustration practice and academic research. 

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