October 26 to December 17, 2006
Koffler Gallery
Curator: Carol Podedworny
Organized and circulated by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, in association with the University of Waterloo Art Gallery
Reception: November 5, 2 to 4 pm; Artist Talk: 2 pm.
Free Guided BusTour: Sunday, November 12, 11 am to 5 pm

Inscriptions comprises recent works by Jane Buyers—prints, graphite drawings and wall-mounted sculptures in porcelain and stoneware—that reference the physical, intellectual and metaphorical associations of the book in contemporary culture.

As curator Carol Podedworny writes, “The experience of a book is both intellectual and tactile. Books have the power and ability to connect people to language, thoughts, ideas and stories. At a young age we are taught the importance of the written word, however we often lose our primary enchantment with the tactile and visual nature of a book. Changes in print technology and cyberspace have also had an influence on the layout and design of books, the written word, and how we read. Instead of turning pages, we scroll with the mouse, we can redirect our attention through links and icons. Changes in technology have changed our reading habits and raised questions about the future of the printed book…

Artist Jane Buyers has relinquished the format of the printed manuscript text and has opted for open books. Through the potential of a sheet of paper not yet written or drawn upon, works on paper and ceramic books, Buyers activates the viewer’s critical inquiry of what has been handed down and invites contemplation of what might constitute the next chapter. Buyers has been making sculptures that reference books for some time. A sculpture that references a book automatically engages viewers to become readers. Although instead of text, the viewer is reading images. Buyers is interested in the open book as both a physical form and as symbolic imagery. The book is at once a site and a device of knowledge, a cohesive architecture of information that speaks of the possibilities of learning.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with an introduction by Carol Podedworny, an interview with the artist by Robert Enright and a literary submission by Canadian author Ann Ireland.

Related works by Jane Buyers will be on view at Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works, 962 Queen Street West in Toronto, from November 23 to December 10, 2006.

Jane Buyers holds an Honours B.A. from York University and a M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She has exhibited internationally since 1975 and has completed several public commissions. She is a Professor at the University of Waterloo where she has taught since 1988. Jane Buyers is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto and Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo.