North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Rosemary Burden 'Butterfly Factory' City Atrium Gallery May 6 - July 7, 2014

April 30, 2014
Artist Talk on Tuesday, May 13th from 12:15pm to 12:45pm at North Vancouver City Hall (Atrium, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver). Please join Rosemary Burden as she discusses the inspiration and process behind her work.

Rosemary's installation piece 'Butterfly Factory' addresses the idea of repetition, art versus craft, and the oft-discussed possibility of the disappearance of the printed paper book in light of the emerging use of electronic books. It also speaks to the plight of the monarch butterflies whose habitat is under threat.

Pages from a favourite old book flutter to the floor. Tattered and worn, the small print is beginning to merge with the colour of the paper - no longer white and crisp, but soft and beautiful - the pages resemble the tattered and faded wings of a dying butterfly.

This ethereal and bountiful 30-foot installation reveals depth and movement. Many old books have been deconstructed to create this installation, including six volumes out of seven of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, published in 1910, which produced over 21,000 butterflies. Shakespeare's words often appear on the body of the butterfly - these were collected and reconfigured into the poem "I Be Waspish" by Maggie Witzsche.

City Atrium Gallery, North Vancouver City Hall, 141 West 14th Street l Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm

Contact: Jo Dunlop, Exhibition Coordinator, North Vancouver Community Arts Council 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver l www.nvartscouncil.ca l 604.988.6844 l exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca

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