Studio Sixty Six Gallery Show: Ledger: 23..03..18 Michael Schreier
Ledger: 23..03..18 Michael Schreier
Studio Sixty Six – 858 Bank Street, Suite 101
October 9 – November 8, 2020
Please join us on Facebook Live at 6 pm, October 9th for an interview with artist Michael Schreier to discuss his exhibition Ledger: 23..03..18
Consider waking up one morning without any sense of voice, language, or structure. All that you have known, swallowed up in a cloud of silenced unknowing. I have only genuinely realized this once in my life, remembering little of the immediate texture. I have, however, by cause, always enjoyed the textures of words and language, not just their meanings. Perhaps, like the tones in music, an appreciation for implied passage, a realization, or awareness of intuitive knowing. I can only imagine now, from many years distanced from the void, what that [silence] would encourage.
An “I”s, eye’s perception without coherency, yet, a quiet urgency to construct.
Ledger: 23..03..18 is a sequence of images of the Consolidated Fund Ledger: Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and N.W.T, Department of Indian Affairs, 1910-1911, dated March 23, 2018. In 2017, the ledger was submitted to Library and Archives, Canada for repair after experiencing significant physical damage. I was impressed by the conservator’s comprehensive efforts to maintain and to repair the condition of the book. While photographing the ledger, I became fascinated with its historical records and contents. The symbolic qualities inherent to the nature of conservational repairs made me aware that this book could be a stand-in for the fragility and loss present in human relationships.
Thank you to Manise Marston, Head Conservator, Books, Digital Operations and Preservation Branch Library and Archives Canada, and to all those involved for providing me access to the conservation laboratory and centre.
Exhibition runs: October 9 to November 8, 2020
Michael Schreier is a professional artist and photographer who has dedicated his professional career to the celebration of both the public and private hero. Recent works include Storyteller, Waiting for Words at the Ottawa Art Gallery, curator Emily Falvey, 2009, and the curating of the exhibition Dave Heath, A Heritage of Meaning, 2013 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Selected works are represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Archives Photography Collection, the Agnes-Etherington Art Centre, the Canadian Portrait Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop, (Rochester, New York), Light Works Workshop, Syracuse New York, Carleton University Art Gallery, and the University of Ottawa Library Special Collections. Michael Schreier was the 2016 recipient of the Karsh Award.
To schedule a private interview with the artist and or a preview of the show please contact gallery director, Carrie Colton at Studio Sixty Six 613.355.0359 or email email@example.com