Born in Iceland in 1958 and based in Vancouver since 1979, Arni Haraldsson has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since the the mid-1980s. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1990, and currently teaches at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Since the late-1980s, ths scope of Haraldsson’s photographic work has expanded from an exploration of the lost aspirations of the utopian principle of modernism to an emphasis on the design and social life of the city. His interest in the city as subject centres on the the notion of urban space as a type of monad which encapsulates the characteristic features of the social and economic structure of our present age.
An interdisciplinary artist, writer, educator and cultural activist with a wide-ranging practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese Toisanese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. Recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council awards and the Vancouver 2008 Queer Media Artist Award, Laiwan has served on numerous arts juries, exhibited and curated projects in Canada, the United States, and Zimbabwe. She was Chair of the grunt gallery Board of Directors and currently teaches in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College in Washington, USA. Laiwan founded the Or Gallery in 1983 and is based on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Peoples.
Donna Leisen studied at Emily Carr College of Art and Design and Vancouver Community College, graduating in Photography, Printmaking and Jewellery Art and Design.
Her work consists of 19th Century photographic printing techniques, the Van Dyke and Cyanotype, hand bookbinding, photo-etching, as well as works in metal, primarily silver, gold and niobium, with a special interest in ancient Greek and Roman metal working techniques.
Doug Munday graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1986 obtaining a bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Born in Lautoka, Fiji, 1965. Has been a resident of Vancouver, BC since 1966. Obtained her photography major from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design.
Cate Rimmer, 1961, is a curator from Calgary, Alberta currently working at the Charles H. Scott Gallery where she has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions. She was the founding Director/Curator of Artspeak Gallery, Director of Truck Gallery and was a Curator in Residence at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. Rimmer has published reviews, articles and catalogue texts. She received a diploma in Curatorial Studies from Emily Carr and graduated with a MLitt (with distinction) in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition
MARIAN PENNER BANCROFT, NANCY FROHLICK, ROBERT GORE, ARNI HARALDSSON, LAIWAN, DONNA LEISEN, ALEXIS MACDONALD, DOUG MUNDAY, KAREN STANLEY, FANNA YEE
October 18–November 7, 1986
From October 18 to November 7 1986, Artspeak Gallery will present the Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition. Ten artists will be featured in the exhibition: Marian Penner Bancroft, Nancy Frohlick, Robert Gore, Arni Runar Haraldsson, Laiwan, Donna Leisen, Alexis MacDonald, Doug Munday, Karen Stanley and Fanna Yee.
An artists’ bookwork can be anything that is in the form of, or takes its form from a book. The diversity of artistic approaches and content matter in contemporary bookworks are clearly in evidence in the Artspeak exhibition. The works range from Doug Munday’s sculpturally altered “found” book to Fanna Yee’s delicate, handmade book of “painterly” photographs.
The Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition is intended to be the first of an annual artists’ bookworks show at Artspeak Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, ARTSPEAK and the Kootenay School of Writing are offering three courses that pertain to the creation of unique bookworks: an artists’ bookworks workshop, a class in papermaking by hand, and one in hand bookbinding.