The Perverse Library

Exhibitions and events

The Perverse Library

2010 - 31st October 10


The Laurence Sterne Trust and artist-publishers information as material are proud to announce a major exhibition of 'conceptual writing', drawn from a collection of work by internationally renowned artists and writers that includes Kathy Acker, Ed Ruscha, Jen Bervin, Christian B'k, Pavel B'chler, Craig Dworkin, Kenneth Goldsmith, On Kawara, Sherrie Levine, Klaus Scher'bel and James Joyce, to be held at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire between 4 September and 31 October 2010.

Conceived and curated by artist, teacher and founding editor of information as material, Dr Simon Morris, the exhibition will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will show works by a generation of artists who have sought a radical reconsideration of the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

Unfolding around Craig Dworkin's book collection of 2,427 titles, many of them pricelessly rare objects, displayed on invisible bookshelves designed by Canadian architect Michael Farion, the exhibition will include:

 -        A 'Bibliography of Ugly Cousins', for which Simon Morris has drawn together critical examples of appropriated writing, or 'rip-off' that expose the parasitic relationship between conceptual writing and writers, and their histories;

-        A collection of carbonised books contributed by artist and collector Greville Worthington, entitled 'The Black Library', from the remains of which vegetables are to be grown for consumption in the Shandy Hall Library;

-        A sonic library curated by poet Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of UbuWeb, the world's largest online archive of visual, concrete and sound poetry. UbuWeb Radio will be streamed live for the duration of the show;

-        'Bouvard et P'cuchet's Invented Desk for Copying' by the young Canadian artist Gareth Long who, working with furniture maker and designer Wilf Williams, will present the copying desk as the latest in his series of sculptures pulled from the unfinished pages of Gustave Flaubert's last novel.

Thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, a free bus service will run from York train station to the Shandy Hall site on 27 and 28 October 2010. Places on the service can be booked today by clicking here. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

A Perverse Library is co-organised by information as material, The Laurence Sterne Trust and In a word. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England through their Grants for the arts programme, The Henry Moore Foundation and York College.

Image, Scott Myles: Full Stop (2006)

Scott Myles lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include Search and Research, Projects in Art and Theory, Cologne (2009); STABILA, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe (2008); ASKIT, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2007); Grey Matter, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin (2006) and Kunsthalle Z'rich, Z'rich (2005). 

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The Perverse Library exhibition reviewed in  The Guardian listings 16/10/10

Article by David Lister entitled Trouble at Mall in the Independent Arts and Entertainment section (28/9/10) mentions The Perverse Library

"The avant-garde, like nostalgia, is not what it was. But it certainly exists. It is just to be found in locations that we might not expect..."

The Perverse Library featured in an article by Hannah Duguid in the Independent (4/10/10)

Shandy Hall featured in the Independent's 50 best Museums and Galleries. (23/10/10)


Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.