Monday, June 08, 2009

Visualizing the Invisible Library

Tenderpixel is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the illustration collective INK. The collaborative Invisible Library project will transform the gallery space into an imaginary library filled with books that have been alluded to in novels, but have never actually existed...until now. INK will collaborate with the literary foundation Real Fits, taking up residency at the gallery for a month of unique events, workshops and talks.

Part aesthetic adventure and part Metafictional exercise, INK has chosen forty imaginary book titles from the Invisible Library Blogspot and illustrated their covers. Working with some of Real Fits best selling writers and novelists, as well as high profile cultural and musical figures, the opening or closing pages of these forty empty books with illustrated covers, will be penned in advance of the exhibition. The collaboration continues throughout the exhibition as gallery attendees and workshop participants are invited to temporarily 'sign out' these library books and carry on writing the developing narratives within. Thus by the close of the exhibition, the once blank pages of each book will be enlivened with imaginative poly-vocal stories.

INK and Real Fits will host a programme combining illustration, creative writing, reportage and music. The four-week schedule of workshops and events reaches out to a diverse age-range of individuals. They are invited into the heart of literary London and renowned Victorian bookshop thoroughfare, Cecil Court. The results of these collaborations and workshops will also be subsequently published and exhibited.
Special Events during the exhibition include:
Empty Gallery Interview with INK Illustration pre-exhibition: 9 June 6:30-9PM
Breaking News Launch (INK in Collaboration with Real Fits): 3 July 6-9PM
Pages in Plectrums: Curated by Kieran Leonard 8 July 6-9PM

INK Illustration is a London based collective founded by Chloe Regan, Rachel Gannon & Fumie Kamijo at the Royal College of Art. The group works individually as well as collaboratively on a wide range of commercial and personal projects including; curating, editorial work, retail, museum installations, craftwork and exhibitions.

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