Studies for Possible Futures

Groat, Maggie. Studies for Possible Futures. [Toronto, ON]: Maggie Groat, 2011.

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Abstract (English)

"The self-published artist’s book Studies for Possible Futures is a collection of twenty-two original collages. Utilizing found images, the artist engages in subtle manipulation of the printed-matter to provide meditations on place, hope, and utopia. The resulting images serve as visual-proposals, such as the visions of lunar communes, the creation of new lands, green spaces, or cosmic monuments, all of which attempt to document the artist’s accumulation of research activity and discovery through primarily non-linguistic means. Approached with curiosity and the inquisitive spirit of a field scientist, the works in this book are small acts of envisioning; they are maps of sorts, made from fragments of the past which are now compiled, combined, re-configured and fragmented into portraits of possible futures. A circle cut in the middle of Studies for possible futures, vision #1: Lunar Commune, removes almost all of the information from the found image, calling upon our imaginations to see the endless possibilities of the blank centre. These collages were created as supplemental elements to a larger research project, and its resulting field studies, actions and sculptures, which investigated issues surrounding contested ownership of lands, creation of new lands, and questions of who owns the moon. The work in its current book format was realized a year after a solo exhibition of the same title at 107 Shaw Gallery as a way to share these images and ideas with a larger audience, while at the same time exploring their potential in a different context. Although each collage is numbered within a larger series, only a select few of these studies appear in the book, ordered with an emphasis on narrative content rather than sequential order" -- Publisher's web site.

Types: Artists' publications > Photobook
All Contributors: Groat, Maggie (Author); Groat, Maggie (Artist)
Dossier: 410 - GROAT, MAGGIE
Collation: [48] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: [Toronto, ON]: Maggie Groat
Artists: Groat, Maggie
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No. 22 of a limited edition of 30; signed by the artist.

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