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"Tom Bendtsen: Argument No.6 (b)"
2002-01-19 until 2002-11-15
Tom Bendtsen calls his book works arguments. Inspired by the way
disagreement and argumentation can be constructed from a knowledge base, Bendtsen set out to give a tangible, physical character to the
construction of logic. His first book work consisted of cutting off the
better part of his studio by building a wall of books.
Initially, his book works may seem to be simply a pile of books,
skilfully arranged to create a sculptural, architectural form. Upon
closer inspection, however, one identifies the titles of the books, the
different types of books, the relationship of the books placed side by
side, and on top of each other, as the foundation, structure and
metaphor of a body of knowledge.
Approximately 8,000 second hand books are used in the construction of
this work. The construction and installation will take place from
January 8 through November 11. As part of Cambridge Galleries' 2002
Public Art Program, Argument #6 (b) will be on exhibit in the Queen's
Square foyer until November 2002.
Toronto based Bendtsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received
degrees from Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and the Ontario College of
Art and Design in Toronto. He has recently shown his book works at the
Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton and at the
Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta.