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"Tom Bendtsen: Argument No.6 (b)"
2002-01-19 until 2002-11-15
Cambridge Galleries
Cambridge, ON, CA Canada

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.

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Tom Bendtsen
Argument #3.


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