is a mail-art/book-making project involving the creation of small works exploring ideas surrounding archiving, journaling, libraries, ephemera, and incorporating an art practice into everyday life. Participating artists span all disciplines, from performance art to fibre-based art; from photo-based art to craft to sculpture and installation.
Invited artists were sent/delivered an empty cigar box, roughly the size of a hardcover book. Over the course of a week, individuals were expected to create a 'book' a day reflective of each person's day-to-day activities and artistic process. Books were ideally made while on the go; boxes were intended to be carried with the participant, where books were to be added and collected each day for seven days.
In addition to an online archive, The Portable Library Project will take the form of a series of exhibitions (TBA), and components will be housed in a local alternative library for viewing and circulation.
Please keep an eye on this blog for project updates, extensive photo-documentation of each portable library, and artist information.
Tara Bursey is an artist whose practice encompasses sculpture and installation as well as drawing, craft, and self-publishing. Her conceptual work can be characterized by its labour intensive, inventive use of materials such as paper and food. In the past few years, she has exhibited extensively throughout Toronto in a diverse range of venues, from storefront window installations, tattoo shops and telephone poles to the Textile Museum of Canada, the Ontario Crafts Council, as well as in group exhibitions and artist projects in Halifax, Saskatoon, Montreal, Berlin and Copenhagen. Tara’s most recent projects include coordinating The Portable Library Project and installation/exhibition programming for City of Craft, a contemporary craft event that takes place in Toronto. She began studies towards a degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University in September of 2009.