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Cambridge Galleries

Modern Makers
Esther E. Shipman

modernmakers.jpgspacer.gifThe conceptual approach and remarkable technical expertise presented in this exhibition catalogue, fuses design, art, and craft, and challenges our preconception of domestic obj ects and furniture. Featuring multiple works by four established and influential makers: Brent Comber (North Vancouver), Heidi Earnshaw (Toronto), Gord Peteran (Toronto), Brian Richer (Toronto).

Idea Exchange (06/2015) 36 pp col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover   9781897001561   $10.00 Can. $15.00 U.S.

Slip + Inject: Ceramics Unmolded

Esther E. Shipman

slipinkjet.jpgspacer.gifThis exhibition catalogue features design ceramics by three leading Canadian innovators and mould makers extraordinaire. The exhibition encompasses one-off, limited and mass production products and focuses on the process as well as the finished product, highlighting a selection of retrospective and recent works by Angelo di Petta (Ontario), Denise Goyer + Alain Bonneau (Quebec), and Koen de Winter (Quebec). Each designer has utilized both experimental and classic techniques to push the boundaries of clay casting, and has achieved international recognition of their work.

Idea Exchange (06/2015) 36 pp col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover   9781897001554  $10.00 Can. $15.00 U.S

Lyn Carter: Material Becomings

Corinna Ghaznavi 

lyncarter.gifspacer.gifLyn Carter's work combines intricate textile surfaces with sculptural forms and this publication documents two works exhibited in two different locations: Columna, originally presented the 3rd Guangzhou, China Triennial in 2008; and Beacon, created especially for this exhibition. Carter’s works hover between sculpture and abstract painting. The shapes themselves become both positive and negative, opening up larger play of space, colour, texture and illusion. While they are material bodies themselves, the works animate the space around them, prompting the viewer to question their perception. Since 1986, Carter has exhibited extensively across Canada at institutions such as the Textile Museum of Canada and The Power Plant.

Cambridge Galleries and Peel Art Gallery (01/2012) 32 pp 15 col. ill. 14 x 8 in softcover  978-1-897001-48-6  $15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S. (12 )

Susan Dobson: Shifting Tenses

Linda Jansma and Iga Janik
sdobson.gifspacer.gifSusan Dobson creates photographs, sometimes edited for effect, alongside video projection and large scale prints to glamorize and identify the quest for individuality suburbanites undertake in order to adorn their homes. Concepts of sameness contrasted with the quest for distinctiveness permeate her work, but the sense of the monotonous, repetitive design of suburbia is subtly subverted and elevated. Susan Dobson has participated in photography festivals including Contact (Toronto), Fotoseptiembre (Mexico City), Le Mois de la Photo (Montreal), Bitume/Bitumen (Brussels), and FotoNoviembre (Spain). 

Cambridge Galleries and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery  (01/2012) 58 pp 24 col. ill. 8 x 12 in softcover  978-1-926589-13-8  $20.00 Can. $23.00 U.S. (16 )

5%: Against the Odds, Canadian Women in Industrial Design

Esther E. Shipman
cdnwomen.gifspacer.gifHelen Kerr, Patty Johnson, Diane Bisson, Dianne Croteau, Rachel Dacks, Michelle Ivankovic and Cynthia Hathaway are not household names, but chances are that you have a product they have designed in your home, or office. This publication recognizes and celebrates the achievements of seven very talented Canadian women industrial designers, who against the odds, have built thriving and successful international careers. Seven individual presentations with an introduction.

Cambridge Galleries (01/2012) 36 pp 24 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover  978-1-897001-49-3  $10.00 Can. $12.00 U.S. (8 )

FABRICation: Studio Production Textiles for Interiors

Esther E. Shipman (ed.)

The publication focuses on designs referred to as ‘limited, or studio production’ works, meaning that they incorporate manufacturing processes and technologies, but are produced in limited quantities rather than mass produced. Each of the studios is represented by several examples of their work, which provides an opportunity for a closer look into their individual design styles.

Cambridge Galleries (10/2010) 24 pp col. ill. 5 x 5 in softcover 978-1-8970014-5-5  $10.00 Can. $12.00 U.S. (8 )

James Carl: do you know what (A Survey 1990-2008) 
Barbara Fischer, Robert Enright and Ivan Jurakic
This first major survey of works by the Toronto based artist documents exhibitions held at three venues. Each venue focuses on particular aspects of Carl’s sculptural and graphic production from 1990 to the present, highlighting the artist’s preoccupation with the normal, the moral, and the all-too-common. James Carl caught the art world’s attention with an ambitious series of scale cardboard replicas of consumer and household appliances. Since then his interest in replicating objects from the flow of consumer culture has evolved into work such as carving Styrofoam fast-food containers from marble and fabricating elastic bands from clay. This stark juxtaposition of materials resists commentary in favour of confronting the viewer with factual presentations of sculptural objects or their graphic equivalents. Co-published with the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.
Cambridge Galleries (11/2009) 128 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-772760-72-2 $25.00 Can. $26.95 U.S. (17 )

RTVR: Matters of Concern

Esther E. Shipman (ed.)

RVTR is a Toronto-based practice with innovative ideas about residential and public spaces. This publication speculates how design can be potent agent of change within complex ecological, economic, and social networks and processes. RVTR is the 2009 winner of the most prestigious Canadian award of its kind, the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. This award recognizes exceptional talent and achievement in the field of architecture and architectural design.

Cambridge Galleries (01/2009) 38 pp col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-36-3 $8.00 Can. $6.00 U.S. (3 )

Radiant Dark

Esther E. Shipman (ed.)

Publication of the inaugural exhibition of MADE, a collaborative design project and retail outlet in Toronto. Radiant Dark brings together works by Canadian artists, architects, industrial designers and craftspeople who meld artistic expression with modern design practice.

Cambridge Galleries (01/2009) 32 pp col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-35-6 $5.00 Can. $6.00 U.S. (3 )

Site Visits
Ivan Jurakic & Esther E. Shipman

Work by Canadian and American artists, architects and designers is at the core of a multidisciplinary exhibition encompassing photographic and video documentation, drawing, installation and mixed-media construction. Includes brief presentations of several design studios and practices.

Cambridge Galleries (01/2009) 28 pp col. ill. 7.5 x 7 in softcover 978-1-897001-37-0 $10.00 Can. 10.95 U.S. (7 )

Vessna Perunovich: Emblems of the Enigma

Donald Brackett, Pamela Edmonds et al

This original monograph offers a comprehensive overview of the Yugoslav-born Canadian artist’s inter-disciplinary sculpture and installation practice along with a selection of drawings, textile and video work from the past twelve years. Perunovich’s dynamic use of materials, space and composition challanges physical and psychic barriers - whether gendered, cultural or religious - which emblematically serve to both unite and divide. Generously illustrated with numerous full-page plates and bound with a flexicover, this striking publication contains nine essays by critics, curators and fellow artists and accompanies a nationally touring exhibition. Vessna Perunovich's work has been shown internationally at the 8th Havana Biennial in Cuba, Second Tirana Biennial in Albania, XII International Art Biennial of Cerveria in Portugal, IV Ceti nje Biennial in Yugoslavia, and she has exhibited across Canada.

Cambridge Galleries (09/2008) 212 pp 80 col. ill. 10 x 9 in softcover (flexicover) 978-0-9735085-2-9 $45.00 Can. $49.00 U.S. (36 euros)

Shelley Niro: Almost Fallen

Ivan Jurakic and Steve Loft

This new photo series draws upon historical parallels between Native identity and the Canadian landscape. Niro appropriates media constructed stereotypes of the 'Indian' to question our assumptions and expectations. She uses her artmaking as a means of communicating dignity, humanity and humour. Shelley Niro is a member of the Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve. Published in collaboration with Urban Shaman Gallery.

Cambridge Galleries (06/2008) 32 pp 13 col. ill. 9 x 7 in softcover 978-1-897001-30-1 $10.00 ($12.00 U.S. / 8 euros)

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination

Edited by Esther E. Shipman & Sascha Hastings

With contributions by:
Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects; Kongats Architects; Patkau Architects; Shigeru Ban Architects; Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; Snøhetta Architects. Writers: Lise Bissonnette, Ray Bradbury, Alberto Manguel, Robert Jan van Pelt, Nora Young. Artists: Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, Guy Laramée, Michael Lewis.

Logotopia.gifspacer.gifWhy are libraries such desirable commissions for contemporary architects and the frequent source of inspiration for artists and writers through the ages? Logotopia - the ancient Greek for "word place" - explores the library through architecture, art, and literature. With an astonishing multidisciplinary approach, these original writings examine both ancient and contemporary libraries - notably Egypt's Biblioteca Alexandria and Japan's Library of a Poet - as well as libraries of the imagination as seen through fiction, art, new media and pop culture. Punctuated with interviews and essays, Logotopia explores the library as a concept and a built form through four distinct forms - the Universal Library, the National Library, the Public Library and the Private Library. Discussions range from ancient Alexandria to modern Baghdad and from personal experiences to national identities. This original collection is richly illustrated with photographs, sculptures, models and installations from the past, present and perhaps the future.

Cambridge Galleries (02/2008) 128 pp 105 col. ill. 10 x 8.5 in softcover 978-1-897001-26-4 $28.95 Can. ($32.00 U.S. / 23 euros)

Kim Adams and Rick Pottruff: Under Deconstruction
Ivan Jurakic
A juxtaposition of Adams' kitbashing of HO scale model kits with Pottruff's mural size drawings of anamorphic cityscapes.

Cambridge Galleries (12/2006) 24 pp 10 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-22-6 $5.00 Can./U.S. (3 euros)

Freda Guttman: Notes from the 20th
Ivan Jurakic

Guttman examines the life of Walter Benjamin through a series of kinetic and audio visual installations.

Cambridge Galleries (01/2007) 26 pp 6 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-23-3 $5.00 Can./U.S. (3 euros)

Jane Adeney & Lenka Novakova: Crucible
Ivan Jurakic

The pairing of Adeney's smokefired clay installations with Novakova's cast glass video projection suggests the four primal elements.

Cambridge Galleries (03/2007) 24 pp 10 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-24-0 $5.00 Can./U.S. (3 euros)

Andrew Wright & Lisa Klapstock: Passages
Ivan Jurakic

An exploration of land and sky in the photo and video-based works of both artists.

Cambridge Galleries (05/2007) 26 pp 12 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-25-7 $5.00 Can./U.S. (3 euros)

Paul Dignan: Upland Gain
Ivan Jurakic

Dignan's paintings suggest an intersection of Op-art and digital imagery.

Cambridge Galleries (11/2007) 26 pp 10 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 978-1-897001-29-5 $5.00 Can./U.S. (3 euros)

Mike Parsons: Hey Apathy!
Sascha Hastings

Mike Parsons is an emerging Toronto artist who is attracting attention for his dramatic large-scale black and white drawings. Exploding buildings, cities of bones, mushroom clouds and frenzied crowds are metaphors for the anxieties of contemporary urban life. Born from an interest in graphic novels and Japanese manga, Parsons' virtuoso application of ink to paper transforms familiar urban settings into something fantastical. This publication accompanies Parsons' first solo exhibition in a public gallery and includes an essay and an interview with the artist.

Cambridge Galleries (07/2006) 24 pp 10 ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in softcover 1-897001-18-15 $9.95 Can./U.S. (8 euros)

Ivan Jurakic

Publication of a group exhibition with artists who use words as the building blocks for conceptual investigations. Artists include Naomi London.

Cambridge Galleries (07/2006) 20 pp col. ill. 6 x 6 in 1-897001-20-7 $5.00 Can./U.S. (4 euros)

Story Girls
Virginia Eichhorn

Publication of a group exhibition with four women artists who use narrative in their work. Artists include Aganetha Dyck.

Cambridge Galleries (07/2006) 26 pp col. ill. 6 x 4 in 1-897001-19-3 $5.00 Can./U.S. (4 euros)

Sara Angelucci: Somewhere In Between
Ivan Jurakic & Shirley Madill

Sara Angelucci's photographs and videos explore the reaches of memory using both archival and new images. Drawing on her family history, her work explores shifting identities and a suspended state between an immigrant past and a complex current history.

Cambridge Galleries / Art Gallery of Hamilton (04/2006) 28 pp 10 col. ill. 6 x 6 in 1-897001-17-7 $5.00 Can./U.S. (4 euros)

41° to 66° : Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada

John McMinn & Marco Polo

41to66.gifspacer.gif41° to 66° presents a selection of contemporary buildings organized within six distinct cultural and geographic regions of Canada: the Arctic, West Coast, Mountain, Prairie, Continental and Atlantic. The publication features a variety of leading contemporary Canadian architects whose work draws on iconic Canadian building types like the igloo, tepee and sod house as a means to address regional and cultural identity, landscape, climate and sustainability issues. Contributing architects include Busby Perkins + Will, Patkau Architects, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects and Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

Cambridge Galleries, Design at Riverside (12/2005)  60 pp col. ill. 10 x 13 in softcover 1-897001-15-0  $28.95 Can. ($32.00 U.S / 23 euros)

Colleen Wolstenholme: Iconophobia
Ivan Jurakic

Cambridge Galleries (01/2006) 26 pp 5 col. ill. 6 x 6 in softcover 1-897001-16-9 $5.00 Can./U.S (4 euros)

Living Spaces: Contemporary Canadian Homes / Espaces de vie : Maisons contemporaines au Canada
Edited by Mary Misner

Cambridge Galleries, Design at Riverside (2004)
60 pp 212 ill. (189 col.) 13 x 10 in magazine format 1-897001-02-9 $20.00 Can./U.S (16 euros)

Catherine Heard: Effigies
Corinna Ghaznavi

Cambridge Galleries (2003) 24 pp 12 col. ill. 6.5 x 4.5 in softcover 0-9687260-9-7 $5.00 Can./U.S (4 euros)

Big In Japan
Gordon Hatt

Cambridge Galleries (2002) 34 pp 30 col. ill. 6.5 x 4.5 inspiral bound 0-9687260-4-6 $10.00 Can./U.S (8 euros)

John Armstrong: Sanguine
Gordon Hatt

Cambridge Galleries (1999) 36 pp 13 ill. (12 col.) 8.25 x 9.25 in softcover 0-9682071-3-8 $10.00 Can./U.S (8 euros)

Kai Chan: In Search of Paradise
J. R. Carpenter & Sarah Quinton

Cambridge Galleries (1996) 32 pp 13 col. ill. 11 x 7.5 in softcover 0-9697195-9-0 $10.00 Can./U.S (8 euros)