An Art of the Weak: Marginalia, Writers, and Readers brings together the work of Kyla Mallett with texts by Denise Oleksijczuk and Rachelle Sawatsky to examine the intersection of language and culture in the pages (and systems) of publicly circulated books. There has been rising interest in marginalia for its potentially transgressive and alternative forms of dialogue or communication. The graffiti and margin notations in books posits a conversation between the official structures of the text itself, as well as the institutionalization or organization of those texts, and the unsanctioned annotators.
KYLA MALLETT is a Vancouver artist who has shown her work widely in Canada and the United States. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia with her MFA in 2004, her work has been included in exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery; ThreeWalls, Chicago; and the Vancouver Public Library.
DENISE OLEKSIJCZUK has lived in Vancouver since she moved here to work as an assistant curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1989. She is currently an assistant professor of Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her book on panoramas in Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Since she began making art two years ago, her work has been exhibited at the Or Gallery; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Contemporary Art Gallery; and at Solo Exhibition in Toronto.
RACHELLE SAWATSKY is an emerging Vancouver based artist and writer who has exhibited her work in Vancouver and Montreal. In 2005, she received her B.F.A. from Emily Carr Institute, where she won the Helen Pitt Award. She recently collaborated with Dan Starling on How to Write a Book Of, an artist book published by Projectile Publishing.
143 pp / 52 B&W images, 2007
Author(s): Denise Oleksijczuk / Rachelle Sawatsky
Publication editor: Melanie O'Brian
Artist(s): Kyla Mallett, Designed by Jen Eby