Book Keepers at Gallery TPW (80 Spadina, #310) to July 17. 416-504-4242. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
There's just something about them . In the Book Keepers exhibit, Gallery TPW celebrates our attractions to books - even when we don't read them. Four artists chosen by curator and artist Nina Levitt show that our love of books can have almost nothing to do with words and everything to do with the aesthetic joy that books bring. Perched open on motors around the floor, the nine books in Victoria Scott 's e-motional response #1 wait as a few pages blow in the breeze created by the ceiling fan. Oh so coyly, they entice us with their old hard covers and stories to be told. But perhaps out of spite at our neglect, they individually snap shut as we approach. When we step away they open, and the game starts again.
By contast, Balint Zsako 's prints on the surrounding walls are far more revealing. In fact, looking at the 30-by-40-inch photos of pages from his journals makes us feel like voyeurs. He puts down his ideas and thoughts using collage, paint, words and sketches. As our curiosity builds about the artist and how his brain works, we come upon entries photographed so that only the edges are visible, teasing us with the contents we will never see.
These are books in a new light. They flutter in Alison Rossiter 's photos and come to life in Katie Varney 's video book. It turns out that we like to judge books by their covers, and in this case you might like what you see.