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An Open Book

Magic Quilt, a work from the Surrey Art Gallery's permanent collection by Bettina Matzkuhn

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An Open Book is a catalogue of publications about artworks in Surrey Art Gallery's permanent collection. We commission writers to produce brief essays about specific artworks, putting them in relation to the artist's biography and the history of their practice. Many of the publications also include statements written by the artists.

The intention of An Open Book is to make information on the wonderful artworks in the Gallery's collection easily available to the public.

We named this publication An Open Book because readers are invited to dip into any part of the collection and to come back often as more publications are produced.

The essays are arranged alphabetically by artist's last name.

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detail from Interior Pavillion #4, artist Vikky Alexander

Vikky Alexander, Interior Pavillion #4
Vikky Alexander By Christopher Brayshaw
Vikky Alexander: Interior Pavillion #4 (1989) by Petra Watson

detail from In Her Dreams, artist Nancy Boyd

Nancy Boyd, Separate Agendas & In Her Dreams
Nancy Boyd by Karen Hasselfeld
Artist's Statement (2004)

detail of Satellite for Piltdown, artist Nick Brdar

Nick Brdar, Satellite for Piltdown
Satellite for Piltdown: a drawing by Nick Brdar by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (1985)
Artist's Statement (1986)

detail from He transmits / She receives, artist Diana Burgoyne

Diana Burgoyne, He transmits / She receives
Diana Burgoyne: Gesture and the Handmade by Daniel Joliffe

Moving Centre, artist Pat Cairns

Pat Cairns, Equinox and Moving Centre
Pat Cairns; Equinox and Moving Centre by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (1991)

detail from "If this is What You Call "Being Civilized", I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'" - Hotel Balmoral, artist Judy Chartrand

Judy Chartrand, "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'"
Judy Chartrand: "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'" by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2007)

detail from Mending at the expense of the sides, artist Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole, Mending at the expense of the sides and Nevermind, Nevermind, Nevermind
Barbara Cole: Mending at the expense of the sides by Karen Henry
Artist's Statement

detail from Under the Ramp, artist Gwen Curry

Gwen Curry, Under the Ramp
Gwen Curry: Under the Ramp by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2000)

detail from Boy Getting Out of Bath, artist Diana Dean

Diana Dean, Boy Getting Out of Bath
Diana Dean: Boy Getting Out of Bath by Eliza Lee
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Statement (2001)

detail from Walk In The Rain, artist Fred Douglas

Fred Douglas, Walk In The Rain
"Giving Painting Lessons to the Aliens" by Jerry Zaslove
Artist's Statement (1996)
Afterword "Picturing" by Liane Davison

Brian Fisher, Odyssey #3
Brian Fisher and Odyssey #3: a Drawing at the Surrey Art Gallery by Brian Fisher
Artist's Statement (2001)

detail from Roland (Barthes), artist Barry Goodman

Barry Goodman, Roland (Barthes), Jaques (Derrida), & Jean Francoise (Lyotard)
Barry Goodman: Reading the Stitch by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

detail from Amuse Bouche, or The Audtion, artist Torrie Groening

Torrie Groening, Amuse Bouche, or The Audition
Torrie Groening: Amuse Bouche, or The Audition by Roger Boulet
Artist Statement (2006)
Notes on Amuse Bouche by Torrie Groening (2007)

detail from Barricade of Bicycles - June 4th 1989, artist Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong, Barricade of Bicycles - June 4th 1989 and Cafeteria #1
Gu Xiong by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1994)

detail from High Tide at Cowichan Bay, artist E.J. Hughes

E.J. Hughes, High Tide at Cowichan Bay
E.J. Hughes by Margot Leigh Butler

Carole Itter: Grey Rattle
Carole Itter - Grey Rattle by Gabriel Saloman
Artist's Statement (1994)
video still (detail) from Reliable Clown, artist Laura Lamb

Laura Lamb, Utopias in a Little Box   
Utopias in a Little Box - An Introduction by Brian Foreman
The Concept of Nature in Laura Lamb's Videos by Petra Watson
Artist's Statement (2003)

detail from The Drag King Project - Buster Cherry, artist Loni Latour

Toni Latour, The Drag King Project
Toni Latour: The Drag King Project by Donna McAlear
Artist's Statement (2008)

detail from Lock and Key, artist Lori-Ann Latremouille

Lori-Ann Latremouille, Lock and Key
Lori-Ann Latremouille and Surrealism by Ed Varney
Artist's Statement (1990)
Artist's Statement (2006)

detail from S. Fraser Way, Surrey, B.C. Landscape #1 (Flags), artist Even Lee

Evan Lee, S. Fraser Way, Surrey, B.C. Landscape #1 (Flags)
Picture Elements: The Photographic Activity of Evan Lee by Sharla Sava
Artist's Statement (2007)

detail from Great Blue Heron (drawing), artist Don Li-Leger

Don Li-Leger, Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron by Carol Prokop
Artist's Statement (2004)

detail fo Night Vision, artist Catharine MacTavish

Catharine MacTavish, Night Vision
Night Vision: a drawing by Catharine MacTavish by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2004)

detail from The Magic Quilt, artist Bettina Matzkuhn

Bettina Matzkuhn, The Magic Quilt
Bettina Matzkuhn: The Magic Quilt by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2008)

detail from Prismatic Planes by Alex McLeod

Alex McLeod, Prismatic Planes & Evergreen
Alex McLeod: Prismatic Planes and Evergreen by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
Artist's Statement (2014)

detail from I/Me, artist Al McWilliams

Al McWilliams, I/Me
Al McWilliams: I/Me by Karen Love
Artist's Statement (2011)

detail from Fly Fishing Mid May by Robert Michener

Robert Michener, Fly Fishing Mid May and Gentle on My Mind
Robert Michener: Natural Harmonies by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1977)
Artist's Statement (1997)

detail from Diane C. and Barb G., artist Sally Michener

Sally Michener, Diane C. and Barb G.
Sally Michener: Diane C. and Barb G. by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2008)

detail from Oh Canada Our Home and Native Land, artist Carel Moiseiwitsch

Carel Moiseiwitsch, Oh Canada Our Home And Native Land
Carel Moiseiwitsch: O Canada Our Home And Native Land by Robin Laurence

detail from The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows, artist Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo, The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows
Shani Mootoo: The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows by Denise Oleksijczuk

detail from Swarm, artist Monika Napier

Monika Napier, Swarm
Monika Napier by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement

David Neel: The 1990s and Beyond, by Carolyn Butler-Palmer
Artist's Statements (1991)
detail from The Hands of the Compassionate One, artist Haruko Okano

Haruko Okano, The Hands of the Compassionate One
Haruko Okano: The Hands of the Compassionate One by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement

 detail form Stock Market Skirt by Nancy Paterson

Nancy Paterson, Stock Market Skirt
Nancy Paterson - Stock Market Skirt by Robin Laurence

deatil from Untitled, artist Pudlo Pudlat

Pudlo Pudlat, Untitled
Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992) by Marion Jackson

detail from View, artist Philippe Raphanel

Philippe Raphanel, View
Philippe Raphanel: View by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (1994)

detail from Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road, artist Bill Rennie

Bill Rennie, Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road
Bill Rennie: Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road by Amy Gogarty
Not Far From Gold by Sally Michener
Bill Rennie - A Fighter and A Thinker by Jeannie Mah
Artist's Statement (2007)

detail from Untitled (Thread Drawing 1), artist Robin Ripley

Robin Ripley, Untitled
Robin Ripley: Drawn Threads by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

Salmon, 1997, artist Evelyn Roth

Evelyn Roth, Salmon, 1997
Evelyn Roth: Salmon, 1997 by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (2008)

detail from Metamorphosis #11 Spider, artist Ruth Scheuing

Ruth Scheuing, Metamorphosis #11 Spider
Ruth Scheuing: Spider by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statment (1992)

detail from Untitled (Three Figures), artist Marianna Schmidt

Marianna Schmidt, Untitled (Three Figures)
Marianna Schmidt: Untitled (Three Figures) by Robin Laurence, 2008

detail from promise, artist my name is scot

my name is scot, promise
my name is scot by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement (1995)
Artist's Statement (1996)

detail from Death is a Natural Thing, Sweetheart, artist Sandra Semchuk

Sandra Semchuk, Death is a Natural Thing Sweetheart & Acceptance
Sandra Semchuk by Christopher Brayshaw

detail from Green Mountain, artist Arnold Shives

Arnold Shives, Green Mountain
Arnold Shives by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statements (2001)

detail from Four Buses, artist David Sloan

David Sloan, Four Buses
David Sloan by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1985)

detail from Imaginal Expression #5, artist Reva Stone

Reva Stone, Imaginal Expression
Reva Stone's Embodied Technologies by Joy James
Artist's Statement (2006)

detail of Eros, artist Nell Tenhaaf

Nell Tenhaaf, Eros & Logos
Eros and Logos: Two Drawings by Nell Tenhaaf by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2006)

detail from Mid-day Alley, artist Richard Tetrault

Richard Tetrault, Mid-day Alley and Quartet
Richard Tetrault by Elizabeth Kidd
Artist's Statement (2008)

detail from Chinese Pictures, artist Henry Tsang

Henry Tsang, Chinese Pictures
Henry Tsang: A Family Name by Gu Xiong
Artist's Statement (2006)
Biography (2006) by Margot Leigh Butler

detail from Critic at Work, artist Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace, Critic at Work
Ian Wallace by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2005)

detail from to be continued..., artist jil p. weaving

jil p. weaving, to be continued...
jil p. weaving: to be continued... by Randy Lee Cutler
Artist's Statement (2002)

detail from Study For Black Bride, artist Neil Wedman

Neil Wedman, Study For Black Bride
Neil Wedman by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Staement (1992)

detail from Jimmy and Andrew, Sullivan Station, artist Stella Weinert

Stella Weinert, Teens Together: Hanging Out
Stella Weinert by Bob Sherrin
Teens Together: Hanging Out - A Collaborative photo project by Stella Weinert with Surrey Teens by Christine Lawrence
Artist's Statement (1999)

detail from The Wrath of the Devourers, artist Chris Woods

Chris Woods, The Wrath of the Devourers
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Christopher Brayshaw
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1994)
Artist's Statement: Technical History and Provenance (1995)