an installation by Onni Nordman
at the Cape Breton Regional Library
50 Falmouth St, Sydney, NS
May 15 - June 26, 2019
April 30, 2019 – At the Cape Breton Regional Library, we are excited to partner with local artist Onni Nordman, to loan original artworks to library members for a limited time. Nordman is supplying 36 works of art that the Library will lend for 2 weeks, just like a book. This project, Check Out This Art, will launch on Wednesday, May 15 at the McConnell Library, from 4-6 pm. The art will be on display that day so library users can borrow the piece that interests them. After the launch, the art can be found at checkoutonni.blogspot.com.
This project will run for 6 weeks. “This is an opportunity for anyone with a library card to treat themselves to an encounter with a one-of-a-kind art object hanging on their wall for two weeks”, says Nordman. “It's a very different experience than looking at a reproduction in a book or a magazine. A painting is a surface covered with a material that went on wet and then dried into a supposedly enduring form, but you may find that it changes all the time, each time you look at it. That's its magic.” “We are happy to have the opportunity to lend art through the Library”, said Faye MacDougall, Regional Librarian. “The Cape Breton Regional Library has a lot of items besides books to borrow, but this is the first time that we are lending artworks. This is a unique project that provides everyone with the opportunity to hang original art on their wall.” The Check Out This Art launch is open to everyone. Drop by to speak with the artist and choose the painting that you would like to have in your home for 2 weeks. Due to limited supply, the Check Out This Art project will only run from the McConnell Library branch. For more information, contact the Library at 902-562-3162.
For more information, contact:
Rosalie Gillis, Coordinator Community Support
This is an opportunity for anyone with a library card to treat themselves to an encounter with a one-of-a-kind art object hanging on their wall for two weeks. It's a very different experience than looking at a reproduction in a book or a magazine. A painting is a surface covered with a material that went on wet and then dried into a supposedly enduring form, but you may find that it changes all the time, each time you look at it. That's its magic.
That physical process of pushing and prodding the wet paint into some sort of meaningful shape is what the artist is most focused on. A picture is a representation, a painting is a unique event that becomes a unique object-- somewhere between a thing and a thought.
Looking at a painting in the flesh rather than in a reproduction, however accurate, allows you to reverse-engineer things such as in what order the paint went on the surface, and what previous image might be buried underneath a newer layer of paint. Look at a painting over an unhurried amount of time, and you'll understand the language of even the most challenging contemporary art.
To treat this project as an installation rather than as an exhibition places it in the mode of art known as relational aesthetics, also referred to as social sculpture. Ordinarily the paintings on the wall would be the core of the venture. Here, however, the role of the library is the actual focus of attention. The role of the paintings (and the artist) is decentered. The open-endedness of the lending activity is the point and meaning.
Here are the works available for loan:
oils on paper 61 X 45 cm.
oils on vinyl 30.48 cm. diameter