Grayson James: After Alexandria

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Grayson James, A Damaged Book/Learning How to Bind (detail), 2018, architecture prints, found objects, tracing paper, laser prints, inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist.

The Ryerson Image Centre presents
Grayson James: After Alexandria

Opening reception: October 30, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition dates: October 30 – December 8, 2019

In his exhibition After Alexandria, Grayson James presents the printed book as a starting point for an aesthetics of collaboration. James became interested in this project at a point in his life when he was experiencing a loneliness unlike any he had ever before. As an avid reader, he found himself turning to literature to mitigate these feelings. He began to read books almost exclusively borrowed from the library. These books were marked-up, damaged, dog-eared, and coffee-stained. Through the bodily experience of encountering other readers and the traces they left behind he began to consider these books as a medium through which to engage with others. The notes he found in the margins had gravity, reminding him that as alone as he might feel, he was part of a broader conversation, of a micro-history, and of a community that supports one another in ways that are impossible to articulate. In the exhibition books are a source material for exchange. The installation is an ongoing interactive space about reading, annotating, and responding to others. Over the course of the exhibition, the artist will be on site to lead readings and open discussion with visitors on a range of themes. Events include:

Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 30, 6–8 pm
Please join us to celebrate the opening of Grayson James: After Alexandria in the Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery.

Exhibition Tour and Drop-in Workshop
Saturday, November 16, 12–3 pm
Please join Grayson James for a tour of After Alexandria, starting at 12:15 pm. He will present a brief (15 minute) talk on the project, outlining the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that brought him to the work. Afterwards viewers are invited to join him as he works on the participatory aspect of this project, reading, intervening in, and documenting the texts in the space.

Exhibition Tour and Drop-in Workshop
Saturday, November 30, 12–3 pm
Please join Grayson James for a tour of After Alexandria, starting at 12:15 pm. He will present a brief (15 minute) talk on the project, outlining the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that brought him to the work. Afterwards viewers are invited to join him as he works on the participatory aspect of this project, reading, intervening in, and documenting the texts in the space.

Artist Talk with Grayson James
Saturday, December 7, 1–1:30 pm
Please join Grayson James for an artist talk, where he will discuss how he came to socialist politics, why he thinks they are the correct response to the crises we are experiencing in the world, and how they relate to After Alexandria.

Artist Bio

Grayson James is an artist and writer working in Toronto. James is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

The Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery
The Student Gallery showcases the art and curatorial practices of Ryerson University’s current undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from all disciplines. Rigorous yet inclusive, the program engages audiences with important issues through group or solo exhibitions of contemporary art and historical lens-based media. Presenting six exhibitions per year, the Student Gallery provides valuable, professional experience in the curation and display of artwork.

The exhibitions are selected annually, following a call for submissions, by a committee comprised of staff members from the RIC, along with students and faculty members from the School of Image Arts.

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