End sheet is a group exhibition which opened yesterday at the ArtEC gallery in Port Elizabeth.
End Sheet 2014
As the final exhibition on the artEC calendar for 2014 we thought it fitting to make reference to the final page of every book, the page that, despite being devoid of textual content, marks an assimilatory shift from book into life. The End Sheet binds not only the physical book, the cover to the text-pages, but also denotes the transition from text into life marking the readers contribution to authorship.
Reading a book is by no means a linear retracing of its author’s intentions but rather an interpretative appropriation of the text, which produces a different text in the mind of each reader, the last page holds a revolutionary event: the constant dialogue between author and reader.
The words read interweave, wrap themselves in the feelings, the experiences and knowledge of the reader, a mesh of two worlds that forms and opens new imaginary spaces. Are there interfaces, overlays or points of the world of the reader with the world of the author, enabling the formation of a new reality?
How far is it possible to capture the new imagery? …
Artists were invited to submit the results of their obsessions on paper. The torn, pressed, ripped, wrinkled and stained drawings, prints and illustrations for an exhibition that celebrates paper.