Collection RL - Renegade Library collection

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Renegade Library collection

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CA SVE RL

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  • 1996-1998 (Creation)
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    Renegade Library

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13 cm of textual records and graphic material.

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(1996-1998)

Administrative history

During the years 1996 to 1998, the Renegade Library developed as both a social practice, and a collection of over 500 artist books. Originating with a mail art call for “collaborative mail art in book form,” this project of Lois Klassen in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, brought together over 700 artists from some 40 countries. Together, their correspondences produced a delightful collection of zines, assemblings, multiples, add & pass, miniatures, visual poetry, small presses, and much more. Renegade Library is an infectiously inspiring artifact of a 90s mail art and artist book experimentation. Today the Renegade Library occupies 20 boxes, which are individually being acquired by public artist book collections. Through this distribution, Renegade Library has taken up residence in collections including Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon), Also As Well Too (Winnipeg), Artexte (Montreal), Centro de Desarollo de las Artes Visuales (Havana), Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe), Bautista Kabistan Esquivel Collective (San Salvador), and Emily Carr University Library (Vancouver), and the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives at the VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver).

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This box is the residue of mail art activity undertaken by Lois Klassen, during the years 1996-1998. In keeping with the project theme, all of the items meet two criteria: the creators identified them as "books" ; and, their creation was enabled by some kind of "collaborative" process. Each book item is labeled with a catalogue number that corresponds to information about it in the box's index, as well as in the original exhibition catalogue. The books found within the box are:

  1. Cobaterate This - E.F. Higgins III (USA)
  2. Song to the Spirit - Ruggero Maggi (Italy), Marilyn Dammann (USA), Keiichi Nakamura (Japan)
  3. A Book of Seals - Dottie (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  4. With You - Keiichi Nakamura (Japan), 82 artists from various countries
  5. Fertilized Eggs - David Dellafiora (USA), Keiichi Nakamura (Japan)
  6. Mail Art Scenarios for Possible Futures - Sophia Martinou (Greece), 96 artists from various countries
  7. Summer Rites - Guido Vermeulen (Belgium), Marilyn Dammann (USA), Richard Campbell (USA), Liza Leyla (Belgium)
  8. Workball - Serge Segay (Russia), John M. Bennett (USA)
  9. [Untitled] - Alfio Fiorentino (Italy), Anna Boschi (Italy)
  10. We Challenge You to Top This! - A1 Waste Paper Co. (England), Art Nahpro (England)
  11. A Little Book of Words and Pictures - Dotty Seiter (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  12. Madonna & Child - Elaine Rounds (Canada), Lois Klassen (Canada)
  13. [Untitled] - Baron (USA), John M. Bennett (USA), Robin Crozier (England), Fran Rutkovsky (USA)
  14. PIPS 1/98: Engelbox - Claudia Putz (Germany), 38 contributing artists from various countries
  15. The Little Book of Fruits and Vegetables - Rhonda (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  16. [Untitled] - David Cole (USA), Lavona Sherarts (USA)
  17. Books on Fire: the Documentation of the Renegade Library - Lois Klassen (Canada). Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Canada)
  18. Bar Stool - David Dellafiora (Australia), 38 additional mail art contributors (Australia)
  19. 21 Tulipa - Magda Lagerwerf (Netherlands), various other mail art contributors
  20. No Panic - Dietmar Vollmer (Germany)
  21. [Untitled] - Emily Joe (USA)
  22. VIDAL - Shmuel (USA), Hugo Rene Vidal (Argentina)
  23. Só Objetos de Uso Pessoal / Only Personal Things - José Roberto Sechi (Brazil), 355 listed participants
  24. Assembling Magazines - Stephen Perkins (USA), numerous contributors of publications in "assembling" format
  25. Draw - Marian Butler (Canada), Sylvia Legris (Canada), Judy Bowyer (Canada), Dena Decter (Canada), Lois Klassen (Canada), Jean Klimack (Canada), Catherine MacDonald (Canada), Vida Simon (Canada)

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The books have been left in their received order, and have been kept in the box in which they arrived.

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Created by Sophie Roberge, July 2018.

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