The Vancouver Art/Book Fair, presented by Project Space, attracted book worms and art enthusiasts from around the city to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This international book fair is the only one of it’s kind in Canada. The two-day event is free and open to the public. Three floors of the Gallery were packed with exhibitors, installations, and performances. Over a hundred artists and publishers traveled from far and wide to Vancouver in celebration of their latest endeavors. Exhibitors ranged from Mould Map of London, England to Double Dot magazine of Toronto, Ontario.
The hum of excited individuals engaged in conversations about experimental publishing and more, filled the room. People rummaging through boxes of “free-ish” books and scoping the never-ending tables of books, magazines, zines gave the fair a lively vibe. One day is certainly not enough to fully absorb the overwhelming amount activity at the fair.
Double Dot showcased their collection of magazines sister cities across the world, such as Vancouver’s very own sister city, Los Angeles, CA. Each issue compares and contrasts the sister cities through the curated of works of artists and writers from both cities. The Van Art/Book Fair was an opportunity for editor Julie Baldassi, and artistic director Shannon Jager to meet some of the local artists who contributed to their magazine, since each issue purely curated via email.
Local poet Jordan Abel explores the art of reshaping and rearranging found texts through his published work “Un/inhabited”. He constructs a work providing insight on the relationship between the language and land.
The piles of books and magazines were ceaseless. Collectible posters, postcards, and prints were proudly sprawled across tables and walls. Everything from books to zines were avaiable for purchase. No one left empty handed. Amongst the exhibitors, intriguing installations were also located throughout the fair.
The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the celebration of artists and publishers across the globe. People who share the passion of art and writing feed the fair with energy incomparable to any event. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or a good read, you’ll find it at Vancouver Art/Book Fair.