Silent witnesses: graphic novels without words

Diss, Darren (2010) Silent witnesses: graphic novels without words. [Show/Exhibition]

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Official URL: http://www.silentgraphicnovels.com

Abstract

REF Output Descriptor:
Exhibition
This exhibition brings together the work of internationally recognised artists and illustrators from around the world working in Graphic Novel form. Spanning publications from the early twentieth century to the present day, the works contained in the exhibition are distinct in that all use the capacity of images alone to communicate narrative, functioning entirely without the use of text.

The exhibition celebrates the book form and in particular the Graphic Novel as an increasingly popular medium for artists and explores its enduring appeal to readers of all ages. By focussing on works without text it examines the underlying structure and mechanics of developing a Graphic Novel, exposing it as a unique art form. It looks at the Novel in the true sense, as an extended sequence conveying a narrative. The show includes preparation and working drawings, writings, flat plans, sketch books and character studies and associated works alongside complete book-works to reveal the various development stages in creating a Graphic Novel.

The exhibition combines works from a wide range of cultural contexts, from modern popular Graphic Novels, with scratchboard images by Eric Drooker produced for his novel ‘Flood’, to woodcuts by Frans Masereel for his 1925 work ‘Die Stadt’, to original drawings by Sara Varon for her well loved books, ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘Robot Dreams’. Also in the show will be a large scale flat-print version of ‘A-Z’ by Lars Arrhenius, a novel produced on the iconic A-Z map of London. Shown in print form it allows the viewer to scan the intersecting narratives sewn through the map in a single image, creating ever new readings.

Works for the exhibition have been loaned to The Collection from the British Museum, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Klinspor Museum, Offenbach, Scott Eder Gallery, New York, www.beguiling.com, Toronto, and from the exhibiting artists

Essays to accompany the show were produced by David A. Berona , Dr. Chris Mullen and Phil Beard.

Silent Witnesses; Graphic Novels Without Words was supported by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council.

vents aimed at children and adults were run to coincide with the exhibition including
workshops and talks notably by Paul Gravett whose writing and commentary on the graphic novel form is internationally respected.

The show was listed and commented on in Guardian guide Saturday 5 June 2010.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jun/05/this-weeks-new-exhibitions?INTCMP=SRCH

Extract from ‘Reader Development’ document produced by Lincoln County Council:

‘This exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln attracted 5,283 visitors between June and August 2010.

In the exhibition there were books to browse through and a trail and drawing activity for
children.
Activity days for children and young people including Magic Manga Day, Cosmic Comics Day
and a Graphic Novel Day, were all well attended. Curator and writer Paul Gravett gave an
informative talk for adults. At the events visitors were able take out library membership.

The show received a listing in the Guardian’s Top 5 exhibitions and write ups in
The Lincolnshire Echo.

Reaction to the exhibition demonstrated that graphic novels are not just for enthusiasts but
have a much broader appeal.’

http://www.liem.org.uk/documents/Reader%20development%20-%20Linconshire.pdf

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:REF Output Descriptor: Exhibition This exhibition brings together the work of internationally recognised artists and illustrators from around the world working in Graphic Novel form. Spanning publications from the early twentieth century to the present day, the works contained in the exhibition are distinct in that all use the capacity of images alone to communicate narrative, functioning entirely without the use of text. The exhibition celebrates the book form and in particular the Graphic Novel as an increasingly popular medium for artists and explores its enduring appeal to readers of all ages. By focussing on works without text it examines the underlying structure and mechanics of developing a Graphic Novel, exposing it as a unique art form. It looks at the Novel in the true sense, as an extended sequence conveying a narrative. The show includes preparation and working drawings, writings, flat plans, sketch books and character studies and associated works alongside complete book-works to reveal the various development stages in creating a Graphic Novel. The exhibition combines works from a wide range of cultural contexts, from modern popular Graphic Novels, with scratchboard images by Eric Drooker produced for his novel ‘Flood’, to woodcuts by Frans Masereel for his 1925 work ‘Die Stadt’, to original drawings by Sara Varon for her well loved books, ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘Robot Dreams’. Also in the show will be a large scale flat-print version of ‘A-Z’ by Lars Arrhenius, a novel produced on the iconic A-Z map of London. Shown in print form it allows the viewer to scan the intersecting narratives sewn through the map in a single image, creating ever new readings. Works for the exhibition have been loaned to The Collection from the British Museum, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Klinspor Museum, Offenbach, Scott Eder Gallery, New York, www.beguiling.com, Toronto, and from the exhibiting artists Essays to accompany the show were produced by David A. Berona , Dr. Chris Mullen and Phil Beard. Silent Witnesses; Graphic Novels Without Words was supported by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council. vents aimed at children and adults were run to coincide with the exhibition including workshops and talks notably by Paul Gravett whose writing and commentary on the graphic novel form is internationally respected. The show was listed and commented on in Guardian guide Saturday 5 June 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jun/05/this-weeks-new-exhibitions?INTCMP=SRCH Extract from ‘Reader Development’ document produced by Lincoln County Council: ‘This exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln attracted 5,283 visitors between June and August 2010. In the exhibition there were books to browse through and a trail and drawing activity for children. Activity days for children and young people including Magic Manga Day, Cosmic Comics Day and a Graphic Novel Day, were all well attended. Curator and writer Paul Gravett gave an informative talk for adults. At the events visitors were able take out library membership. The show received a listing in the Guardian’s Top 5 exhibitions and write ups in The Lincolnshire Echo. Reaction to the exhibition demonstrated that graphic novels are not just for enthusiasts but have a much broader appeal.’ http://www.liem.org.uk/documents/Reader%20development%20-%20Linconshire.pdf
Keywords:Exhibition, Graphic Novels, Wordless, International, Illustrators, Artists
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W220 Illustration
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:5651
Deposited By: Darren Diss
Deposited On:23 May 2012 09:33
Last Modified:06 Dec 2013 09:52

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