Central Library's Lorne St. entrance is temporarily unavailable this morning due to a mural installation. Please use the 12th Avenue door instead.
No Story Too Small to Trade: A Tiny Library of Artist Trading Cards & the Global ATC Phenomenon
Opening Reception and Curators' talk: Saturday, October 2, 2:00 pm
In No Story Too Small to Trade, the Regina Artist Trading Card Collective present a selection of miniature masterpieces from local, national, and international contributors. Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are self-produced, pocket-sized works of original art that are traded between artists in social settings. They can be made with almost any medium, although cards must measure 2.5" x 3.5" (64 x 89 cm), similar to a sports trading card. Unlike official sports memorabilia, however, ATCs are traded one for one, and in person - they are never bought or sold.
Conceived in 1997 by Swiss artist m. vänçi stirnemann as part of a gallery performance concerned with the non-hierarchical, non-profit-based, non-judgmental exchange of artwork, ATCs are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. This exhibit will continue this, going beyond a passive model of presentation, and becoming what stirnemann called a 'Collaborative Cultural Performance' of personal meeting, creating, bartering and trading.
Founded in 2003, the Regina Artist Trading Card Collective is comprised of artists Margaret Bessai, Sharon Eisbrenner, Nicolle Nugent, and Sylvia Ziemann. Together they facilitate Artist Trading Card sessions, inviting the entire community to make and trade art.
No Story Too Small to Trade (Installation View), 2010.