Do or DIY

information as material

Shandy Hall gardens, Coxwold (UK), YO61 4AD

August 4-31, 2012

The exhibition Do or DIY intervenes in the beautiful gardens at Shandy Hall.

It is Sterne’s self-publishing of his most famous work, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which inspires information as material’s miniature history.

Texts on display throughout the gardens offer an introduction to the concealed history of do-it-yourself publishing, as undertaken by some of the most revered writers of the modern Western canon.

Humorous anecdotal quotations about DIY literary stars are scattered round the garden, sticking out of the grass lawn at acute angles like a set of papers that have blown away in the breeze.

“Remember the lessons of literary history.

Don’t wait for others to validate your ideas. Do it yourself.”

DO or DIY was launched as a gallery installation at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in March 2012.

This exhibition is part of Art in Yorkshire.”

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England.

Do or DIY – exhibition 2

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