Accompanying text to exhibition Haptic at the Helen Pitt Gallery.

Tegan Moore, Elspeth Pratt, Lorna Brown

A visual, written and tactile document of the work and process of two Vancouver sculptors, Tegan Moore and Elspeth Pratt, with a complex and provocative written contribution by Lorna Brown. Book design by Working Format. Includes colour plates in a glassine envelope, paper and plastic section dividers, and innovative anti-slip back cover.

softcover
62 pages
6″ x 8″
ISBN: 9780986709906

Available here at Publication Studio.

The term “haptic”, referring to the sense of touch and act of touching, is now familiar in the description of devices like smartphones and touch-screens; in other words, the act of manipulating imaginary objects by touching a surface. The sensory knowledge of the textures of surfaces and the conveyance of subtle variations of meaning in gestures are only provisionally available in these interfaces, and the trace of a touch is meant to disappear the moment the screen is cleared or the hardware rebooted.

In this exhibition, Tegan Moore and Elspeth Pratt delineate a history of touch: both artists, in differing ways explore the edges, surfaces, and traces of materials touching materials; abrading, eroding, fusing, at rest or in tension.