My work is a fusion of my ongoing interests in drawing, the city, and the book. ‘Crosstown Drawings’ are handstitched using the materials most basic to binding books --thread and paper. I choose to ‘draw’ with bookbinding materials because I see the built environment as the cover of a book of stories: each structure, no matter how banal, houses small histories that together describe the city as a whole. The structures that fascinate me the most are the unexceptional rowhouses, the functional overpasses, dead end streets, train tracks, parking lots, the mediocre and mundane. These places and structures are almost invisible to us but no less integral to the history and structure of the city than the grand civic buildings and monolithic roadways. They are what make the city itself.
Artist Bio / CV
Education 2003 MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, CA Exhibitions 2008‘Obsolete Concepts: The Books + Art Show’, A Space, Toronto, ON, ‘Beth Howe: Environs’, Mercer Union; Toronto, ON 2007 ‘MadeReady’, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ON‘Best of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, ‘Reports’: The Explorers Club Research Collections Department, New York, NY 2006‘Topograph’, MADE Design, Toronto, ON, ‘Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON, ‘New Lines: Drawn, Stitched, and Sculpted’: SPUR Projects, Portola Valley, CA, ‘Re-Shelving Initiative’: Eye Level Gallery; Halifax, NS 2005‘To Have and To Hold’: Minnesota Center for the Book; Minneapolis, MN, ‘Under Construction’: Dyan Marie Projects; Toronto, ON, ‘Do You Like Stuff?’: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, NY,‘Fibreworks 2004’: Art Gallery of Peterborough; Peterborough, ON 2004‘Imagine’: La Jolla Fiber Arts; La Jolla, CA, ‘Portable’: Rad’a Gallery; Montreal, QC, ‘Fibreworks 2004’, Cambridge Galleries; Cambridge, ON, ‘Post-Minimal’: Gallery 1313; Toronto, ON, ‘The Block’: Galerie Une; Neuchatel, Switzerland, ‘Scapes’: Berliner Kunst Projeckt; Berlin, Germany 2003 ‘The Art of the Draw’: Armory Gallery; Napa, CA, ‘Four in the Foreground’: Hang Annex; San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition: San Francisco, CA, ‘Phalanges’: 473 Broadway Gallery; New York, NY, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco, CA 2002 ‘Today’: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, NY, Public Interventions: L7; San Francisco, CA, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco, CA