Libby Leshgold Gallery

READ Books at the Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present Gareth Long and Derek Sullivan in residence to perform their on-going project The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas.

Seated at their Invented Desk For Copying, a desk re-imagined from the unfinished pages of Gustave Flaubert's last novel Bouvard and Pécuchet, the artists work towards illustrating and translating every entry in Flaubert's The Dictionary of Received Ideas. Flaubert's satirical dictionary contains 950 biting and surprisingly contemporary entries which Long and Sullivan interpret and compile into their collected illustrations. This work forms an on-going series of bookworks titled The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas.

Long and Sullivan have performed numerous public drawing sessions to further their work on The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas at galleries and book stores including Printed Matter Inc, MoMA PS1, Mercer Union, Art Metropole, The Musée Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, Flat Time House in London, UK, and Shandy Hall in Coxwold, UK.

Gareth Long lives and works in New York. He holds a BA in Visual Studies and Classical Civilizations from the University of Toronto and an MFA from Yale University. Long has had solo exhibitions at Oakville Galleries, Toronto, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York.

Derek Sullivan lives and works in Toronto. He holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Sullivan has had solo exhibitions at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, White Columns, New York, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge.

For their residency the artists will be working in the bookstore on Tuesday evening, and daily from Wednesday to Friday. On Friday evening they will give a talk beginning at 7pm in the ECU Theatre, SB301.

The READ Books iteration of The Invented Desk For Copying is made in collaboration with David McGuire.


Gareth Long & Derek Sullivan