744 x 744 x 744
Opening Friday 8 January 2010, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Open Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and by appointment
Open until Saturday 6 February 2010
In 2008 Kelly Large began requesting the least popular books whose abstracts contain the word artist from the British Library collection. Low usage items are held in an ancillary storage space in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. They are driven down to temporary storage in the high usage St. Pancras library site, on request.
These unpopular publications have been requested and used, en mass, as material for the production of works in ‘744 x 744 x 744’.
>Large has been a reader at the British Library for 1398 days.
>Her favoured study desk at the British Library measures 76.5 x 116cm.
>There are over 150,000000 items in the British Library collection.
>It takes up to 3 days from the request date for a low usage publication to travel from the ancillary British Library storage space to the primary storage space in St. Pancras, London.
> A reader is limited to 10 collection requests per day.
>There are 760 unpopular books identified by the artist between 1973 (when the library first came into operation) and October 2009.
>Each of the 760 books has been measured and weighed.
>The total volume of the unpopular books is 0.04m3.
>Packed together the unpopular books measure 744 x 744 x 744mm.
>The total surface area of the unpopular books is 7 x 4.7m
>The total weight of unpopular books is 334kg
>Osmium metal has an atomic weight of 190.23 and a density of 22.61g/cm3. As such it is the densest material known to man.
>11 of the unpopular books were on constant loan during the weighing and measuring period.
>There are 5.3 miles between the artist’s studio and the gallery
Kelly Large, born 1973, St, Asaph, Wales, based London, gained her BA Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University (1995) and her MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (2001). Recent projects include Beacon Art Project, Lincolnshire; The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall; Eastside Projects, Birmingham.
Installation view ‘744 x 744 x 744’
‘The total volume of all the YK category (low usage) books whose abstracts contain the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection rendered as a column which just fits the dimensions of the gallery’, 2009, Pick ‘n’ Pluck Packing Foam
‘The artist practicing announcing the title of each YK category (low usage) book whose abstract contains the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection’, 2009. DVD, 1’27"
Installation view ‘744 x 744 x 744’
‘Recording of the artist receiving voice coaching to train her voice to occupy space when announcing the title of each YK category (low usage) book whose abstract contains the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection. Recorded at Limoncello’, 2009, Sound Recording & Yamaha NS-40M Studio Speaker, 1’27"
‘A photograph of four people who helped the artist request all the YK category (low usage) books whose abstracts contain the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection. Their combined weight, plus a shopping trolley filled with 33 kilograms, equalled the total weight of all the books requested. This weight was temporarily applied to the British Library piazza; which forms the roof of the high usage collection storage spaces underground’, 2009, Black & White Print
‘The artist producing a composite piece of paper in her studio that equals the surface area of all the YK category (low usage) books whose abstracts contain the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection, when placed front cover up in a rectangle’, 2009, DVD, 5’30"
11 x 1 gram pellets of osmium metal (the densest metal known to man), representing the 11 YK category (low usage) books whose abstracts contain the word ‘artist’ in the British Library collection, that were on loan to other readers during the artist’s research time at the library. For the duration of the exhibition the artist is offering a 1 gram pellet to each of those readers implicated in the artist’s research process’, 2009, 11 x 1 Gram Osmium Pellets and Packing Foam