The many layers of a book


A book certainly is more than its title, more than its contents: it also is a material object with which we have an intellectual and physical relationship.

Holding a book, leafing through its pages is part of the reading experience. We all remember the smells of paper and ink of our first readings. The stories we discovered as children are both memories of the mind and hands, eyes and heart.

Kingsley Gunatillake explores this emotional and artistic dimension in ‘Untitled book’, an exhibition/installation that will be opened at the Alliance Française de Colombo on October 8 at 6 p.m. by French ambassador Michel Lummaux. Gunatillake reminds us books have been persecuted, because of the questions they raised. Books have been forbidden, hidden, torn apart, burnt, ...

The installation is held at the Alliance Française within the framework of “Lire en fête”, an annual celebration of reading taking place in France and in many countries.

Gunatillake has held over 30 exhibitions and won many national and international awards. His paintings are included in several collections across the world such as the Presidential collection of contemporary art, Sri Lanka.

A graduate from the College of Fine Arts Colombo (1978), he went on to do his higher education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, (1996). At present he is the chairman of the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA), and a visiting lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and University of Kelaniya.

The exhibition continues throughout the month on weekdays from 9 - 6 p.m and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
Other Plus Articles
Hi-tech teacher at their little fingertips
Horror show scenes of verminous shanty towns -- Letter to the editor
Pensioners weary of waiting for government to act -- Letter to the editor
True patriots within and outside the country -- Appreciation
Her meritorious deeds live on -- Appreciation
Guiding light and role model for a generation of girls and women -- Appreciation
Your golden, healing hands touched thousands -- Appreciation
Where help is home delivered
Beware of the ‘alligator’!
Sermon to demons atop historic rock
IFS: Bringing science closer to the people
A journey of togetherness
The many layers of a book
Ask the US Consul
Value the child’s life, not what he/she can be
Remembering a brave spirit
A guide and teacher in the study, practice and dissemination of the Dhamma
Lankan Psychologist nominated for Grawemeyer Award for 5th time
Where it all began
Platters: The members may change, but the music goes on!
A model’s world unfolds


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2009 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution