Chris Adams, Mike Adams, Phyllis Davey, Christine Edwards, Rosine Jewels, Judy Payne, Jane Pettigrew of the Logan Village Library Book Club
- 14 Sep 2014, 09:00am to 28 Sep 2014, 05:00pm
A visitor to the Logan Village Green in September 2014 will not only see a charming, mid-nineteenth century historical site but will also encounter, amidst interpretative signage, commemorations, warnings and various public notices, a series of authoritative signs with decidedly unofficial declarations. Alternating between anecdote, contemplation, reverie and provocation, the signs reveal the memories, hopes and fears of the contemporary villagers that are fiercely proud of their community but are anxious of its future amidst encroaching urbanism.
The signs are derived from a series of conversations between artist, Natasha Narain, and members of the Logan Village Library Book Club – conversations that began with the oral history of the site published in Doreen Wendt-Weir’s Barefoot in Logan Village, but rapidly shifted to concerns about the aging population, the increasing insensitivity to the environment, the recent development of walled communities on the village outskirts, and the impact of a growing urban culture within the semi-rural village with strong community values.
The signs are a public offering from the club and are of texts authored or collected by its members. W.O.R.D.S. provides a glimpse of a community in transition, reflecting on cherished memories, history and strongly-held beliefs, in contest with a puzzling and indeterminate future.
The directors and artist would like to thank the book club members for their grace, perseverance and generous contributions, without which the project could not exist.
Special thanks are also due to Lorraine Cox, Wendy Duke and Mary-Ellen McCarter for their kind assistance and support.