The Art of the Book


The Art of the Book

Seager Gray Gallery presents the 11th annual Art of the Book.

An exhibition of book-related material including fine press, hand made and altered
books featuring new works by gallery favorites as well as some exciting discoveries.

May 3 – June 5, 2016
Reception for the artists:
Saturday, May 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Artists included in the exhibition are Jody Alexander, Islam Aly, Alice Austin, Ken Botnick, Sarah Brown, Kim Henigman Bruce, Inge Bruggeman, Valérie Buess, Julie Chen, Marie Dern and Danielle Giudici Wallis, Alisa Golden, Andrew Hayes, Helen Hiebert, Meg Hitchcock, Charles Hobson, Lisa Kokin, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Emma Lloyd, Suzanne Long, Sharon McCartney, Emily Payne, Maria Porges, Kazuko Watanabe, Beata Wehr and Barbara Wildenboer.

Disbound – Education for Girls

Exhibition Notes: Disbound – Education for Girls
April 21 – May 27, 2016
Harcourt House
3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7
Phone: 780.426.4180

Books have always played a role in my life. My mom, an avid reader, passed on her love of books to me. When I touch a book and I am conscious of a world that exists only within those pages. A self contained world whose influence is in how I interpret the words. Everything we are and everything we know about the world is contained in a book somewhere. Books are precious.

I do not consider myself to be a “book artist” in the true sense. I do not create books. I am a sculptor that disassembles, deconstructs books and marries them with found objects. I play with puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire and there are so many when it comes to books. For example, the work in Jackets. Books have jackets just as jackets are articles of clothing for us. Some of the pieces where created to emulate “jackets”. Clothing is a reflection of who we are and books help shape who we are.

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My statements are subjective and have open-ended interpretation. I want the viewer to be able to bring their own experiences to the work. I want you to find meaning in my work that is significance only to you. In that way the work becomes yours, personal and intimate.

Kim Bruce- Zero- Encaustic, mixed media, 8.5"w x 7"h x 2"dThe first in my series dealing with books was called Open Book. The work was created with wood where I emulated an open book with focus on the central spine. A strong vertical line is prevalent in a lot of my work and has to do with having strength – backbone. In essence strength of character.

As the work progressed it took a turn and has to do with my process. I work intuitively, spontaneously, totally in the moment without much of a plan. I don’t use a sketchbook to record or work out ideas. I let the work, work itself out. Some take longer than others to find their voice, some never do, others can’t keep their mouth shut. It is through this process of intentional intuitiveness that I realized I was starting to seal the books shut, closing them off, making them inaccessible, unable to open. That was when I realized what the work was truly about.

Kim Bruce - KnowledgeI was using books as my canvas because books are knowledge and knowledge empowers. I looked for a book term to describe what I was doing. I chose Disbound.

DisBound is an exhibition about education for girls. It’s about choice. It’s about girls, and boys too, but mostly girls, who, due to tradition or religion, don’t get to choose. They are married off as soon as they hit puberty and often left to fend for themselves and their children because of war, strife or circumstance.

Gender inequality exists. It exists in Canada, the USA, throughout the western world, but is most prevalent in developing nations. I want to bring awareness to the importance of education and the role it has in shaping future generations. If girls are educated and given choices, they can influence the world.

DisBound is a bookbinding term that means to remove the book pages from its bindings; I use it as a metaphor for removing girls from the bonds of tradition so they can get an education. Disbound should not be confused with unbound, which, is a bookbinding term used to describe pages that were never bound to begin with.

As with all my work, this series of books, references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, a reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor, creating objects significant beyond function. The under-laying message – the essence of my work – speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women.

I truly hope you will find meaning in the work.

Materials Matter

I am so honoured to be included in my first group show at Seager Gray Gallery. The exhibition is called “Materials Matter”. Donna did a really nice write up about my work and all the artists in the catalogue

The show runs January 30 – February 28, 2016
Reception for the artists:
Saturday, February 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Wish I could be there, but if you’re in the San Francisco area maybe you’ll drop in.

Material Matters, Seager Gray Gallery, 2016 – Written by Donna Seager
Material Matters, the third annual exhibition exploring artists and their media is being presented at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley. The exhibition includes works by 16 artists working in cut paper, glass, weaving, clay, polymer, found photos, paint, salvaged steel, casein, charcoal, wood, altered book, steel, thread, cast lead crystal, and video.

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The artists included are Lucrezia Bieler, Joe Brubaker, Kim Bruce, Squeak Carnwath, Lia Cook, Stephen Paul Day, Ellen George, Andrew Hayes, Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Ted Larsen, Sibylle Peretti, Alexander Rohrig, Jane Rosen, Tim Tate and Barbara Wildenboer.

How I Got Here

Exhibition Notes: How I Got Here
January 5 – 28, 2016
Western GM Drumheller Gallery
80 Veterans Way
Drumheller, AB
Phone 403-823-1371

It was very exciting to be offered the Drumheller Library Gallery to exhibit book sculptures from my Disbound proposal. Working with books has found a home with me and to be able to exhibit them in a library setting is extra special. The gallery is a beautiful space but the hanging system wouldn’t work to show my wall mounted book sculptures. So rather than forego the opportunity to exhibit, Janet, the library representative, worked with me to come up with alternative work that was compatible with the hanging system.

We all go through life in a progressive way, one step leading to another. This progression is very true for an art practice. One thing always leads to another, we learn and apply and move forward. Looking back on my work from the last 15 years I started to see how I got here, and it occurred to me that perhaps a retrospective was in order.

Having this exhibit in Drumheller is particularly fitting and special because Drumheller is where my grandmother and grandfather, who immigrated separately, met and settled. It’s also where my mom and uncle were born and raised. When my grandfather died of black lung from working in the coal mine in Newcastle, my grandmother moved the family to Calgary.

Woman's Work, 2010 Encaustic, false Hair on board 20" x 30" (22.75" x 32.75" Framed)
Woman’s Work, 2010
Encaustic, false Hair on board
20″ x 30″ (22.75″ x 32.75″ Framed)

They say all art is autobiographical and on some level I find the work I’m presenting here to be almost overtly self referential.  Starting with Family of Four which is a portrait of my maternal grandmother and then my mom in Being Thirteen. I comment on my exposure to religion in Class of 64, Saves 9, and Pegged. My experiences with being an entrepreneur since the 80’s is reflected in Glass Ceiling and Woman’s Work. And I make comments on the traditional roles of women in What Became and Casting the Net.

Even though this work reflects my life it also speaks to and for others who have shared similar experiences. That is what I believe is important about art; it’s a voice that conveys a message that not only helps people to feel that they are not alone, but one that speaks for those that have no voice. I am drawn to subjective statements and open-ended interpretation which allows others to bring their own experiences to my artwork.

Just Me, encaustic medium, just and found object on a book, 5.5" x 4" x 5.25" © Kim Bruce
Just Me, encaustic medium, just and found object on a book, 5.5″ x 4″ x 5.25″ © Kim Bruce

Understanding my past has enabled me to follow my voice to my current work with books. I use books as my canvas because books are knowledge and knowledge empowers. My books are unbound and immersed in hot beeswax. In this state I am able to distort and manipulate the shapes and seal the books shut. This closing off of the books is symbolic of education being denied to girls, and boys too, but mostly girls.

On a whole my work is full of visual puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire. It references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor creating objects significant beyond function. The underlying message – the essence of my work – speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women.

Alternative Spaces

Alternative Spaces – Group show

Artists include:
Jason Bartziokas
Bill Bewick
Kim Bruce (me)
Martinho Correia
Elena Evanoff
Mark Holiday
Dale Kirschenman
Karen Klassen
Barry Lorne
Darcy Lundgren
Mychael Maier
Annette Sicotte
Roseanne West
Frances Vettergreen

Friday October 16th 3 – 9 pm
Saturday October 17th 12 – 6 pm

239 – 29 Avenue NE Calgary, AB

Baby Jesus – Figurative Show

Please join us for Aaron Sidorenko’s first curated group figurative show!

It’s a pop up show running from June 24 to 27

It’s a cross section of what’s happening in local figurative works.
Artists include:

Daniel Audet
Elena Bushan
Kim Bruce << me 🙂 Martinio Correia Milo Dlouhy Elena Evanoff Marcia Harris Karen Klassen Zack Lowe Mychael Maier Paul McGrath Vanessa Nelson Gary Olson Jean Pederson Robert Pierce Ryan Postic Aaron Sidorenko Rich Théroux Mark Vazquez-Mackay And special guest Paul Stady Opening reception Friday June 26, 5:00-8:00 Hope to see you there. Kim Christine Klassen Gallery 200 - 321 50 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 telephone 403 262 1880 email Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 5 or by appointment 403 262 1880

Still Burning – 35 Anniversary of Burns Visual Arts

The Burns Visual Arts Society of Calgary is 35 years old.

The Burns is the oldest continuous artists’ cooperative in Canada with a mandate focused solely on providing affordable working studio space to professional artists in Calgary.

We are celebrating this amazing achievement with Still Burning, an exciting multi-media exhibition at PASSAGE, a new contemporary art space in the Dominion Bridge Building in Ramsay (803, 24 Avenue SE, Calgary).

The exhibition features the work of 20 artists, the current members of the Burns, and runs from September 18, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

Opening reception on Thursday, September 18, 4 to 8 pm.
Please come and celebrate with us!


Articles and Reviews

Yup It’s Still Burning by Daniel Lindley

BVAS: Still Burning Exhibition by the FDaily Tourist


UnDressed at Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Pajaro Valley Arts Council, PVAC, and the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, SCICA, along with guest curator Rose Sellery present an exhibit which explores the realm of apparel and goes beyond the conventional limitations of fabric, needle and thread.

Expect the unexpected in this exhibit of curious, intriguing, narrative garments and accessories that utilize traditional methods, as well as experimentation with unusual materials, tools and techniques that create surprising, witty and thought provoking conceptual pieces and installations.

The exhibition will be held simultaneously in two galleries, at the Pajaro Valley Arts Council PVAC and the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art (SCICA) at the Tannery Arts Center.


Work being exhibited

Installation shot – Linda Cordy – “You Give Me Fever” (painting on back wall). Hat sculpture artist unknown. Kim Bruce – encaustic shoe sculptures

Starker Auftritt! Stepping into the Limelight!

Starker Auftritt!/Stepping into the Limelight!
GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
March 28 – September 29, 2013
Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Kim Bruce gratefully acknowledges the grant support from the A.F.A. to produce the work in the Heels series.

Step Lightly, Cast encasutic, pins & needles,vintage dressmaker pattern, 5″ x 2.5″ x 7.5″

The Grassi museum presents: Over a 100 fascinating and surprising footwear creations from around the world. The selection shows the architecture in miniature shoes, shoes with socio- critical potential, with historical referenced shoes or shoes that are not obvious at first glance. The exhibition is complemented by photos and videos of shoe performances.

World renowned artists, architects and designers such as Keith Haring and Zaha Hadid have rediscovered the shoe itself. They present the amazing and bizarre, and provide a variety of aesthetic and cultural aspects. The range of materials used is far reaching: futuristic high-tech fabrics, ceramics, wood, glass, elephant dung, paper and of course leather and fabric were used as the starting material. Portable or not? The original and ingenious designs are unlimited. It’s all about the shoe as an art form, to be reshaped as sculpture.

(. An exhibition in cooperation with the Dutch Liza Snook It operates a virtual shoe museum: ) Kim’s listing at the Virtual Shoe Museum

2013 Starker Auftritt! Experimentelles Schuh-Design. 28.03. bis

Media Coverage
Tages Schau – “Strong performance” in stylish offenders
Mittags | Magazin -Strong performance
High Heels im Grassi-Museum (Video)