Open Book Art Collective
The Open Book Art Collective presents The Idiot, an Art Exhibition inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel of dramatic tragedy
"For a long time now I've been tormented by a certain idea, but I've been afraid to make a novel out of it, because the thought is too difficult, and I'm not ready for it, though it's a thoroughly tempting thought and I love it. The idea is - to portray a perfectly beautiful man. Nothing, in my opinion, can be more difficult than that, especially in our time."
-Dostoevsky, writing to his niece about The Idiot
The Idiot was published in 1868, one of Dostoevsky's latter novels written after his Siberian exile. True to disturbing tragedies in life, the literary material that Open Book Art Collective draws upon for this show is richer in questions than conclusions. Dostoevsky masterfully weaves a narrative absorbed with insight into the psychological states of complex and erratic characters, positioning four parts to the novel that is intricately constructed in order to dramatically collapse at the end in murder, disillusionment, manipulation and illness. Who is the real idiot or outsider when the majority of individuals are behaving madly? What is the use of purity, innocence and compassion in what appears to be too harsh of an environment for it to survive?
The Open Book Art Collective (OBAC) seeks to create a visual/literary dialogue with art objects that are both informed by and informing the literature that they reference. With mediums such as painting, encaustics, drawing, sculpture, photography and textiles, Open Book Art Collective's artists are brought together by their passion for literature, sharing ideas, making art, constructive criticism and a desire for creative community.
Since 2013, OBAC has produced other three art exhibits: The Death of a Beekeeper by Lars Gustafsen, Dear Life by Alice Munro, and Duke by Sara Tilley. The OBAC is passionate about creating events that are accessible to the public and have shown in public libraries and several alternative venues.