A celebration of Gordon Lebredt (1948 – 2011) and publication launch for Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975–2008

April 2, 2011 – 4pm to 7pm

Plug In ICA presents an occasion to mark the passing of former Winnipeg artist Gordon Lebredt and launch the publication of Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975–2008, co-published by Plug In Editions and the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, and distributed by Art Metropole.

Gordon Lebredt, artist, writer, theorist, scholar, designer and motorcycle mechanic, passed away at home in Toronto on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 with his partner Lin Gibson, his beloved daughter Simone, and his crazy little dog Lola, by his side.

Known for its rigorous conceptualism and ambitious materiality, the work of Gordon Lebredt is among Canada’s most challenging and gratifying. Alongside Lebredt’s significant record of exhibitions, publications and interventions is a parallel body of unrealized work—a sprawling hypothetical topology of surfaces, abutments, expanses and disjunctions in which words, objects and images struggle to find and mark their place.

Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975–2008 collects Lebredt’s unrealized proposals from a thirty-three-year period—a major retrospective of a body of work that exists only as possibility. Designed and typeset by Lebredt himself, and edited by Lin Gibson, the book contains approximately 125 works presented as drawings, schematics and sketches rendered in pencil, ink, spray paint and type, as well as texts by Ian Carr-Harris, Gary Michael Dault, Lin Gibson, Andy Patton, Yvonne Lammerich and Yam Lau and a prologue by David Court and Josh Thorpe.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Title: Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975–2008
Dimensions: 9” x 8.5”
Pages: 177
Publishers: Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art and Plug In Editions
Retail: $50