UNSPENT LOVE, or, Things I Wish I Told You
Published November 2011, Conundrum Press
Originally drawn and written as a series of online vignettes for the comics publisher Top Shelf Productions, Unspent Love addresses themes such as hope, fear, and human frailty. The project was later produced as a multi-media bookwork with the support of Open Studio’s Nick Novak Fellowship (2010).
A third iteration at YYZ Artist's Outlet in Toronto evolved the project in a series of narrative images, unfolding between November 2010 and December 2011. The experimental space of the wall allowed imaginative storytelling possibilities to develop through layering, time-lapsed animation and wheat pasting.
In 2011, Conundrum Press published a beautiful trade paperback version of the book with a letterpressed cover by Gaspereau Press.
SHANNON GERARD works across a variety of media. She writes and draws comics, crochets soft sculptures, binds books and makes prints. See more at www.shannongerard.org
UNSPENT LOVE has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
One chapter of Unspent Love recently won first prize in the Graphic Narrative category of THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. It is published in the current issue (Nov/Dec 2010), on newstands now.
Robin asked me for songs he could cut in which related to things we had talked about, so I gave him: The Weakerthans’ “Bigfoot” about trying to keep faith in something you can’t demonstrate, Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots “Making Believe” which was the only 45 my grandmother had when my dad was a baby and so played over and over again on a loop, Jim Carrey singing “Friendly World” because it relates to the small town and also because I love Andy Kauffman, and Mike Doughty’s “Thankyou Lord For Sending Out The F Train” from which the title “Unspent Love” is taken.
Between November 2010 and October 2011, Unspent Love will evolve outside of YYZ Artist’s Outlet as part of its YYZUNLIMITED program. Using the experimental space of the wall, the project will expand in a series of time-lapsed and stop motion animations of evolving wheatpastes, eventually collected and presented right here.
YYZ is located at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 140, in Toronto, Ontario.
Many thanks to Susan Rowe Harrison for initiating this opportunity and to Ana Barajas for supporting the work.
In November 2010, volume one of Unspent Love was launched at Open Studio’s Gallery at 401 Richmond West in Toronto along with this installation of images from the book, presented without text, in a fluid sequence that invited viewers to create their own narrative.
In 2010, I received the incredible opportunity to develop Unspent Love as a multi-media bookwork through Open Studio’s Nick Novak Fellowship. The first 17 chapters were produced in this volume that incorporates digital printing, screen, letterpress and hand binding.
Unspent Love began in 2008 over at Top Shelf 2.0 after conversations with Brett Warnock who invited me to contribute stories to this excellent selection of online serials.
You can read the developing series here: