ice fishing in gimli : reviews + squibs (and an award)
"... it's like the Governor-General's award, the Giller and the Nobel Prize for artists' books all in one ..."
— excerpt from the author's acceptance speech
The Art Gallery of York University is pleased to announce the results of the first AGYU Artists' Book of the Moment award (ABotM). From the short-list of 30 books, the one that rose to top of the ABotM is Rob Kovitz' Ice Fishing in Gimli.
*please note: the "A" in ABotM is silent
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reviews + features
"Stories in the Snow." The Globe and Mail, Focus section Endpaper, Saturday, February 12, 2011, p. F12.
Marcus Boon, "Ice Fishing in Gimli." In Praise of Copying, 13 February 2011.
John Coward, "Latest addition to Gimli library welcomed." The Interlake Spectator, October 11, 2010.
Brooke Ford, "Cut and Paste Fish Sticks: Brooke Ford follows Rob Kovitz's frozen odyssey." Broken Pencil, Issue 47 (Spring 2010), pp. 55-6.
Virginie Doré Lemonde, "Into Black... et pas blanc comme neige." Ciel variable, no. 84 (Spring 2010), p. 70-71. (Google Translation, French to English.)
Alison Gillmor, Plug In ICA exhibition text. Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Dec. 11, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010.
2nd progress edition, 2006
Gary Michael Dault, “Ice Fishing in Gimli: Bibliographic Rapture in the Cold or Twilight’s Last Gleaning.” Border Crossings, No. 102, May 2007, pp. 76-82.
Peter Goddard, “Great Expectations in Gimli.” Toronto Star, 10 August 2006.
David Jager, “Fishing for Meanings: Rob Kovitz tries to hook into the Canadian zeitgeist in ambitious show.” NOW Magazine, August 3-9 2006.
Sigrid Dahle, “The Trials and Tribulations of an Ambivalent Every-Artist (The Great Canadian Novel Gone Awry).” YYZine, June 2006.
1st progress edition, 2004
Jeanne Randolph, “Rob Kovitz’s Ice Fishing in Gimli.” Fuse Magazine, June 2004, pp. 41-46.
Some art pundits are hailing Ice Fishing in Gimli as one of the most significant works produced here in decades.
Alison Mayes, "The Buzz," Winnipeg Free Press
#1. Rob Kovitz's multi-volume ten-years-in-the-making Ice Fishing in Gimli bookwork is a classic already. Bravo to long term projects, I say.
Cliff Eyland, "2009 Critics' Picks," Akimblog
Ice Fishing in Gimli - a new nation to frolick in. Or perhaps more appropriately ice core to drill into.
Mrs O'Kana, Literature et folie
It's like a series of footprints ...
James Culleton, The Uniter
Bedtime reading ...
It was the cannibalism on Lake Winnipeg that got my attention …
David Humniski, Interlake Spectator
The Best Books and Comics of 2009
I am currently saving to buy the complete work. It is as far as I can see a phenomenal piece of work on adventure and existence.
Ralph Dorey, Go Forth and Thrash
I can't tell you what the point of Ice Fishing In Gimli is ...
Jasia, "Reading the Unreadable," Midnight Poutine