Update 1: An Artwork to be Consulted
The idea of a collaboration happened over coffee one day when Becky said that she had made some playing-card-size prints and drawings. I had recently revisited my miniature ‘book’ The Library of Chance Encounter and it seemed like the perfect form to bring both our sensiblities together.
Here are some mockups of how the new book-work might look… My text will follow, so keep an eye for updates.Read More »In Progress: New Collaboration with Rebecca Roscorla
‘The Immaterial Legacy’ was an eclectic exhibition held at MACBA, Barcelona between May 2014 to June 2015 which presented artworks from the museum’s collection alongside cultural artefacts from the period (such as music, film, advertising) in order to provide a historical context for the art.Read More »Book as Reference: The Immaterial Legacy at MACBA
Stuart’s beautiful sculptures look as if they have been excavated from the ground. The folded concrete from some building site, the stacked dusty-brown layers from a desert floor.Read More »Book as Element: Various Book Works, Michelle Stuart
‘Life in the Folds’ is an installation that seems to be filled with objects from an alien culture. Comprised of video, sculptural objects, works on paper and a publication, the common thread that links these pieces are strange glyphs, which appear to be a form of language.Read More »Book as Communicator: Life in the Folds, Carlos Amorales
If Lai’s work weren’t safely behind glass, one might expect the aroma of baking to fill the gallery. ‘Bread Encyclopedia’, as the name would suggest, is comprised of a series of books, bound in bread. Each volume is lettered and tied with a string, as if ready to carry. And although the work itself dates back to 2008, the books look freshly made.Read More »Book as Domestic Object: Bread Encyclopedia, Maria Lai
From a distance Anthony Cairns’ photographs look like small paper negatives suspended between thick panes of glass. The black and white images feature glimpses of cityscapes; fluorescent lights, architectural lines, empty urban spaces. These anonymous-looking places could be backwaters of any major city. The washed-out tones give a hazy feel, as if we are experiencing the city through a dream and image by image we build a picture of a sprawling place.Read More »Book as Medium: E.I. CTY1, Anthony Cairns
The scene is like some strange mini-market stacked with objects, that through blurred vision at least, could resemble familiar, everyday goods. Shelves are filled with wrapped packages, bundled objects, rolls tied with strings. Among them are mini footballs, old containers, parts of machinery and even a book.
Sharif’s works are described as sculptures and it’s clear that thought has gone into each and every object of display, whether the raw materials (the original found objects and post-consumer waste) have been altered significantly or not. It’s no coincidence that we think of a supermarket when we look at the work.Read More »Book as Post-Consumer Product: Studio (Supermarket), Hassan Sharif
The Romanian artist Ciprian Muresan uses books as a resource, sketching a copy of every image in a particular book on to one sheet of paper. His source material comprises seemingly image-laden artists monographs or studies.Read More »Book as Source: All Images From a Book…, Ciprian Muresan
A couple of years back I came across this beautiful artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove as part of an exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute. Bove’s artwork was presented alongside that of Italian architect/sculptor Carlo Scarpa (who’s garden was home to Lee Mingwei’s artwork When Beauty Visits).Read More »Book as Habitat: Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, Carol Bove