Tagged: Artists’ Books

January exhibitions

The Land Has Many Parts
January 15 – February 15 . 2014
Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Silence Unbound: The Artist’s Lexicon in the Making
January 17, 2014 – March 29, 2014
Center for Book Arts New York
Organized by Heather Powell

The artists featured in Silence Unbound often work in familiar forms, but have at some point been driven to create or conceive of an object that incorporates their language into a book-like design. The juxtaposition of the book next to an artwork- painting, print, photograph, or performance ephemera- is meant to delineate a space that considers the translation of the artist’s aesthetic vocabulary into writing systems. Featured Artists include: Dean Ebben, David Hammons, Candace Hicks, Christopher K. Ho, Jenny Holzer, Alison Knowles, Jessica Lagunas, Matthew C. Lange, Dani Leventhal, Barbara Rosenthal, Buzz Spector, Emily Speed, and Kristen Tordella-Williams.

Library of Congress

I just found out that the Library of Congress in Washington is going to be a repository for all books published by Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. I published ‘Unfolding Architecture’ with them in 2007 and I am still very proud of it, and I have fantastic memories of my time there.

The book is still available for the bargain price of $200 from their website (7 weeks of hard graft letter-pressing and screen-printing went into making them!).

I should also mention that my very talented friend, artist Rose Smith, is currently there making a new book work at the moment – can’t wait to see it!

Bound by Silence

‘and all of the spaces inbetween’ will be in this exhibition of artists’ books at SUNY Cortland, New York State from March 12th to April 6th. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibiting artists: Dean Ebben, Jennifer Grimyser, Candance Hicks, Christopher K. Ho, Alison Knowles, Jessica Lagunas, Dani Leventhal, Barbara Rosenthal, Buzz Spector, Emily Speed. With work from the permanent collection by Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Peter Bernett, Jenny Holzer, Jeffrey Keedy, Barbara Kruger, Edda Renous, Ed Ruscha and Linn Underhill.

Exhibition flyer here: Bound by Silence

“These works examine the relationship between the visual elements and literary devices at play and emphasize the correlation between meaning and metaphor.  They were selected based on three criteria: the approach to craft tradition and the conceptual motivation, the source of the content, and the materiality of the language.  The purpose is to trace the heritage of these components back to the artist’s overall practice, most of them working with familiar forms, and to question the ways in which the information is being transmitted and consumed”

Little Plug

Mercy have put Cardboard Folly in their top five collaborative projects of the year in an article that’s just been published on creativetimes.co.uk. Flattered. I should also take the opportunity to apologise for not having a PDF of it online yet. Each issue takes a couple of hours to assemble, so the poor artists have not even had their copies yet! Soon, very soon!

The Cooperative, Liverpool

From Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th September, I will be resident in the Cooperative space on Renshaw Street in Liverpool. I’ll be there from 1-5pm every day except Saturday, so please come and see me if you can! I’ll be working on my new publication, ‘Cardboard Folly’ and have invited various artists to come and work with me during the week so we’ll be scrawling things down, cutting, sticking and general plotting!

You can find the space here: http://www.thecooperative.info/

On Sunday afternoon there will be a discussion group around artists’ books and self-publishing from 2 – 4pm, accompanied by tea and cake of course. Everyone welcome!

‘A House Like Me’ book launch

Last Friday was the launch at of ‘A House Like Me’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The event was to mark the end of my year as bursary holder for the Feiweles Trust at the Park. I have compiled the book and it is a mix of digital printing with screen printed dividers.

It was a lovely day and great to get some feedback on this thing that has been filling my house with piles of paper for weeks.

‘A House Like Me’  is intended for educators wanting to work with conceptual art and is based around the themes in my own practice and the projects I have been doing in schools since last September. The book is not for sale, but a pdf version will be online soon, I will post a link as soon as it’s available. Some images can be viewed in the bookworks section on this website.

A House Like Me – Feiweles Trust Bursary at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

ISBN 978-1-871480-85-6, Yorkshire Sulpture Park, 2010. Digital print on paper with screenprinted, card dividers. Digital printed folder.

Slow Magic

I am currently working on a small bookwork, a collaboration of sorts with Nathan Jones, who has been Poet-in-residence at the Bluecoat in Liverpool over the past year. The piece contains his poem, Slow Magic, written about the experience of looking around an exhibition (one of the same name held at the Bluecoat).

Based on a Turkish map fold, the multiple has a screen-printed grey board cover and unfolds, revealing the poem slowly, the creases of the paper acting as illustrations. It’s still very much under-construction (printing tomorrow) but will be available in a limited editon.

The work will be part of


An exhibition of artworks drawn from Nathan Jones’ period as Poet in Residence at the Bluecoat
16th – 26th June, 2010
Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

featuring print, video and illustrative work by
Scott Spencer
Emily Speed
Philip Marsden
Markus Soukup
Sarah Nicolls
Neil Keeting
and Andre Guedes