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Frankenstein – Liverpool & Knowsley Book Art Exhibition

Liverpool Book Art celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with two exhibitions – at the Central Library, Liverpool from 14 May to 9 August 2018, and at the Kirby Gallery, Knowsley from 17 September 2018 to 26 January 2019. A framed collage is included in both exhibitions and also two copies of my book RINFANTENESK.

 

The framed work is made from phrases cut from Frankenstein, and takes the form of a letter addressed to John Melbourne Esq, a character in the novel. The text is pasted on to a photograph from Au Coeur De L’Antarctique, (Librairie Hachette Et Cie, 1911) a battered book I bought in Paris for 4 euros, which documents Shackelton’s Antarctic Expeditions.

 

A further 18 collages – similarly made – comprise the stab bound book – RINFANTENESK – printed in several colour combinations, blue on orange paper, red on orange paper, black on orange paper, and black on black paper.

 

Copies of these will be stocked on my table at the forthcoming Liverpool Book Fair held also at the Central Library Liverpool over the weekend of 7 and 8 July.

 

I AM A SQUARE at Counter Book Fair

Film of I AM A SQUARE performed at the Counter Book Fair, March 17 2018 is now viewable here

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfwpzXkDBoQ

 

I AM A SQAURE – a sound text piece comprising words, poems and songs is performed on a battery powered child’s Alphabet Desk, referencing Dada sound poetry, and my previous performance at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

Exhibition at Bower Ashton Library, University of West England, Bristol

19 April to 30 June 2018

 

D A Y P A G E S is an exhibition at Bower Ashton Library, University of West England, Bristol, of volumes of my daily collaged diary, and a range of recently printed collaged books.

 

The Saint on the radio reminds me of The Saint on TV with Roger Moore, and also the series The Persuaders with Moore and Tony Curtis. Curtis was married to Christine Kaufman, a friend of Joseph Cornell I think he made a ‘box’ for her. Picked up Metros from station – a yellow concrete mixer with ACE written on it in bright red – a yellow sign which reads Car Wash 7 Days A Week – a parakeet on Nunhead Green.

 

This is part of the first D A Y P A G E entry, dated 23 February 2015. Cornell was very much in my mind having just read Dreams, a collection of his dreams, and having found on Deptford Market a film magazine with a photograph of Curtis and Kaufman with their baby. In deciding to keep a daily collaged visual diary I was, of course, tipping my hat towards Cornell.

 

I regret not having kept a diary before. There were brief episodes when I did. But nothing consistent. Now I find a degree of comfort in keeping a diary. It has become a consistent and reassuring part of what I do each day – I can’t imagine NOT keeping a dairy. Furthermore reading it tells me what I did on a particular day, a way of preserving memories of the past. With D A Y P A G E S I decided that the text would be typed, and I would include only images that referred directly to events of that day. Occasionally, I know I have an image that would fit the entry, as with the entry above – a parakeet – and will include it, but I dont ever go about trying to find an image, as that starts to approach a more conscious, and deliberate ‘picture making’ rather than using materials that arise each day.

 

I think it is the use of visual material that maintains my interest in this project. Keeping a text only diary doesn’t particularly interest me. I like the varying sources of images – the free Metro newspaper provides the majority of these. I also include till receipts, gallery handouts, paper bags, and fast food delivery leaflets sometimes typing directly onto these. I use two typewriters – an Olympia Werke Ag Wilhelmshaven – a beast of a machine from a cat rescue charity shop in Walthamstow – for use at home, and a portable Empire Corona De Luxe, which I use when I am away from home. I tend to be an imperfect typist, so words are often misspelt, or I forget to add the space between words – this can throw up unusual word combinations.

 

Each D A Y P A G E entry is collaged onto a page, occasionally two pages of a book, usually a scrapbook – I also use large music stave books, ledgers, stamp albums, even a concertina drawing book – I particularly like using partially filled scrapbooks which I find here and there, adding my diary entry to the items already pasted on the page, enjoying the unpredictability of these juxtapositions, and the feeling of adding one layer of time to another.

 

I try to vary the size and type of books I use for the D A Y P A G E S, this creatively ‘keeps me on my toes’ and not to repeat a well practised and predictable look, which, I am cautious of, and would occur more readily if using the same size and type of book. This attempt to keep the making of the pages ‘fresh’ is maintained by how the pages are made, usually starting by pasting any images onto the page, then typing and cutting out the text, all without planning how things will be spaced out. The challenge is then to arrange the text around / over the images so that it all fits. Most times there is an almost uncanny bringing together – everything comes together – though I also enjoy when this doesn’t happen and I have to find spaces for the text to go.

 

A  D A Y P A G E might record daily activities, thoughts, conversations, my studio work, a recipe, a response to an exhibition, a sports item (particularly about Leeds United) or a news story. I have found that a news story or event often ‘stretches’ across days, even months. Becoming a running theme to the entries. For example the death of David Bowie. The D A Y P A G E S leading up to his death, have newspaper items about the forthcoming release of Blackstar – his last album. Days later, the news of death, and continually since then the many responses to his death. Yesterday’s entry has a picture cut from The Observer of the musician Moby with Bowie. Close friends, Bowie one day gave Moby the hat he wore in The Man Who Fell To Earth.

 

I sometimes wonder what it might be like to produce D A Y P A G E S that record everything . . . recording every possible thing that occurs during just one day – an impossibility of course – an endless Proustian task, and how big would the page need to be ?

 

           

 

DAY PAGE 15 March 2015                     DAY PAGE 4 April 2015                       DAY PAGE 8 April 2015

 

           

 

DAY PAGE 17 April 2015                      DAY PAGE 10 July 2105                      DAY PAGE 20 July 2105

 

 

 

Jaipur, Dehli, & Agra, Travels Into Riso Print, Three Books By Daniel Lehan

10 to 7 April 2018

This exhibition at bookartbookshop launches three Riso books, and features in the shop window, the original collaged postcards which form the basis for the books.

The books were printed at the London Centre for Book Arts, where I usually produce editions of collaged concertina books. These Riso books are the first that I have made. The texts of each book derives from texts cut from tourist guides and histories of each city. Each copy is stab bound and a sheet of glassine separates each page. The books are approximately three times the size of the original postcard books. I am grateful to the book artist George Cullen for his help, and technical support in the making of these books.

bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, London

http://www.bookartbookshop.com

 

 

Counter

 

Counter: 4th Edition

 

I will be participating in the Counter Book Fair in Plymouth on Saturday 17 March, with a stall offering a wide selection of my books, and with a performance of – I AM A SQUARE – a sound text piece comprising words, poems and songs performed on a battery powered child’s Alphabet Desk, referencing Dada sound poetry, and a previous performance at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

 

Counter will bring together artists, photographers, illustrators and publishers, from across the UK and beyond. The book fair will showcase 37 tablers making a range of unique publications and limited editions ranging from zines and comics to photo books, catalogues and illustrated poetry.

 

Exhibitors at the Book Fair include ~ Analogue Collective,  Antler Press,  Artist Tea Towel Company,  As Yet Untitled,  Atlantic Press Books,  Benjamin Wright,  Bristol Brunswick Fig,  Clare Rogers,  Close and Remote,  Daniel Lehan,  Elena Brake,  Foreground,  Fotonow,  G.F Smith,  Guy Bigland,  H G makes,  Impact Press,  J. R. Carpenter,  Jessica Wright,  KLD Repro,  Laura Rosser,  Makina Books,  Mark Pawson,  Matthew Kay,  Midnakit & Plymouth Zine Library,  Plymouth University Illustration,  Pirrip Press,  Pylon Press,  Rachael Jenkins,  Rhys Morgan,   Semple Press,  SHAPE OF ACCESS,  Sister Sister,  STANDINGFRAME18,  TAZI ZINE,  The Art Vending Machine,  Uniformbooks.

 

Counter: 4th Edition, Saturday 17 March 2018, 12-6pm 
at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

 

 

Scribbling & Scrawling

 

An open call exhibition presenting new visual literature on the theme of Scribbling & Scrawling – works that explore the handmade, the illegible, the dirty, the rough, the visual, the material, the calligraphic, the link – works which resist their content and express their context. Works that celebrate the notation, the forgotten, the colourful.

My – Young Woman Recounts Nightmare During Supper – 2014 – is included in this exhibition.

 

 

Exhibitors include

Lisa Kiew / Simone Kay / Adam Baron / Patrick Cosgrove / Alan Boyce / Simon Tyrell / Lucy Furlong / Yvonne Litschel / Molly Bergin / Dacy Lim / Silje Ree / Shelisha Johnson / Julia Rose Lewis / Olga Kolesnikova, Denise McCulloch / MJ Weller / Daniele Pantano / Paul Hawkins / Daniel Lehan / Deborah Sibbald / Mark Jackson / Lucy Crump / Alison Miller / SJ Fowler / Nicole Polonsky

 

Exhibition continues to 21 March 2018

 

 

Holiday Recommendation

Sarah Bodman’s ‘Holiday Recommendation’ – First Aid Courtship – is included on the Artists’ Books and Multiples blogspot – which is dedicated to Artists’ books, multiples, recordings, postcards, magazines and ephemera – and is published by Dave Dyment, artist, writer and curator based in Toronto Canada.

 

http://artistsbooksandmultiples.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/holiday-recommendation-guest-post-sarah.html

First Aid Courtship  is also included in the PORTFOLIO section here.