Curating a series of images for a developing book project ‘Sol y Sombra / Sun and Shade’
This new zine/artist book draws together a juxtaposition of figures and abstract shapes under the narrative title ‘The Burden of the Small’. The figure in silhouette explores human scale within certain ‘frames’, while abstract small objects supporting large overbearing blocks allude to the oppressive nature of ‘regime’ states (whether capitalist, communist or fascist). The collages are in some ways suggestive of inequalities in class strata and the precarious balance of society as a whole.
A4 single sheet folded to A6 size booklet with additional insert – printed original paper/digital collage.
Some experimentation today with a few ideas for the East Cliff Creatives zines project. Fishi-Fishy is a little narrative across 6 sheets; a series of collages working with images of scabbard fish, originally photographed at the Funchal Market Hall, Madeira. The single A4 sheet with double-sided printing can be folded into an A6 sized mini-book format, with an open-out central poster image. #eastcliffcreatives #zines
There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.
‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.
This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.
‘Poetry Is’ is a project undertaken in conjunction with the Deal Festival of Music and the Arts 2015.
The essence of this project is not just poetry as a discipline,
but poetry as a life-view: expressed artistically.
The whole world talks poetry; it is only we who, with elaborate ingenuity
manage to talk prose.
The heart of the project is a unique book, 12” Square, entitled POETRY IS
to be displayed on a lectern at the centre of an exhibition.
Each double page spread will be the unique work of an artist, writer, poet or a collaboration.
There will be no commercial aspect to the Poetry Is Book.
Its existence is to show that monetary value is not the only criteria for creative expression.
There are no fees for inclusion nor fees paid.
The book will not be sold, but given to an appropriate body, with the
proviso that, if it changes hands, it will again be given not sold.
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download more information about the project by clicking here.
In Deal, south east Kent, from the beginning of May, you will find the SEAS Open Studios and Art Trail 2013 guides available from local tourist information offices, libraries, hotels, galleries and other public locations. If you are from outside the local area, or are having difficulty locating a guide, please feel free to download an electronic version by clicking the following link:
Open Studios and Art Trail 2013 brochure