Residency at Grove Projects

My residency at Grove Projects ran from 9-14 July 2018 with an exhibition on the final day. It was a wonderful opportunity to create new work in a different environment. The residency programme is run by Barbara and David Dougan. Thanks to them for inviting and hosting me.

David has recently published ‘Bury St Edmunds the town built on a myth’ which analyses the legend of St Edmund, the history of the Abbey and the town. This and a tour of the town including the Abbey ruins were my introduction to the location.

This drawing takes a text about Abbot Samson from David’s book. Samson was elected Abbot in 1182 and kept a book of accounts called the Kalendar for raising rents from local people. The drawing  includes contemporary details, the view of a local park, a patio table and a beetle that fell on my head one morning.

I also consulted ‘Opus de Miraculus Sancti Edmundi’ by Abbot Samson, originally in Latin but with the miracles helpfully glossed into English by the editor. The miracles of St Edmund were part of the Mediaeval  belief system and were used as propaganda for the Abbey. I’m interested in current belief systems and propaganda and their oppressive effects.

I did drawings and took photographs in the town on market day and combined them with text about the miracles, especially in this drawing, ‘Marketplace of Miracles’.

Photos of other drawings and the exhibition installation below:

Only the Sunny Hours

Jointly with Jennifer Partridge, I am involved with a project curated by Cally Trench called ‘Only the Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127’.
Cally has created a website of work from the artists involved.
An exhibition of the project was held from 20th – 24th June at OHOS, The Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.
There was an Open Day on Saturday 23rd June 12 noon – 6pm which included events, readings and a banquet.
More here on a-n.

Photo from the Open Day of the artists with their work, one wearing his No.1 art event shirt again.

Printed Matter, New York

My book ‘Shunt’ is now available at the Printed Matter shop in New York and on their website.

Printed Matter also organise the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, where my book ‘Degenerate’ was available at the AMBruno stand in September 2017.

AMBruno 2017 collection [sic] at Leeds, Bristol and Berlin

AMBruno launched its 2017 collection titled [sic] at PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, at The Tetley 4 to 5 March. They were shown again at the Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 1 to 2 April and at MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 14 to 16 July at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. The collection includes my book, ‘Degenerate’.

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Cover artwork for ‘Degenerate’.

More details about the project are here.

 

Show and Tell at Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s Library and Archive Show and Tell by AMBruno took place on 5th May in the Library and Archive Reading Rooms. It included books from all the AMBruno collections. I gave a talk about the ‘Words’ collection and did a joint reading of the text from ‘Shunt’ with Sophie Loss and Lydia Julien.

More information at the AMBruno website and the Tate website.

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Reading with Lydia and Sophie.
Photo by Judy Goldhill.