"Echoes of Pearls"
By Kenny Ozier-Lafontaine
Friday 18 July - 31st July
I have been working on children's drawings which I have either found or been given. Little by little I have tried to adapt my own practice to find a new way of transcending the act of Seeing thanks to these works by children, these "echoes of pearls".
This approach was motivated by a desire to uncover alternative forms of expression, free from being kept under lock and key by ways of looking at things that can readily be understood as being bogged down in something all too often nailed to a cross, or revisiting familiar tropes.
My goal instead was to capture the original substrate and by extending and expanding it to feel the "echo of the pearl", to open up a dialogue and to let reactions fly freely, in order to demonstrate a possible connection with this layer of Seeing which time has obscured.
Preface by Gaston Bachelard to Juliette Boutonnier's book, Les dessins des enfants (1959):
"A child's drawing, in all its bursting into being, is clear evidence of a freedom to draw inscribed in the very nature of the human hand. Adults have disowned this freedom, and renounced all the hand's glory. They have tightened their own censoring which stops this inherent ability. Art critics - so informed in abstract ways, so dogmatic, always systematically harsh and mocking - dissuade us from returning to "our box of colours". Would we not find our voices liberated by trying, amidst the flashes of youth luckily still lighting up our adulthood, to sit down again and make some "children's drawings"?
Translated with help from Chris Allen
Thursday 26th June, 7pm
Exhibition and poetry reading, featuring poets Chrissy Williams, Richard Price, Steven Fowler, Victoria Bean, Robert Vas Dias, Chris McCabe, Mel Gooding, Edward Lucie Smith and Sophie Herxheimer.
Join us at Bookartbookshop at 7pm, then wander round the block to The Juggler Cafe, 5 Hoxton Market, N1 6HG for the readings at 7.30.
The Juggler serves lovely food and drink and is an airy big space, so plenty more room to listen to our fantastic line up of poets!
The whole series of 26 POW broadsides, created as collaborations between invited poets and Brazilian poet/artist Antonio Carvalho, and published by unit4art between 2012 and 2014, will be on view and for sale at the Bookartbookshop.
Carvalho was inspired by the futura series published by edition Hansjorg Mayer in the 1960s.
CONTINUING UNTIL WEDNESDAY 25th:
'Tis Pity She's a Hoarder
An Exhibition of Drawings by Judy Purbeck
5th- 25th June 2014
Private View Thursday 5th June, 6.30-8.30pm
Featuring items drawn (literally) from my assorted collections.
It is time to admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder; I’ve been collecting things that catch my eye for years - knitting patterns, ceramics, kitsch packaging, jelly moulds, postcards, tins. Most of these items have little intrinsic value but are hugely prized by me – and like a favourite film or book, I enjoy looking at them again and again. Like all good hoarders, every time I say there’s no room for anything else I chance upon a little something that is so beautiful (subjectively) that it has to be shoe-horned onto my kitchen dresser.
Much of my collection has been bought, cheaply, at boot fairs and charity shops and like the hoarding huntress I am, I can recall where I ‘bagged’ most of this domestic ephemera – thus even the most humble scrap is imbued with a pleasurable memory. Other pieces have been in the family for decades and still more have been given to me by friends and family who know what I’m like and do nothing to discourage it!
In my earliest art school days, I often made drawings of my (tiny-compared-to-now) hoard and in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Hoarder I’m revisiting this subject matter. I have also returned to using coloured crayons which were a favourite medium back then. My intention with these drawings is two-fold – firstly to share the huge affection I have for my collection and secondly to express the pride I feel for having winkled these particular things out of the vast amount of ‘stuff’ that exists.
Many thanks to Tanya and Sally and the Once Foundation.
Kitty Finer's Lobby Star
Thursday 15 May from 6.30 - 8.30pm
Lobby Star is Kitty Finer’s debut EP which is being released on a limited run of 500 vinyls. She will be playing one of these 500 records and singing along to both sides as well as telling stories that revolve around the record. I first saw Kitty perform "Lobby Star A side/B side" at the Horse Hospital and loved it, she's so warm and talented. We're very lucky to have her!
So in addition, for those that can't make Thursday eve, on Friday 16th May between 1-6pm Kitty Finer will be in the bookshop singing along on demand.
Chiara Ambrosio - New works on paper
25th April - 15th May 2014-
Private View Saturday 26th April, 4-7pm
Chiara is a filmmaker working with animation, experimental film, documentary and sound to explore the ways in which we perceive, remember, articulate and preserve personal and collective histories and place through the filter of memory and the imagination. Her work has included collaborations with performance artists, composers, musicians and writers, and has been shown in a number of venues including national and international film festivals, galleries and site specific events.
Her work is informed greatly by an attentive and dedicated observation of the real, the process of looking being at the core of her process.
For this exhibition at Bookartbookshop Chiara will be showing an extensive selection of her works on paper- drawings, watercolours, collages, photographs, puppets and everything that is often the invisible scaffolding to her work on film.
This will also be the official launch of "The Girl With The Sea For A Dress and other tales" a very limited edition book of fairytales written by Bird Radio and illustrated by Chiara.
Bol Marjoram & Ash Fitzgerald - Dyslexia not Dezlexia
4th April – 24th April 2014
Pages are assembled into books and books are assembled into libraries and libraries are assembled into the Internet. Even the most eager reader is aware that they will only ever read or encounter some small part of what is out there. Only when we take hold of what is there, can we transform it and be transformed by it. Confronted by a vast library, we see a fact which precedes the individual. This fact will present itself to the outsider, the ‘savage’, the illiterate, the dyslexic, the child as inaccessible to them. They cannot begin to assimilate this stock of books. Written language may appear to such individuals only as marks. They may understand that these marks are a code which has meaning for others but they are humiliated by their own lack of comprehension. In his book ‘Humiliation’ Wayne Koestenbaum writes of the painter Basquiat; “he treats words as visual objects, and he converts a painting into a poetic text, reverberating with unparaphrasable significance. Basquiat seems to be humiliating the system of language... Language is a system that has punished me; and so I as reciprocation, will punish language.”
To cancel, to cut up or to otherwise rework is to actively take possession of the books and of the cultural material within those books. It is a concrete way of creating
In this collaborative display for the window of bookartbookshop, Ash Fitzgerald will show a group of related books. Using collaged notebooks and other material he subjects these works to a series of material transformations which compromise their legibility and threaten their integrity.
Bol Marjoram’s books follow a design he has developed which allow him to add and subtract pages without rebinding the whole thing. For this display he will show books with photographs, taken on the day that demolition began on the Tricorn Shopping Centre in Portsmouth.
An iconic brutalist structure, it was attacked for its uncompromising 1960s aesthetic and by the time of its demolition had been subjected to years of neglect and vandalism.
Ash Fitzgerald is included in a pan-European exhibition of artists’ books which is currently touring Croatia and his work is in a number of private collections in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Bol Marjoram has previously shown work from his series, ‘The Price of Admission’ at bookartbookshop. Another book from the same series was subsequently exhibited at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art in an international survey of artists who use collage. His book works are included in many museum and library collections, these include The National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Library of Tate Britain, as well as Museum and Library collections in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway and the USA.
Dear friends of Bookartbookshop,
please join us tomorrow, Friday 7th, 6pm-8pm, for our first private view of the year, the opening of Nicholas McArthur's exhibition of new drawings.
As always you will have the chance to have a glass of wine with us and meet the artist in person, as well as explore our wonderful collection of artist books.
We hope to see you there!