Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Books of Vincent Larkin

The artist Vincent Larkin has a restlessly questioning mind. His books blend text and illustration in ways that deliberately defy cliche or pastiche. He seamlessly embroiders fact with fiction, creating universes of semi-reality. 
We are currently exhibiting several of his works for the next two weeks, and i suspect it will take me a lot longer than that to understand them. They need to be read and re-read, mulled over, looked at from every angle. That is not to say that they do not have an immediate impact - they clobber you from the outset with their dramatic scribbly drawings. They are explosive books that fold out exponentially as you open them, or use all three-dimensions of the book by cutting away sections to reveal multiple pages of text and image all at once. 
He explores themes of language, time, and location, often linking disparate people together through historical sequence. If you thought there was nothing meaningful that brought together the two human beings Elvis Presley and Colonel Gaddafi, think again...

Vincent Larkin's books and prints will be on display and for sale until the end of October. Invest in some truly one-off books ranging from £40 to £250, or if that's more than your budget will allow, pick up an A3 print for as little as £5!

- Jon Lander

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Gerard and Pomplemoose

Some days working in the bookshop can be dull. Some days it is drizzly outside and the door remains stubbornly shut as people walk past, hunched over, arms folded. But these days can be instantly transformed to joy, when someone comes through the door bearing new and wonderful artist's books.

This happened recently when I was introduced to the books of Hamish Jackson. He wins an (unofficial no-cash prize) Bookartbookshop award for being the author of the first publication that we have felt compelled to attach a safety warning to. Why? because the book, entitled Gerard (see picture), partly comprises of a real mouse trap!

Whilst being incredibly unique in it's construction, the book's content is more conventional than you might expect - being essentially a whodunnit. The opening pages, ask in bold letterpress type Who...Killed...Gerard? Accompanied by grisly screen-printed images of trapped mice (well and truly, this is not suitable bed-time reading for children). One comes to understand rather quickly that Gerard is a mouse, or rather is an ex-mouse. Want to know who killed Gerard? Come to the book shop to find out...

We have two copies of Gerard by Hamish Jackson, which was produced in an edition of 6 and costs £250. We also have in stock an entertaining and beautiful little storybook by Hamish called Pomplemoose for £45.

- Jon Lander