I have been really inspired by the last workshop we have dine which involved Letter press and the making of your own paper. Also after seeing some examples of Book Art in our tutorials, I definitely knew I would want to make my final piece based on Book Art. In particular my attention was caught by Simon Cutts works, especially his really frustrating and impossible to read little book we were shown that day. I went on to do some of my own research that day and came across some really interesting pieces :
1. Simon Cutts – ‘Goldsworthy questionnaires’
A miniature book. Card bound with colour, photos and questions on the elements complied by Goldsworthy (a Scottish artist and naturalist). Although this book seems ‘made up’ because I don’t think Cutts directly asked Goldsworthy those questions, becomes almost fictional. But I really like the idea of asking questions and interacting with the readers.
2. Simon Cutts and Ian Finlay – ‘Lines of thin Pale Blue’
A constantine alike format of this book really interest me as I have done some in the past – Looking at books that are not traditional layout. The words connect to the thread, a visual connection, quite literal = a line of thin pale blue.
3. Simon Cutts – Mirror
Cutts said that this idea came from the experience of watching a fellow traveller on a train read a text, which you can ‘read’ mirrored in the window. in the book single words sometimes face their own mirror images creating new words. The inside covers are mirror foil enabling you to read the title in reflection. I am interested in looking at how different materials can be used successfully within the book.
5. Jonathan Safran – ‘Cover Tree of Codes’
Safran took his favourite Bruno Schulz book ‘The Street of Crocodiles’ and cut out the majority of the words. ‘..by carving out the words he created a new story..’. It’s quite interesting to see how Safran literally cut out the words, he never added anything to the book whereas for example Tom Philips in his ‘The Humument’ created a new story entirely based on scribbling out words and creating paintings on top of the words.
5. Peter Anderson – ‘Lie’
This piece I really like. The idea of the reader being the writer of the story through mark making. It’s like a constantly used book with marks all over it, it be becomes really precious and the marks create a different story entirely. Or mark making without the knowledge of the readers. This piece is made out of a piece of carbon paper placed between plane sheets of paper which create marks that the viewer leaves on the inserted pages.
6. Mal Enright – Rubber Matter – Printed fact
A matter stamp ‘Printed Matter’ is used differently on every second page giving the printed fact.