30 April – 12 June 2016
A selection of comments and drawings left by visitors
WINNER OF THE BRIGHTON FRINGE VISUAL ARTS AWARD 2016
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg
Conceived and developed by Phoenix Brighton, this is the third in a series of unique exhibitions and events focusing the on the presentation of artists’ books within a unique, hands-on setting. This year, we present a selection of boundary-breaking bookworks within a stunning installation designed by Phoenix Brighton based designers Curious Space. The exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. For some of these artists, the material and sensory nature of the book is primary; for others, the image and the text carry equal weight. As a whole, the work in this exhibition embodies a fresh, experimental and daring approach to the wide ranging field of artist’s books, and also reveals the surprising and imaginative ways in which artists utilise technologies, old and new, in the process of realising their vision. Selected by Maddy Rosenberg, the director of New York’s CENTRAL BOOKING art space, the bookworks have been brought together within a theatrical display designed by scenographers Anna Jones and Patrick Burnier / Curious Space, and constructed by sculptor Ben Thomson. Visitors will experience a dramatic re-invention of the gallery as a place in which they can encounter the artist’s book in a direct and imaginative way.
Exhibitors include: Book Art Museum (Lodz, Poland), Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Tina Flau, Art Hazelwood, Eagle Gallery / EMH Arts, Valerie Huhn, Kahn + Selesnick, Eunkang Koh, Liberature (Katarzyna Bazarnik and Zenon Fajfer), Despo Magoni, Max Marek, Heidi Neilson, Geraldine Ondrizek, Marianne R. Petit, Maddy Rosenberg, Susan Rostow, Buzz Spector, Sarah Stengle and Mary Ting
If we return to the early days of humans, arguably the first books, visual passages of communication, are image-based text. The cave paintings are an overlay narrative of life over centuries; the temples of Egypt are slabs of chiseled stone in image with text, text as image; Chinese scrolls unroll with brush line and value, building landscapes of a story; a Mayan codex is a folded accordion unbound paper book. The image and the text, combined with structure, has always been integral to the book, unknowing collaborations among artists, artisans and scribes. The invention of the printing press, a simple mechanical technology allowing us to disseminate information quicker to a mass audience with the advent of public education, may have become a tool in the positive development in the spreading of knowledge. However, we slowly began to forget about the artistry of the book and reduced it to a mere bound container of written information, occasionally “illustrated.” In the West, the line lost its visual magic and it became just a letter to spell a word.
But to the artist, ever experimenting with the visual and textual meaning, the separation never quite processed. Others may not have looked upon their work as a book because the form was not yet recognized as such, but the work was meant to be read in the most basic meaning of the word. This is an exhibition of contemporary artists who work with the book as an art form, whether it be the word in search of the visual or the visual seeking the word or a balancing act between the two, these international artists incorporate old and new technology, materials that may or may not include paper, and for that matter, may or may not include printing, sometimes searching back in history for technologies even simpler than the printing press.
Maddy Rosenberg is an artist, curator and director of CENTRAL BOOKING in New York, a multi-disciplinary art space focusing on artist’s books and their integration into the larger art world through exhibitions on art and science. centralbookingnyc.com
Curious Space (Anna Jones and Patrick Burnier) is a design studio based at Phoenix Brighton. It creates unique and inspiring spaces for museums, galleries, public spaces and performance. Curiousspace.com
SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION
‘Stories About Stories’
Artists from locally-based groups Fabula, Sussex Book Art Collective and Phoenix Brighton present new work that embodies the rich and diverse world of the artist’s book and the associated fields of illustration, narrative and animation.
Exhibitors include: Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ruby Hermon, Dagmara Rudkin, Mags Swift, Somin Ahn , Pip Carter, Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ottilie Hainsworth, Ruby Hermon, Jay Eunji Lee, Louise Mabbs, Vanessa Marr, Katherine Perret, Warren Pleece, Dagmara Rudkin, Emmi Smid, Mags Swift, Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevliln, Russell Webb, Louise Wishhart and Jo Wonder
ARTIST’S BOOKS ROUND TABLE
Saturday, 14 May, 1 – 5 pm, £5, book here
A rare opportunity to hear in conversation Maddy Rosenberg (Director and Curator of CENTRAL BOOKING gallery in New York), Emma Hill (Director, Eagle Gallery / EMH Arts), Patrick Burnier and Anna Jones / Curious Space (scenographers) and Xelís deToro (writer and performer). Panel members will bring their unique perspectives as curators, designers and artists to an afternoon of stimulating discussions and performances that address artist’s books and their significance within the world of contemporary fine art.
CONNECT & COLLECT
THE ACCORDION DISPLAY BOOK
ARTISTS’ BOOKS: CONTENT, STRUCTURE, SEQUENCE
FAIRY TALE SCENES