Artists' Books 2012–2018
We are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature. In our artists' books, prints, zines, drawings, and collages too, we use an armoury of play, humour, and perhaps the poetic and familiar too, with the intention of luring you in.
The animal is oft present and easily detectable, the centre of our paper stage. Hard to miss, over here and over there, the animal runs up hills, scales rooftops, and sometimes appears to take flight. Gliding through a scene it is too large to be contained within or perhaps too manmade to call home, that it has a tail or feathers or furred muzzle is not solely why its form appears. For us, the animal is there to question our very behaviour, those moral principles one governs the self by, and to explore our relationship with the natural world. The words of Gogol whisper in the ear, "the longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes." And so, we leave our scenes open-ended, inviting you to ponder and perhaps find that things are not always as they first appear.
Our artists' books can be found in the collections of: Artspace Mackay; Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem; Deakin University Library; Melbourne Museum; Melbourne University Library; Monash University Library; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Library of Australia; RMIT University Library; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; State Library of Queensland; Tate (UK); UWE Bristol (UK).
Whilst one artists’ book is finished, another is in the works, be it as idea or the mechanics of the thing. The process, the interest, it is ongoing. We call upon a wide range of sources, all the while seeking to explore, through inventive narrative, a heady combination of new and existing worlds where wild thoughts take physical form and imagination given free rein.
Why books? (in a nutshell)
A Souvenir of Paris, commissioned artists' book for a private collection, 2017
A tiny film: The State Library of Victoria's Rare Printed Collections Manager Des Cowley on artists' books, 2011
The Artist and the Book, Materiality, Number 1: Book, 2012
Charms of the Gloaming, in the window at Port Jackson Press Print Room, 2012
A photographic (tumbling) tour of By This Unwinking Night, 2012
From Fluxus to iPad: A very short history of artists' books, Sarah Bodman, Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books, 2011