Category Archives: Artists’ Books

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From a reproduction of the Victorian pop-up Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus to Charlotte Biszewski’s 2014 ‘Le circ’, Cardiff Met’s Special Collections house many books that only reveal their secrets when opened and unfolded.

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This display can be seen on the ground floor of Llandaff Library and features the following work:

TALLER LENATEROS: Bolom Chon, Charlotte BISZEWSKI Le circ, Joyeb & Moyna CHITRAKAR: Tsunami, Young-Ju CHOI: Daily Express, Alex CZINZEL: Secret Exclusive Shame, Kate FARLEY: Inside Out, FRANTIC-HAM & contributors: Franticham’s Assemblage Box No 6, Katsumi KOMAGATA: Little Tree, Yeon Ock LEE, A place to go to feel the beauty of nothingness, Angela Lorenz: The Theater of Nature or Curiosity Filled the Cabinet, Andrew MALONE: The Observer’s Book of the Larger British Moths, Lothar MEGGENDORFER: International Circus, Sarah NICHOLLS: Tell the Bees, Billy O’CALLAGHAN: Staring at our Sun, Joanna ROBSON: Dracula’s Crossing, Dieter ROTH: 2 Bilderbücher Dieter Roth Collected Works Vol. 1, Christine TACQ: “Hatbox” A Storm of Stars, Jo WILSON: Happy Birthday Matchbox and Beside the Sea.

To arrange a visit to see the Artists’ Books Collection, or other items in our Special Collections, please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Artist’s Book Yearbook

The Artist’s Book Yearbook for 2016 – 2017 is now on the shelves in Llandaff Library at 708.04082 ART. Earlier editions are available in the Special Collections Room (reference copies).

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“Published by Impact Press, Autumn 2015. The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for librarians, artists, academics, students, collectors, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!

The 2016-2017 issue includes essays, interviews and articles by: Susan Johanknecht and Katherine Meynell, Tim Mosely, John Mulloy, John Bently, Collective Investigations, Radoslaw Nowakowski, Paulo Silveira, and others.

Plus up to date information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.

The ABYB also includes information on artists’ books sent in by 181 artists from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA.” UWE Centre for Fine Print Research

The next issue for 2018-2019 will be published in Autumn 2017. Follow this link to see how you can list your books – deadline 30th May 2017.

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Artists’ Books for World Book Day

Looking forward to showing some of our artists’ books at Cyncoed Campus tomorrow as part of the library’s World Book Day celebrations.

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The Library’s Artists’ Books Collection is growing rapidly, with now over 350 books. The term ‘Artist’s Book’ refers to books made or conceived by an artist – artworks in their own right.

Whilst many contemporary books have been bought for the collection, others have been donated or moved from the main shelves of the library into the Special Collections. From these we find that we have books representing each of the decades since the 1960s.  To celebrate this – that our collection covers fifty of the 150+ years of Cardiff Metropolitan University – we feature examples from across those fifty years.

 

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Richard Cox: Artists’ Books

All the books in the current display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library are from our Artists’ Books Collection and have been created by Richard Cox, who donated them to our growing collection.

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Richard Cox

Richard Cox studied Fine Art for 8 years, moving to Wales and living here since1975. He has a background in teaching in various Art Schools in the UK and abroad, including as visiting lecturer at the RCA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Kunstakademiet i Trondheim and Delhi College of Art.  He was Visual Arts Officer at The Arts Council of Wales, running the Artist in Residence programme between 1983 and 1998.

Recent Solo shows include “Subterranean Architecture: Stepwells in Western India” which has toured to 14 exhibition venues in the UK and India since 2008 and was shown at the Tamarind Gallery NYC and at Monclair State University, NJ in 2012. His most recent solo exhibition “1569” was seen at Aberystwyth University School of Art and Museum in 2015 and at Art Central in Barry in 2016. His work is represented in 27 public collections which include The National Museum of Wales, The Arts Council of Wales, Newport Museum, The British Council, New Delhi, The State Museum at Majdanek, Poland, Delhi College of Art, Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art USA, State of Rajasthan and at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In January 2017 together with Sue Hunt (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design) he is taking the international touring exhibition “Open Books” to the State Academy of Art in Rajasthan.  This exhibition originated by Mary Husted has toured in China, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.

He was a Senior Lecturer in Cardiff School of Art & Design and Director of Howard Gardens Gallery from 2004 to 2013.

www.richard-cox.co.uk 

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Artist’s Book : Helen Douglas

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A new addition to our Artists’ Books Collection in Llandaff Library.

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Helen Douglas, Leda and the Swan. 

184cm x 17.5 cm concertina, comprising of 52 pages (3.5cm x 17.5cm), printed on Chinese Paper, ultra chrome inks. Card end covers. Edition of 30.

Weproductions 2011

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Folded Books Workshop for World Book Day

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New Book Arts Books

black sun

The multiple notions embedded within the black sun relating to eclipse, transfiguration and alchemy are explored in this beautifully conceived artist book by Shezad Dawood. Black Sun, the title of the British artist s third book, is a term with myriad meanings; it represents the darkening of daylight, but is also a symbol of esoteric, mystical or occult significance used in various belief systems. Accompanying a traveling exhibition conceived of and curated by the artist, the catalog s extensive essays examine structures that, much like the black sun itself, deconstruct our everyday modes of seeing. Featured are works by Ayisha Abraham, Tino Sehgal, Wolfgang Tillmans and others, along with extensive texts by Dawood, Arnolfini director Tom Trevor and Megha Ralapati of Chicago s Hyde Park Art Center

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In ‘Unshelfmarked‘: Reconceiving the artists’ book, Michael Hampton vets the medium’s history, postulating a new timeline that challenges the orthodox view of the artists’ book as a form largely peculiar to the twentieth century. “Post-Deweyed, these works form an entirely new corpus, showcasing the artists’ book not as a by-product of the book per se, but both its antecedent and post-digital flowering, many salient twentieth-century features proleptically flickering here and there through time, its epigenetic influence finally come to permeate mainstream book design everywhere; the manifold traits and studio processes inherent to the artists’ book bursting from their stitched sheath, cheerfully pollinating the whole gamut of reading impedimenta and spaces.” The book features fifty examples from the iconic to the obscure-accenting the codex’s molecular structure rather than its customary role as a vehicle for text-a critical exposé of multiple types, plus an extensive select bibliography.

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Book Sculptures contains an interview with the artist and provides a rare glimpse into her studio practice. The artist works predominantly with paper, and in particular, with second-hand books, which she cuts, tears, folds, and sculpts into three-dimensional sculptures. Blackwell began working with books in 2003, after travelling through South East Asia. ‘The Quiet American’ is a book bought in a second-hand book-shop in Thailand, and is the first book-sculpture Blackwell made, after returning from her travels. The piece was photographed for the British edition of Vogue magazine, and consequently sold. The books inspire the work. Often drawn towards books of fairy tales and European folklore, her works are displayed in wooden boxes, which have lights inside. Blackwell’s work tends to be on a small, rather intimate scale, but she also works on larger projects and on collaborations within other creative disciplines. The sculptures are made using a scalpel, cutting mat, and glue

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