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
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.
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
In 2014, Cardiff University Library received a considerable donation of Artists’ Books from Ron King of the Circle Press, one of the most influential practitioners of the Book Arts.
Cardiff Met Library was also pleased to receive a significant number of books from Ron to enhance our growing Artists’ Books Collection.
In December 2015, Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR), in association with the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research and Cardiff School of Art and Design, will be hosting a major international conference to celebrate this donation. Plenary speakers will include leading book artists Sarah Bodman, John Christie, Simon Cutts, Ron King and Sam Winston.
The full programme can be seen on the conference website here, and bookings are now being taken.
Fifty Years of Illustration: This book charts contemporary illustrations rich history: the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century.
Inspiration of Book: Redefine your notion of what a book can be with Inspiration of Book, a collection of over 150 of the most imaginative and innovative books ever made. Some of the books within are crafted from outlandish materials, such as wood, fabric, coconuts or clam shells; others are designed in a way that is counter-intuitive to how most of us envision a book, like books with glow-in-the-dark pages, Snoop Dogg’s smokeable book and the world’s first fully edible book. These books provoke the senses, inspire memories and stimulate our emotions.
Crafting Narrative: Story telling through objects and making.
These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. Follow the links to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation. Available to borrow from 24th June.
Books on books . . . .
In praise of beautiful books: British artists’ book makers and fine presses
Abecederia Artist’s book. Alphabet book and graphic novel
The book on books on artists’ books by Arnaud Desjardin
Multiple signatures: on designers, authors, readers and users
Graphic Communication . . . .
Poster design: big size visuals. Editor, concept and project director Jose Maria Minguet
The field guide to typography: typefaces in the urban landscape by Peter Dawson
Nai¨ve: modernism and folklore in contemporary graphic design
On display on the 2nd floor at Llandaff Library until 23rd January. They can be reserved using the library catalogue SUMMON.
A new display of books on artist/photographers can be currently viewed at Howard Gardens Library. This selection of books focus on the diversity within the area of contemporary photography, the subjects covered include identity, the body, landscape and play. They explore the work of Guy Tillim, Sian Bonnell, Raffaela Mariniello, Ian McKell and Thelma Herzl amongst others. The display reflects the spectrum of books avilable on this subject in the library collection.
This months self study display focuses on the scope of books available on international art held within the library collection. They reflect the diversity and richness of art throughout the globe. Examining contemporary practice, history and cultural art forms from countries including New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and Turkey, South Africa, and Korea. These are just a few of the many books and DVDs held that can be borrowed on this subject from the library.
Mr. Mkhize’s Portrait [DVD recording]
American visions [DVD recording]