On display at Cardiff Met’s Llandaff Library are eight works from Cardiff Met’s Artists’ Books Collection by ottoGraphic.
Otto is a Graphic Artist who practices as Illustrator, Screen Printer and Book Artist. He has worked as Editorial Illustrator since graduating in 1991 from Bristol Polytechnic in Graphic Design. After a Masters in Illustration at Kingston University. In 1996 Otto was among a handful of Illustrators pioneering a conceptual graphic style based on screen print and collage, often accompanying texts on the Internet revolution. Otto’s illustration method is derived from Russian Constructivist design, which provided the visual backdrop to the political revolution in Russia 100 years earlier. During his career Otto made countless illustrations for numerous international print publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Economist, Libération, Le Monde, The New York Times, Der Freitag, Cicero.
Twenty years ago Otto began creating and publishing screen printed books. His first participation at an Artists’ book fair was at the Barbican in 1996 where he showed his conceptual visual narrative ‘Helping You Back to Work’. Since then he has been presenting books at major Artists’ Book Fairs around the world and has now published in excess of 50 titles.
Galactic Narrowboat & Folding Space Ship
All the books are made by him at Marshfield Print Studio. He creates the concept, the illustrations, screen prints and binds the books himself. On some titles he has worked with writers or poets. Otto runs a printmaking workshop near Bath, UK, which also offers open access to other Artists.
Other works on show: Planets, The Return of Europa, We will rule the world, Camino de Santiago and Schrödinger’s card.
These books will soon be added to our Artists’ Books Collection. To arrange a visit please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk. You can also read more about these works at Otto’s website here.
Currently on show at Llandaff Library ground floor
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.
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
Cardiff School of Art & Design: Level 5 Field Project, ground floor Llandaff Library
With thanks to Dr James Green and students from Fine Art, Artist Designer: Maker, Illustration, Textiles, Product Design and Graphic Communication: Lucy Allen, Antonella Chiappa , Mervyn Colley, Kris Doyle, Rose Edwards, Keira Evans, Rhiannon Evans, Lauren Goodwin, Remus Ionescu-Blower, Lily Jennnings, Lizzie Jones, Leanne Katchi, Eleanor Marley, Eleri Normington, Kayleigh Parmley, Beth Plumbley, Vicki Pumford, Zachary Rees, Elle Rees, Isabel Reeves, Aron Samuel-Thomas, Ruth Southwood, Sophia Tarling, Tazmin Thomas, Codey Thomas, Harry Waring, Lieucu Williams and Isabelle Wishart.
Ground floor – Llandaff Library
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.
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.