The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!
The 2022-2023 issue has essays and articles by: Imi Maufe; David Solo; S. Pringly Binder; Maria White; Jeff Thomas, Jennie Hinchcliff & Chad Johnson; Moritz Küng & John McDowall; Robert Bolick; Tanya Peixoto; Susan Hartigan; Stephen Clarke; Amir Brito Cadôr; Dino Alfier; Rob van Leijsen; Zine Without a Crown.
It also contains lots of useful 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.
There are also listings of 420+ new artists’ books that have been made recently, or will be made in 2022-2023, sent in by artists around the world.
Edited by Sarah Bodman. Published by Impact Press at The Centre for Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. ISBN 978-1-906501-22-8. 292pp, 21 x 29.7 cm, black and white throughout, 503 illustrations. Publication date: January 2022. Order your copy here.
The theme for our 2022 WBN United Artists project is Ghosts in the Machine. The call to artists/writers/readers around the world officially launches on 31st October 2021.
If you would like to join in (and we hope that you will), please get reading and thinking about making an A4 ‘print’ of a ghost in a machine. That could be for example, a photocopy/riso of a blank page, a ghostly sighting or a response to the ghost in your chosen book, a print of ectoplasm in the ether, static, automatic writing, or a broken Kindle screen etc. Deadline 1st March 2022. More information in the pdf download here. Image: Rubber stamp ghost postcard by Stephen Fowler.
The next edition of Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE) will take place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2022 at Bower Ashton Studios, UWE Bristol, BS3 2JT.
We’ll have 70+ exhibitors, some artist-led workshops and printmaking demos. There will be free walk around tours with curators/experts, readings, poetry pop-ups. We will have free talks, show & tells and some special guests from the Nordic / Scandinavian regions for you to meet. Our World Book Night exhibition will be on display in the library, and Linda Parr will be showing the entire Postcards for Perec original artworks in their albums. We hope to see you there!
Image: Detail of The Book of Love by Elliot Steele.
The Centre for Print Research is excited to announce that IMPACT 12 Printmaking Conference will be hosted online and in person here in Bristol, UK, from 21st – 25th September 2022.
We appreciate the pandemic may still have a firm grip on some countries, and many will be coping with the after-effects. As a result, we are planning a hybrid conference, that you can attend in person in Bristol or online.
We propose this event and conference to have a therapeutic function, focusing on listening to each other’s voices. There are many ways that you can take part! Please go to our themes and participate pages to find out more.
We will kick start in summer 2022 with a #summerofprintandbooks series of online talks and challenges in the run up to the conference in September. All information and FAQs can be found on the IMPACT 12 website.
Volume 16 No.1 Autumn – Winter 2021 is the second of two issues dedicated to The Arts Libraries Society Australia and New Zealand (Arlis/ANZ) & abbe 2020 conference presentations on artists’ books practices. In this issue: Dr Tim Mosely introduces the Arlis/ANZ abbe 2020 collaboration: reimagining the material: artists’ books, printed matter, digital transformation, engagement.
Darren Bryant works within the field of printmaking and artists’ books. His article aims to share insights into his current studio research and to initiate discussion around contemporary manifestations of printmaking and the merging of old and new print technologies.
Annique Goldenberg presents a life story about the composition and material environments of a book, its conception, genetic make-up, birth, ongoing evolution, and descendants. It proposes the idea that an artist book is more than just its title, its physical appearance, and conceptual underpinning. It argues that an artist book has the capacity to materially contain and emanate/engender a complete physical environment that is embodied and adaptively changed through successive stages in its development.
Clyde McGill – Space occurs as a flux in three ways for me as an artist: as imaginings, as material, as creative. Libraries are an enveloping example of this space. This essay explores four related artists’ books and their use of how I consider conventional library space; how I approach a sacred site of aboriginal art as a witness to degradation by mining; thirdly, a geographic and temporal border of Broadway as a passage through New York City over a one year transit to draw, photograph and perform along the way; and lastly, library methods of organisation subverted to visual.
In ‘texturing artist’s book discourse’, Tim Mosely reaffirms the critical roles that artist’s book practice and haptic aesthetics play in advancing artist’s book discourse to the level of a critical field.
Michael Phillips discusses his thoughts and some recent works regarding the role of the autographic and materiality in prints. He examines how the micro haptics of the (post-digital) print may re-balance and contribute to an understanding of what Laura Marks identifies as ‘a cultural dissatisfaction with the limits of [optical] visuality’.
Cover, badge and sticker design: GS. Artists’ pages: Ben Jenner and Sarah Hemings
Subscribe to Vol 16 for £10 including worldwide postage here.
Image: Fold (Vol.2) by Darren Bryant
The Centre for Print Research will be hosting a reading / making event ‘Renewal and Repair’ for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, on Thursday 3rd March 2022 at the Print Publishing Space, UWE City Campus, Bristol. Readings, print activity, displays of books and broadsides, 11am-2pm.
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – 15th anniversary readings are being organised by: Beau Beausoleil at the San Francisco Center For The Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Sarah Bodman, Ama Bolton, Angie Butler, Catherine Cartwright & Andrew Morrison at The Centre for Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK; Anahid Kassabian, Jack Welsh and the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Liverpool, UK; Joe Lamb in Berkeley, California, USA; Jessy Belt Saem Eldahr, The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP); Helen Frederick in Washington, D.C. USA; Amal Al-Jubouri in Baghdad, Iraq; Eric Whittington at Bird and Beckett bookshop, San Francisco, USA; Tamsin Smith at Arion Press, San Francisco, USA; Christopher Merrill at The International Writing Program (Iowa State University) USA; Roberta Feoli De Lucia in Venice, Italy; Marcelle Hanselaar in London, UK; Best Video Film and Cultural Center, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (excerpts from the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here will be read by Daisy C. Abreu and Stephen Vincent Kobasa); Poetry reading at Colored Horse Studios in Ukiah, California, USA by poet Theresa Whitehill and friends; A performance of the musical composition, Words in the Wind (dedicated to al-Mutanabbi Street) at the Museum Hill Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico led by the composer/pianist Melanie Monsour with 12 participating musicians; A reading organised by Iraqi-Canadian playwright Amir Al-Azraki in partnership with the Iraqi Canadian Society and Renison University, Canada. Image: Pile of Bricks by Catherine Cartwright, UK, 2011.
UWE bookarts is running a project for artists, librarians, curators and archivists in the Nordic/Scandinavian regions, this is supported by an award from the Nordic Culture Point. The project is a collaboration with Megan Adie (Aviary Press, Denmark), Sarah Bodman (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Angie Butler, (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Imi Maufe (Codex Polaris, Norway), Lina Nordenström (Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet, Sweden) Joakim Norling (Timglaset Editions, Malmö Sweden), Morwenna Peters (Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol), Tom Sowden (School of Art & Design, UWE, Bristol) and Maria White (Independent curator, UK).
Participatory activities include a free online seminar event for library staff, a focus on Nordic/Scandi artists’ publishing at BABE 2022, a one-day event hosted by Arlis South-West, and an exhibition project which will be shown at IMPACT conference in September 2022.
Our project aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between librarians, artists and the public that will expand understanding of arts practice, and work towards a more sustainable, innovative and culturally successful discipline. You can read a little more info about our plans here. If you would like to register your interest in participating, please email Sarah.
Image: Detail of Rom For Bøker – Bibliotek Nordica exhibition at Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway. Photo: Tor Simen Ulstein.
Sarah Bodman and Nancy Campbell have created a new edition of Dinner and a Rose, an artist’s book in homage to the novel The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Originally produced in 2010 in an edition of 20 as part of the University of Dundee’s AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition.
Sarah and Nancy were commissioned to create the work for the University of Dundee, to investigate how readers respond to visual aspects of poetry. Highsmith charts her murderous hero Tom Ripley’s greed for the good life using culinary themes. Ripley’s character is defined by what he chooses to eat and drink, from devil-may-care martinis in Mongibello to penitential hot milk in Rome. Sarah and Nancy decided to focus on Highsmith’s menus in the commissioned work. Inspired by Poetry Beyond Text‘s interest in experiment, they recreated Ripley’s meals in a live performance.
Sarah prepared a delicious, if sinister, dinner, for twelve guests, with a thirteenth place set for the absent Tom Ripley. Every food mentioned by Highsmith was served, from cold chicken in aspic to sole Veronique, and every drink mixed (even Dubonnet!). The dinner lasted over twelve hours. All the night’s conversations were recorded and Nancy used the transcriptions as collage material, creating a series of 18 poems. Sarah photographed Ripley’s setting for each course; images and poems partner each other in the finished work.
Sarah and Nancy were delighted with the project’s success and continued the ‘novel dinner’ the following year working with The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland. The events grew and emerged as an annual participatory event for World Book Night, now coordinated by Sarah, Nancy and Linda Parr.
This new edition has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last Ripley novel’s publication. Printed by Axminster Printing Company in an edition of 500. Text: Nancy Campbell, Image: Sarah Bodman. 21 x 14.8 cm, 40 pages. Digital print with silver detail on Nautilus Classic 135gsm recycled paper. £10 including P&P worldwide. To purchase please email: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk
This exhibition is on tour as part of the ongoing al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition projects. The online Inventory gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then the Inventory has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived. The gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.
Exhibitions held since the launch of the tour include:
The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab – British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA; Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA; Keats House and the Iraqi Cultural Centre, London; the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 a partnership between George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper; Rosenberg Library at the City College of San Francisco, USA; Konstlitografiska museet, Helliden, Sweden.
Selections from the related Shadow and Light project are currently on show online at UC Santa Barbara Library, California, USA. View them online here.
The image shown here is a detail from On Judgment: The book of bully by Nanette Wylde, USA, 2012. You can read more about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project at the LAAF Festival website.