Monday, 9 November 2015

Whitechapel LABF

My most recent book went to The Whitechapel Gallery as part of London Art Book Fair.

This was a speculative work in progress; a series of studio experiments in the act of materialising reading.

It formed part of the Editions II collection; The Good Reader, part of Sharon Kivland's
MA BIBLIOTHEQUE publishing project

THE GOOD READER is a new series of booklets published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE. THE GOOD READER addresses reading, as both virtue and duty. The editor invites authors she considers to be good readers. She agrees with Nabokov that a good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader, is a re-reader.

The act of reading involves the selection of a book. Time spent in the library follows, at which point distractions begin to creep in. Good intentions are sullied. Focus gives way to digression. Found bookmarks and scribbled marginalia propose focal points in the chosen books. Following the evidence left by others, these focal points begin to connect. Detours are formed, opening alternative paths through the reading.  Existing narratives are resisted.  New constructions take shape. 

This volume is a collection of photographs and drawings produced while engaged in the process of reading (and not reading). The distractions encountered provide a more speculative and less linear way of encountering books.

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