In 1994, Elms Lesters hosted the extraordinary exhibition ‘Looking at Words : Reading Pictures’ curated by David Blamey and organised by Artists’ Bookworks aficionado Deirdre Kelly (Hardware Gallery)
Artists Bookworks are original works of arts, as opposed to publications about art, and are usually published by the artists themselves, or in close collaboration with technical assistants.
“These books must be seen as a whole; style and content merge to form a new reading experience. Their story may be played out in only a few words or over a hundred pages. Invariably the bookwork traverses the boundaries that too often exist between artistic disciplines and seems to remain in the memory as much for its unconventionality as its message. The best bookworks are those that aim to interrupt the monotonous tide of mindless imagery that engulfs us all, with carefully considered works tat challenge the viewer to a new connection with the printed page” Deirdre Kelly 1994
The private view included readings by Brian Catling and Les Coleman.
Artists’ books by:
Art in Ruins, Andy Goldsworthy, Tim Lewis, Jake Tilson, Phil Baines, Ian Hamilton-Finlay, Robert Maude, David Tremlett, David Blamey, Waldemar Januszczak, Alan Murray, Ian Tyson, Pavel Büchler, Martin Jacques, Cornelia Parker, Erica van Horn, Brian Catling, Daniel Jubb, Childe Roland, Stephen Willats, Les Coleman, Richard Long, Colin Sackett, Verdi Yahooda, Simon Cutts, Bruce McLean, Telfer Stokes, Silvia Zirnek, Hamish Fulton, Mel Gooding, Helen Douglas
‘BLACK BOB’ by Colin Sackett