The fading presence of books in everyday life represents a profound break with the past. Yet when a medium becomes liberated from workaday function new freedoms always emerge. Thus, the book is open to rediscovery and re-performance as container, guardian and symbol.
Eliza Bennett’s work embraces different disciplines, including collecting, recording, and sculptural interpretation, Integrating both contemporary and traditional techniques and processes. Simon Head strikes a balance between passivity and action; responding to time, image, and structure. Anastasia Mina and Maria Ikonomopoulou have corresponded and exchanged drawings to create an artists’ book that engages with repetition, geometry and the patterns and processes of writing. Catrin Morgan is an illustrator, artist and designer whose practice is concerned with mathematical, architectural and theoretical systems. Kasper Pincis plays with the contradictions inherent in trying to produce original pieces of work on copying equipment, inhabiting a space somewhere between the heroic and the mundane. Nick Scammell examines the frailty and impermanence of media, via surface and word. Joanna Vestey makes images that explore the presentation and digitisation of knowledge. Duncan Wooldridge uses different methods of mechanical reproduction to explore ideas of possession, authorship and interruption. Rahel Zoller creates artists’ books which explore concepts of language, translation, reading and writing.
The exhibition also features an artist-curated micro-library and sofa.