This is the second post about the Fourth Sheffield International Artists Book Prize at Bank Street Arts, in which I have a book on display. I want to start with ‘Snake Book’ by Natalia Lapidus (above) as it stands out for its sculptural beauty, and the structural relationship between the delicate handmade paper pages and the strength of the binding that supports it. It is as much a beauty to handle and feel as it is to examine. Stunning.
This next book is a simple accordion format, but invites you to pick it out of its wall mounted bag and take a closer look:
I spent quite a while with this next one. ‘Acrophony’ by George A. Walker is housed in a sturdy and elegant archive box, covered in handmade, fibrous papers. The symbols and glyphs immediately appealed to the typographic nerd in me!
Those of you who read this blog regularly will recognise a bit of a pattern with my choices. This next book, ‘Testament’ by Tony Kenyon ticks lots of my boxes and announces itself with some rough woodcut lettering on its cover:
‘Aubergine’ by Dizzy Pragnell is exactly what it says on the label:
Paper made from very thin slices of aubergine – I have a book on making paper from fruit and vegetables and will have to try this soon. This is much more sturdy than you would expect, and the natural patterns make exceptionally good content.
The next book is on a different scale: ‘Memories’ by Julie Macbean is elegantly boxed in slate grey, with unique playing cars, dice and a beautiful set of etchings –
This is simply mesmerizing – the haunting stillness of an empty chair casting a firm shadow, dynamically composed just northeast of the centre of the sheet. This one was my favourite of all the etchings:
Another larger scale piece again – this one is called ‘Uluhaimalama – Legacies of Lili’uokalani’ by Allison Leialoha Milham and is a visual exploration of the last queen of Hawaii. It begins with an elegantly illustrated box;
And contains texts and music – a 12″ vinyl recording, a stencil…
It was beautiful to unfold the accordion, revealing text and a weirdly 3D image, which was composed of small sections that built up/reduced the face – like contour lines on an OS map. Extremely difficult to photograph in the gallery, but there are some better images here.
The Fourth Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize is open until 30 November 2013 at Bank Street Arts
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