AMBruno showed new books on the theme of Blue at the London Art Book Fair, The Whitechapel Art Gallery (23 to 25 September 2011). The project was initiated by Sophie Loss.
A copy of each of the blue-themed AMBruno books was bought by the V&A.
The theme of Blue resulted in a great diversity of works which were very well received. It was probably AMBruno's most successful book fair at that time, with sales to two of the major national collections, and many of the titles sold out completely by the Sunday afternoon.
In addition, Ode to Words, a peripatetic performance for three voices, created by Sophie Loss and based on words from Gulliver's Travels, took place during the London Art Book Fair between 3 and 4pm on 23, 24 and 25 September 2011.
There were fourteen Blue books at the AMBruno stand:
Louise Atkinson & Gareth Durasow, Vintage Brecht
The book is produced as a decorator swatch book of blue paint samples with associated names and attempts to highlight
the disconnection between word and image. As with Derrida's différance, colour can also be changed in
relation being seen in context with other colours.
Claire Deniau, Complementary?
"Blue is orange for me" - Yves Klein
Ana Efe, Como um bicho que engoliu o coração - like a critter that swallowed the heart
An overview of images of tiles present in Portuguese architecture. The word itself, tile, comes from the Arabic,
azzelij (zuleycha or al, al zuléija, zulaiju al, al zulaco) which means small polished stone
and was used to designate the Byzantine mosaic of the Middle East. Often, however, it relates to the word blue
(Persian term lazhward, lapis lazuli). Much of Portuguese tile production is characterized by this colour,
but the real origin of the word is Arabic.
Judy Goldhill, BROKEN BY SAYING THIS.
An anthology of received emails.
Jane Grisewood, Separations
Encounters with the horizon line between sky and sea in 11 different locations recorded through photographs, coordinates and dates.
Sharon Kivland, La mer est si bleue
Hello from Stella beach where I am spending a nice holiday, despite the bad weather. Best wishes, Marie-Claire.
Heidi Locher, Blue Star
Blue Star takes the notion of Rapture and the female body as its central thesis, paying direct attention to Yves Klein,
the path of art, devotion and initiation which was the true fable of two young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and the music of UNKLE.
Sophie Loss, If Blue
Tossing the uncertain if in the air where it coloured the blue into maybes, greens, black cats and possibles.
Somewhere between if and blue there is an unreliable/dodgy/awkward/changeable world of neither word nor exclusively images.
John McDowall, Of time: ppp
Sewn pamphlet of two folios, landscape format, on the second recto a text printed in very light grey - as pale as
possible a blue. The as possible in the text implies a direction, a 'to have' and the softmess of the
alliteration and subtleness of the colour resolution reflect the notion. On the turn of the page to a clear space,
this resonance of a blue may be carried over and quietly imagined.
Valérie Mary, Summertime Blues
The book consists of 7 different etchings. Each etching is printed twice; the first print on tracing paper, the second
(its trace) on Velin D'Arches 220gsm. Summertime Blues is a brief blue history of the relationship between man
and nature, from Novalis' dream of a blue flower to the Fukushima disaster.
Maureen O'Brien, All Ways Blue
Book 1 of a series of three on the theme of blue. A concertina book/wall hanging with 8 abstract digital images of
original papiers collés artwork by Maureen O'Brien.
Steve Perfect, The Sky is Crying
Inspired by rain and a great blues song by Elmore James.
Cally Trench & Philip Lee, Blue Home Grown
Home Grown by Roy Hay was a gardening hit of 1956, based on a BBC TV programme. We have taken photographs
of a blue man gardening, following the advice given in the original Home Grown black-and-white photographs.
This edition of six books alternates pages of the original photographs with our new ones, and is a friendly homage to the original work.
Charlotte Vallance, (Delft) Blue
A collection of buildings from Amsterdam. Delft refers to the idea of tradition in Holland and gives an indication
where the idea for the book came from. The book has 2 spreads + a hidden compartment where you will find a boat and
a bike - keeping up the Dutch theme.