BBruno: From this to there
BBruno's new collection is of five books made in response to the theme of 'From this to there: the transition from the surface of book and paper to the boundless expanses of time and event in nature'. The collection, together with a selection of other recent book works by BBruno members, opened at The New York Art Book Fair (20 to 22 September 2019).
BBruno is an offshoot of AMBruno, which for this collection was made up of five artists: Judy Goldhill, Philip Lee,
Sophie Loss, John McDowall, and Cally Trench.
Judy Goldhill, Elemental
On 17th August 2017, a ripple in space-time was detected as gravitational waves passing through our planet. Terrestrial and space telescopes revealed that two city-sized neutron stars collided at one third of the speed of light, producing a kilonova. The universe turned matter into gold. Open edition of signed copies, over-sewn at the spine, foil blocking and die cutting on covers and pages, folding outer case.
Philip Lee, Philip Lee’s Constellations
Traditional maps of the constellations in the night sky often show the pattern of stars superimposed onto a drawing of the mythological or astrological figure that gave the constellation its name. Philip Lee’s Constellations opens to reveal a folded glossy coloured sheet: accurate maps of eleven constellations reinterpreted and renamed by performance artist Philip Lee. In each photograph he is naked and wearing (or holding) a single object, in poses that are as good a match as the traditional versions of these constellations. Photographs by Cally Trench. Edition of 25, laser-printed paper map glued inside an inkjet-printed Hades Grey paper cover.
Sophie Loss,When skies and sea spilt
What if a postcard of John Constable’s ominous sky and sea met with an accident? And the sky and sea could not be contained any more, sheets of blank paper were soaked, smooth surfaces became wavy, swollen and buckled, and so reflecting the atmospheric painting? Ten varying printed double-sided sheets and accompanying card.
John McDowall, Folio
The phrases of written text in Folio appear to allude to the book’s material form and to the turning of the pages, reflecting the words’ own presence on the page and the movement of the reading of those pages. Two further lines refer to a site (a polar sea) beyond the book, and so with this shift there is a coming together of an awareness of the book in hand, and of another place - a coalescence of the aspect and the motion of paper, book, ship and waves. Open edition, sewn pamphlet of 12 pages plus cover, laser print on 120gsm Fabriano Ecological.
Cally Trench, WE SHALL MEET AGAIN
A catalogue of late-Victorian and early-Edwardian hands motifs on gravestones. The bereaved would, as now, choose a design, and the printed image on paper became a carved message in stone. One symbol favoured by the newly-widowed was two right hands - one female, one male - touching for the last time, sometimes accompanied by the words ‘WE SHALL MEET AGAIN’: a confident promise of reunion as the beloved left this everyday world for the unknowable and immeasurable expanse beyond death. Cally Trench has [re-]created this catalogue by making drawings from fifteen gravestones dated 1890-1916. Edition of 25, hand-sewn, printed on watercolour paper.
The New York Art Book Fair is organised by Printed Matter and took place at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, on 46th Avenue,
Long Island City, New York. New York Art Book Fair
Thank you to the BBruno team who accompanied the books to New York: Judy Goldhill, Philip Lee, John McDowall and Sophie Loss.
Judy Goldhill, Elemental (2019)
Philip Lee's Constellations (2019)
Cally Trench, WE SHALL MEET AGAIN (2019)