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Each of my books addresses a preoccupation with visual perception, distillation and contemplative experience. I focus on simplicity, reduction, and in creating a meditative experience for the reader, who is invited to bring their own meaning to the minimalist, abstract works. I'm also interested in definitions of subtlety, quietness, invisibility. Although I have in the past worked with minimal texts, newer book work is increasingly non-textual. I am currently exploring the potential of an inkjet printer to print percentage tints of black on watercolour paper, and the ability of the human eye to detect the differences between these tints that are often only 1% apart. I also occasionally use photographs, most recently of the shadows of trees on city pavements. My books are hand-bound, or they are sets of sequenced cards/prints. Some works are limited numbered editions, whilst others are open editions.

Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone's books, cards, screen prints and installations concern perception, distillation and contemplative experience. Her artists' books are held in several collections including at Tate, National Art Library (V&A), University College London, and the Saison Poetry Library (London). She publishes these works under her Essence Press imprint, and occasionally publishes the work of other poets and artists, most recently Maria White, Richard Price, Alan Spence, Thomas A Clark, Eugen Gomringer, Alec Finlay and Gerry Cambridge. She also publishes limited sequence journals, most recently less, a minimal journal for minimalist art and text pieces. She is based in Edinburgh, and is the Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library.

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Classic Poems is part of AMBruno's [sic] collection. It is easy to make transcription errors when retyping text whether due to human error, a slip of the eye or brain, wishful thinking, or auto-correct facilities. And then perhaps, these strangely plausible, oddly poetic, barely noticeable changes can be quietly perpetuated ...

Red is part of AMBruno's Red collection. How can red hide? An exercise examining perception, deception, shape-shifting, and the elusive reliability of the human eye.

Classic Poems by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone, Classic Poems
Open edition. Digitally printed. Hand bound.

Red by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone, Red

10% |15% by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone, 10% |15% (2012)
Edition of 25. Inkjet on watercolour paper.

10% |15% is part of AMBruno's Lines collection. A distillation, within the pages of a book, of the perception of space and perspective, each facing page of the book, including the cover, consists of two printed colour blocks of different tints of black printed to the page edges. These are separated by an unprinted 2mm horizontal gap or line.

1-16% by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone, 1-16% (2013)
Height 160mm x width 170mm. Edition of 16.
Inkjet on watercolour paper.

1-16% by Julie Johnstone

1-16% by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone
1-16%(2013)

1-16% is part of AMBruno's 16 collection. A distilled contemplation of the accumulative shifts in perception arising during the reading process.

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