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Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

AMBruno returned to the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (13-15 September 2013) with a new book collection: on the theme of Lines, to be taken in whichever direction wished.

www.whitechapelgallery.org/book-fair/the-london-art-book-fair

The Lines books were also presented at the By Leaves We Live Book Fair - a celebration of artists' books and small presses, at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, on Saturday 26 October 2013.

www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

There were thirteen Lines books by thirteen artists:

Marco Calí, No Exit Lines
The book as theatre, placed square before you. Open each cover, curtains unveil the scene, first left and then right. A set of instructions revealed, a colour hue whispers for each part. You are actor, director, producer, audience. The drama begins.

Manya Doñaque, Hair lines
I am interested in rituals, performance and the passing of time. For this book I have collected in a manner of a diary, a diary of my aging process in the form of organic lines - the remains in the sink after brushing my hair every morning for the period of a week.

Kathryn Faulkner, GOD'S RAYS
GOD'S RAYS overlays two different sets of handmade lines that combine to challenge the fundamental rules of photography. No lens, no viewfinder, no compositional aides, and lots of movement during lengthy exposures whilst pointing the camera to the sun, can lead to surprising results.

Judy Goldhill, Sprite Strike Strike Sprite
Amorphous things - formless things - carry their own charge, one which only declares itself in brief moments of paroxysm or impact which are rarely seen. Sprites - in physics - are just such phenomena, but suppose they were animate beings, shy of showing their plasmic lives... Would we recognise them?

Barbara Greene, WARP
Bradford Technical College was set up in 1903 to teach the understanding of weave machinery and to create designs for the textile industry. The inspiration for WARP came from the patterns made by hundreds of warp ends when threaded up on an industrial loom.

Jane Grisewood, Dancing with Sirius: lines of light
The fleeting moment of invisible lines made visible through photographs of light trails from the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. Following Sirius with handheld camera, the random choreographic gestures of my arms, like drawing in the air, create ephemeral ghost-like threads dancing across the night sky.

Julie Johnstone, 10% |15%
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.

Lydia Julien, Super Hero Washing Line
Super Hero Washing Line is a prosaic look at the washing lines of fantasy characters. After battling in crime fighting sagas of epic proportions, the washing hangs crumpled and clean in the bright sunlight, ready for the next time.

Sharon Kivland, Jeux de Lignes
The notes on corsets, girdles, and brassieres from a French lingerie journal of the 1950s are translated in a rather literal fashion. There are no illustrations save for a drawing at the beginning and at the end, for I am sure my reader has a playful imagination and will embellish the words with ease.

John McDowall, Trieste Zürich Paris - a liminal score
Graphic notation presenting the complex of fragments visible as the book of a city street map is bent back slightly. Lines of print and lines of random strolling/reading from map to score to (re)performance; three cities in which James Joyce wrote Ulysses, walking/sounding another city.

Valérie Mary, Turbulence
Ten drawings made according to the following process: a frame of vertical lines is drawn by the computer, within that space moves a zone of turbulence where the hand gesture takes over from this half-grid, a 'gesture without finality' referring to nothing other than its own exhibition as gesture.

Shelley Rae, The Dividing Line
The Dividing Line refers to irrational boundaries that countries erect, which divide and rupture our own minds and sensibilities. In this book, I photographed the text from a fictional case study. The broken narrative alludes to America's forced segregation/ Jim Crow laws from the 1950/60s.

Cally Trench, Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates is a spotter's guide to a dying species; front gates are disappearing from our streets as front gardens are converted into parking spaces. Made of wrought iron, with curly and straight lines translated into metal, these gates are symbolic portals rather than solid defences.

Lines poster

Lines poster

Super Hero Washing Line by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Super Hero Washing Line (2012)
Edition of 8. Perfect bound.

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates by Cally Trench

Cally Trench
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates (2013)
Edition of 15. Inkjet with hand-painted gold
emblem on bamboo paper./P>

Hair lines  by Manya Doñaque

Manya Doñaque, Hair lines (2013)
Edition of 5. Digital print.

WARP by Barbara Greene

Barbara Greene, WARP (2013)
Edition of 5. Screen print and blind embossing.

Dancing with Sirius: lines of light by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Dancing with Sirius: lines of light (2013)
Edition of 30. Indigo print.

GOD'S RAYS by Kathryn Faulkner

Kathryn Faulkner, GOD'S RAYS (2013)
Edition of 6 + 1AP. Ink drawings and inkjet prints.

Sprite Strike Strike Sprite by Judy Goldhill

Judy Goldhill, Sprite Strike Strike Sprite (2013)
Edition of 25.
Two photographs in case binding.

Jeux de Lignes  by Sharon Kivland

Sharon Kivland, Jeux de Lignes (2013)
Edition of 50. With 2 hand-coloured
tipped-in illustrations.

Turbulence  by Valérie Mary

Valérie Mary, Turbulence (2013)
Edition of 15. Digitally printed.
Soft cover. 24 pages.

10% |15% by Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone, 10% |15% (2013)
Edition of 25.
Inkjet on watercolour paper.

The Dividing Line  by Shelley Rae

Shelley Rae, The Dividing Line (2013)
Edition of 5. Digital printing, saddle stitch binding.

No Exit Lines  by Marco Calí

Marco Calí, No Exit Lines (2013)
Open edition. Gicleacute;e print on 300gsm photo rag.

Trieste Zürich Paris - a liminal score by John McDowall

John McDowall, Trieste Zürich Paris - a liminal score (2013)
Digital print. Sewn pamphlet of 20 pages.

AMBruno: Setting up 'Lines' at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno:
Setting up Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno: Lines

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair

AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair 2013

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