AMBruno returned to the London Art Book Fair at
the Whitechapel Art Gallery (13 to 15 September 2013) with a new book collection: on the theme of Lines,
to be taken in whichever direction
The 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 (Saturday 26 October 2013).
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
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.