AMBruno Limited Edition Prints: I'm telling you stories. Trust me

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I'm telling you stories. Trust me. in Multiplied 2013

AMBruno presented a collection of limited edition prints in Multiplied 2013 at Christies, South Kensington, London, 18-21 October 2013.

Multiplied is a fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions, featuring prints, photography, artists' books and 3D multiples.

www.multipliedartfair.com

For Multiplied 2013, proposals were invited for an editioned print, to be made in response to the project brief by John McDowall: I'm telling you stories. Trust me. with in mind, maybe, the likely unreliability of representation and narrative, to tell/un-tell a story in a single plane of vision. The line I'm telling you stories. Trust me. is reiterated throughout Jeanette Winterson's novel The Passion, and is a very apposite encapsulation of the project; though acknowledged, it was not an indication that this novel should be the source of the work.

To accompany the suite of prints, there was a display of sixteen recent book works by AMBruno artists Louise Atkinson, Karen Blake, Marco Calí, Claire Deniau, Kathryn Faulkner, Judy Goldhill, Barbara Greene, Jane Grisewood, Ingrid Jensen, Julie Johnstone, Lydia Julien, Sharon Kivland, Sophie Loss, John McDowall, Shelley Rae, and Cally Trench and Philip Lee.

The complete suite of the prints was purchased and will be displayed at a new boutique hotel in Cheltenham.


AMBruno presented prints by 18 artists: Louise Atkinson, Karen Blake, Marco Calí, Claire Deniau, Kathryn Faulkner, Ruth Fettis, Judy Goldhill, Barbara Greene, Jane Grisewood, Lydia Julien, Sharon Kivland, Philip Lee, Sophie Loss, John McDowall, Sumi Perera, Shelley Rae, Peter Rapp, and Cally Trench. The prints are in a variety of techniques and processes, including etching, photography, screenprinting, digital, linocut, letterpress and woodcut. The image size and proportions vary, but the paper size is constant at 36 x 46 cm in portrait format, and each print is in an edition of 25.

Louise Atkinson, Tasseography Alphabet
The work explores the concept of allegory, described by Walter Benjamin as an aggregation of signs which represent fleeting and fragmentary truths. The Tasseography Alphabet therefore depicts a set of symbolic images as a divination tool in order to express the way in which we continually try to disseminate received knowledge.

Karen Blake, White Cube at Sea
The cube is an unlikely intervention in a natural landscape. And perspective is just another story that we author, the eye sees what it expects, and the mind constructs its own monumental landscapes. In truth this is a humble salt lick, offered to the sea, and soon swallowed up.

Marco Calí, Ape
The third in a series that take Aesop’' tales and run amok.

Claire Deniau, It's a long story.
A space in between image and writing. Imaginary is solicited. The story becomes an individual experience.

Kathryn Faulkner, Trying to draw clouds with the sun
This photograph combines an interior and exterior view by working experimentally with a pinhole camera. The story implicit in the image suggests a journey from near to far, and invokes the idea of a transition through time and space by drawing with the sun at the end of the day.

Ruth Fettis, Compartido
Santiago de Chile. Our first meeting. Her stories are woven into the lace of the table. Wild dogs that roam the streets, students still protest, migrants arrive on ships, never to return. I'm telling you my side of the story - trust me.

Judy Goldhill, NGC 297 (New General Catalogue)
This print, apparently, of NGC 297 was recently found in a cabinet belonging to the astronomer E.E. Barnard. It shows an irregular nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. The discoverer of the print has subsequently denied that the image was created by the impact of a gull on a glass plate.

Barbara Greene, Siege
Medieval castles are associated with Gothic romantic fairy tales. This image shows the inner courtyard of Skipton Castle in North Yorkshire, where Lady Anne Clifford and her supporters held out against Oliver Cromwell and his roundheads for three years in horrific conditions.

Jane Grisewood, There Not There
Countless birds have untimely deaths flying low and crashing into glass screens and windows, leaving an eerie absence/ presence. The camera captures the traces, which mysteriously appear: ghostly, animated and unmistakably visible. This photograph tells the story of one such bird that flew too close to the ground.

Lydia Julien, Faith
Taking the line 'I'm telling you stories. Trust me' quite literally; I am interested in children’s emotions as they read books. They go on a journey of faith with the writer, and in a particularly grim tale the reaction is often unfiltered, mouths smile or lips curl, eyes widen.

Sharon Kivland , LA LISEUSE
A woman is reading, la dame en blanc. She is wearing a liseuse. She is a reader and she wears a reader.

Philip Lee, Stories in the Dark
Story telling doesn't need technology. Stories may be told in the dark with only a mouth to speak and an ear to listen. Stories in the Dark are symbolic of the act of story telling; the subject, medium, and material of each print are the body; narrative and image-making are reduced to their simplest..

Sophie Loss, First Poem of Emptiness
A response to the first of Anatoly Korolyov's Three Poems of Emptiness in Russian. Vertical drawn lines and a blocked out white lacuna - corresponding to words I do not understand.

John McDowall, Bruges-la-Morte
A story of deception and self-deception, in the novel Bruges-la-Morte by the Symbolist writer Georges Rodenbach, unacknowledged source of the book D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as Vertigo, and of water, time and photography.

Sumi Perera, XXX pcs Ag [30 pieces of Silver] (iv)
The 2013 James Joyce commemorative coin features a misquoted sentence from Ulysses. Reflecting on the validity of storytelling, in this print, the quote has been replaced with an anagram of another Joyce quote: 'A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery'.

Shelley Rae, Persecuted Heroine 501B
In my photographs, childhood memory and make-believe form an uncanny presence amongst darker themes of abandonment and fear. Persecuted Heroine 501B alludes to traditional folklore categorised by the Aarne-Thompson tale type index. It was shot on discontinued Kodak infrared film, transforming into an archival holder of narrative and history.

Peter Rapp, The Unicorn
This is one of a series of linocuts inspired by The Book of Imaginary Beings by Borges. It is a retelling of the bestiary and the stories that inspire it. My linocut attempts to give life to the many stories that the unicorn has inspired from Pliny to the Faerie Queen, through da Vinci and Borges.

Cally Trench, Sphinx Skeleton
Sphinx Skeleton shows the skeleton of a mythical creature, whose bones are laid out as if discovered during an archeological excavation. This print is not an anatomical reconstruction; it is the endpoint of a narrative. We read stories about creatures that, if they existed in reality, would die as well as live.

Ape by Marco Calí

Marco Calí, Ape (2013)
3 colour screenprint on Somerset Photo Rag 300gsm.

The Unicorn by Peter Rapp

Peter Rapp, The Unicorn (2013)
Linocut.

White Cube at Sea by Karen Blake

Karen Blake, White Cube at Sea (2013)
Digital print.

XXX pcs Ag [30 pieces of Silver] (iv) by Sumi Perera

Sumi Perera, XXX pcs Ag [30 pieces of Silver] (iv) (2013)
Etching, aquatint and embossing.

There Not There by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, There Not There (2013)
Giclée debossed print on 255gsm Somerset Velvet paper.

Stories in the Dark by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Stories in the Dark (2013)
Ink body print.

Trying to draw clouds with the sun by Kathryn Faulkner

Kathryn Faulkner, Trying to draw clouds with the sun (2013)
Photography / digital C-type print.

LA LISEUSE by Sharon Kivland

Sharon Kivland , LA LISEUSE (2013)
Archival digital and inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper.

Tasseography Alphabet by Louise Atkinson

Louise Atkinson, Tasseography Alphabet (2013)
Digital print and Chine-collé.

Siege by Barbara Greene

Barbara Greene, Siege (2013)
Digital and screenprint.

NGC 297 (New General Catalogue) by Judy Goldhill

Judy Goldhill, NGC 297 (New General Catalogue)
(2013) Letterpress print on Fabriano 210 gsm paper.

Compartido by Ruth Fettis

Ruth Fettis, Compartido (2013)
Linocut on Japanese paper.

It’s a long story. by Claire Deniau

Claire Deniau, It's a long story. (2013)
Etching.

First Poem of Emptiness by Sophie Loss

Sophie Loss, First Poem of Emptiness (2013)
Screenprint on Fabriano 300gsm.

Bruges-la-Morte by John McDowall

John McDowall, Bruges-la-Morte (2013)
Archival inkjet print.

Faith by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Faith (2013)
Woodblock print.

Persecuted Heroine 501B by Shelley Rae

Shelley Rae, Persecuted Heroine 501B (2013)
Black and white photograph digitally printed.

Sphinx Skeleton by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Sphinx Skeleton (2013)
Linocut on watercolour paper with hand-painted gold eye.

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