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AMBruno returned to Leeds, to the 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, at The Tetley (5 to 6 March 2016) with a new book collection on the theme of words, produced in response to the brief set by John McDowall of - words: this may be a consideration of any aspect of the materiality of written language and of its relation to the space of the page and the space of the book. The sixteen books by seventeen artists which make up this project were selected by Maria White.
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A selection of books from the words collection was also shown as part of the Poetry Library Open Day on 16 October 2016. This is a annual event held on the top floor of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Pascal O'Loughlin organised this thoughtful event and Katarina Kelsey curated our books.

The Poetry Library introduced AMBruno's words collection with the following quotation:

Artists' books transform the condition of bookness, and complicate it. In almost every case, attention to the book's visual presence - its objectness - is pronounced, in a manner that embraces elements from painting, sculpture, collage and filmic techniques. Some [...] are made for reading; some for looking; some for touching; many for all three. In content, they range from political statements, to formal meditations, to personal fantasies; they are also visually wild, inscrutable and weird. Holland Cotter (Introduction) in The Century of Artists' Books (Joanne Drucker, 2004)

Poetry Library

The words collection was also shown at the Small Publishers Fair, an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers, held in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am to 7pm. Thanks to all the invigilators: Katarina Kelsey, Steve Perfect, Philip Lee, Egidija Čiricaitė, Ximena Pérez Grobet, John McDowall and Sophie Loss.
Small Publishers Fair


There are sixteen words books by seventeen artists:

Luke Allan, one-word poems: for Vala
A set of five booklets, each bearing a one-word poem. With the titles on the covers and poems inside, the turning of the pages gives tempo to the unfolding of the text. The poems are a touch cryptic, even resistant, but they are equally playful, inviting, amatory, tender.

Egidija Čiricaitė, MUG CUP KNIFE LADLE
MUG CUP KNIFE LADLE explores transition from the fluidity of thought to the fixity of the written text. The book follows a path of thinking from the initial visual trigger to a composed poem, using a set of rules which imitate creative process; each new page only contains the words used previously or their collocates within four positions.

Judy Goldhill, Carbon Copy
My cousin recently handed me a folder of documents containing typed and written fragments of my fatherís life. They make up a time line, moving from father to daughter, composed of various words photographed from these papers; copies of copies, all sequenced through the reproduction of language, media and meaning.

Jane Grisewood, Repetition & Recollection...
This book was inspired by Søren Kierkegaardís dialectic in his work Repetition. Tactile words flow in opposite directions echoing the back-and-forth play between repetition in constant forward motion, and recollection confined to the past. Or is repetition bringing the past into the present, and recollection connecting the past to the future? Paradox remains...

Ximena Pérez Grobet, WORDS: The house was quiet and the world was calm
Words are not only letters, their order and their space are as important to make words possible. The book shows this idea by setting all of each of the different letters of the poem on a separate page in order to appreciate the space they occupy in the word and on the page. The poem refers with its own words to the importance of this concept.

Katarina Kelsey, Sprachgeist
Sprachgeist is languageís ghost, the ghostís power naming language. Sentences (chiastic) will be erased using oily hands. None are mine. Words, taken, really are poltergeists.

Sharon Kivland, LALANGUE
Lalangue is a report of language without words, where words are replaced by images, and mouths are blocked. To be a body is to be woven from language. The body of the speaking being is imprisoned and determined by the signifiers of maternal speech.

Philip Lee, Body For Words
In Body For Words, Philip Lee has replaced with a photograph of his naked body, the spaces occupied by the text on the Ďfront matterí pages of The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form by Kenneth Clark. The blocks, previously taken up by written text, are now the parts of an image of the flawed naked body of an actual man in his fifties.

Sophie Loss and John McDowall, Escapade
François Rabelais enjoyed words, they romp along together with his larger than life characters, and in this little book these words of words veer off the allotted path, to the ends of their world of paper, and back.

Julien Nédélec, False friends/Faux amis
Please, be comprehensive about my English mistakes.
Edition of 12. Digital print, 16 pages, stapled. £10

Steve Perfect, Shunt
The text of the book is to be read aloud so that the reader experiences the texture of words in the mouth. Photographs often seem to be a window on the world but in the book dust and increasing magnification cause surface texture to take precedence over content.

Anne Rook, The other Words
The other Words is a book about annotations I made while reading Marcel Proustís A la Recherche du Temps Perdu over a period of 16 months, marks that often defaced the printed page or obscured the text. These notes have been collected in a scrapbook, a record of reading.

Colin Sackett, reset
reset esetr setre etres trese

Aymee Smith, Letís Start a Brand New Story, Now,
An alphabetisation of the words from every song written by the Bee Gees sits either side of views expressed within Platoís Republic, wherein the artist is described as one who knowingly misrepresents the world and its objects, especially through the use of words. The Bee Gees respond to this claim.

Rachel Smith, Reading Words
Reading Words is a material exploration of the thinking and distractions that occur simultaneously whilst reading. Rachel Smith takes Jean-Paul Sartreís book Words as reading material and interrupts the flow of the narrative with thoughts and distractions which respond to fragments of the original text.

Erica Van Horn, ABOVE
These words explore local vernacular speech. As I listen I isolate words in order to establish meaning. Listening becomes translation from a spoken language new to me into written explanation. A word can be a thing already known or it can be something altogether different.

LALANGUE by Sharon Kivland

Sharon Kivland, LALANGUE


Reading Words by Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith, Reading Words


False friends/Faux amis by Julien Nédélec

Julien Nédélec, False friends/Faux amis


Shunt by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Shunt


MUG CUP KNIFE LADLE by Egidija Čiricaitė

Egidija Čiricaitė, MUG CUP KNIFE LADLE

Carbon Copy by Judy Goldhill

Judy Goldhill, Carbon Copy

Repetition & Recollection... by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Repetition & Recollection...

Sprachgeist by Katarina Kelsey

Katarina Kelsey
Sprachgeist

WORDS: The house was quiet and 
the world was calm by Ximena Pérez Grobet

Ximena Pérez Grobet, WORDS:
The house was quiet and the world was calm

Body For Words by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Body For Words

Escapade by Sophie Loss and John McDowall

Sophie Loss and John McDowall, Escapade

one-word poems: for Vala by Luke Allan

Luke Allan, one-word poems: for Vala

The other Words by Anne Rook

Anne Rook, The other Words

reset by Colin Sackett

Colin Sackett
reset

Letís Start a Brand New Story, Now, by Aymee Smith

Aymee Smith
Letís Start a Brand New Story, Now,

ABOVE by Erica Van Horn

Erica Van Horn
ABOVE

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

Philip Lee reading at the Book Fair's Performance Events
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

Philip Lee reading at the Book Fair's Performance Events
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

Steve Perfect reading at the
Book Fair's Performance Events
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley
Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Philip Lee

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Philip Lee

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Philip Lee

AMBruno: words at 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2016

AMBruno: words
The Tetley, Leeds, 2016
Photograph: Philip Lee

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Poetry Library Open Day 2016

AMBruno: words
Poetry Library Open Day 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

AMBruno: words
Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: words at Small Publishers Fair 2016

Small Publishers Fair 2016
Photograph: Sophie Loss


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