Serious Nonsense: Nonsense Seriously
Our books may initially appear to be little jokes, delicious, light, and funny. But slowly other agendas emerge, to pose and probe serious questions. Questions that ask what is important, what ridiculous, and why? Questions which interrogate the hypocrisies inherent in negotiating a way through modern society. They range from deep and meaningful to wry interpretations of the mundane but with a certain irreverence, reflection or meta-analysis.
We are fine artists who use the book form as part of our practice. This includes a wide variety of book structures and bookarts forms, all chosen carefully to be appropriate to the particular work. Executed with due respect to a considered aesthetic and crafted production they are dead-pan, slightly unhinged and definitely (mostly) hand-made.
Artist’s book fairs include:
The Small Publishers’ Fair, Conway Hall, London. BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol. Pages, Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds, Prescriptions, Canterbury. Counter and Karst, Plymouth.
The Art of the Postcard. Handel Street Project, London. International Artists’ Books Exhibition from Macro to Micro Artists’ Books Archive, Milan. Wish You were Here, artist’s postcards at Hestercombe, Somerset, Book Fire, A. Gertsen Vyatka, Russia. Without Borders, Stroud. SVA, Stroud. Prescriptions, Canterbury. RUkSSIAN Artist’s Books, Moscow. Unfold, London Print Studio. Press & Release (Bodman’s Dark Humours), Brighton. The Sense of Place in Artist Books, Minnesota, USA. Hay Festival, at Hay Library Hay-on Wye. Embassy tea gallery, London.
University of Kent at Canterbury, University of the West of England, Tate Britain, Sarah Bodman, Jeremy Cooper (bookworks and artists postcards) and other private collections.