|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Creators:||Johanknecht, Susan and Meynell, Katharine|
This is a collaborative project co-curated with Dr. Katharine Meynell, Reader in Fine Art at Middlesex University.
We have worked with artists and writers considering issues of conservation and material stability through making and critical reflection. I have produced two individual chapters that link to my ongoing concerns with writing practice using found languages, and reading processes in relation to book structure.
"Revision Piece" is a series of ten drawings of reworked imagery from science textbooks written for children in the nineteen-sixties, and having the quality of asemic writing. I researched polymer plate and letterpress technology and printed the plates onto Offenbach Bible paper.
Also letterpress printed, "Armour-piece" is a visual text derived from descriptions of early European armour. Metal staples link pages of the foldout structure and also appear in the margins at points where the language becomes contemporary (stealth-bomb, body-bag, friendly-fire) prompting the reader to find a text within the text.
|Additional Information (Publicly available):||
Artists' books, Book Art, Contemporary poetics, Small press publishing
Studied English Literature at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA (1973-77) and Fine Art and Printmaking at the Central School of Art (1981-86). Lectured extensively on Printmaking and Book Arts in the UK since 1985, including at Oxford Brookes University and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, joined Camberwell College of Art in 1997.
She has most recently co-curated - and exhibited in - 'Cunning Chapters: A Collaborative Artists' Book', on show at the British Library, London until January 2008.
"My research focuses on the development and production of artists' books under the imprint of Gefn Press. The press has published thirty books to date and will have a retrospective exhibition at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA in 2006/07. Projects from the last decade have explored relationships between digital sequences, photo-animations outputted onto CD-ROM or DVD and the physical book. Discussing this work in 'Literary Value / Cultural Power: Verbal Arts in the Twenty-first Century' (Manchester University Press), Lynette Hunter describes the pieces as 'synergetic texts'.
Another recent collaborative project was co-editing the book 'Here are my Instructions' (2004) with Dr. Redell Olsen of Royal Holloway, University of London in response to the 'writing instructions / reading walls' series of installations we curated at the Poetry Society, London in 2003. I am continuing to consider physicality and poetics through my investigation of letterpress printing and writing practice (recent poems are published in HOW(2), internet journal of Contemporary and Innovative Writing by Women hosted by Bucknell University, and PORES, avant-gardist journal of poetic research hosted by Birkbeck College).
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
|Date:||25 October 2007|
|Related Websites:||http://www.pores.bbk.ac.uk/4/index.htm, http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/cunch07.htm, http://www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk/24577.htm|
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|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2009 12:17|
|Last Modified:||08 Jan 2014 16:21|
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