Impression: Artist’s Books Collection

As part of our research for the ‘Riso Show’ publication, we were to take a look at the Artist’s Books Collection at London Met in order to take inspiration and look at one example in detail. I chose to look at Words & Pictures: Ultra-Paranoid (Extra-Spatial) Portable Art.

Words & Pictures Issue One

Words & Pictures was an object-based art magazine published between 1994 and 1997. Each issue was signed and numbered and came in an A5 cardboard box. It was published by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. More than 200 artists and writers contributed to the project, including several Turner Prize winners.

Forsyth and Pollard launched the magazine with a low-key pilot issue, while they were students at Goldsmiths College. They were influenced by the DIY ethic of punk and fanzines being produced in the British independent music scene. The first issue was launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in November 1994. It included contributions from 35 artists, who each hand-made their contribution in a limited edition of 100 copies, which are each signed and numbered by the artist. Issues 2-9 included contributions from 20 artists, with issue 10 returning to the format of issue 1 and including 35 artists.

Every issue of the magazine was accompanied by a launch party, some of which included live music and performances from some of the contributors. Launch venues included the Artist Book Fair at the Royal Festival Hall, The Cabinet Gallery in Brixton, The Serpentine Gallery Bookshop, the Barbican Centre and the Eagle Gallery in Farringdon.

-Words from Ian and Jane’s website.

I chose to look into this ‘magazine’ because I loved the concept. Each box contained limited edition pieces from artists, such as prints, molds, zines and so forth; I think this could lend really well to the second half of the brief. We have to create things to sell at the summer show and I think a small box containing limited edition and low costing items would be something really special to sell.

Words & Pictures Issue One

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