We have produced two new artists’ books as part of our partnership with Leeds Beckett University.
Early in 2019, Jo Hamill and Julia McKinlay were selected to create the books after the School of Art Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University issued an open call to staff and students for book proposals which explored sculpture in all its forms. The books have been designed by Marit Münzberg.
Jo Hamill is Course Director for Graphic Design at Leeds Beckett University and has made a new work exploring the sculptural space of language.
Softback in an edition of 500
197 x 127mm, 956 pages
Working with an edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Hamill systematically obliterated the words of Joyce but carefully retained those words positioned closest to the gutter – the technical term used to describe the central margin of a bound page. The retained fragments form two extended columns that continue for 933 pages.
Notable here is how design and typographic terminology is so entrenched in bodily references. Header, footer, body-copy, the arm of a ‘K’, the crotch of a ‘Y’, the foot of a ‘T’, the ear of a ‘G’, the shoulder of an ‘R’ and so on. As is the architectural scaffolding of Joyce’s schema which underpins the structure of Ulysses, kidney, genitals, heart, lungs, oesophagus, brain, blood, ear. etc. Lawrence Weiner refers to language as material for construction, the act of deletion in Gutter Words exposes the architectural scaffolding that holds words in place. Voids are physical spaces to be read and words become unanchored, set adrift in an uncertain space. The architectural qualities of this physical space will be exposed, Gutter Words is devoid of the accoutrements associated with a ‘book’ such as cover, boards, end papers, dust jacket and will retain only the innards, an unprotected text block.
We have collaborated with Leeds Beckett University on a series of public Sculpture Talks at Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Beckett University, a symposium in September 2019, two artists’ books and a practice-based PhD.
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