The London Art Book Fair opens to the public today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
For this 5th edition, the fair features contemporary art publishers from as far as Colombia (la silueta), the United States (University of Chicago Press) or Canada (Bywater Bros. Editions). Major publishers such as Thames & Hudson or Hatje Cantz are present alongside smaller ones that have nonetheless an interesting offering.
If it was interesting to discover The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo published by Art/Books ahead of seeing the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery or to rediscover Gutai: Decentering Modernism by The University Press of Chicago.
Putting publications aside, I focused on artist’ books for a moment. Unexpectedly in a book fair I have been inexorably attracted to works using the cut-out technique. Rather than making content by filling in blank pages, the chosen artists create artists’ books out of the deletion or destruction of a pre-exisitng publication. Here 3 exhibitors whose artists’ books have caught my eye:
1. Riflemaker with Francesca Lowe – Stand 11
In one of the works from the 2012 series Untitled Book-Cut, Francesca Lowe represents a tree through a delicate work of cutting out a magazine. The sequence is amazingly logical should one forget for an instant that it has been reversed.
A book > a leaf > a tree.
2. Edinburgh College of Art, Second Century Press with Emily Moore – Stand 61
Emily Moore is a young graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art who chose to hand-cut paper pages and laser-cut plywood. The resulting artist book gives a feeling of layering despite the removal of material, a result seemingly in line with her work on canvas or paper.
3. KALEID Editions with Nathalie Brand and Victoria Browne – Stand 17
This delicate work by Nathalie Brans was conceived for an exhibition at Museum Elburg, in response to the Lunarium, an instrument showing the moon orbiting the Earth.
Victoria Browne created this intricate artist book in response to Edwin Abbott’s ‘Flatland” A Romance of Many Dimensions’, 1884. She made the book evolve from a two dimensional sheet of paper, cut, scored and folded into a three dimensional extended axonometric square.