Tuesday 11 March 2008

New Book - Headroom

The book is a visual response to the drive to fit more and more people into an ever diminishing space. The U.K is under pressure to find more housing and every patch of land, including gardens,are being built upon. New housing is tightly packed with little concern for the environment or the needs of the new residents. Whilst reading Roget's Thesaurus, I noticed the thematic listing of words was taking on a poetic significance, I used the word lists in the order they appeared in the Thesaurus to convey a sense of melancholy amongst the crowds. The book is printed on accounting paper to show financial pressures, the drawings are a mixture of my photographs of buildings and drawings of imaginary future towers, unintentionally imprisoning their tenants. The text is rubber stamped. 
290mm x 110mm. 14 pages with ending with edition number, signature and maker's emboss. 
To view this book visit my website at: http://www.dampflat.com/DAMPFLAT/books/headroom/index.htm

Now touring the U.S. as part of the
Shelter Artist's Book Exhibition.
  • April 10 - 22, 2008 - Wedeman Gallery, Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Lasell College, Newton, MA, USA
  • May 9 - June 19, 2008 - Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • July 9 - August 15, 2008 - Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
  • Oct 6 – 31, 2008 - Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, USA
  • April 8 - May 3, 2009 - Wells College, Aurora, NY, USA
  • January - February 2009 - Holy Cross College Art Gallery, Worcester, MA, USA

Saturday 1 March 2008

New Book - Reboot

Reboot - Limited Edition of 10, Brighton 2008

400mm x 170mm, a double spiral-bound pair of books each of 20 pages
The cover is clear acrylic closed with magnetic catches
Hand-cut rubberstamp icons are added to final printed pages
Several real capacitors and fuses are threaded into two of the pages

This is a book about computers. Do they really hate us? Why are computers so indignant when you want to open files, rewarding your impetuousness with spinning balls and hourglass icons. This is a book about technological brokenness. We rely more and more on technology and computers, ignoring the fact that there seems to be a mechanical revolt gradually gathering pace all around us - soon the only tasks left for us will be hand-drawing the Out of Order signs to hang on the machines. Over a period of time, I’ve been recording technology failures photographically as well as drawing the language of brokenness, cryptic messages such as, disc error and are you sure you want to shut-down?
I've combined my photographs and drawings into this pair of books, added to this hand-cut rubber stamps of familiar computer icons - hourglass, watch, cursor arrow and older legacy icons such as the floppy disk. Scanned legacy peripherals such as scsi leads and old network cables tangle across the pages, to remind us just how fast technology is moving.
The books work as a pair and should be opened and read simultaneously.

To View this book in more detail visit:

This book was created for the Re:2008 Exhibition held by the We Love Your Books Collective
The exhibition will start at:
Artworks MK, Milton Keynes, UK from 14th July–14th Aug. 2008
The Gallery, Herefordshire College of Art – Summer 2008
The Space Gallery, University of Portsmouth from 3rd-14th Nov. 2008
Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK. Dec. 2008

Reboot is also held in:

Modern British Collections, The British Library, London, UK
The Ministry of Books, University of portsmouth, UK