On Book Arts
Shinro Ohtake and the Artists’ Book
Thursday 27 November, 7pm
Parasol unit is hosting a conversation between artist and publisher of The Everyday Press, Arnaud Desjardin; artist and director of artist-led project space Banner Repeater, Ami Clarke, and artist and antiquarian book-trader, Trevor Newton. Taking the artists’ books of Shinro Ohtake as a starting point, this panel discussion will look at both the history and the future of artists’ books.
Arnaud Desjardin currently runs The Everyday Press, a publication imprint and the channel for various collaborations and exhibitions. He has also been working for many years as a bookseller of rare and collectable art and artists’ books. He is familiar with the history of production, dissemination and collection of printed matter related to modern and contemporary art. He is the author of The Book on Books on Artists Books, a reference bibliography on source material related to artists’ publication in the second half of the 20th century.
Ami Clarke is an artist, curator and founder of Banner Repeater, a reading room with a public archive of artists’ publishing and an experimental project space on the working train station platform of Hackney Downs, London. Ideas that come of publishing, distribution, and dissemination and the question of how the performance of language increasingly impacts upon daily life, are shared in her practice as an artist and curator and inform the working remit of Banner Repeater. She has recently exhibited/curated works at David Roberts Arts Foundation, Camden Arts Centre and had a solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. She continues to commission new artists’/writers’ works through the Banner Repeater platform and several publishing imprints: Banner Repeater paperbacks, Banner Repeater publishing, and the UN-PUBLISH series. She teaches across the UK with a focus on Publishing, Distribution and Dissemination: post-digital art production.
Trevor Newton was born in Lancashire, England in 1959. His work has been commissioned, exhibited and sold by Christie’s, published by the Oxford University Press and has appeared in publications as diverse as Country Life, Harpers & Queen, The Independent on Sunday, The Literary Review and The Bookplate Collector’s Quarterly. His Australian travel diaries, published through Fournier Street Books, include beautifully rendered watercolour sketches of the unseen Victorian architecture of little-visited corners of Australia, from ramshackle Outback pubs and train stations to verandas and grain silos by a modern master of topographical art.