Sunday, June 3, 2012

Another Group 2 Book


Like Fiona, my contribution to Group 2 has gone out into the world and it seems timely to share the work with a wider audience.
41: Its beginning to hurt takes as its starting point the possibility that one of Sarah Bodman's stories has been recovered from its place of interment in a Danish forest and subsequently offered for sale by a London bookseller.

The work is housed in a simple drop side box (130mm x 160mm x 25mm), covered in Black Geltex bookcloth with a grey Canson paper relief onlay panel and lined with black Suedex.
Inside the box is a bundle of documents, held together with a band of gros grain ribbon. The first of these is the colophon.
Behind the colophon are ephemera associated with the book's sale - a note written on the back of a discarded shopping list expressing an interest in the book; an extract from the bookseller's catalogue with details of the book, its provenance, its condition and its sale price; and the bookseller's With Compliments slip that accompanied the book when it was sent out on approval.

The final element of the package is the book itself - distressed, with significant staining and water damage and evidence of insect attack.
41: It's beginning to hurt is intended as a reflection on the hurt experienced by artists when their work is appropriated by others and used, often for profit and without consent, in a manner contrary to the artists' intentions.

9 comments:

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Seeing books this good...and already finished...makes me feel a tad intimidated! What a fascinating interpretation for the project. I bet Sarah's going to really like this one!

Abigail Thomas said...

Can I just say, wow?

ronnie said...

too good! (and abigail I must say your brilliant 'robinson's papers' came to mind as i've read through this post - how wonderful would it be for anyone to have both works in their collection!)

Sara Bowen said...

Thanks Terence for the chance to have a 'sneak peek' at Sarah's copy, which you sent to me for re-distribution: it's a great book. I feel just as intimidated as Ellen! Standards for those books I've received so far are high!

paperworker said...

It was very exciting to receive this lovely book. Beautifully done, fabulously inventive and so clever. Kudos, Terence!

Fiona Dempster said...

This book was truly inspired. I opened it with awe and wonder and a wry smile. It is very special - thank you Terence.

dinahmow said...

Another stunning book.
Sara, I know you have a heaped plate already, but, since you are collecting all the books, could you do a comprehensive photo shoot for us, please?

Jane said...

wow!!! indeed

Jennifer said...

Brilliant!