I went to see Incubator II today at the DLI Museum in Durham ( www.durham.gov.uk/dli). An exhibition of artists' books and multiples which were contained within three themed areas entitled Study, Log Cabin and Landscape. Each area had site specific handmade conceptual wallpaper, floor coverings and chairs which created a particular mood or ambience in which to relax and handle the books. It was curated by David Faithful.
It was wonderful being able to touch all the books . The ones which were more homemade, limited edition screen prints or letter pressed stood out because you could feel the ink under your fingers and there were interesting combinations of colour, text and composition. Some lovely work, for example, by local artist Theresa Easton. Sara Ogilvie's books made us smile (www.saraogilvie.com) but there were too many digitally produced books which sometimes seemed to merely contain photographs rather than ideas.
Ash Wednesday by Jim Butler. The most beautiful book in the exhibition. Letterpress and blind embossing.
Mambo Moves. A flick book featuring dance sequences by Irene Miguel. ( www.ottobooks.co.uk)
Special Delivery by the wonderful Sara Ogilvie. Her screenprints are always so lively. Fantastic drawing and collage elements.
More Sara Ogilvie.
Roadkill. Lucy May Schofield.