Archive for the ‘concrete poetry’ Category

type tells tales

May 8, 2017

Many, many months ago we were approached by someone working for Steven Heller to see if we were interested in having some work published in a new book he was producing with Gail Anderson – needless to say we jumped at the chance – and last week the rather wonderful Type Tells Tales arrived on our desk. We feel honoured to be in such company as Werkman, Sam Winston, Paula Scher, Robert Massin, Marian Bantjes and many more type heroes and heroines.

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blogging the blog

April 16, 2017

Eye magazine recently uploaded a post about Barrie’s Typographic Dante.

The piece talks about the starting point for the project – which began when he was a final year student at the Chelsea School of Art, way back in 1989.

The first roughs and preparatory sketches for Canto I.

Planning the Letterpress overprints in detail.

The original ‘note to self’, which led to a project that has carried on over the next 28 years (and counting).

The Typographic Dante is on display at the National Museum of Print, Dublin, until Wednesday 19th April and the exhibition has recently been reviewed by newsfour.ie.

thinking, tinkering, tweaking

October 28, 2015

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As always, a little bit of looking and a little bit of thinking goes a long way – so Barrie has reworked his constellation pieces with a little more finesse.

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He also moved the idea on a little to create the Typewriter (all star) XI…

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All this, plus Philippa and Barrie’s latest books will be on display at the Small Publishers Fair (Friday 6th/Saturday 7th November), where Barrie is also talking about his most ambitious, unpublished, collaboration: Utopian Tales.

the art of postering

October 22, 2015

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Barrie has been busy doing, rather than not doing, and has managed to find the time to print a number of poster ideas he’s had in his head for a while.

The CONCRETE POETRY: constellation xi, letterpress printed in silver on black, or silver on white.

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A traditional 4-4-2 formation of course.

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A perfect gift for Mothers’ day.

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The ‘typewritin’ poster is individually hand typed on an ADLER Universal. It’s part of a series of three posters; one for Wood Type, one for Metal and one for the typewriter.

Adventuree Ahead

Or adventure behind. Depending upon which way you’re going.

And a few revisited old favourites.

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and a Manifesto for an Art School to finish off with. Which is Barrie’s third Manifesto – and counting.

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electric glass

October 21, 2015

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A new gallery space for contemporary art has opened in Brussels; the Société. A former factory (the Société Bruxelloise d’electricité), built in the early 1930s, the first exhibition intends to create a dialogue between contemporary digital art and 1960 concept art, ‘through the common denominator of semantics’.

The invited artists are Cory Arcangel, Aram Bartholl, Vuc Cosic, Alec de Busschere, Alessandro de Francesco, Sebastien Delvaux, Gabriele de Vietri, Frederic Fourdinier, Jason Huff, LAb[au], jan Robert Leegte, Jurg Lehni, Caroline le Mehaute, Michel Mazzoni, Steven Pippin, Studio Nand, Marius Watz and our very own Barrie Tullett, who made a special edition of the Poem to Philip Glass for the exhibition.

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The exhibition is on until the 19th December.

Thanks to Cecilie Bjørgås Jordhiem for photographs of the Poem to Philip Glass.

the whitechapel

July 28, 2015

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The New Concrete (Visual Poetry in the 21st Century) was launched at the Whitechapel Gallery last weekend, with a series of films, readings and performances.

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There were too many delights to mention – you really had to be there – but amongst the gems, the screenings included Rick Myers’ beautifully contemplative An Excavation/A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion), Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim’s, wonderful Barcodes, Sophie Herxheimer’s London and Victoria Bean’s, Playtime with Venus and Every Morning She’d Leave Me. 

 

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Highlights of the spoken word performances were Chris McCabe and Sam Winston performing Dictionary and Paula Claire’s ILAYITONW (a call and response piece celebrating The New Concrete in all its Google guises). 

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Based in Oxford, Paula Claire has a large Archive of concrete/visual/sound poetry and is currently busy writing and collating from WORDtoART: browsing the Paula Claire Archive.

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Barrie channelled the spirit of Kurt Schwitters for his surprisingly poignant rendition of A Song For An Art School and was quite overwhelmed to have been sitting in the same room as John Furnival, let alone being in a book alongside him and so many other artists and poets he has long admired.

On sale at the event, we had our first chance to see the book in all its glory – and it really is a beautiful publication. Rush out and buy your copy now.

The New Concrete is available from The Southbank Centre shop.

Photographs of the event courtesy of Julie Johnstone and Marina Chalkia. Photographs of Paula Claire courtesy of Paul San Casciani.

performing the new concrete

July 17, 2015

The New Concrete

The New Concrete is a major new anthology charting the explosion of visual poetry in the 21st century, and to celebrate the launch of the book, The Whitechapel Gallery will be hosting an afternoon of film and live performance showcasing some of the most exciting work currently being produced. The event promises to bring together ‘some of the most celebrated poets and artists working at the intersection of visual art and literature’.

The film screenings will include: Simon Barraclough: Turner, Victoria Bean: Playtime with Venus and Every Morning She’d Leave Me, Caroline Bergvall: Drift, Derek Beaulieu: 1115/2:47: Pages, David Bellingham: An Object Revolving Round a Day/An Object Revolving Round a Year/An Object Revolving Round Events, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim: Barcodes, Augusto de Campos: F(J)Y)EUX, LIFE and Luxo, Francesca Capone: Island Poem, Antonio Claudio Carvalho: OS DESAPARECIDOS/THE MISSING WILL NEVER BE MISSING UNTIL WE FIND THEM, Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper, Sophie Herxheimer: London, Liliane Lijn: What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping? and Way Out Is Way In Poemdrum, nick-e melville: me, Rick Myers: An Excavation/A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion), W. Mark Sutherland: Crush, André Vallias: ‘COMEDIA’: a meta-poem (le stelle/alle stelle/l’altre stelle) in Quick Response code and Nico Vassilakis: Stampalogue (for Harry Mathews). 

There will also be live performances from many of the contributors, including: Simon Barraclough, Victoria Bean, Derek Beaulieu, David Bellingham, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Paula Claire, S.J. Fowler, Daniel Lehan, Henningham Family Press, Sophie Herxheimer, Sarah Kelly, Liliane Lijn, Tony Lopez, Chris McCabe and The Caseroom Press’ very own, Barrie Tullett, who’s work for the Typographic Dante has been included in the book.

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knock knock

July 2, 2015

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Really!? Yes. Barrie’s latest book is a book of Concrete Poetry Knock Knock jokes, with a few nods to popular culture on the way.

We can’t help but feel that as a fan of esoteric, niche markets, he’s outdone himself.

The covers are Riso printed in one or two colours (for you print obsessives out there).

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We’re really not sure what else there is to say…