Archive for the ‘concrete poetry’ Category

the typographic dante at the south bank centre

February 23, 2019

The Typographic Dante will have its London debut at the National Poetry Library, South Bank Centre this April.

30 years in the making, and counting, the exhibition will showcase illustrations from Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.

As always, Barrie is at pains to point out that he has been busy with other projects as well as this one, but despite his glacial pace of progress he has finally dipped his toe into Paradise, the final book of the Divine Comedy.

DATES & TIMES: 30 Apr 2019–30 Jun 2019

WHERE: National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall.

For more information – see The South Bank Centre website.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134924-typographic-dante-opening-event-2019

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134923-typographic-dante-2019

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Paradise… at last

February 7, 2019

Those of you who know Barrie will also know that he’s been working on a very long term project called The Typographic Dante. He’s always at pains to point out that he has been busy with other projects, but the truth of it is, he made the first print back in 1989 and has worked on it on and off ever since.

However. Finally. After 30 years, he‘s managed to complete the Letterpress and Typewriter illustrations for Inferno and Purgatory and has finally dipped his toes in the Letraset illustrations for Paradise.

Paradise: Canto I – The glory of the One who moves all things / permeates the universe and glows / in one part more and in another less.

Paradise: Canto V – such were the far more than a thousand splendours / I saw approaching us, and each declared: / ‘Here now is one who will increase our loves.’

Each of the three processes has given him particular challenges to overcome – the limitations and restrictions inherent in each of the now ‘dead’ technologies. One issue for the Paradise pieces is not only the finite amount of dry transfer sheets he has but their age. Already some of the sheets are crumbling away as they are used. And several sheets (admittedly from an inferior supplier) no longer have any glue on the letterforms, so the careful burnishing may well release the character from the carrier sheet, but in then simply falls off the paper and leaves no trace.

The other unexpected joy is the discovery of some wonderful type sheets…

And the odd youthful misstep.

Oh. The. Shame.

(There’s actually a really interesting article about Chris Costello and the story behind Papyrus here.)

to call no1.

November 22, 2018

Barrie was delighted to be asked to contribute to the very talented Petra Schulze-Wollgast’s new magazine ToCall.

Inspired by the last issue of Tlaloc, published in 1970 and edited by Cavan McCarthy, ToCall was mimeo printed in an edition of 100 copies – with contributions by Amanda Earl, Derek Beaulieu, Kyle Flemmer (Canada), Anatol Knotek (Austria), Andreas Bülhoff, Moritz Grünke, psw (Germany), Rosaire Appel (USA), Fatima Queiroz (Brasilia), Anthony Etherin, Barrie Tullett (UK), Pete Spence (Australia), Joakim Norling, Lina Nordenström (Sweden) and Jesus Morentin (Spain).

Derek Beaulieu

Kyle Flemmer – Barcode Poems

Amanda Earl – The Vispo Bible: Genesis 42

Jesus Morentin – (48×96  48×72  48×24  36×54)

Barrie Tullett – Platen Rollin’

poem of the day

May 28, 2018

Not that we’re out of the loop – but we’ve just found out we were yesterday’s poem of the day on the National Poetry Library website:

The image is taken from Brenda Dermody‘s folder of ‘remixes’ of Barrie’s original typographic illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy. These were created especially for the exhibition at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

The full set of four prints can be seen here: http://the-case.co.uk/dante-the-remixes.html

all mouth and falmouth

May 1, 2018

Barrie was recently asked to speak at the Mouth: Poetry and Illustration Forum in Falmouth. And, as he has a mouth, studied illustration and is in a book of 21st Century Concrete Poets, he readily accepted.

Seriously well organised, it came with a Forum pack and…

… an audience.

 

It was a fantastic event, chaired by the exceptional Allyson Hallett. An absolute joy to be a part of, although he had to leave early in order to get back to Lincoln. Which it turns out, is a very, very long way from Falmouth. Especially when the trains stop running for five hours due to a breakdown.

As part of his narrative about Poetry, illustration and the Typographic Dante, he digressed to talk about the Dante’s Inferno game for the XBox. Which, much to his surprise had some interesting moral questions at its heart, once you’d got over Dante changing from a gentle poet to one man crusading war machine that is… however, he still had some qualms about the game mechanics and the abilities to hack and slash your way through the narrative. He thought a more accurate set-up for the game controller would be this one:

Note to game devlelopers – he’s already worked out some of the gameplay mechanics, so do get in touch.

His previous talk, on a very cold January morning, was to the New Monday Art Group at the Usher Gallery here in Lincoln. A slightly smaller event, but one that was a lot easier to get home from.

 

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.

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

Constellation_Black

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.

Constellation_White

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

Typewriter XI

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

constellation_black

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.

constellation_white

A traditional 4-4-2 formation of course.

They Really

A perfect gift for Mothers’ day.

Typewritin

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.

QwertyBoy

QwertyGirl

Smile

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

LookReadMakeDraw

 

 

 

 

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.