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AMBruno's Cover set of artists' books was launched at the 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, at The Tetley, Leeds (3 to 4 March 2017). The book fair went ahead despite the snowy weather, although some participants were not able to travel, as Scotland and other parts of the country were cut off. Though visitor numbers were also slightly down, many brave people attended over the two days and AMBruno's Cover books were well received. www.leedsartbookfair.com

The Cover books were also shown at Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (4 to 6 May 2018) . Miss Read

In addition, the Cover books were shown at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London (9 and 10 November 2018). On Sunday 10 November, John McDowall gave a talk on AMBruno’s Cover project, with background information on the collective and previous collections of books. Small Publishers Fair

The brief was that the books should be a consideration of the form and role of a book’s cover. This could be taken in terms of protection and of the hiding and/or the revealing of the book’s substance, and could be in relation to wider notions, metaphoric and allusive, of cover.

The twelve books, selected by Dr Chris Taylor from the anonymised submitted outlines, take very diverse approaches to cover, and yet the books might be seen as a mutable anthology; they speak to each other, as connections from book to book may be discerned within the overarching theme, thus forming a succinct and dynamic exhibition.


There are twelve Cover books by twelve artists:

George Cullen, a breeze blew through the room
The curtain acts as a cover. It mutates and changes, shielding the outside world, containing the inner one. To cover is to protect, to hide. There is a point at which this happens - the window. It illustrates the fluidity between the point beyond and the point within, one that is covered and revealed by the constant movement.

Judy Goldhill, Spiration
This spiral of imagery is an allegory for breath, found in the material world, photographed in the house I was building. A variety of modalities of folds - from the fold of our material selves, our bodies - to the folding of time, or simply memory, an interiority and exteriority.

Ximena Pérez Grobet, COVER DIS-COVER
This book is the action and use of what a cover is for. A book cover covers the inside pages and protects them, the content of this book are covers that cover and makes the reader dis-cover what is inside.

Martha Hellion, The Seeds
The Book as a cover or The Cover as a book, one embraces the other, it is a revealing work, a metaphor of the Poem - how the forest protects the seeds and the poem, or vice-versa the poem embraces the forest and the seeds - and the embracing view of the reader who folds and unfolds the work.

Bethan Hughes, Oberfläche
Oberfläche emphasises the sensuous aspects of printed matter and digital imagery. The relationship between cover and content is experienced as a kind of skin, or ‘[...] something that keeps us apart from others, and as something that "mediates" the relationship between internal or external, or inside and outside.' - The Cultural Politics of Emotion, Sara Ahmed, 2004.

Julie Johnstone, Glimpsed in passing
Often, the only encounter with a book is a fleeting visual scan: a sighting of the front cover on a table, or, a passing glimpse of the spine, hidden among other spines, on a bookshelf. What might be inside remains a mystery to our perceptions.

Philip Lee, Cover Uncover
Cover Uncover is a flipbook in which clay overwhelms the naked head and shoulders of an older man. Every page becomes a cover of the one that went before, in an unending series of coverings and uncoverings.

Sophie Loss, Parade
Hidden by cover and tapestry, the book presents a series of alternative imaginable scenes - ones that might be in view of the spectators to the right and left of this screen.

John McDowall, Bibliotheca universalis
Views within a labyrinthine fine-paper store set out in an analogously convoluted binding structure. With allusive reference to the notional possibility of everything in a book and to all books contained in a single book, the cover is the book and the book the cover, a paper - library - book of indeterminate and infinite potential.

Linda Parr, Covers
The book has no cover. The cover is the book, which is formed by the cover. A double gate-fold of paper opens to uncover twin inner signatures whose pages explore the use of the word 'cover'. The simplicity of the book emphasises both the cover and the uncovering.

Andrea Robinson, on the occasion of her dance
Seven covers. Text and diagram come together through fine layers to hide and reveal the dancing daughter of Herodias. Unnamed in the bible verses in which she appears, she is a cipher - a footnote in a story of control and betrayal. Her veils are (mis)remembered; she remains undercover.

Cally Trench, A follower of holy and godly matrons
In this reflection on the way veils both conceal and draw attention to the bride at a wedding, photographs of the author wearing a series of bridal veils are themselves veiled by sheets of translucent paper, thus covering her twice - at times almost to the point of disappearance

George Cullen, a breeze blew through the room

George Cullen, a breeze blew through the room
Edition of 25. Cased pamphlet, digitally printed on Offenbach Bible Paper.

Judy Goldhill, Spiration

Judy Goldhill, Spiration
Open edition. Laser printed onto 250gsm card, glossy on one side.
Spider style binding.

Ximena Pérez Grobet, COVER DIS-COVER

Ximena Pérez Grobet, COVER DIS-COVER
Edition of 50. Digital printing, staple binding.

Martha Hellion, The Seeds

Martha Hellion, The Seeds
Edition of 24. Inkjet pigment print and silkscreen, folded broadsheet in acrylic case.

Julie Johnstone, Glimpsed in passing

Julie Johnstone, Glimpsed in passing
Edition of 50. Digital printing.

Bethan Hughes, Oberfläche

Bethan Hughes, Oberfläche
Edition of 20.
Digital printing, unbound.

Philip Lee, Cover Uncover

Philip Lee, Cover Uncover
Edition of 25.
Digital printed, perfect bound.

Sophie Loss, Parade

Sophie Loss, Parade
Open edition.
Digital printed pamphlet.

John McDowall, Bibliotheca universalis

John McDowall, Bibliotheca universalis
Open edition.
Inkjet printed, sewn triple-pamphlet.

Linda Parr, Covers

Linda Parr, Covers
Edition of 18.
Twin inner signatures. Inkjet-printed.

Andrea Robinson, on the occasion of her dance

Andrea Robinson, on the occasion of her dance
Edition of 21.
Screen print on glassine, seven unbound sheets.

Cally Trench, A follower of holy and godly matrons

Cally Trench, A follower of holy and godly matrons
Edn. of 20. Hand-bound, with tipped-in photographs
and hand-painted end-papers and covers.

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at at 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Miss Read at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

AMBruno: Cover
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

John McDowall 's talk on AMBruno's Cover books
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 10 November 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

AMBruno: Cover at Small Publishers Fair, London, 2018

John McDowall 's talk on AMBruno's Cover books
at Small Publishers Fair, London, 10 November 2018
Photograph: Sophie Loss

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