AMBruno returned to the International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds at
the Tetley (7 to 9 March 2014) with a new book collection on the theme of Lists, etc.: indexes, collections, inventories, stacks, miscellanies, made up of words, images, diagrams, materials, or sequences. The collection was selected by Gustavo Grandal-Montero from initial proposals.
Lists etc. was also shown at:
The Liverpool Artists Book Fair, Central Library, Liverpool, 4 to 5 July 2014. liverpoolbookart.com
Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Leeds LS2 8PH, 1 September to 19 December 2014.
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 26 to 28 September 2014, along with the Stills suite of limited edition prints.
The Lists etc. collection was bought by the Tate.
There were fourteen Lists etc books by fourteen artists:
Marco Calí, Erotic Letters
Erotic Letters are two complementary artworks that present
an archeology of erotic writing. Passages from well known
books, such as Tropic of Cancer, Fanny Hill, The Story of O,
form a new narrative of passion and desire in which the
writing remains as ink on paper. Hence a form of drawing,
creating a world of images and ideas, is experienced as the
eye traces the words.
Kathryn Faulkner, BIBLIOGRAPHY 3 (AMBruno)
Continuing my collection of artists' bibliographies, I invited
members of AMBruno to send me a list of their most important
or significant books that are still in their possession. I worked
with this material in various ways to make an artist's book
about artists' books.
Judy Goldhill, Dark Energy Fills My Sails: Observatory Time
The pictures in this book were made in response to the inauguration of the Dark Energy Survey in 2012, which will attempt to
chart the origins and nature of 'dark energy'.
The presence of the colour-inverted images is an attempt to refigure the unknown nature of this phenomenon, presenting
it as a more structured, time based phenomena.
The Dark Energy Camera is situated inside the dome of the Blanco Telescope, Chile, which appears as a point of reference in several photographs.
Barbara Greene, Gale Warnings: The Shipping Forecast for
Wednesday 1st January 2014
Romantic, evocative, informative, repetitive, descriptive,
hypnotic, poetic, eccentric, a litany, a lullaby... the shipping
forecast has iconic status among listeners, many not connected
with the sea. Actual listings for New Year's Day together with
regional map sections and listings of symbols taken from
maritime information understood by navigators.
Jane Grisewood, BLACK ON BLACK
Black on Black interprets black as printed word and image
through lists of countless black pigments, inks, paintings and
drawings. Black is absorbing black on each page as text
transforms into image. Words are lost in the enigmatic images,
lost in black, lost in the void.
Ingrid Jensen, Thought Capture
Extracts from ten years of notebooks tracking thoughts, ideas,
events, lists and tasks encountered and generated by being
an artist. Travelling back and forth along the roll rewinds and
revisits brief instances.
Lydia Julien, Monday
Through multiple devices, viewing pornography is almost
effortless. Monday has proved the most popular day to
access porn. The mutability of images is constantly shifting
and changing, there are hundreds of categories and collections
within collections. The book Monday explores the situation
when the objectified, hyper-sexualised, fetishized body is
removed and only the space remains.
Sharon Kivland, THE UNACHIEVED
This is a book of failed collections. Herein are postcards whose
taxonomy I have already determined, filing each image under
a provisional title according to the set of properties it will
share with others yet to be found, but which have not accrued
in sufficient quantity to constitute a proper collection according
to my stern, rigorous, and internalised rules.
Philip Lee, Shirt List
Shirt List is a catalogue of all the shirts Philip Lee is not usually
allowed to wear. The photographs are by Cally Trench.
Sophie Loss, Do To Do
This is a self-portrait of a writer attempting to rein in all the
many imperatives by listing them. In this re-presentation,
the content is lost but form gained.
John McDowall, A list of something in Herman Melville's 'Pierre: or,
At the time of its first publication Herman Melville's Pierre: or,
The Ambiguities was scorned for what was perceived as the
novel's dubious morals and its incoherent style and narrative,
and its apparent self-contradictory satirical critiques of the
genres and themes which it encompassed. Ambivalence was
one of the book's many complex, and prescient themes.
Sumi Perera, Top 10 WCC
Lists of ten white-collar criminals (WCC), ten prosecutors,
and ten cinematic (fictional/non-fictional) depictions of crimes
are provided as 'tags' to cut up and re-insert. In rearranging
these loose pages, the reader is asked to speculate on
different outcomes in alternative circumstances by
re-sequencing the criminals, their sentences and prosecutors.
Steve Perfect, Bird Oil
A reflection on The Field Guide inspired by the natural history
Anne Rook, The Cupboard Altar, an Inventory to Self-veneration
An inventory of photographs and documents
found in a cupboard. They revealed the self-veneration and
self-absorption of their owner. Photographs and documents
are listed in chronological order and according to type. The
book plays on the idea of self-absorption and on our own
Lists etc. poster
AMBruno: Lists etc.
at the 17th International Artists' Book Fair, Leeds
Photograph: Sophie Loss
Steve Perfect, Bird Oil
Edition of 20. Casebound, includes 16 colour plates.