Wednesday, 24 December 2014

" A Book Connecting You Even More Intensely To The Incident And Puts You Literally On Scene."

Before the year is out, the last work post! I am very pleased to see another Review of my last book, SPBH Book Club Volume VI from the wonderful Josef Chladek, and here is what he has to say about it...

"I have quite a number of old books, over the years you learn to distinguish between the different smells and their sources (damp, too much sun, smoking, ...), and it's like with some people - there are ones you can't stand and you stay away from them, others you return to just to get your mind going and "smell" the history. I realized that when I first heard and read about Melinda Gibson's new book - an investigation on what happened to her studio after it was heavily damaged by fire (and water). She documents that in this book (in strange, abstracted patterns and high contrast images) - but on top each and every book got smoked. What sounds like another (photo)book gimmick turns out to add a creepy and mystery note to the "object" of the book connecting you even more intensely to the incident and puts you literally on scene. Just afraid that it will loose the smell over years - love it!" Josef Chladek

See the book on Chladek's Photobook Self -

Friday, 12 December 2014

Photo-Eye's Best Books Of 2014 - Smokey Self Published Be Happy Books Make The List!

Before the year is out, comes a mass of lists and more lists that are compiled by industry professionals giving their take on the 'Best Book's' of the year. Among the numerous compilations, comes the predictable, the worthy, the exciting and the unknown, so I am very happy to say that I have made the cut for a second year with my latest publication, SPBH Book Club Volume VI! It seems all those hours of smoking paid off.

Colin Pantall selected my book in his 10 publications and had this to say about the work, very Pantall as ever. 

"There have been some great gimmicks in photobooks this year, and when those gimmicks tie in with a photobook's content and move the medium of the book forward, they are a good thing. They even get you on Best of Photobook lists! She plays great games with photobooks, making the viewer want to see her pictures and making them remember them when they are not there. A book in smell-o-rama; it may be a gimmick but, boy, does it work!" Colin Pantall.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New Exhibition - REIN QUE POUR VOS YEUX Opens 13th December At Rose Gallery In LA

As the festivities get well on the way, I am very, very, very proud to have my last exhibition of 2014. My series, "The Photograph As Contemporary Art" is part of the holiday exhibition "RIEN QUE POUR VOS YEUX/ FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" at the wonderful Rose Gallery in LA!!!!

Proudly showing with some extraordinary artist, that include original works by, E.J Bellocq, Jo Ann Callis, James Gallagher, Mayumi Hosokura, Rinko Kawauchi, Christian Patterson, Steve Galloway, Mercedes Gertz, Leanna Hicks, Summer Mann and Arthur Tress. I am very excited indeed and it's a true pleasure to work with the team in LA.

What a great way to end this busy year, I think it's now time to celebrate!!!!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Christmas Homage - Limited Edition Cards

The last month has been rather eventful, so much has been happening, I have some what forgotten to update my blog, so I am back with a collection of new things this month - December has got very busy indeed, before the resting, relaxing times can begin!

To start off the festive cheer and month long celebrations, here is my annual appreciation - The Christmas Card Homage! Last year saw the first of my homages, to the great John Baldessari and this year will see the dedication to the wonderfully talent artist Dirk Stewen. I have been a momentous fan of Stewen's work and with a truly stunning show this year at Maureen Paley, it just consolidated all that I adore about his practice. 

So with this in mind, 2014 see's me produce two Limited Edition Cards. Each card's source material is classically festive, but hand drawn in pencil and toned with watercolours, in that signature Stewen style! The cards are produced in an limited edition of 40 + AP's (each card in an edition of 20) and each one is signed on the back. I will be posting the cards out this week, so a massive thank you to all the people I have worked with this year, may it continue for many years to come.

Homage to Stewen "Mistletoe, 2014" Mixed Media, Pencil,Watercolour, 2014
Homage to Stewen "Robin, 2014" Mixed Media, Pencil,Watercolour, 2014

Keep looking for more updates on exciting things happening this month and plans for 2015...

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