Circle and Arc


Circle and Arc

Opening Party: Thursday 24th April 2014, 6.30 – 8.30pm.
Panel Discussion: Wednesday 7th May 2014, 6.30pm

Exhibition runs: Friday 11th April until Saturday 14th June 2014.

Work by Ron King, Victoria Bean, Karen Bleitz, and Sam Winston, from Circle Press and Arc Editions – and their collaborations with artists, writers and poets.

londonprintstudio presents an exhibition celebrating the work of artists associated with Circle Press and Arc Editions.  Circle Press and Arc Editions are noted for their creative work; Circle Press, formed by Ron King in 1967 has had a profound effect, directly and indirectly, on many artists working with books. Over the years, Ron King / Circle Press has collaborated with many artists and poets.  Arc Editions was founded by three younger artists, Victoria Bean, Karen Bleitz and Sam Winston who emerged from Circle Press, and who continue to reference Circle Press, working within its ethos of ‘bringing like minded artists and writers together’. This exhibition celebrates work produced by different generations of critically acclaimed artists, with a selection of prints and creatively significant books. John Phillips, Director of londonprintstudio said ‘Artists’ books are a significant contemporary art form. The artists in this exhibition are highly influential, and the works on show are of outstanding interest – from mechanical books and subversive log books through to works playfully disrupting our assumptions about words and symbols.’

Circle Press / Ron King has published many different types of artist’s books with different collaborators. His work demonstrates an interest in all aspects of image making and printmaking, book design and construction. Some significant work from different periods of King’s long career is on display – work from the Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (2nd edition1978), The Left Handed Punch, his Alphabet Books, along with his prints and collages. A unique archive of King’s work is held in the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

Victoria Bean is a visual poet. She combines a background in printmaking with her experience as a writer to create sculptures, books and prints using her own words as well as overheard phrases and found texts. She has started a series of artists’ books featuring London stories under the name London-type, which use text and type exclusively to capture a moment in the city’s life. Her work has been shown at the Tate, the ICA, and the Courtauld Institute of Art and has been collected by various libraries and museums like Stanford University and the V&A.

Born in California in 1973, Karen Bleitz has been creating book works in England since 1997. Her Interactive and often-sculptural books draw readers in by allowing them to alter or manipulate the page.

Books with machines, pop-ups, and magnets become dynamic stages where the reader actively participates in debates around issues that range from the evolution of language to the role of gender and the body in communication. The transformations that take place within the pages force her readers to ‘re-view’ and experience the subjects from a changed perspective.

Sam Winston  “Sam Winston creates sculpture, drawings and books that question our understanding of words both as carriers of messages, and as information itself. His work combines a playful and meticulous assimilation of contemporary information – statistics, data, computer programming – with canonical works such as Shakespeare and the dictionary. He is interested in childhood and story telling and draws us into the underlying subtexts that often exist beneath what might initially appear as ‘pure’ texts. His work draws upon many approaches and forms, often applying meticulous layers of found text which are reordered through indexical categories. Through drawing, cutting, folding and typography, complex ideas emerge in new work that seems clear, logical and completely necessary amidst the saturation of financial and media text that is around us and often impossible to process.” – Chris McCabe

Sam Winston started writing stories and selling artist books through London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and can now be found in many special collections in the UK and the US, including – MoMA New York, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Tate Galleries London, and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Image: Sam Winston, Modern Gods (detail)


Image: Ron King, The Left-handed Punch


Image: Victoria Bean, This is not a love thing


Image: Karen Bleitz, The Mechanical Word


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