Book Works
Make the Living Look Dead
June 7 - July 26, 2014

Opening reception June 7, 3-6pm

For Make the Living Look Dead, Book Works invited a selection of artists it has previously worked with over the last 30 years to make a new work on A4 paper as a contribution, intervention or fictionalization for its archive. Each work plays with notions of time and exposes the fragility of coherence inherent in the archive. Contributions range from original discarded material to found objects or fabricated letters, as well as new work masquerading as past proposals or future projections of sequels, panegyrics or unfinished work.

Participating artists are: An Endless Supply, Steve Beard and Victoria Halford, Pavel Büchler, Martin John Callanan, Brian Catling, Adam Chodzko, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Giles Eldridge, Ruth Ewan, Luca Frei, Dora García, Beatrice Gibson and Will Holder, Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller, Karl Holmqvist, Stewart Home, Hanne Lippard, Jonathan Monk, Bridget Penney, Sarah Pierce, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Clunie Reid, John Russell, Slavs and Tatars, NaoKo TakaHashi, Nick Thurston, Lynne Tillman, Mark Titchner, Alison Turnbull, Eva Weinmayr, and Neal White.

This project will be shown alongside recent publications commissioned by Book Works and a series of poster projects by: Fabienne Audéoud and John Russell, Stewart Home, Inventory, Jonathan Monk.

Live Events with HEAD Gallery, Jarett Kobek and others to be announced.


About Book Works

Established in 1984, Book Works is an art commissioning organization specializing in artists’ books, spoken word and printed matter. It is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, with projects initiated by invitation, open submission, and guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specializing in binding, box-making and multiples. Its activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar program, exhibitions, the development of an on-line archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio.

Make the Living Look Dead was commissioned as part of the touring exhibition Again, A Time Machine 2010-2012, supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts; The Henry Moore Foundation; Iran Heritage Foundation; Polish Cultural Institute; Sharjah Foundation - Sharjah Biennial 10, 2011; FLAMIN; Institute Française du Royaume-Uni; Culture Ireland; and Mark Pawson.

Jonathan Monk

Jonathan Monk

Stewart Home

Fabienne Audéoud and John Russell