BOOKS AND PRINTED MATTER
The artist and Laurie Clark was born in New York in 1949. At the age of twenty three she married the poet Thomas A Clark. Together they founded Moschatel Press (1973) and Cairn Gallery (1986), based first in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire, and later, from 2002, in the east coast fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife.
Moschatel Press produces artist’s books and poetry collections. Cairn Gallery is a space for land art, minimalism and lyrical or poetic conceptualism. It was one of the first artist-led spaces.
Laurie Clark has illustrated many Moschatel publications and has also consistently collaborated with other small press publishers. Throughout the seventies and eighties she worked closely with Ian Hamilton Finlay, producing illustrations for books and editions for his Wild Hawthorn Press including Horloge de flore, Les Sans Culottes, So you want to be a Panzer Leader and Thermidor.
Other small press publishers Clark has worked with include Coracle (Ireland), Corbel Stone Press (Scottish Borders), Essence Press (Edinburgh), Hanne Bramness (Norway), Longhouse (Vermont), Morning Star (Scotland), Peter Foolen Editions (Eindhoven), Stand and Stare (Bristol) and WAX 366 (Glasgow).
Since 1973 Clark has worked on close to a third of Moschatel’s six hundred plus publications and editions. In the early years an Adana press was used, while in 1999 the Clarks bought a computer and began to use ink jet printing.
Clark says, “The Adana has always been a model with the limitations of size and scale remaining important. Now I often hand colour the drawings to give a handmade touch to the publications and we always hand sew the books.”
Clark’s recent drawings are concerned with the infinite differences and similarities of plant forms. She is a regular at Small Publishers Fair and has only missed one year since the first year in 2002. Clark is credited with suggesting to Martin Rogers the idea of the Small Publishers Fair – a response to the early London Art Book Fair.
BOOKS AND EDITIONS 1987-2017
Peter Foolen is a Dutch designer, curator and publisher of books and editions of contemporary art. Peter lives in Eindhoven and began his life in publishing working for Peninsula Foundation (1987-1997) and October Foundation (1998-2007), both of which are based in the city. Since 2007 he has worked as an independent designer and publisher.
Peter has worked with a remarkable roll call of artists and poets including: Roger Ackling, Alan Charlton, Laurie Clark, Thomas A Clark, Simon Cutts, Alec Finlay, Lesley Foxcroft, Hamish Fulton, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Callum Innes, Peter Liversidge, Richard Long, Graham Rich, Carol Robertson, Trevor Sutton, herman de vries and Ian Whittlesea.
In 2016 Luke Allen of sine wave peak wrote in PN Review:
“There is a focus on collaborative work, multimedia pieces, and project-based publications. As well as books, the press publishes poem-objects (flags, toys, etc), prints, and portfolios (boxed suites of work by one artist or a collaboration). Poetry is given a generous remit of allowable forms and guises, and the books and objects are finished to a particularly high standard.”
Peter has curated two exhibitions for Small Publishers Fair featuring books and editions by Dutch artists Hans Waanders (2012) and herman de vries (2014). Over the years, two of the artists he has worked most closely with are Tom and Laurie Clark. Their Moschatel Press will be at the Fair this year, as will Peter Foolen Editions.
The main image shows an invitation for an exhibition of work by Thomas A Clarke, curated by Peter Foolen for Galerie Schütte in Germany.
PUBLISHING IN THE VERNACULAR
The 2016 Small Publishers Fair exhibition is curated by Dr Ross Hair, author of ‘Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present’, published by Liverpool University Press.
Avant-folk looks at small press publishers in Britain and America from the 1960s to the present day who have been influenced by both folk traditions and the avant-garde. It features work by leading poets, publishers and artists including Simon Cutts, Lorine Niedecker and Jonathan Williams.
The Small Publishers Fair has been a touchstone to several of the featured publishers. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press was an early attendee. Simon Cutts and Erica Van Horn’s Coracle, and Thomas A and Laurie Clarke’s Moschatel have been here every year since 2002.
At the Fair this year you’ll be able to see and buy recent works by Coracle. Due to illness Moschatel is not attending, though Peter Foolen Editions will have available a recent work by Thomas A Clark, ‘a slow air’; a book he made in collaboration with Diane Howse. Moschatel hopes to return for the 2017 Fair.
The exhibition ‘Avant Folk’ will be marked by the launch of a pamphlet published by UEA Publishing Project. There will be also a seminar on the Friday for students and others interested in finding out more about this fascinating and still-thriving strand of publishing.
Click here for a review of ‘Avant-Folk’ by Michael Caines of The TLS.
To have gathered from the air a live tradition.
Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI
Images from top: Thomas A Clark’s print The Dawning of the Day, Simon Cutts’ After John Clare – interior and exterior, and the book cover for Jonathan Williams’ Shankum Naggum.
BOOKS AND PRINTED MATTER
Nancy Campbell is a British artist and writer whose work explores polar and marine environments. Nancy apprenticed as a letterpress printer to master craftsmen Crispin and Jan Elsted at Barbarian Press, Canada, before working as a printer and typefounder in New York. In 2010 she was Artist in Residence at the most northern museum in the world, on the remote island of Upernavik in Greenland. It was here that her interest in the disappearing languages and landscapes of the Arctic was kindled.
The exhibition presents a selection of Nancy Campbell’s works from the last decade. These include artist’s books produced under her own imprint – Bird Editions, collaborations with other artists, including Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Abigail Rorer and Roni Gross, and titles from publishers such as Enitharmon Press and MIEL. The variety of media on show demonstrates the many different forms the printed word can take, from pochoir-illustrated livres des artistes and letterpress-printed broadsides to print-on-demand paperbacks.
Many of the works on show have been made by Nancy in response to witnessing cultural and climate change in coastal communities in Greenland, Iceland, Denmark and ‘the debatable lands’ on the Scottish-English border. These include How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet, which was awarded a Birgit Skiöld Award in 2013, and Vantar/Missing, a visual history of avalanches.
Nancy Campbell was recently described by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as ‘a deft, dangerous and dazzling new poet writing from the furthest reaches of both history and climate change’. Nancy will launch a new publication, proviso, at the Small Publishers Fair, and there will also be opportunities to hear her read from her collection of Arctic poems, Disko Bay.
herman de vries
books and editions
Our 2014 exhibition ‘herman de vries’ was curated by designer and publisher Peter Foolen in collaboration with herman de vries. An extended version was first shown at the Van Abbemuseum in 2013-2014. Most of the works are from Peter Foolen’s own collection.
The exhibition gives an overview of de vries’ artists’ books, catalogues, cards, ‘earth rubbings’, dried plants and leaves, and editions, as well as publications from his ‘eschenau summer press’, which includes artists’ books by Thomas A Clark, Chris Drury and Karin Sander.
herman de vries was born in 1931 in Alkmaar in the Netherlands. He will represent the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2015. An extensive retrospective is currently on show at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
herman de vries was one of the founders of the Zero movement. This autumn, an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York ‘Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow 1950s-1960s’ will explore the movement, which anticipated aspects of Land art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. de vries’ work has been shown at the Cairn Gallery in Nailsworth, and his exhibition ‘documents of a stream’ was held in 1992 at Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Peter Foolen Editions published the editions ‘juniperus communis’ and ‘die weise | the meadow’ on the occasion of this exhibition and the Small Publishers Fair.
MARTIN ROGERS AND LES COLEMAN
Curated by John Janssen
Curator, John Janssen introduces our 2013 exhibition.
From the start of the Small Publishers Fairs there have always been exhibitions to accompany the event, and I have been involved on two previous occasions, both times in collaboration with Martin Rogers and Les Coleman.
A Scintilla of Small Press Publishing was our inaugural show in 2002, when the Fair was held at the Royal Festival Hall, before finding its true home in Conway Hall. Then in 2009 Les Coleman and I showed Written Drawn and Stapled, American Poetry Publications 1965-1975. Martin Rogers through his RGAP imprint published the catalogue for this, and was again very much the hands-on producer for this exhibition, and its subsequent show elsewhere.
The presence of Martin Rogers, as the founder and organiser of the fair, and Les Coleman, as a regular exhibitor from the start, always had been part of the unique ambience of the Fair. Les also regularly gave readings at the Fair. So we much missed their absence due to illness at last year’s Fair. Martin died in Dec 2012, and Les only a few weeks later, in January 2013.
Our exhibition this year can be no more than a small tribute to these two artists, who both worked in many media and formats, including sculpture, publications and editioned work.
Martin and Les shared a sense of humour and light touch, which often was reflected in their work. Our small selection of just a few of the more quirky examples of their work, shown in the very display cases which Martin himself devised and adopted for the shows he helped to set-up at Conway Hall, may serve to mark our esteem and affection for these two artists.