Camouflage, Revolution, and Desire - drawing from movies
Book Launch and Preview: Wednesday 18 July at 6:30pm,
EXTENDED Exhibition: 19 July –4 Aug 2012. 12 – 6pm . Monday to Saturday
A collaborated book project by RUTH BIANCO and RICHARD DAVIES consisting of a book publication titled Camouflage, Revolution and Desire and a collection of collage works called After the Book
Camouflage, Revolution, and Desire with the subtitle ‘drawing from movies’, a collaborated book by two visual artists, explores collage upon collage upon collage through self-publication. This book project amalgamates art and cinema reinterpreting the collage process through explorations uniting filmic iconography with tactile, spatial and digital media in the graphic fine arts. Memorable stills and frames drawn from a range of cult, new wave and its international influences and movies notable for revolutionising the cultural boundaries of society and the screen have been freshly reinvented into new visual narratives at the artists’ choice.
‘Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it’, Jean-Luc Godard had said. Inverting this, the artists explore the collage process to both take from the cinematic context and give to it.
The outcome of this joint project emerges as a 72-page full visual book publication with an introductory essay by the artists and a foreword by Karen Sanig (Head of Art Law at Mischon de Reya Solicitors, London). The book is being launched together with a collection of editioned collage print-works entitled After the Book, emerging as a further step in creative “post-productions” from the book.
Promotional book price during launch: £12 [cash or cheque]
Following the Launch the Book may be acquired from the Tate Modern, London
The Artist - Authors:
RUTH BIANCO (b. Malta) creates work and projects addressing interventional space and territories using a variety of multimedia processes. Travel, migration and transboundary movement often feature in her work as creative mechanisms to question the expansion and consumption of space. She explores digital transmedia and forms of connectivity in contemporary fine art research practice and has travelled with her work to participate in different and significant shows. In 2008 she was invited to take part in Dans la Nuit des Images at the Grand Palais in Paris. She has represented Malta in an exhibition featuring selected women artists from Europe called ART’FAB Femmes d’Europe, in Saint-Tropez, France 2006. Her work is in international collections; her artist’s book: If I Just Turn and Run is held in the Tate Gallery London, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Royal College of Art, London. She has a PhD from the University for the Creative Arts, UK and is presently Senior Lecturer in Art and Design in the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta. She has coordinated and curated international artist collaborations in Malta and has taught and lectured in the UK and other European universities.
RICHARD DAVIES (b. United Kingdom) has produced work, which has been the result of international travel as an artist documenter. His practice investigates the interaction between the artistic transition into the digital age and the world’s evolution into a new geo-political epoch. Previous projects have included an expedition to Russia to produce an artistic record of the 1991 Moscow Political Coup; an artist’s book titled The Falling of the Monumental portraying London under the threat of a terrorist attack; a documentation of the controversial land clearance in Beijing at the time of the creation of the 2008 Olympic Stadium. In 2009 he became Artist in Residence at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, France where he created a contemporary analysis of the cultural legacy of the 1968 Paris Student Riots. He is a former Director of Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, UK, and a Visiting Professor in Fine Art at the Remnin University, Beijing, China. His work is held in numerous international collections including Tate Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Art, London, National Museum of Poland; The Museum of the City of New York; Satagaya Museum, Tokyo; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.