Faking a Correspondence (Holcombe to Paolozzi, 1968)

In response to Yelena Popova‘s request to create a bookmark for a designated book in the Study’s library at Nottingham Contemporary, I chose to fabricate a piece of archive material from the ongoing story of Robert Holcombe: a correspondence with Eduardo Paolozzi had already been referred to in passing in the construction of this fiction, … Continue reading

Robert Holcombe in Burton on Trent

  As something of an aside to the Write Here residency, I’d passed a group of framed Robert Holcombe collages to the artist and curator Julian Hughes for installation in a pub on Station Street as part of Burton on Trent’s contribution to the wider Format Festival taking place in Derby. On Wednesday evening I travelled … Continue reading

A Swim Against The Tide

On Thursday Jean Fisher gave a lecture on Jack Goldstein’s work in The Space under the title A Swim Against The Tide – a reference to his own 7″ record featuring the sound of a swimmer trying to push against the current of an ocean. It proved an apt heading, partly because during Morgan Fisher’s … Continue reading

Stan Brakhage: 23rd Psalm Branch

It’s no accident that a book’s design should echo that of a door. Open it, and the rooms inside can be as mysterious, spacious and memorable as those of any building. Every turn of the page is another door, one room leading into another like one of those corridors you might find yourself losing your … Continue reading

Raghu Rai at New Art Exchange

On Friday evening we went along to see Invocation to India, the latest exhibition at New Art Exchange, a selection from Magnum photographer Raghu Rai‘s street photography, spanning several decades of rapid change in India. The often panoramic images have a tendency to find the surreal within the photo-documentary frame, as in works foregrounding sleeping men … Continue reading