The Mechanism bookwork contains a selection of eight poems written by the artist – Sam Treadaway – between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one years. Although read and discussed with certain friends, they were eventually filed away and forgotten.
In 2011, whilst sorting through some possessions the artist opened an atlas to find, tucked inside its cover, a number of handwritten pages. Re-reading the poems he was intrigued by parallels and connections between its verse and artworks he had subsequently made and decided to treat each poem as a score from which to make a drawing. The Mechanism bookwork is the result of that process; a meditation on one period of life, from that of another and an exercise in translation between writing and drawing.
The Mechanism bookwork was first designed and published in 2013, as a limited edition of /13, by Arrow Bookworks. It was dedicated to all the individuals who, in a variety of ways, have supported and nurtured the artist’s practice to this day.
The new 2021 impression of The Mechanism will retain the same poetry and drawing as the original with a slight re-design of the monographs aesthetic including cover design.
> The publication will be limited to an edition of /78 copies.
> There are /30 copies of The Mechanism available to pre-order.
> All pre-order customers will receive the first /30 numbered and signed copies of the monograph.
> The pre-order price will be available until the publication date (or until the /30 copies have been ordered).
> After publication the price of The Mechanism monograph will increase.
The Mechanism (Arrow Bookworks, 2021)
Bookwork: 21.5cm, 21.5cm, 1.00cm.
20 pages (8 Poems, 8 Drawings).
Card, cloth, 170 gsm paper.
Limited edition /78.
View more images of the 2013 monograph here: The Mechanism
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