Certain Trees (ENG)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Certain Trees : The Constructed Book, Poem and Object 1964-2006 (06-11-2007 t/m 04-01-2008)

Opening: 4 november 2006 15.00 uur ; Location: Bibliotheek Van Abbemuseum

On Sunday November 4, 2007, the Library of the Van Abbemuseum opens the exhibition Certain Trees, an anthology of artists books, poems and objects, put together by the artist and publisher of artists books Simon Cutts.

Foto: Peter Cox

The presentation shows the development of the English and Scottish artists books from 1964-2006. In this period, artists and poets researched the possibilities of the concrete poetry, the relation between poem and object, hand printed books, word-images and projects in public space. Traditionally they presented their work and that of others in their own exhibition spaces and through the so called Small Publishers Press, an alliance of small alternative publishers. Beautiful examples are to be seen from Tarasque Magazine and the Coracle Press as well as from Ian Hamilton Finlay and his Wild Hawthorn Press. The exhibition furthermore includes works of artists and poets like David Bellingham, Simon Cutts, Stuart Mills, Thomas & Laurie Clark and many others.

One of the binding factors for the artist in this presentation is their interest in the interaction between object and language. But also their love for nature as a subject and the ready made. Found texts, words and objects are treated in such a way that they are fully being transformed into something new. Very often landscape is used as a theme, like the title of the exhibition tells us.

Foto: Peter Cox

The most striking characteristic of this group of artists and poets is their attention on language. Concrete poetry plays with language on several levels. As a typographic research that can influence the meaning of words by affecting or strenghtening. But language can also be used as a strategic means by using humour, poetry and beauty. And when one tries to investigate the limits of representing materials by language it can be used as a pure means of expression.

The exhibition was first shown in the Centre des livres d’ artistes in Saint Yrieix-la-Perche France and will travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Photo’s library catalogue


A rich illustrated publication accompanies this exhibition: Certain Trees The Constructed Book, Poem and Object 1964-2006, with texts by Simon Cutts, John Bevis and Harry Gilonis. Bibliography, 173 p. ill. in colour. ISBN. 2-9512638-5-6.Euro 18,-



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