I Think of You
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I Think of You combines short texts, each named after an area in London, with colourful images of Brutalist structures.
In his poetry, humorous observations complement painful memories of casual encounters and of friends living with and dying of AIDS. This is the second Negative Press publication by London-born and Bow-based artist Martin Crawley after Placing Stones, published in 2015.
Published 3 September 2021, paperback, perfect-bound, 148mm x 210mm, 40pp, 12 texts, 23 drawings in colour.
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A visual response to research carried out for an article in which Bakker revisits a George Rodger photograph recorded at Belsen concentration camp, a photograph which Bakker first encountered as a child over forty years ago.
In the 2020 article for the European Journal of Life Writing (see https://ejlw.eu/article/view/36907/34435), Bakker discovers a world outside the photograph’s frame, towards a future unknown at the time of exposure.
In the book, black squares symbolise a negative yet to be developed. Only part of the George Rodger photograph is shown alongside brief quotes by photographer George Rodger, the boy he photographed, Sieg Maandag, and by Roelof Bakker, each commenting on an aspect of their connection to the photograph. A factual caption supplies the missing visual information, the book exploring ways of presenting and discussing unimaginable horror without showing it.
Published 14 July 2020, paperback, 210mm x 210mm, 28pp, saddle-stitched.
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The Spots That Never Went
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The Spots That Never Went is a personal reflection on the devastation of AIDS and the lasting impact on a generation, presented as a tabloid newspaper with colour print and a separate broadsheet supplement, both contained inside a clear archival pocket with black dot sticker to exterior.
An exhibition of new work responding to the publication takes place at Photofusion, London SW9, 21 October to 3 December, following on from a Gay History Month 2020 exhibition at Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge CB4 3EF. https://rbakker.com/The-Spots-That-Never-Went
The book is Highly Commended Finalist 2019 Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, announced at the 2019 Melbourne Art Book Fair https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2019/03/18/129965/amsterdam-based-publisher-wins-ngv-art-and-design-book-prize/. Sarah Bodman picking it as one of ten artists’ books of 2018 for a-N, “It’s a brutally simple, heartbreaking thing – we need to read more books like this.” https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/artists-books-2018-10-of-the-best-from-irreverent-fun-to-brutal-heartbreak/
The book was included in the group show, Print: A Catalyst for Social Change, Bury Art Museum, Bury BL9 0DR (2019) and was selected for Salon 18, Photofusion’s annual members’ show at London SW9 8LA (2019).
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28pp tabloid newspaper (289mm x 380mm); glued-on colour print (100mm x 100mm); 4pp broadsheet newspaper, (350mm x 500mm); archival pocket, sticker, board.