The American Trilogy was printed in an edition of ten, featuring several hand-drawn fonts, illustrations and a screenprinted cover and box. It is available now for £50. Email for more details.
The American Trilogy is the compilation of the three key texts I have written during my time at Loughborough University. They were not written with the trilogy in mind. However there are similar themes and recurring characters throughout. Each of the texts is dealing with their location within the art school and also their inevitible assessment within these constraints -these are the practice. In part this was performed as a stubborn refusal to accept that these longer form text works were in any way different to the production of a painting or film. I'm interested in how the use of different mediums becomes blurred and how their categorisation can be useful/or not in creating a space for discussion about art and also in terms of how we approach it individually.
I have this idea that this kind of work can exist in a gallery space. A gallery space that isn't a library or a coffee shop. No of course it could be. It already is. Maybe it's this kind of work that really wants to be a text (to be read and owned alone) that can appear anew. New ways of looking. There is at least some conflict, possibly, between the wat this object should be handled and wherever you've found it now. Unless this is after all this. Later. And for that encounter I am truly excited. In relation to the painting, the stage (and if you are amongst the first to view this there will no doubt be drawings and sounds and more text also (and you right now are seeing this online in the context of this archival website)) the texts are apart and a part of it all.
I should also mention that alongside this trilogy there was another, Art School. Comprises of three volumes and a philosophically oriented journal these aimed at a more theoretical, direct examination of art school. Here in T/A/T the reading is incidental, sideways and distorted
for narrative means.
The book features several hand-drawn fonts, illustrations and screenprinted cover.