Melinda Gibson《SPBH Book Club VI》簽名本

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這是一本「煙燻」過的書,也是英國藝術家Melinda Gibson藉由書本對「失去」與「復得」的一段探查。在Gibson工作室發生的一場大火中,濃煙與水漫佈的當下,她直覺地把大片幅負片貼在牆上,讓它們暴露在火場之中,看著它們變得抽象、成為某種具吸引力的過程紀錄。之後,她分析、拍攝現場的殘留物,並將它們表現於書裡。製作這本書成為其理解與倖存的情感宣洩。

這項帶著某種儀式性的挑戰行為下出現的這份出版品,是藝術家在親手打造的煙霧室中「燻」出來的。以袋裝密封的氣味,使每本書都成為各自獨特的感官物件,超越了書頁的體驗。

Melinda Gibson,出生於1985年,現居英國,是諾丁漢特倫特大學的攝影講師。她出版過《The Photograph As Contemporary Art》與《Miss Titus Becomes A Regular Army Mac》等書,曾獲國家藝術圖書館、V&A博物館與私人收藏;作品也曾於韓國東江攝影博物館與休斯頓攝影中心等地展出。

SPBH Book Club VI is a forensic exploration of loss and renewal by artist Melinda Gibson. During a fire at her South London studio, Gibson watched as smoke and water poured into the space. Her response at the time was instinctive and visceral, taping large format negatives to the walls, exposing them to these elements and watching as they abstracted, each one becoming an alluring record of what happened there. In the aftermath, she combed through what remained, analyzing and photographing material and drawing it together in the form of a book. The making of the book itself became a cathartic process of understanding and survival.

In a ritualistic act of defiance, each book is ‘smoked’ by Gibson in hand built smokehouse and sealed in plastic to contain the scent – each one becoming a unique, sensorial object offering an experience that transcends the pages of the book.

Through investigating the event and restaging it in small performative acts of satiation, this book is a way of containing the experience and making it hers.

Melinda Gibson (b. 1985) is a British artist based in London. She is Lecturer in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and has published two books, “The Photograph As Contemporary Art” and “Miss Titus Becomes A Regular Army Mac.” Both publications are held in a number of public and private collections including those of The National Art Library and the V&A Museum. Gibson has exhibited internationally, including shows at Dong Gang Museum of Photography in South Korea and the Houston Centre of Photography. Gibson's latest project, Lunar Caustic debuts in a trio show at Galerie Paris-Beijing in September.

《SPBH Book Club Vol. VI》 | Melinda Gibson | SPBH Editions 出版 | 2014年9月初版 | 144頁 | 精裝 | 15 x 20 cm | 限量300本

SPBH Book Club Vol. VI | by Melinda Gibson | SPBH Editions | Sep. 2014 | 1st edition | 144 pages | hardcover, quarter binding | 15 x 20 cm | limited edition of 300 copies

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