On innards

Nash, Richard ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3136-7211, Couch, Amanda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8344-9668, Lee, Mindy and Hladky, Andrew (2015) On innards. [Artefact]


On Innards is a multidisciplinary project developed by artists; Amanda Couch, Mindy Lee and Andrew Hladky, that explores the changing conceptualisations of guts and digestion, their impact on the creative process and the role they play in constructing and destabilising our sense of self. Bookwork artist and designer Richard Nash joined the project to collaborate and lead on dissecting, reinterpreting, and reconnecting the record of this two-year project in the form of a limited-edition artist book, On Innards | Publication. The project started with Nash setting the three artists a collaborative project to reflect textually, visually and materially on their three-way conversation presented at Body Horror, Athens (2013), onto a typeset concertina. Joined with Nash, this then extended into a 4-way conversation on the embodiment of the project and the form of the book. Working with artefacts, images, and stories from the On Innards | Exhibition and Event (2014), Nash examined, reinterpreted, and curated; extending existing research and making material interventions, in addition to contributing with graphic expressions and typo-concrete writing. Along with artworks from Couch, Lee, and Hladky On Innards | Publication included contributions from Carlo Comanducci, Giskin Day, Dr. Simon Gabe, Kerry Gallagher, Nathaniel Storey, and Jamie Sutcliffe and Jenny Pengilly, from the fields of gastroenterology, virology, cultural theory, art history, yoga, performance and fine art, and the medical humanities. With 200 pages of intersecting formats, Nash created an artists’ book as an embodiment of digestion. Its intestinal form interweaves, concertinas, fold-outs, pop-ups, gate-folds, roll-folds and reveals. Nash created an innovative custom ‘mesenteric’ binding, which, when unwound, allows the book to be opened further, unfolding to reveal hidden ideas, images and text. On Innards | Publication had an official launch with a signing on the 12th September at the prestigious London Art Book Fair (2015) at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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