Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Recommendation Guest Post: Sarah Bodman

Daniel Lehan

One of Daniel Lehan’s Day Pages was recently featured as the cover artwork for the November issue of the Book Arts Newsletter, No 114. Lehan has been making these intricate Day Page diary collages for many years, one each day, text typed on a manual typewriter with visuals collaged from found materials: newspapers, flyers, magazines etc., as a reflection on the day’s events, often made at the end of the evening. The featured day page was made after an artist’s book surgery with Simon Goode and myself at the London Centre for Book Arts, UK in 2017, where we advised him to start producing editions.

Lehan’s collage works start their lives as one-off works, texts and imagery are carefully cut from old medical manuals or tourist guides and intermingled with the backdrops of gardens, beaches, landscapes and cities in vintage postcard books, atlases and travel guides. 2017 has seen Lehan develop a new body of editioned books alongside his unique works which are now stocked at bookartbookshop in London. They include Wookey Hole Caves Creche populated by mystery babies, Exercises for Full Development – Knutsford which has a strict regime, and Rotterdam, where things have gone wrong.

You can view more images of his work and contact him here. He will launch a new website of his bookworks in the coming months which will also be announced in the February 2018 Book Arts Newsletter.

Sarah Bodman is Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), and Programme Leader for MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus, UWE Bristol, UK.

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