Eleanor Vonne Brown the founder came into the University to talk to us and give us a few free books too here is a summary of what she spoke of:
X Marks the Bökship is a “gallery for artists” , she was initially part of a performance group which all got a studio together and studied at Central Saint Martin’s then went on to the London College of Communications to do an MA in Publications.
This influenced her works as the context of her works was a project space in a “gallery for books” and the shop was “publication as practice” . She also found her curatorial role becoming part of her practice as an artist and the design of the shop floor is concentrating on the drawing below and she has also published various books and hosts events about this idea.
What I found most interesting about her work is that she also incorporates performance. The shop hosts experimental readings and writing workshops as well as art writing, the use of scripts , text about dialogue and then even looks further into typography. She uses misprints from old technology to gain an aesthetic of the past, which to her adds value by showing the texts or narrative differently as the digital advances to her have lost something the old machinery can give to the texts. The acceptance of the appropriation of the aesthetic of the past rather than accepting the present then art trends tend to accept old aesthetics once it becomes out of fashion in its contemporary technological sitting. She embraces both the past and the aesthetic of today.
She encourages networking to connect with other people outside the art realm and collaborative practices such as her Alphabet piece was X’s from 26 different artists giving different designs and techniques to produce the letter X.
I thought it was also quite nice to hear she hasn’t just gained this all form mid air and has gone through various jobs such as , teaching selling to libraries, bar work and part time work to support herself financially. Pretty cool projects check her out!
X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers in London, UK. It specialises in small press publications by artists and designers. It promotes contemporary publishing activity through book launches, events and production resources that bring together individual practitioners to create a local publishing community. Projects include X-Operative, Publisher of the Month, Publisher’s Lunch, eShelf, the XARCHIVE and the XALPHABET; a print edition of 26 Xs by 26 artists
X Marks the Bökship
^ Matt’s Gallery
42 – 44 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR