It does no harm to wonder / The Body of the Work

This publication was produced on the occasion of a retrospective of sculptor and College of Creative Arts colleague Richard Reddaway's work at Aratoi in Masterton. 

The exhibition surveyed Richard Reddaway’s work from the 1980s to his current practice, exploring enduring themes and tracking them in relation to the socio-political contexts in which they were made.

The publication (and associated exhibition graphics) were a collaboration with the fantastic Anna Brown. It is an assemblage of parts contained in a box with ‘eye holes’ (actually stickers of Reddaway’s eyes, remixing prior work and material use). We wanted to make an artist’s ‘book’ in the sense of capturing the art, but also extending the invitation for the audience to become enmeshed as maker in their own right. A sticker sheet is included, as is a plan of Reddaway’s ‘Zig Zag’ sculpture, in a playful invitation to extend the interaction with DIY: ‘parts to be looked through and even, if you choose, to make something of’, as Reddaway describes it. There is also a book of fairytales (designed by student Sarah Hall). 

The main lock-up device uses Orientation by Commercial Type, which we chose because its angular stencil form lent itself to the overlapping and slicing we wanted to utilise to nod to Richard's work. 

A review on EyeContact described it as:

…a remarkable publication, or rather a collection, as there is a lot packed into the box … The aesthetic of the book is a little Bauhaus, a little punk collage, a little Russian constructivist; telegraphing the underlying politics through art history, and this extending to the pageworks inside (some elaborately folded, playfully referencing the avant-garde political aesthetics of the early twentieth century).

It Does No Harm to Wonder



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