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TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE AUTHOR: JANE ENGLAND

TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE
AUTHOR: JANE ENGLAND

PUBLISHED BY BLACK DOG PUBLISHING

UK OCT 16 | US/CAN DEC 16
HARDBACK
ISBN 978-1-911164-00-5
RRP £29.95 | $45.00
28 X 21 CM | 11 X 8 IN
130 ILLS, 160 PAGES

BRINGING TOGETHER PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING THE MID 1970S THROUGH TO THE EARLY 1980S, TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE COVERS THE ECLECTIC RANGE OF SUBJECTS THAT PASSED IN FRONT OF JANE ENGLAND’S CAMERA.

INITIALLY INSPIRED BY PHOTOGRAPHERS SUCH AS DIANE ARBUS AND GUY BOURDIN, ENGLAND PHOTOGRAPHED FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES AT A TIME WHEN MARGINALISED GROUPS AND SUB-CULTURES MERGED AND CAME TOGETHER WITH A SHARED SENSE OF NIHILISM AND DECADENCE. HER IMAGES RANGE FROM CAREFULLY CHOREOGRAPHED PORTRAITS TO STREET PHOTOGRAPHS, ENCOMPASSING THE EARLY YEARS OF LONDON’S PUNK ERA AND THE BIRTH OF NEW ROMANTICISM. HER DEPICTIONS OF NON-CONFORMIST URBAN TRIBES PROVIDE AN INTIMATE PORTRAYAL OF SOPHISTICATION AND SQUALOR, THE DEMI-MONDE WHO EXISTED BETWEEN THE STREET AND THE MORE EXOTIC ECHELONS OF THE ART AND FASHION SCENE.

BY NOT ALIGNING HERSELF WITH ANY OF THE NUMBER OF SUB-CULTURES THAT EMERGED ACROSS LONDON AND BEYOND IN THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY, ENGLAND WAS ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH CLUB KIDS AND TEDDY BOYS, TRANSVESTITES, ARTISTS AND ASPIRANT MODELS. WHILE A NUMBER OF ENGLAND’S SUBJECTS SUCH AS VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AND GILBERT & GEORGE HAVE BECOME ICONS OF THE PERIOD, MANY OF THE OTHERS ARE FORGOTTEN, HAVING RETREATED TO THE SUBURBS OR DIED TRAGICALLY YOUNG. THE BOOK IS INTRODUCED BY WRITER ADRIAN DANNATT, WHO WRITES ABOUT THE EVOLVING CULTURAL SCENE IN WHICH ENGLAND WORKED.

JANE ENGLAND READ ART HISTORY AT MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY BEFORE MOVING TO LONDON IN 1973. HER WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN NUMEROUS MAGAZINES AND BOOKS, AND EXHIBITED IN THE UK AND AUSTRALIA. HER WORK IS IN COLLECTIONS INCLUDING THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND THE ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN.

GUTTERS OF GOLD AUTHORS: VOLKER EICHELMANN, STEPHEN TENNANT

GUTTERS OF GOLD
AUTHORS: VOLKER EICHELMANN, STEPHEN TENNANT

PUBLISHED BY BLACK DOG PUBLISHING

JANUARY 2017 (UK) | MARCH 2017 (US/CAN)
176 PAGES
25 X 21 CM / 8 X 10 IN
PAPERBACK
£19.95 / $29.95
ISBN 978-1-911164-13-5

IN 1925, STEPHEN TENNANT (1906-1987), PERHAPS THE MOST INTRIGUING OF ENGLAND’S ‘BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS’, CONTEMPLATED A NOVEL ABOUT ‘HIGH LIFE WITH A CAPITAL H & FULL OF CRUDE IMPOSSIBILITIES’. HE FAVOURED AMONGST OTHER TITLES THE MONKEY HOUSE AS WELL AS GUTTERS OF GOLD BUT DESPITE HIS ELABORATE PREPARATIONS THE BOOK ITSELF NEVER MATERIALISED. OVER THE COURSE OF HIS SEQUESTERED LIFE, IN A WILTSHIRE MANOR HOUSE, TENNANT PRODUCED ABUNDANT DRAWINGS OF POTENTIAL COVERS FOR THE BOOKS HE WAS NEVER TO WRITE.

NOW, 30 YEARS AFTER TENNANT’S DEATH, VOLKER EICHELMANN HAS VISUALLY RESURRECTED GUTTERS OF GOLD AS A PUBLICATION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER HIS OWN COLLAGES AND PAINTINGS ALONGSIDE A RARE SELECTION OF TENNANT’S NEGLECTED OEUVRE. AS AN ARTIST’S PUBLICATION, GUTTERS OF GOLD INNOVATIVELY HIGHLIGHTS AND EXPANDS ON PREOCCUPATIONS SHARED BY BOTH ARTISTS. HERE, REFLECTIONS ON LANDSCAPE-GARDENS AND WATER-FEATURES, GREEK ANTIQUITIES AND RUINATION, HORTICULTURE AND INTERIOR DECORATION UNFOLD IN A SUCCESSION OF EVOCATIVE SCENARIOS CONCEIVED BY EICHELMANN UNDER CHAPTER HEADINGS SUCH AS ‘WEEKEND IN VALMOUTH’, ‘MME D’ARPAJON GETS DRENCHED’ AND ‘DINNER AT VAN STORCK’S’.

WITH TENNANT FIGURING AMONGST A NUMBER OF HISTORICAL AND FICTIONAL PROTAGONISTS WHO POPULATE EICHELMANN’S WORK, GUTTERS OF GOLD WILL PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO APPRECIATE THE WIDER CONCEPTUAL REMIT OF EICHELMANN’S PRACTICE.