Private View: Wednesday 29 August 2012 6-8pm
33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP
29 August – 2 September 2012. 11am – 6pm daily
The Anatole Notes project consists of assembled groupings of paintings, objects, paper and letterpress text. Each assemblage reflects on the unfinished fragmented poems ‘Pour un Tombeau d’Anatole’ by Stephane Mallarmé (1879), ‘a tomb for Anatole’ translated by Paul Auster (1983). These fragmented phrases are Mallarmé’s attempt to come to terms with the death of his eight year old son Anatole. The sound and the visual arrangement of Mallarmé’s poems were as important as the meaning. His most famous poem ‘un coup de dés’ was a major influence on hypertext and has been the subject matter for many artists including Man Ray, Marcel Broodthaers etc.
Bustin’s reflections on his texts attempt to combine the written words with visual equivalents to reveal the expansive meaning of the text. Each work consists of three or four painted objects arranged on the wall and floor; they are made of various materials e.g. wood, linen, paper, metal, oil paint and readymade chairs. The Mallarmé text has been hand letter-pressed onto paper or linen by New North Press.
“Unusually serious, yet mesmerisingly beautiful, with a deftness of painting and aesthetic balance, Bustin is an artist’s artist, and has a intense quality and master touch. Avowedly not for the minimalist purists, like most of her work, each painting tells a story, it just requires the audience participation to look and realise they are seeing the pure distillation of a concept, an idea, a poetic phrase, a musical note. We expect so much to be done for us with our visual culture, but here Bustin, as ever, makes us particiapte in exploring our language of looking.” Artprojx Review