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Anatole Notes (part 1) by Jane Bustin – press release

In abstract, Art, Artprojx, Battersea, David Gryn, Jane Bustin, Jane Gryn, Jerwood Drawing, John Moores Painting Prize, London, Mallarme, Man Ray, Minimal Art, painting, Testbed 1, Will Alsop on 17/07/2012 at 2:36 pm

– sacrificed
– to veil
– sacrifiés
– pour voiler

Anatole Notes (part 1) by Jane Bustin


Les Mystères du Château de Dé by Man Ray

presented by Artprojx

Testbed 1

33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP

29 August – 2 September 2012. 11am – 6pm daily

Private View: Wednesday 29 August. 6 – 8pm. 

RSVP events@artprojx.com


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.

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. The use of the architecture and the derelict state of the exhibition space at Testbed, echoes the emptiness and barren nature of the Anatole texts.

Artprojx presents: Les Mystères du Château de Dé, 1929, film 35mm by Man Ray. 25 mins (continuous screening as part of the Anatole Notes exhibition throughout the day).

The longest of Man Ray’s films, Les Mystères du Château de Dé, follows a pair of travelers on a journey from Paris to the Villa Noailles in Hyères, built by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens with a cubist garden designed by Gabriel Guevrekian. This modernist collaboration was made as an architectural document and inspired by Mallarmé’s poem ‘Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard’.

Jane Bustin has been selected for the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize and the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012. Bustin has been in numerous group exhibitions including Kettles Yard Cambridge, Ferens Museum (Hull), Southampton City Art Gallery, Djanogly Gallery (Nottingham), Royal Academy (London) and recently at the B55 Gallery (Budapest). Bustin has had solo shows at The Eagle Gallery (London), Artprojx Space (London) and The British Library (London). Her work is in several collections including V&A Museum (London), Yale Center USA, Ferens Museum (Hull). http://www.janebustin.com

Contact: David Gryn david@artprojx.com +447711127848 http://www.artprojx.com

Press info, pricelist, images, more information all available on request

Venue info and directions: http://www.thedoodlebar.com/


– sacrificed
– to veil

– sacrifiés
– pour voiler
by Jane Bustin

at John Moores Painting Prize 2012 

and other Anatole Notes works at Jerwood Drawing prize


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