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Jane Bustin Anatole Notes at Testbed

In abstract, Anatole Notes, Art, Artprojx, Battersea, David Gryn, Jane Bustin, Jerwood Drawing, John Moores Painting Prize, Mallarme, Man Ray, Mark Blacklock, Will Alsop on 01/09/2012 at 10:35 pm

silence (il pardonne) / silence (he forgives)
oil on oak, somerset paper, japanese paper and letterpress 2010 14cm x 74cm
Jane Bustin

Anatole Notes (part 1) by Jane Bustin

with
Les Mystères du Château de Dé by Man Ray presented by Artprojx

at
Testbed 1

‘Mallarmé would have reacted to these paintings with silence. He was always eloquent.’ Anthony Rudolf on Anatole Notes

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. See http://www.janebustin.com

This series has works that also feature in the John Moores Painting Prize and Jerwood Drawing Prize.

‘The purity of vision and execution in Jane Bustin’s work is startling. Warmth and emotion blur the edges of a teak-tough minimalism as exemplified in the materials used: natural wood grains and rich papers abutting sheer plastics and the mattest blacks.’ Mark Blacklock, writer

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

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

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