Shorthand Bird Names

Erica Van Horn and John Bevis

2016

This exercise in Pitman shorthand was found in a 1915 issue of The Reporters’ Journal & Shorthand Magazine. The title, Bird Names, oddly positioned centre-page, is entirely unexpected in the context of a method of rapid writing associated with journalism, commerce and forensics. Shorthand, an essentially post-alphabetic notation, seems here to return to a pictographic condition, like the relic of a tablet or scroll recording an early civilization’s naming of the birds, through some translation of their shape, sound, movement, colouration or behaviour that we can only guess at. Could birds ever have arrived with such superabundance that the writer must resort to the swiftest of marks to record their identities? Or could it be that this is no accident: that the Journal’s editor, Harold V. Clayton, had hit upon the perfect realm for showcasing shorthand’s allusiveness, secrecy and charm? : John Bevis. postcard. 155 x 115 mm

€1.00 E

Constructed Archive 1959-2016

Simon Cutts

2016

Archive listing of the books, files and papers of Simon Cutts. The work itself moves from the text on the page through the sequence and development of the book, paper and printing as a form intrinsic to the poem, to versions of smaller plastic objects and larger installations as a means of its resolution.210pp casebound 220 x 155mm digitally printed with 30 full colour plates.

€25.00 CB

DO NOT OCCUPY

2016

Sign borrowed from a frame in the continuous showing of Gordon Matta Clark’s film SPLITTING 1974, at the LPack Café, during Assembridge Nagoya September-October 2016. The project was directed from the Minatomachi Potluck Building by the Minatomachi Art Table. The sign can now be used to identify buildings suitable for future use, reclaiming them for the ongoing project. Letterpress postcard 155 x 105mm

€1.50 E

Skylark

Simon Cutts

2017

After Ian Hamilton Finlay. According to a letter from Ian Hamilton Finlay to Stephen Bann in June 1970, I had failed to understand the writer’s poem Skylarks, with its implications of the naming of a fleet or class of boats, or as other aspects of literary history. Years later, as probably at the time, I came to realise that I want the singular word to emerge from the flaps and folds of its envelope as pure sensation, as the flight of the bird itself might arise from the furrows of a ploughed field, despite the weight of Symbolist history - a purely physical metaphor arising from the simple manipulation of ordinary stationery in the hands of a recipient.At the same time this text should not be considered by way of explanation but as some setting of lighter context. 1970 -1917. Card in envelope 90 x 115mm, photocopy and letterpress

€5.00 E P

Birdsong

William Roth

2017

Birdsong was written in the late nineteen nineties, and is based almost entirely on incidents and characters from William Roth's life in Ireland. First published posthumously in 2015, this memorial edition is issued to celebrate the inaugeration of the William and Joan Roth Lecture at the University of Limerick begining in April 2017.With postscript by Simon Cutts and Erica Van Horn of anecdotal jottings of lives unduly passsed over, and the contribution of William and Joan Roth to the life of the arts in Ireland over a period of more than sixty years. 170 x 125mm, offset in 2 colours. 176pp, with cover photograph and frontispiece by Joan Roth.

€12.00 W

Fly Falls in Milk Jug : News in Haiku

Maureen Van Horn

2017

Selection of haiku from the banner heading of the second section of the Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire. These seventeen syllable forms encapsulate items of current news that may well be covered elsewhere in the newspaper by more extended description. This book is a collection of some of those haiku to date, a celebration of their range and task. 150 x 107mm. 32pp casebound.

€12.00 AB P