For those who don't know much about him, Bob Brown was an American avant-garde writer and poet, and in 1930 wrote a call for nbooks to escape their binding, text to leave the page behind and for readers to
'see words machine-wise' (Brown, 1930, The Readies, p. 37). He wanted reading and writing to catch up with the rest of the fast paced age he lived in and so proposed a reading machine. This machine was never fully realised and yet the legacy of Brown and his reading machine lives on and has recently come to be much
discussed in light of the advent of the e-reader (New York Times article, 2010)
So you can probably see why he and his machine interests me so much. But back to the book above, doesn't it remind you of Shrigley's work?!? It struck me instantly when I opened the book and leafed through the pages. I wonder if Shrigley saw Brown's work...?
|Page from David Shrigley's|
Toronto, Canada: Art Metropole, 1998