‘Invisible Fabrick’ New book

New writing by Patrick Coyle, Owen Hatherley, Martin Herbert, Rory Macbeth & Dan Richards. Edited with an introduction by Adam Pugh.

Expanding the themes discussed in the project of the same name, the book ‘Invisible Fabrick’ looks at the role that text, architecture and land play in shaping and mediating memory and history. Produced in a short run of 300 using letterpress and risograph processes.

130 x 195mm. 88pp. Two-colour text pages on Original Gmund 10% Cotton Beige Tactile 90gsm; one-colour cover on Colorplan 270gsm.
Design: Adam Pugh, Promontories
Print: Norwici Print, Norwich (text and binding); Typoretum, Colchester (cover)
ISBN 9780992911904


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About the contributors

Patrick Coyle (b. Hull, 1983) is an artist who uses performance, writing and sculpture to examine personal and hidden narratives, placing strategic constraints on his own methods of presentation. He completed MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010 and BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw, University of the Arts London in 2005. He recently delivered performances at Spike Island, Bristol; Modern Art Oxford; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Alma Enterprises, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London; BALTIC 39, Newcastle. Coyle has exhibited widely, including at the Royal College of Art, London; Saison Poetry Library, London; X Marks the Bökship, London; Art Exchange, Colchester;  Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; ICA, London and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010, A Foundation, Liverpool & ICA, London. Coyle was included in the poetry anthology Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), and his book /pe(?)r/ was published by Wysing Arts Centre (2013).

Owen Hatherley (b. Southampton, 1981) is a freelance writer on architecture and cultural politics. He writes regularly for Architectural Review, Building Design, Icon, The Guardian and New Humanist. He is the author of ‘Militant Modernism’ (Zero Books, 2009), ‘A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain’ (Verso, 2010); Uncommon – An Essay on Pulp (Zero, 2011); ‘A New Kind of Bleak – Journeys Through Urban Britain’ (Verso, 2012); and an e-book on squares in Eastern Europe, Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012). He edited, updated and introduced Ian Nairn’s ‘Nairn’s Towns‘ (Notting Hill Editions, 2013). Hatherley received a PhD in 2011 from Birkbeck College, London for a thesis on ‘The Political Aesthetics of Americanism in Weimar Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-34’, and is currently working on a book about architecture and communism. He lives in south-east London.

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic based in Berlin and Tunbridge Wells. He is associate editor of ArtReview and also writes regularly for Artforum, Art Monthly and frieze, among others. He has contributed to catalogues for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, the Serpentine Gallery and the Hayward Gallery, has lectured in art schools internationally, and currently serves on the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council. He is the author of ‘Mark Wallinger‘ (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and ‘The Uncertainty Principle‘ (Sternberg Press, 2014).

At a classical concert in Leipzig in 2013, Rory Macbeth (b. 1965)  was slipped onto the bill, to play Beethoven on the piano. He had no idea how to play the piano, and refused to try one out until the concert itself. The 15 minute recital was politely but confusedly received. Using the wrong skillset, a particular (often site-specific) context, and using other people’s artistic output are typical of his work. He has recently translated a Kafka novella with no knowledge of the original language and no dictionary (‘The Wanderer,’ now a film by directed by Laure Prouvost), and made hyper-real waxworks of buskers who pretend to be statues, re-locating them on the street to earn money. He was nearly thrown out of St Martin’s School of Art (where he is currently a lecturer) for co-creating a fake student whose infiltration of the fabric of the college became very problematic. His work has been described as ‘standing on the toes of giants’.

Dan Richards (b. 1982) received a BA from the University of East Anglia and an MA from Norwich School of Art & Design. He is author of ‘The Beechwood Airship Interviews’, a book about creative process and workspace, set to be published by Harper Collins in 2015, and co-author of ‘Holloway’ with Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood, published by Faber & Faber in 2012. ‘Climbing Days’, an exploration of the writing and climbing lives of his great aunt and uncle Dorothy Pilley & I.A. Richards, is set to be published by Faber & Faber in 2016. Richards has written for The Times, The Quietus, and Caught By The River. He lives and works in Bath.