SPBH Book Club VI is a forensic exploration of loss and renewal by artist Melinda Gibson. During a fire at her South London studio, Gibson watched as smoke and water poured into the space. Her response at the time was instinctive and visceral, taping large format negatives to the walls, exposing them to these elements and watching as they abstracted, each one becoming an alluring record of what happened there. In the aftermath, she combed through what remained, analyzing and photographing material and drawing it together in the form of a book. The making of the book itself became a cathartic process of understanding and survival.
In a ritualistic act of defiance, each book is ‘smoked’ by Gibson in hand built smokehouse and sealed in plastic to contain the scent – each one becoming a unique, sensorial object offering an experience that transcends the pages of the book.
Through investigating the event and restaging it in small performative acts of satiation, this book is a way of containing the experience and making it hers.
Melinda Gibson (b. 1985) is a British artist based in London. She is Lecturer in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and has published two books, “The Photograph As Contemporary Art” and “Miss Titus Becomes A Regular Army Mac.” Both publications are held in a number of public and private collections including those of The National Art Library and the V&A Museum. Gibson has exhibited internationally, including shows at Dong Gang Museum of Photography in South Korea and the Houston Centre of Photography. Gibson's latest project, Lunar Caustic debuts in a trio show at Galerie Paris-Beijing in September.
Publication date: October, 2014 Edition: 300 - signed and numbered Format: Hardcover, Quarter binding Size:15 x 20cm Number of pages/plates: 144 pages, 140 colour plates Type of printing: Digital Printing