Frogmore has published an outstanding experimental pamphlet of poetry by novelist Lindy Usher. It was produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with us and Art First Gallery, designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design, and features specially commissioned artwork by John Lee Bird.
The book deals with the devastating effects of loss of speech through Stroke. Usher suffered a series of strokes at a relatively young age and has here created a sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes. Sue Hubbard notes that Usher ‘takes the fractured shards of language and rebuilds them bit by painful bit to create something that both reflects, yet reaches beyond this life-changing experience’.
The pamphlet was launched on 26 January 2019 at New Art Projects in London.
Copies of Desolate Beauty can be ordered from New Art Projects at £10.00 plus postage. Postage to the UK is £2.00 Postageto the USA/Canada is £5
John Lee Bird’s work is defined by his distinctive use of line; influenced by pop art and 1950’s instruction and medical manuals yet entirely more detailed and personable. He uses diagrammatic line to make intensely human studies; whether the object be a portrait or a more abstract vision of matters of the human condition.
A portfolio of John Lee Bird’s illustrations are also available from New Art Projects, London, POA