msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush
The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION Foil-stamped grey board box: 32x23cm.

The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION Foil-stamped grey board box: 32x23cm

Unique handmade paper specimen + Laser printed books in bespoke cover/box

Unique handmade paper specimen + Laser printed books in bespoke cover/box

The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION
paula roush & Michael Hampton

Foil-stamped grey board box 32x23cm contains:

Unique handmade paper specimen 24x19cm.

Three laser printed books:

1. Decomposition:
stapled colour 21x15cm, 40 pages,
evercolor cream paper 80gsm, varied inserts.

2. Scanned record of paper specimens:
#1-12 stapled b&w 27×19.5cm, 24 pages,
corona offset paper 120gsm.

3. Thanks for the information and good news:
scanned b&w letters bound by a brass cylinder post 
18.5x17cm, canon paper 80gsm.

1 Colour photograph on gloss paper: 15×10.5cm.

Special edition of 12 copies accompanied by
a certificate of authenticity signed by the authors.
msdm publications 

Concept-specific paper is a refined substrate in the world of the artists’ book.
The logic of the work is materially inscribed in the fibres of handmade paper. In the case of The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION,  the paper’s meaning is derived from The Book Dispersed project.
The special edition contains a paper specimen composed of pulp from the abortive funding application for The Book Dispersed, an exhibition devised by the collective Media Instaveis/Unstable Media, blended with pulp from Michael Hampton’s magnum opus Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the artist’s book (author’s copy), together with extra pulp from Samuel Smiles’s Self-Help (a print on demand copy purchased on eBay).
Here, in Chapter VI entitled ‘Workers in Art’, we found words to inspire us: to “force our way upward in the face of poverty and manifold obstructions”.

The book, dedicated to the late Auto-Destructive artist and activist Gustav Metzger, is a work about dispersion in the form of a conversation between scattering and collecting/organizing.

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Book 1
Composed of an essay, cartoon and documentary photographs is a peek at
the studio working process, placing it
in a continuum along with other self-published books such as Smiles’s.

Book 2
Aggregates the scanned records of the handmade paper specimens, verso and recto, viewing them as a series.  Since
they will be dispersed, each original specimen is included in one book of
the edition of 12.

Book 3
Contains the scanned letters that Gustav sent to Michael by Royal Mail Post (always first class), mostly trying to arrange meet ups at specific galleries to see exhibitions, and participate in symposia and other art events.

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The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION Vitrine installation Unbound exhibition views Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

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The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION Vitrine installation Unbound exhibition views Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION, exhibition views, Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury

The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION Vitrine installation Unbound exhibition views Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

 

msdm   is  Mobile  Strategies  of  Display  &   Mediation
 a nomadic House — Studio — Gallery for photographic art
curatorial research, expanded practice of the artist's book
photobook publishing  and peer - to - peer collaborations 

 

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paula roush 
founder


paularoush@gmail.com

House—Studio—Gallery
London SE


msdm@msdm.org.uk

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university


roushp@lsbu.org.uk