End Matter (Special Edition, 2015)
Book with black end papers, and a hard cover bound in warm grey Fine Buckram, with bright orange foil blocking outlining the island of Portland, and is housed in an ebony black slip case, designed and produced by Book Works Studio with Katrina Palmer.
Also containing two b&w C-type matt photographic prints, wrapped in a glassine cover.
124 x 184mm (book size), 164 x 115mm (photographs each)
Edition of 50, plus 5 artist’s proofs
Signed and numbered by the artist
Standard Price £185
Supporters price* £166.50
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This special edition of End Matter was created on occasion of Palmer’s Artangel and BBC Radio 4 commission comprising of 3 parts: a radio broadcast, The Quarryman’s Daughters; a site specific installation, The Loss Adjusters; and the book, End Matter, co-published by Book Works and Artangel.
About the work:
Designed by James Langdon and produced by Book Works’ studio, End Matter (Special Edition, 2015) centres on how Portland has been shaped and hollowed out over centuries by convicts and quarrymen to provide stone for some of London’s best-known buildings – one million square feet of Portland stone is said to have been quarried for St Paul’s Cathedral alone. Katrina Palmer has undertaken her own excavations into this elemental island, marked by unsettling absences, deviant goings-on and a writer who has gone missing. The book accounts for the loss of Portland’s stone, through the mysterious work of The Loss Adjusters, based on Portland, and responsible for accounting and balancing the material and historical shifts of the island’s being. Reporting these losses in the form of reports, their work overlaps, and becomes disrupted by, the presence of a writer and her production of unreliable narratives set in the tunnels, paths and hollowed out quarries of the island, and presented – like the stone itself – as absences from the narrative; end matter, whose body is missing.
About the artist:
Katrina Palmer is an artist and writer, living in London. She is the author of The Dark Object (2010), The Fabricators Tale (2014), End Matter (2015) and Black Slit (2023), published by Book Works. She has exhibited extensively, including with an Artangel Open commission (2015), at Henry Moore Institute (2015-16), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), and with Estuary and Waterfronts (2021). She received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2014). She is guest editor of Arrhythmia – a new series of publications selected from open call due for publication in 2023-24
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