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World Score Dream: Media Studies in Cv/VAR Archive

Nicholas James

The volume documents media studies in Cv/VAR Archive nade between 1976 and 2025. Newsprint extracts make vignettes of popular subjects; celebrities, business, sports, beauty, cartoon characters. Over 300 drawings were made between 1981 and 1986 with further studies in 2003 and 2005. The volume includes 'Viewing and Listening', journal 1978-2022; photo-composites and drawings made as carbon trace collages.

'I began collecting the daily news in the summer of 1976, photographing random streams of television from a small black and white monitor and laying out sequential issues the Evening News, Sun and Daily Mirror, the covers pasted up on 6'x4' panels.

The next step was to break down the material in fragments of headlines, fitted in xerox composites.

The overall effect resembled a great coarse flow of unmetered experience.

To filter the dominance of grey and black, in 1979 I began to trace bits of newsprint, introducing colour paper collages with the advent of the Falklands War in 1982.

The first phase concluded in 1986 when I turned to abstract constructions (Signals 1986-96). World Score Dream encapsulates the series with collages made 1979-2005.

The tracings are light and elusive, reading slant-wise across the pattern of images, text and borders, in a form of blind drawing with unpredictable results.' NPJ

Book Details

  • Publisher: CV Publications
  • Publish Date: Dec 5th, 2023
  • Pages: 92
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.38in - 0.65lb
  • EAN: 9781908419187
  • Categories: General

About the Author

James, Nicholas: - 1989-91 With Sarah Batiste edited and published a quarterly review Cv Journal of Art and Crafts. 1992 founded Cv Publications, 1995 founded Cv/Visual Arts Research, publishing interviews with artists and curators, books amd monographs authored by Edward Lucie-Smith, Marina Vaizey, Anne Blood, James Cahill and Magdalena Wasiura. Presently operates Philip James Studio based at Candid Arts Trust, Islington North London.
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