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Follow the link below for a conversation between Bol Marjoram and the bookartbookshop


Mind the Cracks

"The collages of Helmut Middendorf, Justin Lieberman and Marcel Dzama, as well as Bol Marjoram's artist book, introduce into our context other social-cultural existances, eras, of sub-culture related to urban life."

From: Mind the Cracks! Collages from the Museum and from other Collections. Catalogue to the exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art 2009


                                                                             The Price of Admission

Peixoto's fluid curatorial approach was evidenced recently in a display of three of Bol Marjoram's unique books from an ongoing series of ten, started in 1997, entitled The Price of Admission. Marjoram's work is uncompromising: hand-made , sculptural, self referential, philosophic. It presents the commercial curator with many dilemmas. Each book develops from the previous one and is structured around a series of 'headings' taken from a book about screenwriting: The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler. The headings, which are fixed as tabs to pages that resemble small stage sets or comic strips, formulate a series of narrative stages:eg 1) The Ordinary World 2) The Call to Adventure ...6) Tests: Allies and Enemies etc. Within these structures, a repeated, changing series of surreal visual stories build up in layers of acrylic, into which the artist has trapped webs and apertures of lace-like material. The books are huge, the pages often millimetres thick, and the bindings, whilst suggestive of the arrangement and gripping of a conventional book's pages, are in fact rows of paper clips. Marjoram's use of standard stationery items, hand drawing and found materials makes his work seem at first awkward and ungainly. They are, on closer inspection, remarkably sophisticated. They are difficult to 'read' in a conventional sense since the narrative is formed of words, images, attachments and commentaries; but with time to really experience these books, to relate them one to the other, one realises that the central character, to which they all relate, is enacting a series of tests in order to achieve inclusion. Inclusion into precisely what is left satisfyingly open-ended.

Emma Hill Printmaking Today Summer 2005