O, A Prayer Book: Book Launch
Chapter are pleased to host the book launch of Samuel Hasler's first published work, O, A Prayer Book.
As part of INTERFERENCE, a programme of residencies that offer Wales-based artists a studio and curatorial dialogue, Samuel will be opening up his studio practice to the public from the 18-30 March. The residency will culminate in his Book Launch event with performances by three other Book Works published artists.
An incantation and repetition of prayers marks the introduction to a young man’s isolated, creatively stifled existence. Deluded by the stagnating mythology of great European modernist artists, he escapes the drudgery of the supermarket nightshift but not his perverse imagination. He travels to Moscow and Venice on a journey that causes reflection on his romantic ideas: his desire for a wild, bohemian life; his crude libido and his increasing doubts about his faith. The book operates as both a story and as a spine connecting performances, readings, installations and printing, operating as material context for a body of work.
The evening will feature performances and readings by Samuel Hasler and invited artists Katrina Palmer, Francesco Pedraglio and Sarah Tripp, each presenting material from their forthcoming books to be published by Book Works in 2014. No booking required.
O, A Prayer Book is published by Book Works and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and The Henry Moore Foundation.
Samuel Hasler lives and works in Cardiff. His approach to making artwork is varied, it includes writing, performance, printmaking and installations. He has recently presented work with Book Works (London), The Whitstable Biennale, Spike Island (Bristol), and The Arnolfini (Bristol). www.samuelhasler.co.uk
Book Works is an art commissioning organisation specialising in artists’ books, spoken word and printed matter, dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. www.bookworks.org.uk
Katrina Palmer is an artist and the author of The Dark Object. As well as recently being awarded the Artangel Open commission, her next book The Fabricator’s Tale will be published by Book Works in 2014. www.motinternational.org/Katrina_palmer
Francesco Pedraglio is a writer, performer, and curator. He was one of the founding directors of FormContent, a fellow of Henry Moore Institute, and recently the editor of Time Machine, a series of experimental books published by Book Works. A man in a room spray-painting a fly (or at least trying to) is published by Book Works, 2014. www.acertainrealism.com
Sarah Tripp is an artist based in Glasgow. He work has been published in2HB, The Happy Hypocrite and she was recently awarded the Camden Art Centre’s inaugural Radio Writing residency. Come Here Unknow will be published by Book Works in 2014. www.sarahtripp.com
Image: Samuel Hasler. Courtesy of the artist