SCALE & SUBSTANCE

Tamsin Green

Published on occasion of the exhibition Scale & Substance by Tamsin Green at Photofusion Gallery, London (18 March - 22 April 2022). 

This text based publication features writing by Eugenie Shinkle, Tamsin Green, Ursula K. Le Guin, and an interview with the artist by Photofusion Director Kim Shaw. These texts and accompanying drawings and photographs explore the multifaceted meaning of the words Scale and Substance.

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Book Stockists:
Royal Photographic Society, Bristol

Handmade edition of 120 books, signed and numbered by the artist

Published in March 2022

56pp, 8 images, 300x105mm

Concertina book with soft cover

Risograph print on 8 different papers: 50% recycled*

ISBN 978-1-8384772-1-9

*Full details at the bottom of this page.

Publication & Exhibition Launch 
17 March 2022: 6.30pm
Photofusion Gallery: Brixton SW9 8QQ

Artist talk: Tamsin Green in conversation with Sid Motion and Dafna Talmor
31 March 2022: 6.30pm - Photofusion

Public Collections

National Art Library - The Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)
The British Library (UK)
Canterbury Christ Church University Library (UK)

Exhibitions

Dulwich Art Festival: Ways of Seeing -  Green (2022)
Photofusion: Scale & Substance (2022)

Green’s practice reveals the idiosyncratic nature of the descriptive systems upon which we depend to organise our world, to make it meaningful, and to find a place in it. It shows us the land as we encounter it – in glimpses and fragments, missteps and experiments, changeable and proximate, seen and felt by a body in contact with its surroundings. And it invites us to recognise the distance between us and the world around us as one that we’ve created, to value the ground beneath us, and to think anew about the way that we inhabit our planet. 

Eugenie Shinkle, from the essay Drawn to Scale

MANUAL: Make

MANUAL: Reuse

“Granite does not accept footprints. It refuses them. Granite makes pinnacles, and then people rope themselves together and put pins on their shoes and climb the pinnacles at great trouble, expense, and risk, and maybe they experience a great thrill, but the granite does not. Nothing whatever results and nothing whatever is changed.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, from the essay Being taken for granite


Reviews

"What an amazing book, well, word-sculpture really.  A cairn of ideas, so nice to hold and unfold."

Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor, Hapax


The edition has been made with the following principles in mind: Minimise waste and the use of harmful materials, make locally, prioritise recycling.

Paper

The book uses a  standard A3 size sheet, eliminating waste through trimming. 8 different papers are used, half of which are made from 100% recycled fibres.

Fenner:

Colorset - 100% recycled, FSC certified.

Echo: 100% recycled, FSC certified.

GF Smith: Colourplan - sustainably made in Great Britain, FSC certified.

Claire Fontaine: Standard colour paper, FSC certified.

Printing

Risograph Print

The risograph (or 'riso') is a digital stencil duplicator, released in japan in the 1980s. The riso produces stencil paper prints using a unique range of spot colour plant based inks.

Duplikat Press

A small local printer, 1.5 miles from the studio space where the books are made and stored. 

Packaging

Plastic free biodegradable packaging.

Film: home compostable & biodegradable film made from sustainably sourced woodpulp. 

Book wrap: FSC certified, recyclable cardboard.


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