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"With exhibition plans deferred or non-existent, making a book was an opportunity to present work in a form that, though mediated, allows for a closeness of contact mostly denied to us of late. Unlike most artworks, books can be handled, we can turn their pages, we can read and look at them as often as we like. Mediation presents its own challenges and the formal characteristics of my drawings make them difficult to reproduce. The intimacy of their presentation within a book contends with their determination to remain resolutely within themselves. This is a frustrating but interesting problem, and a reminder that the things we make don’t really belong to us. At least I hope not, since their journey away from us and into the world seems like their proper destination. In compiling drawings for the project, twenty seemed a good number. It’s a small book and conceived at the end of 2020, a year suggesting visual acuity."
John Graham is an artist based in Dublin. He is a lecturer in the Fine Art Department, YAADA, IT Sligo.
20 Drawings was designed by Peter Maybury and includes texts by Brian Fay and John Graham.
240 x 160 mm