29th August – 2nd September 2012. 11am – 6pm daily
Anatole Notes (part 1) by Jane Bustin with Les Mystères du Château de Dé by Man Ray presented by Artprojx
Testbed 1 33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP www.thedoodlebar.com/
The Anatole Notes project consists of assembled groupings of paintings, objects, paper and letterpress text. Each assemblage reflects on the unfinished fragmented poems ‘Pour un Tombeau d’Anatole’ by Stephane Mallarmé (1879), ‘a tomb for Anatole’ translated by Paul Auster (1983).
These fragmented phrases are Mallarmé’s attempt to come to terms with the death of his eight year old son Anatole.
The sound and the visual arrangement of Mallarmé’s poems were as important as the meaning. His most famous poem ‘un coup de dés’ was a major influence on hypertext and has been the subject matter for many artists including Man Ray, Marcel Broodthaers etc.
Bustin’s reflections on his texts attempt to combine the written words with visual equivalents to reveal the expansive meaning of the text. Each work consists of three or four painted objects arranged on the wall and floor; they are made of various materials e.g. wood, linen, paper, metal, oil paint and readymade chairs. The Mallarmé text has been hand letter-pressed onto paper or linen by New North Press.
Other Anatole Notes works by Jane Bustin have been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 and the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012. www.janebustin.com