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After reading Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 novel, Red Harvest, there was no question but this category had to be “Blood Simple”. Of course John Clute had pointed me in that direction, reminding me that the first of the Coen Brothers films took their title from this novel. “Blood Simple” is the term used by the protagonist in Hammett’s book to express the awfulness of too much killing in Personville, the overwhelming pervasiveness of it.
At this stage in the summer of 2018, I set down the hope to do some work with reference to Nancy Cunard’s poem: Man Ship Tank Gun Plane. Note I avoid the term “illustrate”.
There are three fine art publications from Henry Wessells’ Imprint : ” http://cargocollective.com/temporaryculture with Judith Clute original etchings bound in: 2008, “Forever Peace”, a poem by Joe Haldeman; 2013, “Against the Art of War”, poems by Ernest Hilbert and Henry Wessells; 2015, “Extended Range; Or, the Accession Label” a short story by Henry Wessells. Further below are reproduced some of the etchings from these books.
These books have sold out and purchasers include Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, and Yale University.
The etchings immediately below are printed in editions limited to 9 prints. The price of each unframed print is £90. And framed: £200.
The first etching displayed here is from 2018, and has the title “Blood Simple”. Its framed size is 520 x 405 mm. Below.
As a sidebar in 2008 when I started to design for Henry Wessells, I warmed to the task of making further etchings about the strangeness of guns and fighting. Here is “Sighting” from 2008. Plate size is 185 x 195 mm. It is in an edition of 9. Below.
And a variation, registering two plates. This one has been used for the invitation to “an arts lab continuum” at Spitalfields Studios, 5 July 2018. It is titled “Sighting v1”. Plate size 185 x 195 mm. Below.
This print “Peace?”, 2018, happened because I needed to add to one of the plates, “Decal”, from 2008. There are more combinations. But this one’s paper size is 375 x 280 mm. Below.
This composition derives from a plate made in the 1980’s, then titled “Acclaimed”. But inside – twice – is placed a plate made for Henry Wessells publication in 2008. It was called “Tally” and it referred to men lost in the Battle of the Somme in WW1. This new print, 2018, made from three plates, as it were, makes reference to Roberto Bolaño’s – 2666. And that is it’s title, “2666”. It’s plate size is 222 x 148 mm. Below.
Here is a variant on one of the etchings from “Against the Art of War” and it is from 2015. Its title is “Antaeus v1” and its plate size is 150 x 95 mm. Below.
“Madonna Guard 1” from 2015. Its plate size is 183 138 mm. Below.
“Planted v2” from 2017. Plate size is 152 x 138 mm. Below.
“Clade v1”. Here is a variation on one of the plates done for Henry Wessells in 2013. Plate size is 150 x 95 mm. Below.
“Condemned v1” from 2008. Plate size is 140 x 95 mm. Below.
This is the sole artist’s proof of a work for Henry Wessells’s publication of Joe Haldeman’s Forever Peace. To Stop War. I wish I had kept it but I discarded this plate because I was unhappy with the aquatint. It’s image size is 150 x 98 mm and it was made in 2007. Below.
“Against…” from 2013. Plate size is 150 x 95 mm. Below.
“Consigliere” from 2008. Plate size 215 x 147 mm. Below.