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Sackett, Colin

Black Bob / Colin Sackett.

Ireland : Coracle, 2008.
Physical Description:
[128] p. : all ill. ; 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.S33 B5 2008
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Black Bob, a fictional Border Collie from Selkirk, Scotland, originally appeared in The Dandy, a long-running children's comic, in 1944.
Limited edition of 200 copies.
Originally published by Coracle in 1989 with blue covers; this edition has green covers.
The artist's original line block for the image repeated in this work is now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art (Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, N7433.4.S33 B5 1989+).
"Reading Black Bob: It doesn't dictate or imply a pace, it has all sorts of paces, but it's also completely static ... The completely white book, the monochrome or black book, silent and abstract, intends not the small scale reading of words, sentences and pages--the detail and accumulation of content--but a larger-scale, maybe distant reading. Here the minimalist 'blank' book is re-deployed, the commandeered subject matter repeated throughout, the dense black impression of letterpress line-block balanced with unprinted white stock. From the first to the last spread there is no change, and so this emphatic demonstration of direction--the page after page rightward movement of shepherd, dog, sheep, and the flow of the river--is identical to the narrative of a book with blank stock as its subject."--Colin Sackett, correspondence with the Yale Center for British Art, November 2013.
"The pastoral procession is shown heading left to right, the direction in which one turns the pages and, and yet the figures go nowhere. They are stuck among the repetitions, as somebody said, like a jammed gramophone record. However, the sound that emerges here is not a shriek or a judder or a hole in sound but a constant true note pitched in a natural key that has no need to expire. We have a transfixed moment among tumbling streams and ferny paths, heading expectantly across the page yet forever held in anticipation of what awaits. The event that both is and is not there is so totally obvious that it seems like a wonder, tremulously maintained. It raises questions and at the same makes evident that the irrelevant questions are ones we have imported."--J.C.C. Mays, Rare sighting in the Haldon Hills, accessed on Sackett's website, November, 2013.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Sheep in art.
Artists' books -- Great Britain
Line blocks.
Coracle Press, publisher.

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