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Family Reunion

March 12th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

eye0005.jpg Yesterday we went on the London Eye with my family. It was a day trip to spend time together before my Dad’s funeral.

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Working on the lining paper that will hold the Parideza edition together I created a screen I really loved and did an edition of 18 prints from it. They are of two images, and come in black and a kind of clay green I mixed, also loved, and have now sadly used up. The two images are 1) ‘self portrait standing on an urban fox’, and 2) ‘Charles Darwin standing on a South American fox’. One print costs £25, arrange purchase through: david@henninghamfamilypress.co.uk 

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State whether you want me or Darwin and if you want us in green or black. Both prints have a story. In Leipzig in Bach’s church we saw a lot of medieval sculptures standing on animals. Recently my Grandad’s death had given the foxes living opposite us on the roof of a shopping centre a new meaning; they were like souls waiting to be resurrected. Elusive as the dead. Charles Darwin records creeping up on a dim-witted fox and killing it with his geological hammer. The specimen is now in the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

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March 11th, 2006 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

mrs ping*: Here I am popping my head above the parapet for the first time on our Henningham family blog. Well hello there.

 And happy lent to you all. My friend Jill has given up smoking, David Barnes has given up snacking again, and I have given up giving-up on writing, painful as keeping going is. Yes I’m on a (creative) writing fast which, being the opposite of what it sounds, means I must write something every fasting day, and therefore can’t give up as easily as I have been lately. A positive fast, designed to produce a body of work, as opposed to a negative one, which is used to prune the body and spirit. An idea I’ve borrowed from John Ringhofer who borrowed it from Daniel Smith who perhaps borrowed it from someone else? Either way, it’ll never find its way back to its original owner at the rate we’re passing it round. Thankfully ideas can be used simultaneously, and on different continents.

And how’s it going? My goodness, only 10 days in, ‘painful’ is still the word. As shocking as it always is to me when I try and learn something new, the spiritual exocisms of Lent is like turning up the gas on the hob. My only hope is that I will cook quicker.

Main mentor to Mrs Henningham this week has been Flannery O’Connor. A snippet from a letter for youse:

“I had to go and have my picture taken for the purposes of Harcourt, Brace. They were all bad. (The pictures.) The one I sent looked as if I had just bitten my grandmother and that this was one of my few pleasures, but all the rest were worse.”

Me and Flannery have also been enjoying The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco) and getting into the monkish mentality.

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Four silkscreen pages taken from our book ‘Nonconformist’. Release date 27th March 2006.

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Sadly we have to announce that my Dad died this morning, at about 5am. He was in the wonderful St. Francis Hospice, where he had been for a while. It was good that we have all been getting along so well these last few years in my family {we didn’t always}. And that he was at last ready to meet Jesus. We’ll miss him, but I feel that he will be up to date with my life for the next few years at least, he saw me get married and make my work. I’m looking forward to our resurrection. Will we seem the same age in our new bodies? Will we have a family resemblance? Until then, he will go on sleeping like he did for the last week, but much deeper. Do you dream when you are dead?

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Pseudodoxia Epidemica

February 23rd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We’ve got another book on the way. This time collaborative. Family favourites Wade Bradshaw, David Barnes, and Tack (Anthony Tackling) amongst others are helping me with poetry and prose fiction initiated by the chapter headings of Sir Thomas Brownes Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a 16th Century refutation of common errors. We have a guest editor lined up for poetry, one of my favourite poets nonetheless. When he returns from India we’ll get the red pencil out. This book wil be a single hardback volume, probably inkjet printed. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get some double sided inkjet Somerset enhanced paper. (Oh man, I’m becoming one of those people who knows all about papers. I think I’ll keep this new talent to myself.)  

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Parideza (royal hunting park>paradise)

February 22nd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We are working hard on the moment printing our next release, ‘Parideza’ (David Henningham). The pages are printed, and the slipcases are well underway, but binding is going to take a while because each edition is a two-volume A5 hardback set with an extra pamphlet. It opens like a triptych. I hope there will be etchings in the pamphlet but at the moment the rest is silkscreened. We’ve opted for some really bright colours, the slipcase is flourescent and there is an ominous glow in the studio over by the drying racks.

There is going to be a first edition of 13 copies. It is basically a roving essay, including imaginary symposia, Bosch, Marco Polo and other Medieval explorers, and Charles Darwin along its meandering route. It is partially about our perception of the world and its failings in any given era. The pages are adorned with horns, teeth, and the first volume is populated by prehistoric mammals who enforce punctuation. It is a practice opus.

David

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welcome to the press!

February 22nd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Our inaugural edition of books is almost ready and will be released soon. There are thirteen copies in total. It is called ‘Nonconformist’ and it is a series of silkscreened prints bound japanese style (single sheets without a flexible spine), paperback, about A5 size (by David Henningham).

The work is an extension of some wall drawings done last year with an added dimension exploring the theme of orthodoxy and nonconformism. It is a book as an exhibition space, with texts written in a kind of liturgical style, an attempt at modern religious iconography featuring heavy metal lions and animal skulls. A Pagan appearance with a Christian skeleton underneath.

david@henninghamfamilypress.co.uk for more details.  

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