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Archive: February 2011


On My Shelf: Richard Neville's Playpower

I didn’t see the original 1970 hardback of Playpower until many years after I read the book. I bought it immediately. As with all Martin Sharp’s underground art, an ambivalent satirical malaise taints the liberated psychedelic fantasy and the joke is probably on the reader.

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Solitude in Dark Trees

It was perhaps 50 feet away from the path, in the woods, a structure around 12 feet tall, built from wooden poles, leaning against a tree. I made my way across the forest floor towards it. A broad ladder with ten thick rungs led to the seat above, fashioned from planks. What was this thing?

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A Journal with No Fear of Flying

Changing a magazine’s format is always risky. It’s such a fundamental aspect of what we perceive it to be. The Drawbridge’s transformation is particularly startling. Indeed, it might rate as one of the most dramatic changes of visual direction ever ventured by a literary magazine. Or any kind of magazine.

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What Does J.G. Ballard Look Like?

J.G. Ballard is unusual among writers of fiction for being perceived primarily in terms of his imagery. The term “Ballardian” has become shorthand for a particular kind of location, object, conjunction of objects, or atmosphere. As Ballard often said in interviews, his principal influences came from visual artists and he thought of himself as a frustrated painter.

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Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specialising in design, media, photography and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print. His latest book is Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design.


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