The day before i was about to start my trips to Poland and Germany, the postman brought me a KO surprise package from SERPS member MARTIN BELL...fucking hell...just when i was dashing around finishing works and packing, this came from nowhere and the book and zine inside made me sit down, stop my stressing and take in all the goodness...which resulted in me forgetting to pack a picture and some spare boxers!
I had seen MY BIRTHDAY PARTY on blogs and websites, so i was honoured and stoked to be sent a copy (THANK YOU MARTIN!) and fucking hell is it good...fucking fucking good!
The work? right up my street - old and dirty photographs, sick (in both senses) drawings, photos of his mad mad awesome installation...its all killer.
As well as the art, the book got extra smiles as it wasnt just a boring by numbers book, in that the images are dropped into some programme with no thought or passion...here, the book shines a light on how to do a book right...in that, when you open it up you are instantly transported into HIS world - like a great installation, you are now looking at the world through his eyes, and fuck it if you like it or not!
It is a catalogue for an awesome looking installation ( which had thousands of toys, sculptures, drawings and chickens!)...but this book sums it up perfectly in that it reflects the work by being messy, raw, in your grill and it makes you feel dirty - and trust me this is a compliment!
GET this book
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On top of the awesome book, there was a second KO punch to the senses that was his zine called 'Cowboys, Kittens and Vixens'...which contained a small selection of his collages and stills from films.
I dont where you would get this, but perhaps fire a mail at http://martinbell.com.au?
The Birthday Party book contained photos and installation work, and was like a skullfuck to your head, but this zine is a more balanced affair, where the zine presented the work, rather than the book which i felt tried to bring you into his work (does that make sense?)...and it helps show that this guy aint no one trick pony, fuck it he's a goddamn herd of tricking ponies...this guy kills it in both printed matter...and i just wish he could show some work in the uk (hhhmmm...)
Martin Bell is definitly one to watch...and as a SERPS memeber, i say it again...SERPS are fucking ruling things down under and all global...If you can, and i know im full of fucking hyperbole and regularly say this, but really truly, if you can get any of these publications - dont wait a heartbeat (link back up top).
And on a Serps side related note....when worlds collide...SERPS VS HAMBURG!