Launch party for G.S.O.H. The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark
Saturday 21 November
X Marks the Bökship, Matt's Gallery

10 November 2015

Film, performance and readings by Jennet Thomas, Maija Timonen, and Head Gallery, and a new billboard work by Clunie Reid, for the Bökship's artists' billboard project kindly supported by The Elephant Trust.

12 – 7pm screenings of The Unspeakable Freedom Device, Jennet Thomas (2015), 40 minutes. The film will be screened every 40 minutes until 7pm: 12.00, 12.40, 1.20, 2.00, 2.40 etc.

4pm – Book launch, drinks, BBQ and records played at intervals until 7pm.

5pm – Readings from Maija Timonen’s The Measure of Reality, by November Channels, a feminist script writing group formed in 2015.

6pm – A performance by Head Gallery, from Head, by Mo-Leeza Roberts.

The film, The Unspeakable Freedom Device by Jennet Thomas, was commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. Book Works and Matts Gallery are National Portfolio Clients of Arts Council England.

G.S.O.H. The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark
series launch with Clunie Reid, Jennet Thomas, Maija Timonen, and Head Gallery

Saturday 21 November 2015, 4pm-7pm
with film screenings from 12pm

We would like to invite you to celebrate the launch of the three new books, published in the G.S.O.H. The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark series, at:

X Marks the Bökship
Matt’s Gallery
42 – 44 Copperfield Road
Mile End, London E3 4RR

G.S.O.H. The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark, is published by Book Works, and selected from open call for submission, guest edited by Clunie Reid.

On 21 November purchase all three at a special launch price of £25.

The unspeakable Freedom Device
Jennet Thomas (2015)

‘Thomas cites the found object as an important mechanism within her practice, particularly in the way in which unexpected meanings are generated. Through her installations, this reciprocal exchange of meaning is opened to the viewer who, free to draw their own associations, can be confident only that these initial responses will morph and refract as the imagery and narratives created by Thomas nestle uncomfortably within already ingrained memories.’ – Lauren Velvick, Art Monthly, November 2015

The Unspeakable Freedom Device by Jennet Thomas is a dystopian, folkloric work that brings Margaret Thatcher’s morphing legacy to life through a cast of red, green and blue characters all fixated on a wicked device that ‘excites with simplicity, cuts, lifts and separates, then hollows out the centre’ of an impoverished, searching world.

THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE, Jennet Thomas (2015), Published in an edition of 1,000; 144pp; 166mm x 229mm; soft cover. Designed by Modern Activity.

ISBN: 978 1 906012 68 7 – £12.00 

The Measure of Reality
Maija Timonen (2015)

‘There’s a bleak wind of loneliness blowing through the life of Timonen's female, city-dwelling protagonist. And there's absurdity, too: the obsession that grows out of smelling a neighbour's aftershave; the way "I'm OK" sounds less convincing the more it is repeated (I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK...); panicking when trying to find a reference in book and thus making it more difficult to find the reference.’ – Michael Caines, TLS, November 2015

‘Funny, mordantly sexy, witty, true. These fragments of a life lived curiously perch somewhere between psychoanalysis and fiction, where strange desires play out through illness and romance, and both start to resemble each other (as perhaps they always did).’ – Nina Power

The Measure of Reality decentres its unnamed, female protagonist through fictional fragments – a letter, a list of forgotten browser tabs, a treatment for an unmade film, and a variety of dating scenarios that cut close to the bone in their witty analysis of sexual, economic and creative struggles and battles between body and mind.

Published in an edition of 1,000; 128pp; 120 x 195mm; soft cover, with blind embossing. Designed by Erik Hartin.

ISBN 978 1 906012 69 4 – £9.95

Mo-Leeza Roberts (2015)

Mo-Leeza Roberts novel Head describes the desperate future that clusters around Head Gallery like cockroaches swarming over a pigs head, at once critical and complicit, and deluded and envious.

Head Gallery is based in New York, and dedicated to producing work that is split between a written textual element located on the website, expanded press releases, or exhibition description, and materialised elements installed in galleries. It operates in between a future set in 2078, and the present.

Published in an edition of 1,000; 160pp; 184mm x 110mm; soft cover. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio.

ISBN 978 1 906012 67 0 – £9.95

Book Works would like to thank Vivien Ashley and David Dibossa for unstinting and greatly appreciated service to Book Works, as trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Vivien has dedicated 6 years to all aspects of Book Works life, and David has shaped both board and Book Works, as trustee and Chair, for 12 years. They will both be much missed.