For the exhibition Conjuring for Beginners, I designed four 72-page books that were stacked in Project Arts Centre’s main gallery. I also co-edited and contributed eighteen drawings to one of the four; a reprint of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space. The exhibition (and books) included work by Sam Keogh, Zbyněk Baladrán, Janice Kerbel, Susan Philipsz, Angela Fulcher, Ruth E. Lyons, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel. The books are as follows:
- Conjuring for Beginners, edited by Tessa Giblin and Kate Strain, included an introductory text by Tessa Giblin and seven essays by Curt Riegelnegg, 72pp, Project Press, ISBN 978-1-872493-35-0
- Colouring Book, produced by Tessa Giblin and Kate Strain with images by same, 72pp, Project Press, ISBN 978-1-872493-36-1
- Familiar Things, edited by Kate Strain, with a glossary by Kate Strain, a commissioned essay by Rebecca La Marre and selected extracts of texts by Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein, Jonathan Swift, Claude Lévi Strauss, and the Benziger Brothers, 72pp, Project Press, ISBN 978-1-872493-37-4
- The Colour Out of Space, edited by Kate Strain and Seán O’Sullivan, written by H.P. Lovecraft, images by Seán O’Sullivan, 72pp, Project Press, ISBN 978-1-872493-38-1
From the Press Release:
Amidst Conjuring for Beginners are piles of publications for the public to freely take away. Exposing the ideas behind the artworks throughout the entire building, or jettisoning away into the reflections of a philosopher, each of the publications has its own purpose. Stacked like worn pillars, the subjects of these humbly produced books range from works of literature and experimental writing to art works and a colouring-in book—inspiring children and adults to conjure the scene.