Artworks by Ian Johnstone
With a text by Geoff Cox
and an afterword by Serena Korda.
Music Cassette by Daniel O’Sullivan.
Archival quality, large format, collectors’ hardback
240mm x 240mm, 72pp.
Full colour throughout.
£40.00 + p&P*
300 copies only.
All copies include two prints of Ian’s artwork.
(*23% of profits from sales of this book will be donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust)
Interred in the shadow of the tower of silence, beneath bird wing storm and acid hail, the fruiting body hardens. Takes shape.
23 drawings by Ian Johnstone, in red ball point pen on melamine, originally exhibited at London’s Horse Hospital in November 2010. The drawings celebrate individual blood consciousness, the in-between and the constant state of becoming.
• Includes a 40 minute cassette of music composed for the original exhibition at the Horse Hospital by Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Mothlite, Grumbling Fur).
“This is a rare document of blood voiced signatures; weeping guilt details of all our conspiracies. Snatch it up. Let the words’ knifings and the split Biro capillaries own you. But never lend it out, or pocket it close to your heart, it’s too unforgiving.”
Brian Catling, author of The Vorrh
Musick For Ark Todd
By Daniel O’Sullivan
A: The Levitating Moon Piece
B: Black Egg / Orpheus
“I wrote several pieces of music for Ian’s ‘Ark Todd’ static levitation performance over the years. Each setting provoked a different approach. The collaboration with Ulver at the Norwegian Opera house in Oslo was well documented but this particular version, composed for the exhibition of his Stab Wounds at the Horse Hospital gallery in Bloomsbury, has been resting dormant until now.
The second piece was a commission for The Place theatre, also in Bloomsbury. An unfinished piece of choreography with dancer and vocalist Francois Testory. Like all of Ian’s work, this was a singular vision probing the human condition and meticulously scratching for truth under every surface.”
About Ian Johnstone
‘Ian was artist of unimaginable talent and vision, articulated in his singular and exquisite aesthetic which was manifest in all he touched… he was charismatically irreverent, compelling to watch and to listen to and bottomlessly soulful.’ The Horse Hospital
As well as his own incredible work in sculpture, drawing, painting and performance, Ian collaborated on designs, costumes and performances with musicians including Coil, Daniel O’Sullivan, James B Hollands, Mothlite Francois Testory and Ulver.
Ian was a long time friend of Strange Attractor and we were working with him on this book when he died unexpectedly in 2015.