Troubador In the Face of It

Released: 28/02/2015

ISBN: 9781784621834

Format: Paperback

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In the Face of It

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In the Face of It is part of a series of three Artists’ Books that represent three stages of an artistic journey in the years 1995-2006 exploring the dialectic of mark, word and image. A recurrent theme in each is that of surprise. In The Face of It recounts an unexpected shift in 1995 from the earlier visual poetry in The Poetry of It (2013), into pictorial art itself. In works like Another Rilke, a series of figurative prints termed ‘Art Noir’ begun in pursuit of self-knowledge became a vehicle for the maker’s self-identification as an artist and conception of such works as portraiture. The three books show how working through these stages in visual art was a condition for the spacial writing and reading of both sound and silence in my it to you (2013), The Book of It (2010) as well as In The Face of It (2013).

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John  McGreal

John McGreal was born in 1945. He lives in South London. He is divorced with a daughter, Frances.

His writing has emerged out of his practice as a visual artist, which has

always included an interest in use of text. This focus on spacial aspects of language was exemplified in his first solo art show, How Is It?, an exhibition of prints in July, 2006 at The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London to commemorate the centenary of Samuel Becket. As an artist he has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Camberwell College of Art since gaining a Distinction in MA Book Arts there (2002)and a First in BA Fine Art at Central St Martin's School of Art (2001).

His interest in writing the silent voice and internal monologue also emerged from the experience prior to that in the Eighties and Nineties, when he practiced as a psychiatric and addiction counsellor - and then as a psychoanalytic counsellor, getting a Distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Counselling at Goldsmith's College, London (1992).

His attention to detail in punctuation and the inner spacial workings of written language has stemmed too from the time in the Seventies when he worked as a free-lance translator for Routledge and Kegan Paul and The Harvester Press.

He has always retained an interest in the social context of writing since working in the early Seventies and late Sixties as an academic sociologist at The Open University, The London School of Economics and Leicester University where he got a First in BA Soc.Sci.(Sociology)in 1967.

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