Troubador It's the Unconcious, Deeply

Released: 28/09/2017

ISBN: 9781788039352

Format: Paperback

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It's the Unconcious, Deeply


The subject of this artist’s book is the unconscious, to which art was opened up in early modernism particularly by Surrealism.

The aesthetic object of this work is the bibliograph, a new textual form (explored in a series of several recent works) which presents variations in meaning of its dominant motif in referential images with an alphabetical structure. It’s visual network of textual patterns is informed by Sigmund Freud’s statement that, ‘the interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activity in the mind’ & Lacan’s that, ‘the unconscious ‘is structured like a language’.

While the bibliograph retains some of the same structural features of earlier works such a double-page wordscape, its curved and spiralling textual patterns with equalised lines of uniform length take a coded form informed by Freud’s theoretical concepts of condensation and displacement.

These give the reader ready to travel the journey an opportunity to decipher the text: a chance go the extra mile and to explore at the limits current knowledge of the psychical, physical and social unconscious at their different levels of complexity and reproduction..

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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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