Matthew Brannon Laurence Harvey
Edition of 15 copies
Each book is numbered and signed by the artist
Book: 26 x 37 x 1 cm -
10.24 x 14.57 x 0.39 inches
Case: 27,5 x 39,5 x 2 cm -
10.83 x 15.55 x 0.79 inches
Fifty-six pages bound in seven signatures
Text, design, and illustrations: Matthew Brannon
Typesetting: Christophe Boutin
Copy editing: Richard Dailey and Darlene Lin
Proofreading: Beth Turk
Title page typeface: “Grave robbers” by Matthew Brannon
Text typeface: “Filosofia” designed by Zuzana Licko for Emigre Fonts, “Neutraface” by House industries
Letterpress printing: Atelier Auger
Silkscreen printing: 2 & 3 Dimensions
Production and binding: Maddalena Quarta – Three Star Books
Paper: Olin 200gr, Canson demi teintes, #354, Curious Metallics super gold
Laurence Harvey, the name of an actor and today the name of a book, or the subject of a book, or simply a name upon the page under which the subtitle reads: “Motion Pictures, White Wine, Older Women and Thin Cigarettes”.
Why should we consider studying the life of an actor, his sexual preferences, neurosis and dietary habits when we are only left dangerously intoxicated by his celebrity? Undoubtedly, it is because one can find this work of art akin to a script suppressed by the Hollywood of yesterday, and here it is today far better served as an imaginary film wherein the hero is more or less familiar to us.
Logically inscribed in Matthew Brannon’s work, the artist presents us with an experimental biography, a veritable work of writing, montage of excerpts, witness accounts and interior monologues peppered with a few quotes by Derrida.
See it for yourself: its large format, soft cover in delicately traced moiré fabric and illustrations silkscreened in four matte colors presented in a handcrafted shirt box, neatly tailored as if arriving straight from Savile Row.