Today sees the launch of ‘The Compulsive Orgonists of West Bromwich’, the latest publication by Indigo Octagon, the small collective of artists I work which with comprises of myself, Andrew Smith, HR Smoke and Chris Cowdrill. This is our fourth publication now, with two of the others: ‘Stolen Car’ and ‘Black Highway’, accompanying two of my solo exhibitions, and the first one, ‘If A Picture Paints A Thousand Words Then Why Can’t I Paint?’, accompanying our first (and to date only) collective exhibition in 2012.
The general idea is that when we meet up we all bring different ideas, bits of work etc to the table and try and develop something from this. This new publication mainly belongs to Chris and Andrew and grew out of some great drawings Chris had been doing based on Victorian era beards and moustaches which seemed to fit well with some of Andrew’s recent writing and poetry, which includes ‘The Compulsive Orgonists…’ of the title, and some of his photographs. My own limited contribution was mainly working with Chris later on in developing the concept of it looking like an old book cover using one of Andrew’s photographs as inspiration.
Here is a link so you can view it online, and over the course of this week we are sharing some extracts from it on the Indigo Octagon Facebook page. We hope to sell it, alongside the other publications, at some Art Book or Fanzine fairs or stockist’s and are currently looking into opportunities for this. In the meantime, we are selling copies at just £3 each, and if anyone would like to buy one you can contact me through my website, or Indigo Octagon via the Facebook page. There are only 30 copies, each one editioned, and each copy also comes with three great portrait cards featuring fantastically bearded gentlemen created by Chris.-->
Following on from this we are currently looking into venues and potential collaborators to organize ‘The Compulsive Orgonists of West Bromwich’ exhibition….