Real lush

Artist's Book
1981 (published)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
National Art Library
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The rhomboid shape of this book is a striking example of a structure that manipulates the way that the viewer experiences the book. ‘Real lush’ is over 2 inches thick and comprises 315 leaves bolted together within a stiff red cover. The positioning of the bolts and the resulting tight, angle binding was intended to help flip open the book, but also to hide a good proportion of the book in the spine. For Osborn books are about revelation and concealment.

‘Real lush’ is a largely visual work with perceptible sequences of images, overprinted layer upon layer. Individual elements of imagery reappear as visual refrains throughout the work. Some sequences of images depict movement: a man running from left to right, or a bird flying off the page. The book paraphrases the experience of growing up in a close-knit, vocal, voluminous family.

Although the book can be perused slowly and deliberately, page by page, its tactile structure lends itself emphatically to flipping through it at breakneck speed, the viewer experiencing a dynamic onslaught of sensory overload.


object details
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Object Type
Brief Description
Artist's book, 'Real lush', by Kevin Osborn, Virginia, 1981
Physical Description
Artist's book incorporating a montage of recycled magazine ads, photos and graphics - printed offset.



Features an unusual angle binding, intended both to help flip open the book, but also to hide a good percentage of the book in the spine. Each leaf measures 10 x 14 cm. but the book is bound at a slant to form a rhomboidal solid.



Limited ed. of 305 copies.



640 pages all illustrated, some colour
Dimensions
  • Height: 10cm
Summary
The rhomboid shape of this book is a striking example of a structure that manipulates the way that the viewer experiences the book. ‘Real lush’ is over 2 inches thick and comprises 315 leaves bolted together within a stiff red cover. The positioning of the bolts and the resulting tight, angle binding was intended to help flip open the book, but also to hide a good proportion of the book in the spine. For Osborn books are about revelation and concealment.



‘Real lush’ is a largely visual work with perceptible sequences of images, overprinted layer upon layer. Individual elements of imagery reappear as visual refrains throughout the work. Some sequences of images depict movement: a man running from left to right, or a bird flying off the page. The book paraphrases the experience of growing up in a close-knit, vocal, voluminous family.



Although the book can be perused slowly and deliberately, page by page, its tactile structure lends itself emphatically to flipping through it at breakneck speed, the viewer experiencing a dynamic onslaught of sensory overload.
Other Number
95.GG.30 - NAL Pressmark
Collection
Library Number
38041987033073

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