Makeready Readymade Exhibition
This exhibition, by Chase & Galley director Stuart Geddes, displays a collection of makeready sheets and creates new works from the makeready sheets of photographs of this makeready collection.
These works borrow the use of the slash from Steve Rushton's article 'Sinister/Bastard: Interchangeable Paragraphs on a Typographical Sign' in Dot Dot Dot 4. A part of the article discusses the history of the slash (/) in terms of heraldic symbolism. Basically that the shield with a diagonal slash denotes the bearer as a bastard child. It is similar with these these printed objects. That they are the bastard children of other jobs.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book that documents the makeready collection displayed in the exhibition as well as several short writings and thoughts about printing, design, language and art. The book is produced using offset lithography, stencil duplicator (Risograph) and letterpress printing, and while it was made as a numbered edition of 250, each book is unique, the paper having been sourced from the Risograph makeready sheets of A Small Press. The making of the book can be seen here.