- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King; 1 edition (4 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856695883
- ISBN-13: 978-1856695886
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.9 x 28.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators Paperback – 4 May 2009
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About the Author
Francesca Gavin is a writer and editor based in London. She is currently Visual Arts Editor at Dazed & Confused magazine. She has written features and reviews for publications including Another, Blueprint, i-D, Art Review, Contemporary, Intersection, Marmalade, RA magazine, The Sunday Times, and Wonderland. She has written two books: Street Renegades: New Underground Art (2007), and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art (2008), both published by Laurence King.
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Another disappointment was that the people they interviewed often spoke about certain rooms or pieces of furniture, but then these images were never shown.
It is certainly an interesting peek into the lives of others, but even more pics would have been better, especially as you can get all this kind of thing - and more - online for free.
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This is not a book about "minimalism" as the author, Francesca Gavin, so aptly states. Rather it is about the collectible state of an artist's mind where living and creating intertwine in their chosen home. The non-visionary may not be attracted to the more is more philosophy that many artists aspire to as Gavin points out, "blank space with clean lines is an easy aesthetic choice for those lacking in creative imagination."
At first glance the bold typeface used liberally in the book is blaring. But after reading and viewing the photographs, the large, black typeface blends with the smaller copy into a perfectly seamless combination. The book is value-packed with color photographs and extensive copy and features more than 30 successful, worldly artists. Also included is an introduction and city guide along with a pre-introduction front and publisher back inset.
Full-size photographs accompany a one-page biography of each artist. There are many examples and ideas for organizing space to accommodate supplies, collectibles, and found objects--all fuel for creative thought. Some of the spaces are large, some small, some cluttered, some not-so. You will be driven to read and view all of the 207 pages.
The important and underlying theme of the book allows the reader to accept his or her own personal space for creating art no matter what the circumstances. There is a theme of collective thought among the artists presented running throughout the book. Artists are inclined by nature with energy and drive to create. This book fills that yearning partly because it presents unity of thought and habit among creative individuals. I would like to see a similar book published featuring struggling artists in shabby interiors.
There are other books and magazines available on creative space, but Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators reflects in its pages the everyday artist who has made art his or her livelihood. It shows by example that creativity is alive and strong in a homogenized world. You will be inclined to put this book in your satchel to take on a journey where you can steal away some time for intimate reading and dreaming.
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