Bluebeard's Castle, 1972

Ron King

Coloured paper, cardboard, colour screen prints, foil, metal rods, acrylic

The power of communication is defined and controlled by the language we choose to use. The communication vehicle, whatever it might be, provides the means by which written, or spoken, language can be translated into a concrete form or presented in some conceptual framework.In this regard language is not confined to words and texts, but is a broader manifestation of the way we experience and absorb information of all kinds...

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RON KING

Bluebeard's Castle, 1972

Coloured paper,colour screen prints,foil, metal rods,cardboard folder, black plexiglass tray with a transparent lid.

‘The power of communication is defined and controlled by the language we choose to use. The communication vehicle, whatever it might be, provides the means by which written, or spoken, language can be translated into a concrete form or presented in some conceptual framework. In this regard language is not confined to words and texts, but is a broader manifestation of the way we experience and absorb information of all kinds.

Typographers are intimately aware that the ways in which thoughts, words and concepts are presented gives full meaning to written language. Words can be much more than shapes on the page, or even disembodied sounds. Typography is language that is given visual form.

Poetry always strikes me as something that should be spoken aloud. Poetry books, no matter how 'sensitive' the typography, always seem deathly silent to me. Bluebeard's Castle explores the poetry of space, where words and images occupy physical structures, and manipulate the framework of understanding of the spoken word. The animation of the object by the reader complements the words, enhances the mood, creating spaces within which the written and the visual merge.

As discussed in Structure section, this use of real space is one that cannot be replicated in quite the same way on screen. In the digital space, however, audio, video and animation form an integral part of the media mix which do not naturally integrate with the reading experience. Similarly the concept of time is one which is more readily defined via screen-based media. With Bluebeard's Castle time is introduced through the revealing of each of the nine pieces, and as a contemplative component of the viewing and reading experience.

The craft of publishing, and the context of the reading experience are further discussed in relation to Portfolio Two in the Craft & Technology section.’

Malcolm Garrett

This book represents the bride’s arrival at Bluebeard’s Castle, a one-act opera by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. The visual theme of the nine three-dimensional pop-ups breaks from tradition by focussing on the rooms not the (two) characters; the portcullis, the castle and seven secret chambers with the verse incorporated into the design.

Circle Press, created by Ron King in 1967, reflects his vision to “draw together a circle of like-minded people”. It has evolved to include over 100 artists and poets who have managed all aspects of its activities themselves. www.circlepress.com

 
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