Simon Cutts, Ode for the Rediscovery of the Olympia 66 Portable Typewriter II, 1994-2013
Mixed-media unique work exhibited Printed in Norfolk: Coracle Publications 1989-2012
Ref: Barrie Tullet, Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, Laurence King Publishing Ltd., London, 2014, p. 146
In 1987, Cutts lost his Olympia 66 typewriter, designed by Max Bill in 1939, in a Paris street market, and began a search to find another, which he finally discovered in 1994.
The artist has written of the typewriter: ‘Its conceptual integrity must be cherished as a tool transposing the notebook jotting to the draft as the first stage of a more formal page of type. This might matter even more than the wonderful playfulness of its availability for so-called concrete poetry, used by poets like Sylvester Houédard and Jiri Valoch, amongst many, fed by the equal spacing of letters of the typewriter’s mechanics.’
Typewriter works include :
A collection of Jiri Valoch typestracts and manuscripts 1964-8. This collection of original documents were made into a book by Coracle Press, “Jiri Valoch – Letters from Brno” in 2010. The publication states: “‘Letters from Brno’ assembles poems contained in mail sent by Jiri Valoch to his acquaintance, editor and publisher Charles Verey, in 1968. They were poems made by the typewriter, letters arranged on the page as forms, and their accompanying correspondence. The enclosed poems were made between 1964 and the date of the letters.”
– 11 unique typestracts by Valoch (some signed and inscribed)
– 3 handcut silkscreen card ‘Textfragments’ by Valoch (unique), inscribed
– 6 TLS from Valoch to Charles Verey (together with 2 autograph envelopes)
Donato Cinicolo 3
A complete run of all of Donato Cinicolo’s publications (pre 1980). Italian born typewriter poet based in England. Seven publications in total (full list on request). Rare.
Dom Sylvester Houedard (dsh)
A selection of dsh books, prints and cards are held, as well as an archive/collection.
Anachronism, 150 mm x 109 mm, hardback, signed by the artist. No edition size given. Attractive unique collection of typed (black & red ink) bound typestracts by the artist. Collage elements. No edition size given (each book seen as unique by artist). Published by the artist, Czech Republic, 2013.
Stuart Mills, Two Landscapes
Original artwork made by the artist and poet Stuart Mills, and exhibited in the Miniatures exhibition at Coracle Press (Camberwell) in 1977. As per the catalogue of that show: this is work number 44. “Two Landscapes”; glass, wood, plastic 5 2/16″ x 3″. The work, frame, and typed contents of the slides were all made by Mills. A faded ghost-like “signature” is on the reverse in the artist’s hand simply stating “stuart’s”.
Mills (1940-2006) was founder and editor of Tarasque Press and a leading English Concrete Poet.