November 1995

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10.3 x 14.4cm, 2pp, Artist's card with a typographic design by Michael Harvey after Finlay's instruction.

YELLOW
VIOLE(N)T
YELLOW
VIOLE(N)T
YELLOW

The structure of the five words reflects the structure of a catamaran with its three hulls (Yellow) and the turbulent water (violent/violet) in between. Hence a symbolic flag for the vessel. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
9.1 x 9cm, 4pp, Artist's card printed black on green. A drawing of rubber beams by Gary Hincks illustrates a poem by Finlay internally:
LAKE ISLE

Nine bean-rows in
a bee-loud glade by
a shore where peace comes<BRdrop-
ping slow

VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10.3 x 14cm, 2pp, Artist's card printed black on deep green. The full title is "A SEASONAL MONUMENT TO THE SOVIET POET MAYAKOVSKY*" beneath which is the line "The smashed canoes of the Salix fragilis". Salix fragilis is the willow tree. Mayakovsky killed himself after his love affair with three different women turned sour - he left a poetic suicide note that included the words "The love-boat has come to grief/On the reefs of convention." The crack willow trees are known to break open (usually with a very loud noise) and Finlay's metaphor of a "smashed canoe" reflects the poem left behind in Mayakovsky's flat. VG+.

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Glasgow/Loire: Tramway/Frac de Pays de la Loire, 1995BR> 21 x 15cm 48pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue from conceptualist Monk's second Glasgow one man show which was entitled "A Brush with Death".
Monk's work often takes the works of great artists and gives it a twist. Particularly good are Monk's holiday paintings - the essence of a vacation instilled into a textual advert on canvas - sold at the same price as the original holiday. Fine. Scarce.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
16.5 x 10.5cm, 2pp, Artist's card designed in the format of the Apollinaire Il Pleut calligramme where the lines descend like rain - but the text here is taken from D. H. Lawrence's Autumn Rain. This is one of Finlay's Echoes Series where known poetic works are recreated with some aspect of the original retained. VG+.

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