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DAVID BELLINGHAM

David Bellingham lives and works in Glasgow. He is an artist who works in a number of different fields including drawing and painting, artist’s books, photography, film, installation and sound art. Much of his output is textual in form – early works being visual and concrete poetry but later introducing aspects of conceptual art.

 

Having worked early in his career with Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Harding, Pavel Buchler, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Rodger Palmer – Bellingham has created a wide range of works alongside the creation of a publishing house in WAX366 (named after the registration of his beloved car).
This archive of books, cards, editions and original works has been created by Paul Robertson since first meeting Bellingham in 2000. Robertson and Bellingham have worked together on a number of exhibitions and project including the highly significant TURNOUT project where Bellingham re-wrote the entire vote of the first ever Scottish Parliament election – a phenomenal effort on the part of the artist who had to draw over 2 million Xs to complete the project in Robertson’s Heart Gallery in Edinburgh in 2005.

 

There are nearly 150 items in this collection – many of the books are unique hand made items and some of the artist’s earliest works from 1997 onwards are included in the group.
The archive may be for sale both as a collection or as individual items – please email mail@unoriginalsins.com to discuss further.

BROKEN BISCUITS. 1999. SIGNED BY BELLINGHAM.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
14 x 10.2cm, 16pp plus printed wrappers. String bound. Artist's book with a number of concrete poems made up from the mixed up letters of well known biscuit types such as Garibaldi, Rich Tea, Digestive, Custard Cream, Bourbon, Malted Milk and Ginger Nut. Of course biscuits are known to break up into small pieces. Small limitation. This example is signed by the artist on the last page. VG+.

HELICES. 1999. SIGNED BY BELLINGHAM.

Glasgow: Wax366, 1999
10 x 4cm, 16pp plus printed covers. Artist's book which reproduces eight line drawings of sycamore smara (the lobed seeds of the tree which fall to the ground in a spiral manner). A visual poem by the Scottish artist. This copy is signed in pencil on the last blank page. VG+.

1887 1948. 1999. SIGNED BY BELLINGHAM.

Glasgow: Wax366, 1999
13.5 x 8.8cm, 12pp plus printed wrappers. String bound. Artist's book with four two-line poems.
For example

shellac-sealed
meadow-saffron

One of a small limitation - this example signed on the last page. VG+.

. VG+.

PRINTED PAPER (FOLDED AND UNFOLDED). 2000.

Dundee: Centre for Artist's Books, 1999
21 x 15cm, 12 pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue and cataloguer raisonne of sorts - the essay by Gilonis is a list of 100 works (postcards and other items) by Bellingham with short descriptions. Issued for an exhibition of Bellingham's artist's books and publications. VG+. Scarce early publication.

A PROPOSAL TO ADD ONE YEAR TO THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR TO COMPENSATE FOR THE ABSENCE OF A YEAR ZERO, ACCORDINGLY RENOMINATING 1999 THE YEAR 2000. 1999 (OR SHOULD IT BE 2000?)

Glasgow: WAX336, 1999
10.4 x 14cm, 2pp. Artist's card noting that at the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582, the fact that the former calendar was created at a time when the concept of zero "was not known" (or rather not used mathematically). Bellingham's suggestion is to restore the year 0 by adding an additional year to any current date. VG+.

THE INK FROM A BIC BIRO (RED). 2000. ONE OF 30 COPIES – EACH UNIQUE.

Glasgow: Wax (Bellingham), 2000
Two separate printed sheets - each 32 x 22.4cm in plastic transparent pouch. The first sheet being the title and the second a painting; an abstract pattern made from using the entire content of ink from a single 'Bic' biro and spreading it on the sheet (a 'Bic' biro is a cheap ink pen used most often in offices). There were 30 each of four different colours each unique within the total edition of 120. Fine.

THE INK FROM A BIC BIRO (RED). 2000. ONE OF 30 COPIES – EACH UNIQUE.

Glasgow: Wax (Bellingham), 2000
Two separate printed sheets - each 32 x 22.4cm in plastic transparent pouch. The first sheet being the title and the second a painting; an abstract pattern made from using the entire content of ink from a single 'Bic' biro and spreading it on the sheet (a 'Bic' biro is a cheap ink pen used most often in offices). There were 30 each of four different colours each unique within the total edition of 120. Fine.

THE LANGUAGE OF POLITICS/THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE. 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
14 x 15cm, 2pp artist's postcard with "THE LANGUAGE OF POLITICS" printed in red on one side and on the other also in red: "THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE". Small limitation. VG+.

I I I I I I. 2000.

Glasgow: WAX336, 2000
9 x 15cm, 4pp. Artist's card which alternates lower case "i"s in the fonts Johnston and Gill Sans on the front in white and blue. The shape of the dot over each eye differs between fonts: one is rounded and the other a diamond shape. Edward Johnston designed his font for the London Transport network in 1915, and Eric Gill designed his font around 1927.
The poem inside the card reads:
Johston's diamonds
Gill's pearls
Early concrete poem card by Bellingham. VG+.

RIPPLES IN THE GUTTER. 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
14.5 x 9cm, 800 plus silver paper wrappers. Artist's book - all the pages are blank apart from the centre page which has the text "ripples in the gutter" in silver ink. A visual poem. Staples very slightly rusted else VG. Limitation not known but not many.

FORM FOUND ON THE DOORSTEP, SHIVERING IN A CARDBOARD BOX. 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
9 x 16cm, 2pp artist postcard with the title text showing white on grey on the front, verso publisher details. VG+

PARTIGLIANO TERRACE. 2000. SIGNED ON THE REVERSE BY BELLINGHAM.

Glasgow: WAX366, 2003 13 x 29.5cm, 2pp offset green on white lithographic print with ten green drawings of the outlines of leaves. The leaves were all "selected from, the terraced olive groves which surround Partigliano in Tuscana. Signed on the back by Bellingham in pencil. Limitation unknown. VG+.

LEMON YELLOW LEMON. LIME GREEN LIME. ORANGE ORANGE. 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
14.5 x 11cm, 2pp artist postcard with a colour image of three of the artist's neon works. VG+

IN THE TURNING OF PAGES… 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2000
5.9 x 13.8cm, 12pp (self cover). String bound. Artist's book with the text IN THE TURNING OF PAGES WE REGULATE LIGHT AND SHADE - the text over several pages to replicate Bellingham's words. Small limitation. VG+.

BASIC FORMS. 2000.

Glasgow: Wax366, n.d.
10 14.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with a text on both sides:

the card: a form of two pages
the folding card: a form of four pages
the print/poster: a form of one page
the book: a community of pages

The text is repeated on both sides of the card - one side is glossy, the other matt. VG+.

AN INCH IS NEITHER SHORT NOR LONG. 2000.

Glasgow: Gallery of Modern Art, 2000
14.8 x 21cm, 2pp red on yellow artist's postcard - the text on the front lists six aphorisms on size by Bellingham. VG+.

BOOKMARKS. 2001.

Edinburgh: Morning Star, 2001 16.5 x 9cm, 2pp printed pocket folder (with adhesive back) content of five, 14 x 6cm, 2pp bookmarks designed by Telfor Stokes, David Bellingham, Alex Finlay with Hans Waanders, David COnnearn and Thomas A. Clark. Object multiple issued on the occasion of the Bookshelves initiative. All VG in similar folder. Limitation not known.

ASP (ALL SPARE PARTS). 2001. SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.

Nurnberg: Kunsthaus, 2001 21.5 x 14cm, 112pp plus card covers. Artist's book issued during an exhibition with two essays by Harry Gilionis and Pavel Buchler. Colour and b/w images of works throughout. This copy is signed in pencil on the half-title by Bellingham.

GAS PURPLE CROCUS FLAME. 2001.

Glasgow: Wax366, 2009
12.5 x 8cm, 2pp artist postcard with a poem on the front. VG+.

THE BOOK. A COMMUNITY OF PAGES. 2001.

Edinburgh: Morning Star Publications, 2001
4 x 5.8cm, 2pp bookmark printed black on silver. Issued for a year of "residencies" in Scottish Libraries. VG+.