David Button Tag

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1986
38 × 26.4cm, two part red and black silkscreen on transparent paper and white paper respectively with a drawing by David Button of of three World War I warships - INVINCIBLE. INFLEXIBLE. INDEFATIGABLE’. The overlay sheet adds red diagonal strokes - the poles which held the ships’ torpedo nets - along each hull.
With the subtitle being Homage to Agam, the work is a visual pun paintings by the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam who created optical art (OpArt) works using stripes and diagonals.
The outer card folder notes this is one of only 150 copies produced. This is an unsigned copy. VG in like folder.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973
30 x 21cm, 4pp with silver and black on white lithograph on the front, content of two sheets - one light blue typing paper and the other a lined "STATIONERY" page much as used by children to line up their handwriting on a blank page (such as the blue sheet). The work plays in part on the homonym "stationery" (stationary). The lined paper visually is also much like a channel or a canal with parallel banks. Button's front cover drawing is minimal and of a boat in outline cutting through the water with an ever-widening wake behind it. This is one of 300 signed and numbered copies in green ink by Finlay. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1970
25 x 55cm, b.w offset lithograph of a drawing of a trawler (by David Button) with a semi-opaque overlay of a text: ERRATA/Bow and stern of trawler for "KY" read A. " Is this a dirty joke? Not really Finlay's thing but it could be correct as A is often "arse" in vernacular and the stern of a trawler is the arse of the boat. KY is a brand of lubricant and a "trawler" might well be someone who "gets around". On balance I think we are forced to accept that this is somewhat blue which is surprising.
One of 300 signed and numbered examples in paper folder.
Murray 5.18.

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