Artist John Latham at work with burnt books in his studio in Holland Park, London.
M/S of artist John Latham in his studio in Holland Park, London. His beard and cream Aran jumper make him look a bit of a beatnik. There are some old books and tools on a table in the middle of the room.
C/U as he picks up a book with a red cover and examines it, then clears a space on the table. With a large spatula and some plaster he attaches a different book to a canvas and then cuts the first book in half with some cutters. C/Us as he pumps a blow-lamp and uses it to burn the edges of the cut book, then dusts away any loose ash with a brush. C/Us of him applying plaster to a piece of wire gauze and attaching the burnt book section to the gauze, then sticking the whole thing to the canvas we saw earlier. He now paints some of the burnt pages a dark pink colour.
M/Ss of the three-dimensional canvas on a wall with various books attached, all with pink painted pages, then with dark blue pages, then pale blue and yellow pages. The commentator tells us that "what remains of the pages are painted different colours: thus by turning the charred leaves, one can change the colour to suit either the surroundings, or the prevailing mood of the owner - if any".
C/U of another canvas, painted grey, with various objects attached including book covers and bits of wire and metal. Tilt up to show the original red book, now burnt and attached to the top of the canvas.
Note: Interesting look at modern art. There is some good documentation on file including a press release and leaflet from an exhibition at the ICA featuring John Latham as well as Peter Blake and Theo Crosby.