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John Smith

John Smith, Tanya Leighton (ed), Kathrin Meyer (ed)

Sternberg Press, Berlin and Mousse Publishing, Milan / 2013

£26.00

Contributors: Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife, Hardback, English / German, 236 pages

This new monograph on the work of English film and video artist John Smith provides a thorough insight into a highly original and diverse practice spanning over forty years. Illustrated in full colour with still images and synopses from a complete filmography comprising nearly fifty film and video works, the book contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife. Herbert’s text provides an incisive overview of Smith’s work over the past four decades while Christie examines his oeuvre in relation to the tradition of English eccentrism. Meyer’s essay focuses upon absence and abstraction in Smith’s film The Black Tower while de Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of his film Gargantuan.