Out of the Box book launch today!

Out of the Box: A Celebration of Contemporary Box Art is available to purchase from today! How happy does Tom look in this picture?!

You can order a copy from your local bookshop or purchase from many online retailers (such as Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and Telegraph Books). If you fancy a sneak peek at some of what’s in store then please take a look at 8 Books and Yatzer‘s websites.

Séminaire annuel des Jeudis du genre feature

Proud to have been asked to provide artwork for the 2022-2023 “Gender Thursdays” seminars at Université Tolouse Jean Jaurès. Very exciting that a piece concerned with addressing how one is defined is being used for seminars reflecting on the constructions, manipulations and subversions of gender and/or sexual assignment in literature, history, arts and culture.

Upcoming book publication “Out of the Box: A Celebration of Contemporary Box Art”

I am thrilled to share news of my participation in a new title being released on 29th September by 8 Books and distributed by Thames and Hudson Ltd.

“Out of the Box” is built on a decade of research, curation and documentation of box art exhibitions by Tom Buchanan and includes written contribution from Sarah Lea (curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London).

Press release:

“A fascinating journey into a labyrinthine world, this is an inclusive, in-depth compendium of artists’ imaginations from very different walks of life.” Gavin Turk

From Duchamp’s Kunstkammer to the avian works of Joseph Cornell, box art re-invents the ordinary and stimulates an endless journey of discovery, both of the self and of the world around us. Out of the Box celebrates objects, assemblage, and the lost art of collecting in an increasingly digital world.

This fascinating compendium features more than 100 creatives from 21 different countries—not only professional artists, but also those living and working outside the mainstream. Showcasing over 500 works, the book encapsulates diversity by way of a practice that refuses to be categorized: it is fine art and design, decorative and serious, artefact and artifice captured in miniature.

The very accessibility of box art, touching all aspects of our lives and our daily rituals of rationalizing and organizing, elicits an empathetic response. We live, arrange, watch, and rest in death in boxes, and this extraordinary book is testament to the absurdity and wonder that is life.

Tom Buchanan is a designer, artist and curator based in London, UK. He has worked for numerous advertising agencies, publishers, record labels and newspapers, including Condé Nast, The Guardian, Saatchi & Saatchi, Time Life, Random House, TBWA GGT, Time Out, INK publishing, Jonathan Cape, Polydor records and New Scientist. In 2012 he was inspired to assemble a nationwide open submission to exhibit “Artworks that have evolved, been created within, or even escaped from a Box”. This was the start of the “Out of the Box” series of exhibitions.

Sarah Lea is an art historian and curator. Having joined the Royal Academy in 2007, Sarah has curated major exhibitions including Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust (2015), Dali/Duchamp (2017), Antony Gormley (2019) and Francis Bacon: Man and Beast (2022). She writes regularly for the RA Magazine and produces podcasts.

The Day After The Night Before…

Returning to Turner Contemporary to have a proper look at the work in situ.

I always find it difficult to take everything in at a preview so it seemed like a good idea to go back and have a look at the exhibits on my final day in Kent. It was lovely to see further interaction with my piece too; people building on the marks produced the night before.

Turner Contemporary Open Preview

What a wonderful evening at the Turner Contemporary Open! My first preview since Covid lockdowns and although there were many measures still in place (entry to the show was staggered, socially distanced and included masks), you could feel a buzz among attendees… we were able to go to physical shows once more!

It was also fantastic to see the interaction occurring with my piece as I had intended! Apparently the first marks were down to a guide dog’s tail swishing across the surface. This was the catalyst needed for others to step forward, play and contemplate. I can’t wait to see what happens to the piece between now and 20th February next year!

 

Between the Pages exhibition in St Helens

Nice to get a glimpse of the new show Between the Pages at World of Glass in St Helens. Unfortunately due to the opening times of the space I have been unable to check it out myself but this little clip gives you an idea of what you can see at this unique site. You can catch my work on display until the 3rd September.

Article published in Escape Art Magazine

Pleased to announce that I am featured in Escape Art Magazine’s latest online publication (Issue 3), “What Does it Mean to Be Free”. On pages 8 to 19, I discuss material choices, my conceptual approaches (with spotlights on a few pieces in particular) and muse over the idea of freedom, something I feel is incredibly apt given the current lockdown situation we find ourselves in.

WordPower: Language as Medium Out Now!

Had some brilliant news! WordPower: Language as Medium has been published and is available to purchase online via the publishers Library X or Amazon. This two-part publication explores works by a selection of 100 contemporary artists who implement the direct use of language and the written word in their processes (myself included).

The book reflects on the shift from the representative to simplified modes of visual communication and the practices featured range from the socially engaged, participatory approaches to the sculptural, conceptual, performative and new media formats.