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.

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.

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.

 

Featured in Manchester Confidential article on Manchester artists

Really honoured to have been featured in Vicky Smith’s Manchester Confidential article “10 more Manchester artists you need to know about“. She writes:

” If you can say one thing about Emma Lloyd, it’s that she has patience. While the Kent native/adoptive Mancunian works in other materials, it’s perhaps her exquisite paperwork sculptures that she’s best known for. Pages are transformed into ammonites, cell structures and even people under the blade of her scalpel – making tangible the idea of books as otherworldly portals.”

My work appears alongside that of Kate Kelly, Tim Garner, Baiba Auria, Chris Cyprus, Andrew Brooks, Hilary Jack, Len Grant, Gina Kirby and Akinyemi Oludele.

Manchester Confidential: Things to do in February

Really lovely to see my show featured in Manchester Confidential’s “Things to do in February” article. They write:

“Emma Lloyd is best known for transforming familiar objects – particularly books – into breathtaking paper sculptures, but this exhibition sees the talented local artist explore printmaking and other mediums besides with her trademark intricacy. We suggest making an afternoon of it and exploring the gorgeous Salford Museum and Peel Park while you’re there.”

Many thanks for the feature Manchester Confidential!

 

Article in Bees Blogs

A huge thank you goes out to Brian Wild of Bees Blogs for featuring my new solo show “Beyond the Linear” in his blog. He writes:

“Emma Lloyd is a Manchester based contemporary artist working mainly in text. Emma has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in ‘Art of the Book’ and ‘Summer Salon’ at Seager Gray Gallery in California , ‘The World of Paper Products’ Hanok Village, Jeonju South Korea which featured art in paper from a global list of artists, as well as Belgium and South Africa.

I first came across Emma’s work at Saul Hay Gallery’s exhibition ‘Material Matters‘ in August 2017 and was astounded by the intricacy and attention to detail which formed her work. Her pieces are beautifully constructed textual sculptural artworks, which grabbed the attention of, and delighted, visitors to the exhibition.

For this latest exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery will again be exploring language, visual puzzles and cognitive properties. I’m looking forward to seeing this latest offering from Emma and would recommend you put a date in your diary.”

Selected for upcoming publication “WordPower: Language as Medium”

I am thrilled to announce that my work will be included in an upcoming title from Library X “WordPower: Language as Medium” (edited by Sarah Peace). The book will include pieces from established, mid career and emerging artists whose artistic practices and projects are realised primarily with text. It is due to be released late 2018.

Bees Blogs on Material Matters at Saul Hay Gallery

Brian Wild of Manchester based Bees Blogs has written a lovely piece covering the latest show at Saul Hay Gallery (Material Matters). It is open until 17th September with a talk planned on the 15th which will be hosted by art historian Sara Riccardi.

Featured in Square Cylinder, California

Lovely article for Square Cylinder by David M. Roth regarding the twelfth annual Art of the Book show at Seager Gray (running until 31st May). This piece discusses my work along with the art of Valérie Buess, Andrew Hayes,Tony Dagradi, Mary Ellen Bartley and Foolscap Press.