25th July, 2013 – The Hungry Workshop exhibition: Look See! said the Cyclops
[Look See! said the Cyclops exhibited four Mountains Brown Press titles: & Y, Nothing Doing, Look See! said the Cyclops, and Poppy-cock (sure). The exhibition was launched by Marian Crawford. Julian Davies (co-founder of Finlay Lloyd Publications) supplied a short essay for the exhibition discussing Poppy-cock (sure), he wrote: While it can’t be said that the personal significance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for Phil Day and its central place in the consciousness of the Western World are merely coincidental, the play does have a particular, idiosyncratic and natural place in Phil’s imagination. […] For Phil there is more than one play within this play. […]  – the role of Polonius, and it is this that he has chosen to depict in this series of prints. … Phil has chosen objects to represent the players – a wine glass for Gertrude, a lobster pot for Hamlet, a bra for Ophelia, a knife within a condom for Laertes, a walking frame with a flaccid sock for Polonius – to create his own cast of images. T0 illustrate Hamlet literally would produce a series of pictures of people standing around talking (with a ghostly apparition here or Hamlet holding a skull there). Phil, by contrast has allowed his metaphorical objects to interact in an alternative world where the subtle interplay of the imagery makes pictures that respond imaginatively to the play rather than mimicking it. No artist can offer a greater compliment to another than this… while also pursuing an authentic personal vision.]

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[Look See! said the Cyclops opening night at The Hungry Workshop.]

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[Gallery wall at The Hungry Workshop.]

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[Marian Crawford launching Look See! said the Cyclops.]
  
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[opening night of Look See! said the Cyclops.]

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[Olive – Hungry Workshop resident.]

Des Cowley essay discussing the first seven books from Mountains Brown Press.
Mountains Brown Press: the recent artist’s books of Phil Day. Imprint: Quarterly Journal of the Print Council of Australia Vol. 48, no. 1, Autumn 2013.

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[...] there is a sense of spiritual renewal to be found here. The very purity of their structure – the simple act of folding paper to make pages – has allowed Day to return to his earliest experience of making books, and re-connect with his long-held belief in the book as an open and creative space.
[Excerpted from Mountains Brown Press: the recent artist’s books of Phil Day by Des Cowley.]

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