Fictions: Faux Books, Posters and Records

Fictional books, posters and records have been part of my art practice since 2011. The first fictions grew out of the Animals & Architecture project (view full project here). You can see that work below. In recent years I have been making materials for an imagined 1970’s art institution.

The Thorold Gallery (2016-Present)

The Thorold Gallery is a fictional 1960's/70's art institution of unknown size and scope. I have created a number of exhibition posters, album covers and publications that relate to the imagined programming of the gallery. With the exception of a few obvious appropriations, all of the content was generated by the artist. If you want to see all of The Thorold Gallery work in one go, check out it out on Pinterest.

Exhibition Posters

various sizes / archival inkjet print / 2016-2018

Exhibition Posters (tall)

Record Covers

Books and Booklets

Volumes from an Imagined Intellectual History of Animals, Architecture & Man (2010–2014) 

This series of faux books, records and posters (2010-2014) are meant to be the reading, listening and viewing materials of the fictional investigator at the center of the project. The items all connect in some way to the intersection of animals and architecture (often rather obliquely). I have designed new covers for old library books, mostly using a mid-twentieth century modernist graphic design style. As physical objects they are fairly convincing fakes. The invented volumes walk the line between absurdity and plausibility. The books appear to lend intellectual support to the efforts of the investigator, or at least clues to his thinking. I include them in exhibits as a way to introduce certain themes and relationships into the mind of the viewer which they then take to the other elements of the project. With the exception of one found photograph (Invertebrates & Architecture), and several of The Waldron Way books (the last batch on this page) all of the photographs, graphics, logos and text were generated by the artist. All books, posters and records are in editions of 4 with 2 A.P.

Book Covers