Title of publication: Horse Latitudes
Name of artist: Chris Wilson
Additional contributor/s: includes print portrait of the author by Gareth McConnell
Design: Helios Capdevila
Editor: Gareth McConnell & Thomas Rees
Publication date: 2013
Place of publication: London
Edition size: 1000
Format: Softback, approx. 25,000 + 16 full colour plates
Size: 12 x18 cm
Number of pages: 128
Type of printing: Offset
Name of printer: GGP Media GmbH
Number of pictures: 16
Description of book: Artist Chris Wilson tells his almost unbelievable life story in his first book Horse Latitudes. Accompanying the text are sixteen colour plates of his paintings – both are delivered with an intensity that is simultaneously shocking and thought provoking. Wilson’s story takes us from his idyllic childhood in 1960s Africa to the streets of San Francisco, where he had grown into a young man on the rampage through a world of addiction, incarceration and violence. Deported to the UK in 1998, a number of years follow with the author lying broken and spiritually defeated in an London hostel until finally, and unexpectedly, he manages to drag himself to a new life of art and societal contribution.
As much a narrative of attempted elevation and escapism through degradation and crime, as it is a glimpse of the poisoned beauty of the brutal underbelly of America, Horse Latitudes is also an opportune reminder of the futility of drug prohibition, the accompanying cost to society and the dehumanizing ferocity of the prison industrial complex.
A survivor of the American streets and penitentiaries, a recipient and in turn participant of British social care, the author is well positioned to tell a story that although confessional in nature, has timely political resonance. In the tradition of The Beats and as testament to lived experience on the wrong side of the tracks, the true-life stories are raw and at times almost inconceivable in their brutality, but are in turn redeemed with a poetic intelligence and insight that bows deeply to human sorrow and resilience.
Since becoming drug and crime-free, Wilson has trained as a project worker with the long-term homeless and studied Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, where on graduation he received a First with Distinction.
Press website: www.sorika.com
Book Soundtrack: Iggy Pop. Sister Midnight
Title of publication: Sex, Drugs & Magick
Name of artist: Gareth McConnell
Design: Gareth McConnell
Editor: Gareth McConnell
Series name: Sex, Drugs & Magick
Publication date: November 2013
Place of publication: London, UK
Edition size: 23 + 5AP
Format: Loose covered cardboard / gaffer & clear tape / staples / signed / editioned
Size: 29.7×42 cm
Number of pages: 22
Type of printing: Inkjet
Type of paper: 170 gsm matt
Name of printer: Canon
Number of pictures: 11
Description of book: The first in a series of low cost companion books hand made to co-exist and compliment the recently published SPBH edition ‘Close Your Eyes’.
Dreamt up on the come down and made in a flash with whatever materials were within hands reach this is a high fidelity low tech fake gem of visual psychedelia come to blow your mind but not your wallet. An invocation and invitation to contemplate the quest to overcome the aloneness of ones humanness in ritualized mass communion – state / corporate sponsored or not as the case maybe.
‘The heretic of the 21st Century might be, not a man who takes a drug the government forbids, but a man who refuses a drug the government commands.’ Robert Anton Wilson
The work continues to revisit and rework Ibiza Index (Nothing is Ever the Same as They Said it Was) the portrait series of young clubbers that I photographed on the island of Ibiza between the years 2001 -11.
The best thing about self-publishing: No fuckery
Artist website: www.garethmcconnell.com
Press website: www.sorika.com
Book Soundtrack: Oh Lord – BJM