Work

2017

* Thálatta! Thálatta! – new book work. The same photograph of sea and sky, taken from the same place everyday for eight months, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in 2014. Available here.

* Paving Stones II – new book work. A collage of image and text photographed from world cinema. Available here.

* as The Erratic – releases the album Silence, Solitude and Stone

2016

* The Francois Sagan Series is released as a sound piece.

* the Baltic in Gateshead buy La Chamade by CJ Robinson and Dead End Novel and Other Pieces by James Merrick for their collection of artist’s books.

* as The Erratic – releases the album Dream Songs

2015

* as The Erratic – releases the Or EP

As Above So Below and Look and See – shown as part of the Grinlow Art Trail, Buxton, UK, on July 18th & 19th

* as The Erratic – releases the And EP

* as The Erratic – contributes to Cities and Memory project Quiet Street, part of the Seeing Sound Inside Out exhibition at Fringe Arts Bath 2015. Produces two remixes of field recordings taken in Bath.

* as The Erratic  – contributes to Cities and Memory project Oblique Strategies, a sound project inspired by the Oblique Strategies cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975, by remixing a field recording taken from Birmingham New Street Station.

The Francois Sagan Series of Book Works is completed with Silken Eyes and Other Stories, the seventh in the series. All seven are available to buy in a limited edition of 100 from: www.blurb.co.uk/user/CJRobinson

2014

* releases second solo album & first as The Erratic – A Soft Light

I am a Traveller in Both Time and Space (Version 2) – shown as part of the Grinlow Art Trail, Buxton, UK, from July 11th to 13th

I am a Traveller in Both Time and Space – shown as part of Timeslip, an exhibition on photography’s relationship with time, Bath, UK, from May 23rd to June 8th.

* as James Merrick – Octavio Paz, Single Words, Left Aligned, 1957-1987 – digital projection shown as part of Still Points; Moving World, Bath, UK, from May 23rd to June 8th.

Mountolive – New book version of a work originally made in 2009. Mountolive is a study of the symbolic use of colour in Lawrence Durrell’s novel of the same name. http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5119363-mountolive

* A Certain Smile – The fourth in the series of bookworks using the novels of Francois Sagan as their starting point is published. A Certain Smile takes the 1979 Penguin edition of her novel of that name and transforms it into an original concrete poem by removing all text other than sentences beginning ‘We…’ up to the first punctuation. A Certain Smile continues the series, begun in 2009 with La Chamade, exploring the multiplicity, malleability and fallibility of human consciousness and memory, whilst showing there to always be more than one side to a story.

More information can be found at: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4995988-a-certain-smile

* La Chamade to appear in RUKssian Artist’s Book: Artist’s Book in the UK and Russia, an international exhibition to be held in Tsaritsyno State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve, Moscow from 13th March to 18th May 2014.

2013

* University College London buy copies of Words, The Bell Jar, Wonderful Clouds & Sunlight on Cold Water.

* LUMA/CHROMA: Studies in Light and Colour – A book of abstract photographs. To see a Preview visit: www.blurb.co.uk/b/4615605-luma-chroma

* as James Merrick – A Story – a sound piece exhibited as part of In Other Words: an exhibition exploring the future of language. A Story is an experimental text comprising a 700 word stream of consciousness repeatedly folded in on itself to create permutations of phrases resulting in a 12,000 word text exploring multiplicity of meaning, truth & the malleability of language. For In Other Words James used Text-to-Speech software to take A Story off the page and into the gallery.

* as James Merrick – With One Eye on the Road: Volume 1 – Spanning a period from September 2009 to February 2013 this is the first volume of essays collected from James Merrick’s blog With One Eye on the Road. It covers subjects such as the artwork which became less valuable when it was discovered not to be a fake, the gallery cleaner who mistook a priceless work of art for a stain on a piece of wood, and the policeman who, when asked to follow a suspicious character, did so for twenty minutes before realising he was following himself. www.blurb.co.uk/b/4120008-with-one-eye-on-the-road-short-essays-on-art-and-c

2012

* releases first solo album – Fragments of Melissa

* Tate Britain buys a copy of La Chamade to add to their collection of Artist’s Books.

* 05/03/2007 al-Mutanabbi Street – produced in a limited edition of three for an international exhibition of book artists in response to an attack on a street of booksellers in Baghdad in 2007. www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mainmut12/281.htm

* as James Merrick – Paving Stones: a Surreal Drama – first produced in 2001 in a hand-made, three volume limited edition, but first printed in 2012, Paving Stones collages found images and texts into what James describes as ‘an abstract graphic novel.’ www.blurb.co.uk/b/3319027-paving-stones-a-surreal-drama

* as James Merrick – Somnia: an Autobiography of the Subconscious Volume 2 – this second volume of James’ study of dreams covers a period from 2006 to 2011. www.blurb.co.uk/b/2888972-s-o-m-n-i-a-an-autobiography-of-the-subconscious-v

2011

* as James Merrick – Dead End Novel and Other Pieces – a short collection of experimental texts. CJ Robinson says in his Introduction to this collection “This is writing as conceptual art. The written word is Merrick’s medium. Merrick carefully teases words, phrases and sentences out of the mouths of others to say what he wants them to say.” www.blurb.co.uk/b/2390114-dead-end-novel-and-other-pieces

* as James Merrick – Somnia: an Autobiography of the Subconscious Volume 1 – the first volume of James’ study of dreams spans a period from 2000 to 2002. James’ interest in dreams is less Freudian or Jungian interpretation and more about the opportunities dreams provide for unusual narrative structures. In it’s honesty Somnia can’t help but give some insight not only into a universal psyche but also that of the individual dreamer. www.blurb.co.uk/b/2315666-somnia

* as James Merrick – A Story – a 700 word stream of consciousness is transformed into a mesmerising 12,000 word elliptical text of folding phrases and hypnotic sentences. www.blurb.co.uk/b/2091911-a-story

* as James Merrick – Words: the Book Works of CJ Robinson – essay published in The Blue Notebook Vol5 No2, Impact Press for the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol.

2010

* Wonderful Clouds – the third in a triptych of book works transforming the novels of Francois Sagan. In Wonderful Clouds all text has been removed other than sentences beginning ‘I…’ up until the first punctuation. The result, a new and original narrative, can be viewed at: www.blurb.co.uk/b/1528458-wonderful-clouds

* Sunlight on Cold Water – the second in a triptych of book works transforming the novels of Francois Sagan. In Sunlight on Cold Water all text has been removed other than sentences beginning ‘He…’ up until the first punctuation. The result, a new and original narrative, can be viewed at: www.blurb.co.uk/b/1528409-sunlight-on-cold-water

* Words – a facsimile of Jean Paul Sartre’s autobiographical novel of that name with all the text removed other than an eleven word phrase of the authors’ own found in sequence within Sartre’s original. www.blurb.co.uk/b/1528372-words

2009

* Ttepye fe fn rr t – a companion volume to SuorrcolfOoa Be s and Qrori lo C c e, a triptych of novels collaged line by line from Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest, and Pauline Reage’s Story of O. www.blurb.co.uk/b/693295-ttepye-fe-fn-rr-t

Qrori lo C c e – a companion volume to SuorrcolfOoa Be s and Ttepye fe fn rr t. www.blurb.co.uk/b/693216-qrori-lo-c-c-e

* La Chamade – the first in the triptych of book works transforming the novels of Francois Sagan. In La Chamade all the text has been removed other than sentences beginning with the word ‘She…’ up until the first punctuation. www.blurb.co.uk/b/666589-la-chamade A copy of La Chamade now resides in the permanent collection of the Tate library in Tate Britain.

* The Bell Jar – this is the first in a series of book works that transform an existing text into a new and original narrative by the application of a process. In The Bell Jar all text has been removed other than the first and last lines of each chapter. www.blurb.co.uk/b/548980-the-bell-jar

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