Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Ghost Box conjure a past that never was. Their artwork fuses the look of the comprehensive school textbooks and public service manuals with allusions to weird fiction, a fusion that has more to do with the compressions and conflations of dreamwork than with memory.
Our love of old pulp paperbacks and Penguin books was a starting point. Penguin belongs to a particular postwar consensus that we're drawn to, a particularly British, modernist culture for the common man sensibility. But also the look alludes to strange books found in junk shops, libraries, missing volumes. Ghost Box is about forging a link between British modernism and something arcane and lost.