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COMMUNION: BEN JUDD. Ed. by Thomas Howells. Black Dog Publishing Limited, London, 2014. 112 pp. with 77 col. ills. 24 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781908966339 In English.
Publisher's description: Communion is a documentation of the work of artist Ben Judd. Comprising commissioned text and color imagery (original photography and stills gleaned from his video work), the book reveals the dual processes of art and the occult as tied up in a seemingly never-ending quest to uncover 'truths', both operating in an intriguing place where nothing is proven. Art is seen as a magical process, in which objects, images and ideas become transformed through the mutual belief of the artist and viewer. The roles that Judd adopts examine this fusion of practices, often positioning himself as the initiate, at the fulcrum between immersion and separation. Judd explores how the rituals of these marginalized groups and individuals can be extended into actions realised by actors (hovering between immersion and a more knowing state), and how these actions can be interpreted in moving image. Positioning himself as participant and observer, Judd engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealized state of community. His practice imagines a process of coming together and a unifying of purpose and belief, thereby examining the individual in relation to the group and the ambiguity of whether the group offers freedom or conformity.
Artist(s):Judd, Ben
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-2000 — Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 155591
Paperbound $19.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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