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Nina Mae Fowler: Measuring Elvis

Leading cultural icons, actors and artists collaborate in unique publication about the work of artist Nina Mae Fowler.

London’s Cob Gallery is proud to announce their first official publication Measuring Elvis – a monograph of works to date by remarkable, BP Portrait award nominated, British artist Nina Mae Fowler.

Notably, Measuring Elvis includes a range of in-depth essays and texts about Fowler’s artwork from leading academics and cultural luminaries. The writers include; film director John Maybury, acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham and esteemed counterculture historian Barry Miles. British actress, Sienna Miller has also contributed to the book writing specifically about one of Fowler’s most popular drawings, Edie. Edie depicts Andy Warhol’s fated muse Edie Sedgwick, famously characterised by Miller in the film biopic Factory Girl, 2006. This particular drawing now forms part of Miller’s art collection.

Fowler is known for her large-scale enigmatic pencil and graphite drawings and accompanying sculptural works. Her subject matter often centres around icons of cinema and popular culture, presenting a dark and contradictory side to their otherwise idealised lives. Measuring Elvis exposes the intensive research methods used by the artist as well as presenting an overview of Fowler’s artistic practices, which include her trademark cutout drawings and a section on her ambitious installations.

Former director of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, provides a poignant opening to the publication, stating that Fowler’s works “… have the characteristic, like a fair-ground mirror, of enlarging or distorting matters of life and love that exist for us all.”

Designed in close collaboration with the artist as an extension of her unique aesthetic, Measuring Elvis was made possible by a successful crowd–funding campaign. In his endorsement of the book, Jude Law commented, “I have followed Nina Mae Fowler’s work for several years now and I am lucky enough to own a few… A book that captures the extent, the journey of Nina’s work is something I would cherish.”

“Nina’s subject is fame and its underside: …Her subjects range from Elvis Presley to bullfighters, crooners to tabloid celebrities, but most of all its the stars of early Hollywood that fascinate her, iconic figures whose glamorous public personas…inspired not only fervent admiration but also a prurient desire to watch their fall from grace” -Barry Miles, excerpt from Measuring Elvis

 

The book itself, is 200 pages, with a beautifully simple, cloth–bound, hardback cover – echoing the blackness of an empty auditorium. Inlaid onto the front is a circular image plate, which has been created using a new process of white ink, printed on black paper. Measuring Elvis will retail at £45.00

This first edition of 1000 books will include 50 limited edition copies, each presented in a hand-made, pale-silver slipcase. Each of these special editions will be individually signed and numbered by the artist, and include a fine art print of a new work created especially to celebrate the launch of the book.

The book is available to pre-order here: cobgallery.com

 

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