‘A riot of colour, texture and literal rubbish, this beautiful, limited edition book reassesses bins, acknowledging them as beautiful, humble and horrible, able to see the absolute worst of us and carry on regardless. It’s truly wanky stuff! Each bin comes with its own unique description written by the author when he was drunk. Additional rubbish in Bins includes a foreword by Daisy May Cooper (who went to the BAFTAs wearing a bin bag), a thought-provoking piece by Al Little of Biffa bins and an academic essay on the history of bins by Katrina Navickas, a historian of public space and landscape in the UK.’
Bins is Coptic bound with an exposed, printed spine neatly sandwiched between ‘gay bin bag covers’ – each created with multiple black and holographic foils. Within the 208 text pages lie 78 images of the artist’s favourite bins interspersed with six original paintings of bits of trash, printed across four premium papers (one of which is made from recycled coffee cups).
Joe Lycett said: “I am obsessed with bins and have thousands of pictures of them. I’m not well. I hope other people also enjoy my pictures of bins.”
Only 1000 copies of this book have been made, each one numbered and signed by the artist. All profits will go towards funding Queens Heath Pride in Birmingham.
The rubbish detail
Text by Joe Lycett, Daisy May Cooper, Al Little and Katrina Navickas.
Book design by Billie Temple and Joe Lycett.
20 x 17 cm, portrait.
Weight: 0.69 kg (excluding box).
Four papers with six tips. Hardcover, coptic-bound. Complex foil blocking to front and back, printed spine, edge foiling to three sides.
Published by Hurtwood Press.
Joe Lycett is an artist and comedian whose television work has won him two Royal Television Society Awards and Rose D’or and BAFTA nominations. He hosted BBC One’s The Great British Sewing Bee and has taken over from Richard Ayoade as host of Travel Man. His work as an artist has been featured in the Manchester Art Gallery and Birmingham IKON. Lycett’s sculpture Chris, made out of clay and a crisp packet, was included at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He also presented the BBC’s television programme on the public art show, Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist.
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