Tags: Allan Smith, split/fountain, Xin Cheng
distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. split/fountain.
156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith.
The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo.
Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith.
Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.
Size: 25 x 19 cm