NAPKINE books, 2013
digital print on coated card, cocktail napkins, ribbon
5 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 1/4 in.
What is worse, being caught unprepared when inspiration calls or carrying an unfashionable notepad for your outpourings? That quandary is yesterday thanks to these sleek and slender sheaths filled with cocktail napkins that prepare you for even the most inopportune muse. Get busy imbibing while exhibiting the trappings of a care-free or hard-core or leisurely or self-destructive or party-on lifestyle befitting a complicated creative soul who appreciates contemporary design situated within a reassuringly familiar yet constantly shifting ironic simulacra.
John Marriott is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto, Canada. His works have been featured in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally in venues such as The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto 1995, 1996), The Impakt Festival (Utrecht, 2003), 25HRS (Barcelona, 2003), The Rotterdam International Festival of Film and Video (Rotterdam, 2003), The 7a*lld International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto, 2004), The ZKM (Karlsruhe, 2004) and The Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, 2006). His multiples are included in private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Gallery of Canada.