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Thorny Devil Press: Phone Sex

  • Artspace Ground Floor, Stand G25A (map)

Thorny Devil Press presents the launch of Phone Sex, a jigsaw puzzle made of 21 double-sided cards held neatly in an iPod case and available in leather and aluminium versions in various colours. The Phone Sex jigsaw has two sides. One side (when assembled correctly) shows a highly-pixelated photograph of a couple having sex. The other side shows a concrete poem which has the word sex in combinations across the 21 cards.

Thorny Devil Press was founded in Newcastle in 1989 by Richard Kelly Tipping, inspired by Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press in Scotland, to publish his own word-art-works and visual poetry. These have included letterpress and screenprints in artist-book folios, many postcards, stickers, pressed-aluminium signs, pressed-aluminium signs, a jigsaw book, sculptural multiples including a wall clock, and many small books of photographs and typographic poems.  

Thorny Devil Press publications have been distributed in Australia, the USA, the UK and Germany through significant art book venues including Printed Matter, New York; the MoMA Store, New York; the Tate Modern, London; Multiple Box, Hamburg; the Muse Store, Berlin; Mo Art Gallery, Amsterdam (currently online); and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.