Giselle's Books

A doctrine of scattered occasions

INVENTORY
August, 28th — September 25th October 17th, 2021

Giselle’s Books presents the first exhibition in France of Inventory, a collective founded in London in the mid-nineties as well as a printed journal of the same name.


For this occasion, Inventory have begun to realise a longstanding project, to exhibit a new series of works that draw upon and develop research material that was first introduced within the context of the journal. Alongside is a broader constellation of works that relate to their most recent publication The Counsel of Spent (Book Works, 2018). In addition, a selection of documents, ephemera, notes and images from Inventory’s archive are displayed, charting their precarious trajectory from their tentative beginnings to the ever-vulnerable present. British art collective Inventory was founded in 1995 by Damian Abbott, Paul Claydon and Adam Scrivener. Since 2004, they are based in Kent (UK) and Toulouse (France).


Many of the new works presented here take, as their starting point, previously unseen visual research that was undertaken for articles that appeared in their eponymous journal Inventory. In their press release for their first issue, Inventory states that :

« The relationship between words and images is of paramount importance, but we do not wish this method to have a scientific character (in the sense of an ethnographic, documentary discourse) nor an artistic, literary value (which would condemn this material to an aesthetic musing). Rather, we wish to employ an emblematics whereby image and text are linked in a methodology which is at once historical, anthropological, poetic….»

For this exhibition, this notion of an ‘emblematics’ is re-orientated towards a more purely visual approach while maintaining an idea of ‘constellations of images’. However, this should not be simply understood as collage. Nor is it an attempt to merely present a picture of our times as a chaotic and impenetrable web of heterogeneous fragments. Because the, ‘choreography of these fragments as collage is an outmoded and pointless practice without an agenda which refuses to be seduced by the shattered image of society. The moment the fragment becomes resuscitated as an emblem, it transforms the social picture from one of irredeemable and alienated activity into one of recognisable yet still complex relationships.

For Inventory, their practice is an approach to images and things in close up, almost too close. A kind of contaminated analysis that resides in bringing together small details, as well as the seemingly disparate, so that other impulses may be revealed. A dialectical re-constellation of images that allows for other critical interpretations, other narratives to coalesce and resonate.

Inventory’s previous solo exhibitions were at the Rob Tufnell gallery, London (2014 and 2016) White Columns, New York (2005); The Approach, London (2004, 2002 and 1999) and at The Modern Institute, Glasgow (1999). Recent collective exhibitions include: Condo London, Rob Tufnell (2018); The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band, Rob Tufnell, Cologne (2016); Corruption Feeds, Bergen Kunsthall (2014); Make the Living Look Dead, 2nd Cannons Project Space, Los Angeles (2014); Ruin Lust, Tate Britain (2014); Keywords, INIVA (2013); A journey through London’s subculture, the ICA at Old Selfridges Hotel, London (2013), De Appel, Amsterdam (2008); Kunstverein Hamburg (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2007); Kunsthaus Dresden (2006); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); ICA, London (2003); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2003); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2002); the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2001); their work is held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Tate Gallery, London. Their work is represented by Rob Tufnell.

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



THUGS, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm each

 

 

Elephant, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm each

 

 

Streets, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm each

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Marquess, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm

 

 

Comply, 2021
Print on blue back paper
100 x 70 cm

 

 

Donne, 2006
B&W print on paper
100 x 70 cm

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



9,000 BODIES, 2015
Print on blue back paper
85 x 59 cm

 

 

Histoire d’une forteresse, 2021
Laser cut on plywood and mounted B&W photography 
90 x 60 cm

 

 

Equation, 2014
Framed silkscreen print
71,5 x 51,5 cm

 

 

CONVERT AUSTERITY INTO ACTION, 2015
Print on blue back paper
85 x 59 cm

 

 

Circles, 2021
Framed digital print
51,5 x 61,5 cm

 

 

Fist, 2015
Print on blue back paper
59 x 85 cm

 

 

Diatom and platic cup, 2021
Framed digital print
22 x 30,5 cm

 

 

Stevinus sisyphus, 2015
Print on blue back paper
85 x 59 cm

 

 

Wholesale and Foodbank, 2021
Framed digital print
22 x 30,5 cm

 

 

Landfill and Longbarrow, 2021
Framed digital print
31,5 x 41,5 cm

 

 

Elimine Iluminae, 2016
Print on blue back paper
42 x 59 cm

 

 

Kapitalistischer Realismus, 2014
Framed silkscreen print
51,5 x 71,5 cm

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



The later years of Inveterate Agitator, 2021
Collage (collected poster paper, letraset) and plexiglas
99 x 140,5 cm

 

 

The later years of Inveterate Agitator, 2021 (detail)
Collage (collected poster paper, letraset) and plexiglas
99 x 140,5 cm

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Touch, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



The mystique of numbers, 2021
UV print on dibond, mounted documents and photos on hardboard
100 x 70 cm each

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Categories, 2021
Framed laser print
22,5 x 31,5 cm 

 

 

The work of thieves, 2014
Framed silkscreen print
51,5 x 71,5 cm 

 

 

TLS, 1998
Framed newsprint
41,5 x 51,5 cm 

 

 

Exhibition view, Giselle’s Books, Marseille
A doctrine of scattered occasions, INVENTORY, 2021



Inventory Archive, 2021

 

 

Inventory Archive, 2021

 

 

Courtesy of Giselle’s Books & Inventory
Photos: Giselle’s Books