COCKRAM, Mark. If I Ruled The Word LONG LIVE THE BOOK. Original artwork 2022.
14 x 10" pink canvas on which is mounted a Kindle e-reader partially melted by a blowtorch with gilt lettering below, rear with mounted ruled notebook bound by Cockram in pink cloth-backed cream boards with the title "Never Mind The Ebooks Here's The Real Thing" printed in the style of Sex Pistols' first album; fine.
Signed and dated by the artist to rear, with Chelsea Arts Club "If I Ruled The World" inkstamp and number 35. This work was produced for the Chelsea Art Club Charity Auction in 2022 by Mark Cockram, who is best known as an imaginative and daring book-binder: " Mark's diverse work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Library of Congress, the British Library and The New Museum of Liverpool and The Art Workers Guild. Since being elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders he has been a regular Man Booker Binder. Usually working with one book at a time, using traditional materials, modifying or manipulating, developing and creating new decorative techniques to realise the final design" (artist's own website). This bold piece makes a grand statement on behalf of every devoted bibliophile.