John Devlin // Nova Cantabrigiensis

By: aspyhole

May 23 2011

Category: Art, Books, Decipherment, Exhibitions

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This time last year I hung an exhibition of John Devlin’s fantastic artwork in King’s College, Cambridge, in a room overlooking the city and the buildings that inspired the work. The pieces on display at Dreams of Cambridge were a small but beautifully-representative selection from a large body of work which together formed a reinvented, rebuilt and rediscovered Cambridge in Nova Scotia, Canada, where John hails from.

The works are extremely personal and almost serve as a cryptex to a certain period of John’s life, and so need to be seen up close and studied to be properly appreciated. Although John has self-published several books of very limited runs featuring various artworks, I am very pleased that a larger selection of these works will be published in a book put together by a couple of friends from Cambridge inspired by the exhibition. It looks like Nova Cantabrigiensis will be a fantastic publication and you can pre-order it here.

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