Richard James Biddle, Messages From Elsewhere
Messages From Elsewhere – An Alien Graffiti is a collection of 26 sigils or elaborate glyphs of great beauty and strangeness, intercepted by Richard James Biddle (a k a bid) and committed to paper with ink, charcoal and correction fluid. Approaching language but escaping interpretation, these messages will haunt, mesmerise and elude their readers.
Hart Broudy, visual poet and co-curator of Concrete is Porous:
This is complex, powerful and compelling work with a touch of horror movie tension. Even the explosive shapes have an integral structure all their own. Are these micro-structures? Through one lens, yes. Are they huge and moving constructions, gobbling stars in their journey? Through another lens, yes. The creators of this alphabet must be quite formidable!
Cris Cheek, author of Fukc All the King’s Men: The Tower and a Few Beasts Living in the Rubble:
Made by hand as a sequence of gestures, part letter, partly aspiring to letter and glyph, partly moving away from those symbolic simplifications, among drawn and written forms combined into an often humorous, seriously playful clutch of possible, oddly demotic in that they can seem almost familiar, and potential objects dredged out of wonder. This delightful book carries an attentive reader with great curiosity onward. Messages From Elsewhere spells c-r-e-a-t-i-v-i-t-y and announces a significant player in visual poetics to all who can listen. Richard Biddle brings a smudge to love.
Dona Mayoora, author of Listening to Red:
Richard James Biddle has constructed a new language with imageries, filled with fervent communication, in Messages From Elsewhere – An Alien Graffiti. Richard reminds us of the importance of communication, and with these ‘Alien Graffiti’ messages he is breaking the boundaries between identified and unidentified realms.
Richard James Biddle, Messages From Elsewhere – An Alien Graffiti: 52 pages, format A5, high quality digital print, perfect binding