Spike Island

In Here Stands It Reading List

Ivan Seal’s work documents a cryptic shadow world in which the familiar is made tantalisingly strange. The artist works quickly from memory to produce his enigmatic paintings, pulling in fragments of narratives, shapes, textures and colours that have made an impression; titles and audio pieces are often composed by randomly generating or shuffling text with a computer programme.

Though his work doesn’t refer directly to any specific sources, Ivan has shared the following collection of fiction, philosophy, theory and music that has influenced him and his practice. Take a look to explore the ideas, stories, images and sounds that have contributed to In Here Stands It.

  • Gustav Meyrink The Golem

  • C.G. Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • Philip K. Dick The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch

  • Umberto Eco The Open Work

  • Maurice Blanchot The Space Of Literature

  • Steve Jackson The Citadel Of Chaos

  • John Cage For The Birds

  • Peter Schwenger The Tears Of Things: Melancholy and Physical Objects

  • Brandon LaBelle and Christof Migone Writing Aloud: The Sonics Of Language

  • Mark E. Smith Hex Enduction Hour, Perverted By Language and This Nation’s Saving Grace

  • Francis Huxley The Raven and the Writing Desk

  • Martin Heidegger The Thing

  • Philip Guston, ed. Clark Coolidge Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures And Conversations

  • James Joyce Finnegans Wake

  • J.G. Ballard The Complete Short Stories

  • Bill Brown Thing Theory