Charcoal sketch from 'Swims' by James King
Product Code: 00086

'Swims Diary: Glenarm 1985–86' guest publication – James King

Category: Books | Guest Publications |

Description

This publication is compiled of a selection of drawings based on his diary notes and texts, documenting his swims in the sea which the artist recently compiled for a publication with the same title: Swims Diary, Glenarm, 1985-86. He writes:

‘The swims took place over two years and three months, 1984-1986. The diary records the final eight months. Approximately ninety entries. This year and last year [2020/21] I did a charcoal drawing for each entry and wrote a “reflection”. Sometimes a little poem, sometimes clarification of the diary entry (for these entries were maintained in note form), sometimes something philosophical.’

James King is well known as a performance artist and sound-poet based in Derry. He has been a passionate year round open water swimmer in the past, when he lived in Glenarm.
This short project will show a selection of drawings based on his diary notes and texts, documenting his swims in the sea which the artist recently compiled for a publication with the same title: Swims Diary, Glenarm, 1985-86. He writes:

Like in his book, where he paired 94 diary entrances with as A4 sized charcoal drawing, this project shows 20 drawings and the accompanying notes. The charcoal drawings depict the seascape in different weather, always with a swimmer amidst the water or close to it at the beach.