Early on in his career, John Cage look towards modernist writers for inspiration. Texts by James Joyce, E.E. Cummings, Gertrude Stein all found their way into his music. In 2012, the record label ECM released an album of these works. ECM celebrated its 50th anniversary by commissioning a group of visual artists to respond to its legacy.
Sam Winston was one of the invited artists, and chose to respond to Cage’s music and created a series of 183 drawings, and published these in a small, limited edition artist’s book.
The Artist’s Book of painted ears and listening eyes includes the original Modernist texts that inspired Cage, 183 drawings by Winston, and an interview with the director, Ed Prosser, talking about the ideas behind the drawings and some of the strategies Winston developed in making the artwork.
Commissioned especially for the launch of the project, Winston created 60 limited edition letterpress prints, titled painted ears. Printed on 80gsm Munkin Print White by Phil Abel of Hand and Eye Letterpress, the print brings together the modernist texts and Sam’s drawn interpretations of Cage’s music. Purchase the print