Small Town Chase

While the Scouse-inflected, jovial beats of the short-lived ‘Shroomdeleica’ genre – as named by an imaginative music journalist – has been consigned to the annals of history, Nick Power, of one of its foremost proponents The Coral, is still very much in the creative business.

Small Town Chase
Small Town Chase

He has recently penned a book of poems, entitled Small Town Chase, accompanied by some lovely illustrations by Liverpool-based designer Low Coney.

Power and Coney are old friends, and Coney set about creating his works by ‘looking at what the author is trying to convey’, he says.

Gilroy Ponds
Gilroy Ponds

Small Town Chase is a collection of nostalgic coming of age adventures’, says Coney.

‘So I tried to capture that, for example, in the Gilroy Ponds image where I’ve pictured one of the poems protagonists strolling across a kind of deserted dreamscape.’

The final works have a nostalgic sense to them, with a collaged aesthetic that looks both carefully considered and spontaneous.

Coney goes about creating the pieces by drawing inspiration from vintage source materials, such as old books, magazine, photographs and record sleeves.

‘[I] take an analogue dive into the unknown – cutting, positioning, sticking – until a piece feels natural and communicates with me in some way’, he says.

Heal Myself
Heal Myself

‘I spend almost as much time searching for source materials as I do making the work. I’ve gathered a large archive of materials mainly from between 1950 – 1980 – as print from that period has a great quality to it, in terms of the colours and textures.’

Small Town Chase
Small Town Chase

The prints have been created in a limited-edition of 50, all signed by both Power and Coney, and are available for £15. For more information visit http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/#/nick-power/4580563727

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