“Body English” was Len Lye’s catch-all term for all forms of communication that incorporate a physical dimension – from “body language” (which includes gesture, stance, and facial expression) to surprising combinations of words that function as an “umbilical cord from brain to body”. Roger Horrocks has brought together lively texts from different phases of Lye’s career which focus on this concept central to his aesthetics and combined them with ten “doodles”, free-wheeling drawings which share some of the same qualities of “old brain” imagination, physicality and implied motion. The book is a companion volume identical in size and format to HAPPY MOMENTS, also combining texts and images by Lye which Roger Horrocks edited for the Holloway Press in 2000 and is long out of print.
BODY ENGLISH is designed and letterpress printed for The Holloway Press by Tara McLeod on a Littlejohn cylinder press using metal types. The text is 12 pt Granjon, linotype set by Longley Printing Co. Titles are handset in 18pt Lydian italic. Images are printed from photo-polymer plates made by Inline Graphics. Binding is by Design Bind. Paper is Evergreen Ivory text 104gsm. Tipped-in photograph by John Phillips, c. 1938. Edition of 150 signed and numbered copies. Price: $200