‘Content to Gather’ brings together the writing of Joe Devlin and drawings David Mackintosh.
Devlin, who is known for using the library as his studio, often finding his material in the margins of long forgotten tomes, has for the first time turned to the written word himself. His prose reads like snatched reminiscences, fleeting observations of human adventure where characters incidentally connect and find meaning.
Mackintosh’s stream of consciousness drawings, like Devlin’s writing, elevate the detail of chance to art.
Martin Holman writes in the afterword: ‘A scuffle on the page? For that song that must be written or the stage act that is looking for material; the story that is waiting to be dressed in vocabulary or the sardonic grin the artist yearns to wipe off an expanse of bare canvas.’