Museums Press / A Plume
235mm x 165mm
This new collection of written work brings together recent poetry and experimental prose. In Connected to Nothing, Hagan poses the question ‘How else then, could I impregnate the scene with my presence?’, a sentiment which seems to flow throughout Hagan’s writing – and indeed visual art practice. The Future is a Carrot on a Stick weaves concrete experience and sludgy frayed moments within the natural and manmade landscapes, mirrored with inner-space narrative. The texts stutter and shudder with poetic fluidity, exploring what is seen and what is perceived from the distance of a slippery author/narrator and other figures posited with an unstable narrative ‘I’. Hagan is interested, here, in what a moment feels like, how a scene can become animated through the replicating of associations and imagery during encounters with the every day and the imagined, creating a terranean ontology. The texts in The Future is a Carrot on a Stick are constantly in conversation with themselves, full of intercessions, questions, answers and re-considerations. Hagan weaves a temporal patchwork of thought and observation, layering and mapping references between one moment and a memory or musing.
A Plume was established in 2017 with the aim to publish single-authored books of writing by artists twice a year. In tandem, it takes responsibility for a journal – the A Plume Annual, each iteration of which is co-edited by the particular years collaborators and publishes text and text-like works by artists, writers, non-artists and non-writers, concerns depending.