Postcards from the 7th Floor
Iain Sinclair & Oona Grimes
Postcards from the 7th Floor is a remarkable interdisciplinary collaboration between author and poet Iain Sinclair and visual artist Oona Grimes.
The project is centred on Marine Court, a huge and mysterious concrete building overlooking the ocean at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. Moving beyond the modernist fantasy of its imposing architecture, the dreams and lost souls swimming around Marine Court start to make themselves known.
Postcards from the 7th Floor maps the layered and shifting energies of the area through a combination of mesmerising experimental verse and Grimes' inimitably creative drawings: 'Tex Avery chases Hitchcock through the corridors of the Overlook Hotel. Terence Fisher directs.'
The publication appears in a specially conceived reversible format, reading as a poetry book from one cover and an artist's book from the other. It features 28 poems and 2 prose pieces by Sinclair and 26 high-fidelity reproductions of Grimes' images.
Postcards from the 7th Floor is a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
‘hi – do you know the purpose of life?'
‘to avoid,' I should have responded
‘any two persons with laminated tags
claiming the same title: Jesus Christ'
terrifyingly crisp shirts,
dark glasses, clipboards
staring out from emulsion,
I am now my dead father