Spanning a period from September 2009 to February 2013 this is the first volume of essays collected from James Merrick's blog With One Eye on the Road. It covers subjects such as the artwork which became less valuable when it was discovered not to be a fake, the gallery cleaner who mistook a priceless work of art for a stain on a piece of wood, and the policeman who, when asked to follow a suspicious character, did so for twenty minutes before realising he was following himself.
Merrick casts his eye over contemporary art, culture and new technologies, reviewing exhibitions, responding to newspaper stories, showing a passion for his subject whilst always looking for a glimpse of the absurd.
James Merrick is an experimental writer who blurs the boundaries between writing and art. He has written a number of books including two volumes of short experimental texts (A Story & Dead End Novel), a two volume study on the narrative of dream (Somnia), and a book of short essays on art, culture and technology (With One Eye on the Road). Some of James' texts have been presented as visual art, such as the collage novel Paving Stones, the projection Octavio Paz, Single Words, Left Aligned, 1957-1987, and A Story which Merrick has transformed into a sound piece.
PAVING STONES: a surreal drama Published June 13, 2012
S O M N I A: an Autobiography of the Subconscious V o l u m e 2 Published January 07, 2012
dead end novel and other pieces Published August 10, 2011
SOMNIA Published July 11, 2011
A STORY Published April 08, 2011