Type Life Issue #1: Special Lab. Swiss Typefaces.

Posted in graphic design, typography on August 16th, 2017
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Type Life
Issue #1: Special Lab

The inaugural issue is a special about the Lab. In this Research & Development department, we explore new ideas for future fonts. Two of the most recent additions to the Lab are showcased here. The first one named BRRR is a playful wide Grotesk with a great deal of disruptive details. A spin-off from Simplon Mono, it was initially created to design a poster series for Swiss artist Simon Paccaud. KRSNA started out as a custom version of NewParis Skyline, made for two vinyl record sleeeves by Geneva-based musician Grace Core. This experimental typeface abandons the convention of a continuous baseline and introduces a three-storey space where the letters can sit at the top, center or bottom, with the remaining space filled by bars and spikes. The resulting word images are captivating patterns with logo-like qualities. Type Life reveals how BRRR and KRSNA came into being by depicting preliminary sketches, evolutionary steps, and photos of experiments made during trips. Reproductions of the very first applications show the fonts in context.

An underlying theme in Type Life #1 is the confrontation of opposites. Systematic typography is interspersed with footloose lettering, accurate vector shapes are shown side by side with drippy comic blackletter. Highbrow clashes with subculture when an icon of the Swiss International Style gets remixed with graffiti. Past meets present also in the typeface designs that always and inevitably are contextualized in history. The digital is contrasted with the analog, the local with the cosmopolitan, the abstract with the personal. On a formal level, all of this is represented by the combination of uncoated newsprint and glamorous spot colors. The minimal but nevertheless unique color palette featuring Pantone neon pink and yellow along with silver and black is a defining element of the publication’s identity.

 

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LVMH. Charlotte Krieger, Agathe Zaerpour (eds.). Editions TSAR

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Wholesale on August 16th, 2017

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TSAR 16
LVMH Le Vermino Helvétique
by Charlotte Krieger and Agathe Zaerpour
Around the work of Simon Paccaud

With contributions from:
Stéphane Kropf, Stéphanie Serra, et Joël Vacheron.

136 pages
22.5 × 30 cm
Français / English
Softcover with hand painted cover
Color Offset
ISBN 978-2-9700842-5-9
First edition 2017

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The Marble Index. Marit Følstad. Teknisk Industri AS.

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on August 10th, 2017
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The Marble Index is an extensive presentation of Marit Foelstads video works. 25 images from each video gives a strong visual presentation of each piece. With more than 400 pages, the books is considererd as one of the most implemented art books of a norwegian artist. The book also contains newly written essays by Robert C Morgan, magnus haglund, and Joakim Borda. Marit Foelstad has through a series of exhibitions on the norwegian map, marked herself as one of norways most important artists.

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Now more than ever. Marije de Wit. WIELS & Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution on August 9th, 2017
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Following Marije de Wit’s work that shows her contemplative attitude towards sculpture, presentation, image, representation, abstraction, meaning and value, the works in There is so much thinking to be done keep introspecting their own status. The works are things just as much as they are interfaces in between things and thinking about what they are. Sculptural and painterly motifs that are self-invented, taken from ancient art and from the realms of advertisement, ask out loud whether they’re doodles, ornament or image.

As some works are shaped by trackable gestures – meaning that both what is shown and how it is made are equally on display – these works ask at what moment we decide when images are images. In line with De Wit’s belief that constantly refreshing our outlook is the most helpful thing to do, the works are placed in dense groups. This way they are put to work to hold each other in their active situation of perpetual contemplation.

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Time Machine™. Malte Bartsch.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Wholesale on August 8th, 2017
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Shellpunk / Jürgen Kleft @ Motto Berlin 08.08.2017

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event on August 5th, 2017
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Shellpunk
Tuesday 8th August 2017
From 7pm
Motto Berlin

 

 

 

 

In the beginning was the tent. Wandering like a nomad, on the steady quest for the oases of the mind, Jürgen Kleft has battled his way through woods, steppes and frozen wastelands, has scaled vertiginous mountain tops and swum through wild rivers, crossed turbid fords, discovered the jungle and finally came to squeeze outdoor fashion in the tight corset of urbanity. Newly released, Shellpunk is the first collection of this daredevil’s adventures.

Based in Vienna, the devoted student of nature Jürgen Kleft explores the secrets of equipment and planning, of improvisation and bricolage. Since five years he enquires into the ludic set between definition and value, between use and material of the mere object. In the face of a life-threatening August sun, he now dares the descent into the Berlin asphalt jungle.

„In the end, all creation is playing, and every game holds something creative – no matter how you put it, the productive element always prevails. This is why we renounce seriousness and irony, but have decided to rush forward following our spirit of discovery and our thirst for knowledge. Nothing is linear anymore!“

Published by Textem, the monograph takes you on a comprehensive tour through Kleft’s oeuvre; its title, Shellpunk, is programmatic. „In the course of our research we became aware of a very special gure, a phenotype. The book is about a maverick, a Gaulish village, a pure robustus – or as we call him, the Shellpunk. Neither has he ever read Being and Time, nor did he follow the advices of any lifestyle guidebooks. And, most of the time, he would prefer not to.“ Akin to the Shellpunk’s predilection for new, wild situations, Jürgen Kleft acts on his sculptures: they may still be sculptures, but in the first place they are equipment for exhibitions. As occupying is an emancipatory act, his artworks bear clear signs of use.

 

The very generous contributions from Ondrej Cikan, Nina Gross, Raphael Dillhof, Katharina Schaar, Philip Waldner, Fransa Routin und Nikolaus Maria Kohlberger permeate and enrich the artist’s work. With his mystic tracks, David Peschka bestows a sonic aura of wildness and wilderness on the world of Jürgen Kleft.

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LOG 40. Anyone Corporation.

Posted in architecture, magazines on July 27th, 2017
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Spring/Summer 2017

Log 40 assembles a wide-ranging collection of thoughtful essays on some of the most urgent questions and debates in architecture today, bringing them into dialogue with those of architecture’s recent past. The legacy and current status of architectural images are considered from radically different vantages, in Brett Steele’s anecdotal discourse on Zaha Hadid’s 1983 painting The World (89 Degrees), John May’s exacting dissection of “architecture after imaging,” and Hana Gründler’s exploration of the ethical implications of drawing borderlines. The issue features commentary by two contemporary architects on contemporary buildings: V. Mitch McEwen on David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Elisabetta Terragni on OMA’s Fondazione Prada in Milan. Other highlights include an excerpt from Noah’s Ark, the new collection of Hubert Damisch’s singular writings on architecture; a lively response by Mark Foster Gage to Michael Meredith’s recent Log essay on indifference; and a sampling of new domestic objects designed by architects.

€19.50

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Pfeil #7. Anja Dietmann & Janina Krepart. Montez Press.

Posted in Artist magazine on July 21st, 2017
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Dedicated to the specific theme of each issue, PFEIL MAGAZINE oscillates between book, collection and object. Taking the form of a key word, each theme adds to an indexical collection of word-objects as objects of obsession. Through this process, each word’s meaning is expanded, eroded, overused, misused and ultimately enjoyed.

There are different ways to flip one PAGE to get to the next. Mostly used for this action is the forefinger in connection with the thumb. First, the thumb slides underneath one leaf, then the forefinger joins by tipping onto the visible page, while the pinky, ring, and middle fingers provide outstretched support. During this process, thumb and forefinger are connected, with only a single sheet separating them. In this way, forefinger and thumb form a ring. Regardless of the visual ability of the reader or the quality of the reading material itself, this gesture could be read as a sign of excellence, an o.k. in diving communication, or even indication of one part of a pair of glasses, like a monocle. But certainly this gesture would take place somewhere else. For the monocle, the circled thumb and forefinger would be in front of one eye, and in the other instances the whole hand would be raised in the air or even under water.

Tomoo Arakawa, Ceal Floyer, Fort, Harry Gamboa, Karl Holmqvist, Clara Jo, William Joys, Moritz Lacler, Michaela Schweighofer, and Phillip Zach

 

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Narr #22. Daniel Kissling (Ed).

Posted in distribution, magazines, Wholesale, writing on July 20th, 2017
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Featuring: Noémie Boebs, Sagal Maj Comafai, Viktor Dallmann, René Frauchiger, Jonis Hartmann, Ruth Loosli, Gorch Maltzen, Valerie-Katharina, Meyer, Jan Müller, Anna Ospelt, Rüdiger Saß, Adam Schwarz, Noemi Steuerwald, Adi Traar, Wolfgang Wurm.
Illustrations by Tobias Gutmann. Guest contributions from studio marcus kraft.

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Merman. Alberto García del Castillo. Shelter Press.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, photography, Wholesale, writing on July 19th, 2017
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A queer travelogue of a boating voyage on Belgium’s inland waterways with merman and singer Steev Lemercier in the company of Chanel and Dolce, who are a cat and a dog, during the first months of their friendship with the author.

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