Ricky Rides Rick. Alexandra Noel. Apogee; Bodega; Holoholo

Posted in Artist Book, books, writing on January 15th, 2022
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Ricky Rides Rick is a short story by Alexandra Noel. In a fever dream-like progression of grotesque acts, a father explores the uncanny physical connection he has with his son.

*comes with a bookmark designed by Apogee.

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Rob Pruitt’s eBay Flea Market: Year 1. Tommaso Speretta (Ed.). bruno

Posted in Artist Book, books on January 15th, 2022
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This book is an unconventional autobiography. It retraces one year in the life of Rob Pruitt through the quotidian objects that the artist once loved, consumed, then felt he didn’t need anymore. An extension of the real-world flea markets, that he has been organizing since the early 1990’s, this particular collection of belongings sold on eBay from September 23 2013- September 23 2014 unearths precious fragments of Pruitt’s life while revealing his most material desires.

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MUM. Laeh Glenn. Apogee Graphics; RITE Editions

Posted in art, Artist Book, books on January 14th, 2022
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MUM is an artists’ book made with the painter Laeh Glenn. It was designed by Apogee Graphics and co-published with RITE Editions. The book pairs photographs of Glenn’s work and images documenting her process with a conversation between Asha Schechter and Laura Owens.

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Erasure. X. Impulse [b]

Posted in Artist Book, books, photography on January 14th, 2022
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“Erasure is a visual depiction of the modernist erasure of graffiti. It is authored by X, the artist, and I merely the conceptual constructor of what X had innocently, non-artistically performed.” – Eldon Garnet

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IOKOI – Tales Of Another Felt Sense Of Self. Sarah Parsons, Klara Ravat. OUS032

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, music on January 13th, 2022
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Sarah Parsons condenses video stills and fragments from the songs’ lyrics into a 208-page booklet. A visual exploration in search of this material’s manifold nuances & defining essence.

Klara Ravat’s room scent questions how we perceive the space around us. To be applied while listening to the music, the scent triggers different sensations as ‘Tales of Another Felt Sense of Self’ evolves, finally leaving an afterglow when the work ends & ambient noise reclaims the room.

Booklet designed by Sarah Parsons, Room Scent developed by Klara Ravat.

Includes unlimited streaming of Tales Of Another Felt Sense Of Self via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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OEI #92-93: Lettrist Corpus: The Complete Magazines (1946-2016). Frédéric Acquaviva (Ed.). OEI editör

Posted in books, magazines, writing on January 13th, 2022
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This special issue, guest edited by writer, curator and sound artist Frédéric Acquaviva, is the very first comprehensive publication on Lettrist magazines. It describes, shows and contextualizes all issues of all 119 magazines created between 1946 and 2016 in, or in connection to, Lettrism – this vibrant and dynamic French avant-garde movement whose publishing adventures and efforts have, until OEI #92–93, been far too little known.

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Can I see?. Lex Kortenoeven

Posted in Artist Book, books, photography on January 12th, 2022
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The first image of this project was taken in a small Ladenkino in Berlin. The last picture was taken in front of a white garage in France. All the other pictures were taken somewhere else on the planet. Fascinated about ways of seeing, imagination and grip I started working on my first publication Can I see?. Inspired by the absence of truth and hierarchy, knowing all off the context will be my very own preconceived context, the images offer no specific explanation but give rise to the question of what it is you are looking at, and why. Spaces become autonomous spaces, their meaning can only be grasped in its evocative power. I exhibited Can I see? as an installation during the group exhibition HERE WE ARE WE HERE in December 2021.

By abandoning the storyline and iso­lating images of places and things, devoid of context, I can see. Can I see the ordinary – doors, chambers, windows – the spaces in-between the inside and the outside, as access to and as suggestion of something new?

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Nosferasta: The Book. Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer in collaboration with Oba. Gasworks

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue on January 12th, 2022
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Marking the first UK commission by Brooklyn-based filmmakers Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer in collaboration with Oba, Gasworks has published a 176-page book that explores the ever-expanding vampiric universe of Nosferasta.

Spanning 500 years of colonial destruction, human trafficking and blood sucking, Nosferasta is a Rastafarian vampire film that reimagines Oba’s origin story in the late 15th century, when he is seduced by the vampire Christopher Columbus, ensuring his undying allegiance to the colonial project. Combining film forms and jumping across multiple timelines, Nosferasta examines the guilt of being complicit in imperial conquest, while acknowledging the extreme difficulty of unlearning centuries of vampiric conditioning. Ultimately, the film tackles an uncomfortable question:

How can you decolonise yourself, if it’s in your blood?

Interspersed with excerpts from Oba’s literacy diaries, Nosferasta: The Book features critical essays, speculative fiction and visual contributions by Peggy Ahwesh, Lou Cornum, Alex Esco, Sabel Gavaldon, Adam Khalil, Mutabaruka, Oba, Austin Sley Julian, Bayley Sweitzer, and Laura Vallés. Designed by fag tips (aka Virgil b/g Taylor).

Nosferasta: The Book is published by Gasworks as part of the European Cooperation project 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, co-funded by Creative Europe and the Royal College of Art.

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Daily Weeding. Kuba Ryniewicz. Note Note Éditions

Posted in Artist Book, books, photography on January 11th, 2022
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Daily Weeding depicts Kuba Ryniewicz’s everyday life in Newcastle. The British photographer of Polish origins gives us a glimpse into a number of intimate and public moments spent with his husband and closest friends, set against the familiar backdrop of his home and surrounding fields, sharing them with both poetry and humor. His photos are enhanced by a moving work of literary fiction written by playwright and novelist Yelena Moskovich and a postscript written by James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner Olivia Laing.

Kuba Ryniewicz is a freelance photographer, researcher, and collector based in the North East – England, whose work focuses on the relation between art and nature in diverse historic and sociocultural settings. His work challenges traditional portraiture and travel photography, narrating unheard stories in the context of landscape, history, fashion and culture. Most of Ryniewicz’s work is community-based.

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Nathaniel Mellors – Permanent Presents. Chris Bloor (Ed.). Frac Bretagne

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 10th, 2022
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Monograph dedicated to the film series incorporating central Neanderthal figures produced by British artist Nathaniel Mellors since 2012.

This book, which brings together for the first time the entire series of films around the figure of Neanderthal Man produced by Nathaniel Mellors since 2012, is also the only monograph currently in circulation on the work of this British artist, since the catalogue The Aalto Natives – A Transcendental Manual published in 2017 on the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale. This book is not only a documentation of the exhibition, including numerous installation views, but also an extension of this project with a text by Marie de Brugerolle and two interviews by the artist with Italian art critic Mattia Tosti and American editor Clayton Eshleman, notably known for his translations of César Vallejo and his studies of cave painting and the Palaeolithic imagination.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Frac Bretagne, Rennes, in 2021-2022.

Nathaniel Mellors (born 1974 in Doncaster, United Kingdom) develops an art based on film-making; writing scripts as well as directing and editing them, and working closely with actors such as Patrick Kennedy and David Birkin. To these films, he adds works based on sculpture and photograms, such as the ones that can be seen in this show. His studio works incorporate humor, irreverence, the poetic and the absurd but to address themes of ownership, history, power, morality etc. By drawing inspiration from the techniques linked to cinematographic fictions, he inscribes his work within given contexts of the social reality that he questions and analyzes. He explores our tastes, morality, habits and the various ideas anchored in our collective memory.

Nathaniel Mellors is graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2001. His work has notably been shown at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and at the Art: Concept Gallery, Paris (2014); at the 57th Venice Biennale with Erkka Nissinen for the Finnish Pavilion (2017); at the New Museum in New York (2018); at The Box, Los Angeles and at Matt’s Gallery in London (2019).

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