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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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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The Incomplete Princess Book. Irina Popova. Dostoyevsky Publishing

Posted in art, Artist Book on January 11th, 2022
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Each copy of the “The Incomplete Princess Book” has a unique handmade frontcover.

Project “The Incomplete Princess Book” created by Russian-Dutch artist Irina Popova is a virtual journey to Russia: a new way of meeting people (through browsing their profiles), and a new way of photographing them (using the images found on the internet). For this project, the artist used the Russian version of Facebook — Vkontakte*.

Irina Popova has found over 8000 different profiles registered under the name Irina Popova. Indeed, both the surname Popova and first name Irina are very common in Russia. She browsed the profiles with a growing curiosity – because those Irina Popovas scattered over Russia, of different ages and social status, were likely to represent the full range of possibilities for a woman’s destiny given their different circumstances.

Social networks have not only become the substitutes for traditional family albums, but a major source of entertainment and a form of self-representation.

It seems that in such a patriarchal country as Russia women seriously struggle for male attention, and the most important factor for life success becomes a glamorous (and sometimes exaggerated) idea of beauty.

In it’s original edit the project contains about 36 000 images. Popova worked with 3 assistants for 3 months to download these images, one by one. The project was first presented in the Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam in November 2013, in a group exhibition “Russian Ateliers on Amstel”. Here Popova took two walls, filled with more than 1000 images.

It took her another two years to make the final selection and to shape it into book form.

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When the wind blows. Seunghee Choi. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, books, illustration on January 10th, 2022
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When The Wind Blows

What is behind this curtain ?
When the wind blows, I will go on a trip.
When I walk along with people, I feel relieved.
But why do I always like to sneak off?
Why do I keep going a long way round?
Is this path right? Should I have taken another one?
I‘m not sure. I just go where the wind blows me.
That way, if I proceed step by step, won’t I arrive at destination
one day?
Like little streams make big rivers.

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