A Letter to My Father and My Unborn Son. Aram Saroyan and Gailyn Saroyan. Rakish Light Press.

Posted in art, Artist Book, drawing, editions, illustration, Motto Berlin store, writing on May 22nd, 2018
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Edition of 125
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What did the generation that came of age during the sixties do for an encore? Many of the answers seemed to have slipped below the media’s plumb line. A Letter to My Father and My Unborn Son, a journal by Aram Saroyan with art by Gailyn Saroyan, takes us to the American bicentennial year, 1976, as the young poet and artist await the arrival of their third child in Bolinas, a small coastal village in rural Northern California. Here is the day-to-day journey of a young family–at once intimate, surprising, and funny.

Printed in Los Angeles, California
2018

 

Language: English
Pages: 92
Size: 21.5 x 13.5 cm
Weight: 250 g
Binding: Softcover
Price: €138.00
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Mark Kuivanen Selected Works 2007-2017. Mark Kuivanen. Rooftop Press

Posted in Artist Book, Motto Berlin store on May 5th, 2018
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Selected Works 2007-2017 presents pixel based works by Mark Kuivanen made in a ten year time period. Elegantly printed with black Risograph ink on white paper, the subject matter of these works varies from planetary landscapes and surreal clip-art collages to abstractions and art historical references.

Edition of 100, hand numbered.

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The Recleaning of The Rietveld Pavilion. Alina Lupu.

Posted in Artist Book on May 4th, 2018
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– A performative re-enactment, or a wink and a nod to Job Koelewijn.

 

The book: Cleaning of the Rietveld Pavilion, dates back to 1992 and is available upon request in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie library in Amsterdam. The original action, a transitory one, took place on March of 1992, 25 or so odd years ago, and it consisted of a clean break with the past made by Dutch artist Job Koelewijn. He employed at the time his mother and three aunts: Cornelia, Jane, Greetje Koelewijn and Weimpje Koelewijn Vermeer, in the polishing, wiping and overall scrubbing of the small pavilion to the side of the Rietveld Academie.

The action can be seen as a tandem of images – the sobriety and functionality of the original Rietveld design, the cleanliness and beauty of the traditional Spakenburgian clothing the women are wearing while in the process of cleaning. A link to the artist’s past. It’s embodying and paying respect and doing that through a class of work, of maintenance and fighting entropy, which often goes unseen. It’s also critical in the most delicate of manners, juxtaposing the bodies of women with the embodiment of modernist architecture.

How can this work be reframed? Where can it come from, when one’s aunts and mother can’t perform the function? How did it stand up to scrutiny then, in the case of family, the womenfolk, performing it?

What was it a performance of?

What would it be a performance of today?

Printed at Printgarden Digitaaldruck Bv.

Action coordination, text and phtotos: Alina Lupu

Design: Till-Michael Hormann

 

Language: English
Size: 20 x 20 
Weight: 246 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN:-
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Skinned / Detouched. Alice Channer. Eastside Projects, Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, sculpture on May 2nd, 2018
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Skinned and Detouched, a pair of artists books, are a portal to a single performative stage in the industrial production of two large scale sculptures, one of which is on show at Large Glass. The books, including writing by Jennifer Boyd, photography by Thierry Bal and design by Europa, imaginatively document the multiple embodiments and disembodiments involved in one moment in the production of the two works.

Skinned and Detouched document one stage in the production of two sculptures:

210 s t r e t c h e d aluminium fingers for Mechanoreceptor, Icicles (red, red) (triple spring, striple strip) were dipped in liquid PVC at Plastic Coatings in Kingswinford, West Midlands, UK, on Friday 16 February 2018.

40 spider crab shells (Maja Brachydactyla) and 56 brown crab shells (Cancer Pagurus) for Crustacean Satellites were vacuum metallised at Dual Metallising in Tyseley, Birmingham, UK, on Monday 29 January 2018.

Text by Jennifer Boyd

Photography by Thierry Bal

Design by Europa

Printed in Birmingham by Genie in an edition of 1000
Supported by Eastside Projects, Konrad Fischer Galerie and Large Glass
Published by Eastside Projects and Motto Books in 2018

 

Language: English
Size: 21.5 x 30
Weight: 250 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9781906753405
€23.00
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Nicole Wermers: Women Between Buildings. Gregorio Magnani (Ed.) Publisher: Kunstverein In Hamburg.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, photography, sculpture on April 30th, 2018
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Women Between Buildings focuses on Wermers’ practice of the past 15 years, and includes essays by Sabeth Buchmann, David Bussel and Kerstin Stakemeier. Designed by Daly & Lyon, published by Kunstverein in Hamburg, Compagnia and Motto Books.

Women Between Buildings was published in conjunction with Wermer’s solo exhibition at Kunstverein in Hamburg.

 

Language: English / German
Pages: 172
Size: 21.7 x 28.5
Weight: 1.2000 kg
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782940524747
€38.00

Steppe by steppe romantics. Slavs and Tatars.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, editions, Motto Berlin store, politics, writing on April 18th, 2018
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“By their very nature secret practices, being secret, are generally hard to comment on. Still, we can imagine that the institution of secret marriage must be at least as old as that of the public one, possibly older, in fact, if one is to imagine the birth of ‘coupledom’ as taking place between two people alone under the cover of night. Secret marriage today remains an incalculable part of the institution – and perhaps one of its most romantic forms. […]

As though to compensate, we celebrate the secret ceremony – gay, straight or non-binary – not with equal but greater fervour. Just as a stolen glance is more arousing, a forbidden tryst more urgent, so too is the secret marriage more alive, more keen. Marry in secret in solidarity, in lust, out of an exhaustive need. Marry in secret and do with the heart what the gun cannot: melt the frozen conflicts, be they in Abkhazia or in Glendale.”

Excerpt from the publication

Offset print, 26 × 20 cm, 16 pages, stitched binding, mimeograph print
Edition of 35

 

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A Thirteenth Month Against Time. Slavs and Tatars. Newman Popiashvili Gallery.

Posted in art, Artist Book, editions, history, Motto Berlin store on April 10th, 2018
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A libretto of daily polemics, reflections, and musings on the very defeatist approach to time so dear to S&T, A Thirteenth Month Against Time runs thirty-two days (or pages) in length and acts as an addendum to one’s everyday calendar or diary.

 

2008, mimeograph print, offset print, hand-pasted colour stickers, stitched binding, in black case with white embossed foil

Edition of 100, numbered

 

€500.00 plus tax and shipping
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ROTE SOCKEN IN ST. PETERSBURG. Erik Steinbrecher. Rakete.co.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store on March 27th, 2018
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ROTE SOCKEN IN ST. PETERSBURG
An edit by Erik Steinbrecher
rakete.co [2007]

 

The context is Russian. Topical. The country on everyone’s lips! 

Steinbrecher had gone to the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, and littered the place with his ‘embassy’ of red socks.  

Red connotes protest, revolution, a shout out for change. But in this era of ‘crisis’—i.e., no protest, but just a steady gaze-malaise of disbelief—red is about as revolutionary as my big toe. And red socks? They’re about as anti-protest red as you can get. Red socks are worn by that man with Budapesters. Red-sock-wearers seem to be daring. They are the guys who waltz into the cafe with silk-scarf flair calling out, Cappuccino!  

Red socks, however, are worn by those (like myself) who have an extreme need to impress their personality into the world. Tacky, loud, ladder-climbing rats. Red-socks-wearers didn’t get enough attention as a child (or perhaps too much). 

I don’t know if Erik Steinbrecher wears red socks. If he does, then we can throw this whole take in the garbage. This is the man, after all, who left red socks in the Hermitage, the bastion of fine arts, culture, connaissance, connoisseurdombombasticity. At least they weren’t dirty.

April von Stauffenberg

32 pages
Offset / Pantone Warm Red
Printed in Lithuania

Size: 19 x 12
Weight: 220 g
Binding: Softcover
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Merci. Rakete.co

Posted in art, Artist Book, Motto Berlin store, photography on February 24th, 2018
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Merci

An edit by Erik Steinbrecher.

Unlimited special editions.

 

Rakete.co

2018

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The Positions and Situations Project: Back-to-the-land Letters Vol 1: 1968-1973. Alex Arzt.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store on February 19th, 2018
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Printed on a Riso RZ390UI
9 colors
Perfect bound
Cougar Natural Smooth paper
Edition of 60 + 2 artist proofs

22 ads
20 letters
2 interviews

This volume was printed on a Risograph, whose lineage comes from the Mimeograph and Gestetner, two processes once used to print underground and alternative newsletters, magazines, and posters. Looking a lot like a copy machine, the Riso offers a do-it-yourself, economical process that prints one color of ink at a time using a thermal cut screen from a digital image.

Given the size and scope of The Positions and Situations Project, it will be printed in three separate volumes. Volume 2 will cover years 1974 to 1975, and Volume 3 will pick up the rest of 1975 and finish up in 1976, the final year of the Positions and Situations section and the beginning of the end of the Back-to-the-Land Movement.

 

 

Pages: 142
Size: 29.5 x 24 cm
Weight: 576 g
Binding: Softcover
Availability: In stock

 

 

 

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