David Maroto – The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts | In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen | 27.10.2021, 8pm @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, Artist Book, events, Motto Berlin event on October 22nd, 2021
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Book launch:

The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts

David Maroto

In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 8pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

Publication in two volumes:

Part 1. A New Medium (theoretical essay)

Part 2. The Fantasy of the Novel (novel)


Why do artists write novels? What does the artist’s novel do to the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their wider art projects. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to speak of a new medium in the visual arts; yet, very little is known about it.

Join us for an evening of discussion during the launch of David Maroto’s The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts (Mousse Publishing, 2020). This two-volume book is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel. Part 1: A New Medium aims to critically elucidate the pressing questions posed by the emergence of a new artistic medium with a theoretical approach to a number of key case studies.

Part 2: The Fantasy of the Novel is a research project in the form of a novel, which examines the process of creation of an artist’s novel. The protagonist is in the position of a detective who tries to understand the conditions under which an artist decides to write, and how such a thing is possible within an artistic setting.

Curator and art critic Krist Gruijthuijsen will accompany David in the discussion in order to examine the different ways contemporary artists have employed the artist’s novel, and its impact on the curatorial and institutional context in which it appears and with which it interacts.

 

Bios

David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art, with an extensive international artistic practice. In 2011, he spent time at a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielińska and began a collaboration called The Book Lovers, a research project based on the creation of a collection and bibliography of artists’ novels with the continuous support of M HKA (Antwerp). This collaboration has enabled them to engage with a host of international institutions. David has published numerous articles and edited various publications, including Artist Novels (Sternberg Press, 2015); Tamam Shud (Sternberg Press, 2018); and Obieg Magazine no. 8, ‘Art & Literature: A Mongrel’s Guide‘ (2018).

 

Krist Gruijthuijsen is a curator, art critic, and director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. He was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz in 2012–16 and has been course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam since 2011. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organised numerous exhibitions and projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol,IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York), Swiss Institute (New York), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited, and published extensively with JRP|Ringier Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing, Printed Matter, Walther König, and Kunstverein Publishing, among which The Encyclopaedia of Fictional Artists (JRP|Ringier, 2010).

 

This project is possible thanks to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund.

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Mistake or Miracle?. Dayna Grosz, Jana Nowack. Self published

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography, poetry on October 21st, 2021
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MISTAKE or Miracle? is a collaborative project between artist Jana Nowack and writer Dayna Grosz. The images and lyrics explore something of the beyond – beyond the concrete, beyond the material, beyond thought and beyond this planet. While the spark of this work was ignited off the blank canvas of a snow-filled Scandinavian landscape, it very slowly and very quietly matured into, well, what can we say? something very mysterious within the void of an infinite nothingness. To be honest, we stopped trying to make sense of it all as soon as we realized we were migrating through the fragility of this very uncertain century. The rest, as always, is up for interpretation.

Dayna Grosz is a writer whose work has been published and shortlisted in the Büro BDP Writing Prize 2020. Her writing also appears in The Angel City Review and Another Chicago Magazine, with additional work forthcoming in A) GLIMPSE) OF). She lives in Berlin, Germany, where she hosts the experimental poetry show CRYPTOMNESIA on Cashmere Radio.

Jana Nowack is a Berlin based artist who studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and communication design and photography at the University of Arts in Bremen, Germany. Her work encompasses photography and video installations and was part of exhibitions at KN-Space for Art in Context in Berlin, the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, at Halle 14, Spinnerei in Leipzig, Spring Break Art Show in Los Angeles/US and C.G.Boerner in New York/US.

Photographs: Jana Nowack
Poems: Dayna Grosz

Edition: 150

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I See / You Mean. Lucy R. Lippard. New Documents

Posted in art, Artist Book, writing on October 16th, 2021
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I See / You Mean is an experimental novel about mirrors, maps, relationships, the ocean, elusive success, and possible happiness. Through a collage of verbal photographs, overheard dialogue, sexual encounters, found material, and self identi­fication devices (astrology, the I Ching, palmistry, Tarot), it charts from past to future the changing currents between two women and two men­: a writer, a model/stockbroker/maybe dictator, a photographer, and an actor. A lot happens between the lines. Art critic Lucy Lippard wrote this novel in 1970 and became a feminist in the process: “I started writing and realized I was ashamed to be a woman. Then I had to find out why. Then I got very angry. The fragmented visual form came out of contemporary art and the conflicting emotions of 1960s political confrontation; they suggested a new way to put things back together—an open-ended, female way that didn’t pretend conclusions.”

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, and curator. She is the author of twenty-five books on contemporary art and cultural criticism and has curated some fifty exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Afterword by Susana Torre
Edited by Jeff Khonsary

First Edition (2021)

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Oh Mighty Gods. Eran Nave. Dfus Golem Publishing

Posted in Artist Book, illustration on October 14th, 2021
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The book comprises 52 imaginary masks made in veneer wood cut technique and was printed from the original plates in 500 numbered copies. It was published by Dfus Golem, a small print shop and bindery that works with letterpress machines and specializes in art books and special-edition prints.

Edition of 500, numbered

Tel Aviv, 2018

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ION GRIGORESCU: BUCUREȘTI / BUCHAREST. Alina Serban (Ed.). Pplus4 Association

Posted in art, Artist Book, politics on October 6th, 2021
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The publication offers a foray into the experimental photographic and filmic practice of Ion Grigorescu, arching over a period between 1964 and 1994, following the particular way in which the city of Bucharest is approached by the artist.

Although Bucharest is not seen as an independent subject, it still remains present in the background, going through the extremely varied stages of Grigorescu’s work. The publication BUCHAREST thus reveals the artist’s commitment to a way of working that we can associate with the phenomenon of “amateur politics”. Present in the former Yugoslavia (in amateur film clubs), in Poland (Lodz experimental film school), in Hungary (Balázs Béla studio), but also in other countries, the phenomenon of “amateur politics”, recognizable in experimental film and photography, reflects the special interest of artists for the urban space that has become the subject of artistic research.

In the case of Ion Grigorescu, his non-normative work system advances a type of image construction that rejects linearity, the narrative, preferring to record the episodic, the transient, the poetic, to render the most banal act, the urban ruin. Photography and film thus become research tools of everyday life, of brutal or, on the contrary, imperceptible transformations of urban reality, towards which Grigorescu assumes a position.

Ion Grigorescu’s Bucharest is a Bucharest lived and recorded subjectively, often dual (day and night), captured either by chance in the artist’s daily journey, or reimagined and rewritten by his dreams noted in the diary. It is a Bucharest that is gradually revealing itself, with its problems, with its limits, with its ruralized spaces on the edge of the prefabricated housing neighborhoods, a Bucharest of the gross remodeling after 1990.

The particular way of looking and subjective traversing the city by Ion Grigorescu is analyzed by the texts of art and architecture historians Juliana Maxim, Carmen Popescu, Alina Șerban. At the same time, the book includes a selection of texts from the artist’s journals that accompany the publication’s sections.

P + 4 Publications is a small publishing program founded in Bucharest. Dedicated to contemporary Romanian photography, art and architecture, the program explores the book environment as a meeting point between theoretical research, graphic design experiment and ideas and topics addressed by artists in their practice. The program was supported between 2013–2021 by the PEPLUSPATRU Association, and since 2021 it has been developed and administered by the Institute of the Present.

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Monet, Cocteau Twins, Natural Wine. Matt Brand. Qualitative Methods

Posted in Artist Book, poetry, writing on October 6th, 2021
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In his third book this year, Matt Brand explores themes of ephemerality and reflection, turning a book of poems into an exhibition space of impressionistic tableaus. As in the author’s prior collections, time and our relationship to it still take center stage here. However, in these poems, Brand paints with a palette of emotions untypical for his prior work—joy, epiphany, celebration, contentment. This book-sized art exhibition makes pitstops in a James Benning film, Walter Benjamin’s critical theory, a wine fair in France, a first date in Berlin, a Jane’s Addiction music video, a long-distance COVID film club, and a Bernie Sanders meme. The outcome is a text that highlights the richness of our finite passing moments and the gratitude that can be found therein.

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El Siglo Idiota. Gustavo Abascal. Enero y Abril

Posted in art, Artist Book, illustration on September 30th, 2021
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Illustration: Gustavo Abascal
Text: Helena Lugo

Risograph print
Edition of 100

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Sgomento in Motto Berlin

Posted in art, Artist Book on September 29th, 2021
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Sgomento is a cultural initiative based in Switzerland, Canton Vaud, started in 2018 by Matteo Pomati and Marco Pio Mucci. The association aims to promote forms of art, such as visual arts, music & performance and publishing, in the form of shows as well as other different events, by gathering young and emergent artists with their national and international renowned counterparts. Further editorial material, accessible to the audience at large, is used to concretize events and collaborations.

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Psicoenciclopedia possibile: Une exposition de Gianfranco Baruchello au Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. Gianfranco Baruchello. Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Books on September 27th, 2021
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Gianfranco Baruchello (1924, Italy) is an artist, filmmaker and writer who has experimented with the transversality of artistic languages since the late 1950s. He has in particular created short-circuits between apparently irreconcilable domains and fields like art and agriculture, or the regulations of governance of a fictitious company and economics. His painting contends with uncertainty and uses white as a field of the possible. In these spaces, he imagines the coexistence of essences of images and words, which he organises in all directions. Thus, writing is present in one way or another in all his practice and constitutes the very essence of the work presented at the Project Space (4th floor).The Psicoenciclopedia possibile is an impressive and complex project that Baruchello began in 2017 and finished in 2020. It is a sort of deconstruction of the encyclopaedia system presented in the form of an imposing book of 816 pages. Commissioned and published by the Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, founded by Giovanni Treccani, the book in fact subverts the structure used by an encyclopaedia and creates a complex system that links, through unexpected convergences, 1200 entries (in the first section) and 200 plates (in the second). The entries are taken from texts (some published, some not), notes and transcriptions of Baruchello’s dreams, while the images are the result of a long process of selection and editing from various sources.

Baruchello thus puts to the test, this time in a book, the systems of organization (causes, effects, narrative sequences, links) of seeing and knowing. Like in all his other works, from painting to objects and even installations, the encyclopedia also dismantles the most solid and anchored links to venture into the uncertain and the possible, into the “pleasure of thinking”, by means of an ars combinatoria that does not exclude the different or insignificant. Overall, the artist analyses the 21st century, entering into the multiplicity of possible viewpoints and pointing up the fact that, in the end, knowledge is something subjective and always open to interpretation.

In parallel, the Cinema Dynamo is showing a series of films made by Baruchello between 1968 and 2008 on the subject of processes of classification, archiving and inventory, the editing of which has similarities with the procedure used in the Psicoenciclopedia.

Lastly, as an adjunct to the exhibition, the Genevan artist Ambroise Tièche — who is also the author of an encyclopaedic work, to which he has devoted more than ten years: the Dictionnaire encyclopédique lacunaire — has organised a programme of performances and readings that “will give a voice” to the Psicoenciclopedia, with the participation of Cléa Chopard, Alix Debraine, Gilles Furtwängler, Federico Nicolao and Leonardo Pellicanò.

The exhibition project has been conceived as an organic whole, embracing a catalogue, the exhibition at Project Space, the Cinema Dynamo film programme, and the readings and performances aimed at celebrating, in spite of its obvious and — perhaps — necessary incompleteness, this umpteenth colossal effort by this legendary Italian artist.

This exhibition is part of a cycle of presentations of the Psicoenciclopedia possible undertaken by the Fondazione Baruchello, which benefits from the support of the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. After Geneva, Baruchello’s Encyclopaedia will be presented at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky – Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (25 September–24 October) and at CIMA in New York (6–12 December).

The first edition of the Psiconeciclopedia possibile is being published in French by Motto Books for the occasion of the show. It includes an extract translated from the entries as well as essays that offer a French-speaking public a fundamental introduction to Gianfranco Baruchello’s colossal project.

The exhibition, on view from 14 September until 17 October 2021, is curated by Andrea Bellini and Carla Subrizi, with the collaboration of Ambroise Tièche.

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edding 780. Félix Gastout. Catalog Prints

Posted in Artist Book, illustration on September 17th, 2021
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The edding 780 book is a collection of 2418 drawings produced in 2020 by Félix Gastout with an edding 780 pen. Each drawing is reproduced at original size in the book.

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