Psicoenciclopedia possibile: Une exposition de Gianfranco Baruchello au Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Gianfranco Baruchello

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Books on September 18th, 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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dandelion menace, Claude Eigan

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on September 9th, 2021
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Drawings by Claude Eigan
Texts by Clara Pacotte, Jackie Donie, Elodie Petit and Thomas Conchou

Published on the occasion of:
‘dandelion menace’
Claude Eigan
Curated by Thomas Conchou
At Artemis Fontana gallery, Paris.
June 05 — 26, 2021

dandelion menace is Claude Eigan’s first monographic exhibition in France. It unfolds around plant presences that form three families: fists bouquets, shields corollas, and wolf trap leaves, all linked to the central figure of taraxacum, which gives the exhibition its title. Commonly called pissenlit in French (piss in bed), in reference to its diuretic properties, this plant with depurative virtues is also called dent-de-lion for its sharp leaves and bushy yellow collar. The works presented at Artemis Fontana all trace, in their own way, the emotional coordinates of the artist. The fists of their friends and relatives make up the intertwined cornucopias in the series Soft and Stone and High, 2020, chimerical presences oscillating between the floral and the aquatic: somewhat plants, somewhat mermaids. The outlines of Berlin’s pavements inhabit the series under no kings, 2021, composed of wall pieces arranged in a defensive formation. Straps in the back allow them to be worn on the arm while brandishing white and purple fleur-de-lis, placed upside down in a cheeky misuse of royal and religious emblems. Finally, the coordinates of LGBTQIA+ places dear to the artist adorn the laughing jaws of the dandelion’s leaves in the series Pissed, 2021, alongside queer slogans and symbols.

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Lemaniana: Reflections on Other Scenes, Andrea Bellini (Ed.)

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, Motto Books on August 13th, 2021
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Lemaniana: Reflections on Other Scenes is the catalogue of a collective exhibition at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève celebrating the diversity of the contemporary artistic production in the Léman region.
The exhibition is the result of a call for projects, launched in autumn 2020, based on an open conception of the territory, with the aim of bringing together artists of different background who are either temporarily or permanently linked to the cross-border region of the Lake Léman basin, irrespective of training or education.
Rich in illustrations and texts, the catalogue allows us to navigate through the universe of nearly 60 artists, including artist duo and collectives, bringing to light new connections and opening our gaze to fresh interpretations of the world – a world deeply shaken by recent events. Current news – whether we are talking about racism, divergent political powers, gender identity or the pandemic and its confinements – give the project a truly contemporary nature.

Edited by Andrea Bellini.
With essays by Mohamed Almusibli, Andrea Bellini, Roxane Bovet, Patrick de Rham, Jill Gasparina and Stéphanie Moisdon.
Artists: Sonja Aboussouan, Mathilde Agius, Jérôme Baccaglio, Lucas Ballester & Oélia Gouret, James Bantone, Jacopo Belloni, Mabe Bethônico, Yann Stéphane Biscaut, Aurélie Blanchette Dubois, Vivia Braitano, Francesco Cagnin & Lorenza Longhi, Loucia Carlier, Stefania Carlotti, Salomé Chatriot, Adrien Chevalley, Alfredo Coloma, Jeremy Dafflon, Francesco De Bernardi, Caterina De Nicola, Azize Ferizi, Félix Gagliardi, Louisa Gagliardi, Annabelle Galland, Gabriele Garavaglia & Miriam Laura Leonardi, Virginia Garra, Elisa Gleize, Deborah Joyce Holman, Lauren Huret, Inner Light, Luc Joly, Kayije Kagame, Monika Emmanuelle Kazi, Shiva Khosravi, Quentin Lannes, Shuang Li, Hunter Longe,  Soraya Lutangu & Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Evariste Maïga, Lucia Martinez Garcia, Lou Masduraud, Lamya Moussa, Johanna Odersky, Valentina Parati, Leonardo Pellicanò, Jessy Razafimandimby, Real Madrid, Anouk Reichenbach, Delphine Reist, Diane Rivoire, Christian Schulz, Rose Siebke Winckler, Terat Thanaworrawatniti, Ambroise Tièche, Remy Ugarte Vallejos, Marco Walpen, Sarah Watson and Mayara Yamada.

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Echos, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on April 20th, 2021
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This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Echos” at Fondazione d’Arte Erich Lindenberg, Museo Villa Pia, Porza – 27 October 2019 — 5 April 2020.

Fondazione d’Arte Erich Lindenberg is pleased to present Marion Tampon-Lajarriette, a French artist who explores the borders of memory and imagination, often referring to and using materials coming from the history of cinema, science and art. At Museo Villa Pia, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette has shown a selection of works from the past ten years, dating back to her arrival in Switzerland, in Geneva. Through video works created from 2D images, installations and furtive shots taken from performances, Marion transforms her love for cultural heritage, both old and contemporary, into a vision that verges on the fantastic, creating suspended atmospheres, between real and imaginary dimensions.

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In Support of Books. Norma.

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store, sculpture on May 22nd, 2018
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Printed on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition of the same name, 23 – 27 Feb, 2017 at the Printed Matter, Inc. Los Angeles Art Book Fair, on the site of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

In Support of Books is an exhibition of contemporary Bookends from an international assembly of Product, Object and Industrial designers. The project seeks multiple outcomes: to survey a single typology of design object; to share the references of its exhibitors; and to begin a series of inquiries into the objects associated with the reading, display, and appreciation of books. In Support of Books is accompanied by a printed catalog of the same name with photographs by Brian Guido & Julia Stotz, and essays by artist Erik Benjamins and Laura Houseley of Modern Design Review.

Participants:
Ini Archibong / OTHR (Basel, CH / New York, US)
Bazazas (New York, US)
Besler & Sons (Los Angeles, US)
Book / Shop (Oakland, US)
Marco Kane Braunschweiler (Los Angeles, US)
Building Block (Los Angeles, US)
Chen Chen & Kai Williams (New York, US)
Daniel Emma / Field (Adelaide, AU / Washington, DC)
Henry Julier (New York, US)
Cecilie Manz / Muuto (Copenhagen, DK)
Michael Marriott / Hato (London, UK)
Norma (Los Angeles, US)
Ouli (Los Angeles, US)
Alex Reed (Los Angeles, US)
Klemens Schillinger / Hem (Vienna, AT / Stockholm, SE)
Studio EO (Stockholm, SE)
Brendan Timmins (New York, US)
Visibility / Matter Made (New York, US)
Waka Waka (Los Angeles, US)
Wintercheck Factory (New York, US)
Wrk-Shp (Los Angeles, US)
Kenyon Yeh / Good Thing (Taipei, TW / New York, US)

 

Edited & Published by Norma, Los Angeles

Good Hugging
by Erik Benjamins

The Bibliophile & the Bookend
by Laura Houseley

Photography
Brian Guido & Julia Stotz

Printing
Paper Chase Press

1st Edition, 250

Norma, Studio for Objects, Moveables, and Spaces
2017

 

Language: English
Pages: 68
Size: 22 x 28 cm
Weight: 310 g
Binding: Softcover
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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

I AINT THE NOING UV IT IM JUS ONLE THE SHOWING UV IT. Martin Clark, Steven Claydon. Bergen Kunsthall.

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store, painting, photography, sculpture on December 13th, 2017
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Published by Bergen Kunsthall in 2017 on the occasion of the exhibitions:

The Noing Uv It
Bergen Kunsthall
9 January – 15 February 2015

The Showing Uv It
Simon Ling
Bergen Kunsthall
27 February – 5 April 2015

Curated by
Martin Clark and Steven Claydon

Texts by
Martin Clark, Steven Claydon, Timothy Morton, Martin Herbert, Russell Hoban, Martin Westwood

 

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para/log 001 – Yuki Okumura. Yuki Okumura. Edition Nord

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on October 9th, 2017
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Edition Nord is launching a series of publications called “para/log”, presenting an aspect of an exhibition and/or the attitude of an artist through the form of flexible and conceptual artist’s books, unlike heavy and comprehensive ‘catalogues’. The first publication is Yuki Okumura’s “YUKI OKUMURA”.

Yuki Okumura is a Japanese artist based in Brussels and Maastricht. “YUKI OKUMURA” is a concept book for his latest project, in which he mixes Gordon Matta-Clark and himself. The contents and the design of the book precisely follow a Matta-Clark catalogue published by ICC, Antwerp, 1977.

”Through the auspices of Flor Bex, the former I.C.C. and MuHKA director, and with little-to-no municipal objection, Okumura has nearly finished a major film work in Brussels entitled Welcome Back, Gordon Matta-Clark. The project is nearing completion this summer in conjunction with an exhibition at MISAKO & ROSEN just in front of the streetcar in Minami-Otsuka. It consists of an elaborate series of holes and slices worked out in an almost musical score where a fixed set of elements played their way up and down throughout the layers. A terrific sense of disorientation in walking through multiple times is created by an unnerving elimination of death and from perspectives not normally visable in a living”. ––– From the press release of his solo show “Yuki Okumura”, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, 2017

This book also has a special edition that encloses an artwork of Okumura in the form of photographic prints mounted on both sides of an aluminum plate., Edition Nord, Japan

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Natalia LL. Consumer Art and Beyond. Agata Jakubowska (Ed). CSW Zamek Ujazdowski.

Posted in art, Artist Book, distribution, exhibition catalogue, Wholesale on August 22nd, 2017
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Natalia LL. Consumer Art and Beyond
Edited by Agata Jakubowski
Published by CSW Zamek Ujazdowski

Language: English
Pages: 182
Size: 16 x 22.5 cm
Weight: 380 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9788365240262

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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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