Cosmophagy. Zora Mann & Julie Church. Motto Books & Chert

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Chert, distribution, exhibition catalogue, painting on September 30th, 2015
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Catalogue, Zora Mann interview with Julie Church.

This catalogue follows a project proposal presented in Paris, Fiac- Lafayette, in 2015.

The presentation comprises a curtain made out of recycled flip flops that are found littered on beaches and in waterways of Kenya. Flip flops are one of the largest marine pollutants on the Indian Ocean beaches, nowadays there are several artisans in Kenya working on a recycling project of these materials, which started in late nineties initiated by marine conservationist Julie Church.

Zora Mann (Amershan, 1979), lives and works in Berlin. She studied art at Villa Arson in Nice. She grew up between Africa, USA and Germany.

Julie Church (Kenya) a marine conservationist, founder and director of Ocean Sole – the Flipflop Recycling Company, lives and works in Kenya. She studied environmental sciences at the University of Cape Town, and adopted these skills to the marine environment namely in Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia. She is passionate about the Ocean and creating opportunities for a better world through art and trade.


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wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles. wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, painting, sculpture on September 9th, 2015
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With “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles,” the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien is presenting an exhibition that encompasses two of the venue’s levels. It is devoted to the diverse issues related to the position of “textiles” as medium and material in the exploration of contemporary art practices in this present age teeming with networking metaphors.
From the very beginning in nearly all cultures and with usage impacting society, textiles have been veritably predestined for being charged with political content, and for use and consideration even outside of artisan contexts and the related negotiability on an artistic level. In the recent past, numerous large and comprehensive exhibitions have carried out exacting surveys on the general familiarity of the textile, on its sensory qualities, its uniquely inscribed features, and its wealth of weaving types, textures, and works developed globally over the centuries. Such projects have contributed to a renaissance and re-evaluation of textiles and emphasised their natural tendency to challenge the classically hierarchical concepts of work, image, and object. “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub) Textiles” accentuates its exhibition focus by concentrating on works that foster aspects of an artistically investigative exploration of history, including the role of the textile industry within the capitalist form of commodity production and the means of organising production methods.
Exhibition participant Rubén Grilo, for example, emphasises with a series of denim fabric works the onset of industrialisation as a turning point in our relationship with technologies. Once synonymous with a durable fabric for the working class and later symbolic of the Western individualist promise of freedom, today the visible wear and tear of jeans is designed through digital processes and implemented using laser irradiation before even hitting the market. This act allows the factors previously specific to strong work-, body-, and time-related wear to degenerate through mere simulation and thus highlights the changing body-work relations. The artist Sascha Reichstein, in turn, presents a large installative video work “The Production of Tradition” focused on the outsourced production of traditional clothing by example of lederhosen in Sri Lanka. She for instance explores the dissolution of formerly prevalent workmanship forms aligned to local conditions and the concomitant loss of traditional artisan techniques, regional distinctions, and the ability to identifying goods with specific locales.
The far-reaching history of the precarious working conditions within the textile industry, still unchanged today, and of the revolutionary potential of the textile workers in countering such abuse are thematised by
Judith Raum. Presented in the exhibition, her research project “disestablish” takes the first weavers’ uprisings in fourteenth-century northern Italy as its point of departure and shows the textile to be a carrier material of social conflicts, with the artist using banners made of textile material to make this point.
The collaboration of Ines Doujak and John Barker in the form of the longstanding and still ongoing research project “LOOMSHUTTLES/WARPATHS” likewise examines the complex relations among fabric, clothing, and colonialism starting with the early forms of global capitalism. On the evening of the exhibition opening, shirts from the artists’ Haute Couture collection accompanying the project will be presented for sale as part of their exhibition presence. The shirts themselves represent a visualization of the the tight job-order calculations at the expense of safety precautions for the sewers employed at the textile mills.
Against this content-focused backdrop of the presented works, which particularly reflects on processes of production, “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles” compiles a further variety of selected artworks that present a reflexive spectrum of textile use ranging between tangible material, meaning-laden medium, technique, and idea. The works of art thus embody the general fragility of the material, attempt mediatic translations, and confirm their enduring fascination, including extraordinary positions by Heidi Bucher, Sheila Hicks, Helena Huneke, and Ingrid Wiener.
Curated by Christian Egger


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Die anwesenden Eltern. Dominik Sittig. Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books, painting on April 21st, 2015

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Published on the occasion of Dominik Sittig’s solo exhibition “Die anwesenden Eltern” at the kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, March 6 to May 25, 2015. Conceived as a hybrid between a catalogue and an artist’s book, it documents recent works by Sittig. Texts include an entomological sketch on art’s frock coat by Heinrich Dietz, “I INSPIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE. Poison Is Everywhere” by Barbara Buchmaier and Christine Woditschka as well as “Beyond ‘Art and Politics’. The Art of Fantasy” by Helmut Draxler.

Editor: Heinrich Dietz, kestnergesellschaft
Concept: Dominik Sittig
Authors: Barbara Buchmaier and Christine Woditschka, Heinrich Dietz, Helmut Draxler
Publisher: Motto Books
Date of publishing: March 4, 2015
Language: German/English
Pages: 180


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Under / Press. / With-This / Hold- / Of-Also / Of / How / Of-More / Of:Know. Jessica Dickinson. Inventory Press

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, drawing, painting on April 8th, 2015
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Using painting, drawing, and abstraction as markers of a space outside verbal description, Jessica Dickinson examines the slow exchanges between perception, matter, and psychology that develop in peripheral spaces. Each of her works is developed slowly, meditatively, through procedures that work toward a compressed measure of time that echoes the shifts in what is seen, both inwardly and outwardly.

Under / Press. / With-This / Hold- / Of-Also / Of/How / Of-More / Of:Know presents eight paintings and their “remainders”—graphite rubbings made of the paintings. Every time the surface of the paintings changes significantly, a graphite impression is made to transcribe the surface. These works in turn map the transitive passages of the paintings, becoming their indexes, unfolding time in a sequence while asserting the materiality of the paintings.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at James Fuentes Gallery, New York, the book’s 46 color and 107 b&w reproductions are accompanied by an essay by curator Debra Singer and an interview with the artist by Patricia Treib.


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John Fahey: Paintings. Inventory Press

Posted in art, distribution, painting on December 5th, 2014
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John Fahey: Paintings. Inventory Press

The much-revered avant-garde guitarist John Fahey (1939–2001) incorporated influences ranging from folk, blues, and bluegrass to classical music, musique concrete, and noise in his primarily acoustic guitar-based compositions. Considered a legend by many, Fahey released upward of three dozen LPs in his lifetime.

Relatively late in life, Fahey extended his so-called American Primitive approach beyond music, and into the creation of a substantial body of paintings created in makeshift studios in and around Salem, Oregon. Painting on found poster board and discarded spiral notebook paper, working with tempera, acrylic, spray paint, and magic marker, Fahey’s intuitive approach echoes the action painters and abstract expressionists. The same alluring and tranquilizing aesthetics that defines much of Fahey’s musical output are equally present in his paintings.

The first publication focusing on his visual output, John Fahey: Paintings is illustrated with 92 plates and is accompanied by essays from Keith Connolly, founding member of No-Neck Blues Band, and the critic Bob Nickas.

Design: Project Projects
Language: English
Pages: 128
Size: 21.9 x 26.7 cm
Price: €38.00

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Robert Overby: Works 1969-1987. Alessandro Rabottini, Andrea Bellini, Martin Clark (Eds.). Mousse Publishing.

Posted in art, books, distribution, painting, photography, sculpture on November 29th, 2014

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Despite a prolific and diverse practice, Robert Overby (1935–93) remains one of the best-kept secrets in post-war American art. While rarely exhibiting during his lifetime, he nonetheless built up an extraordinary, multifaceted body of work encompassing sculpture, installation, painting, photography, print and collage.

This monograph is published on the occasion of “Robert Overby: Works 1969-1987”, the first survey exhibition of the artist’s work to be organized in Europe. Edited by Alessandro Rabottini —in collaboration with Andrea Bellini and Martin Clark—it has been conceived, from the outset, as a joint project of four partner institutions: Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève; GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Bergen Kunsthall, and Le Consortium, Dijon.

Texts by Andrea Bellini, Martin Clark, Robin Clark, Alison M. Gingeras, Terry R. Myers, Alessandro Rabottini

Language: English
Pages: 294
Size: 24 x 31,7 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9788867491223

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Turbo Magazine #48: Mixed Media. Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.

Posted in art, books, collage, painting on April 24th, 2014
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Turbo Magazine #48: Mixed Media. Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.

Par Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, November 2013

Procédé d’impression: Offset
Nombre de pages: 32
Reliure: Piqûre à cheval
Dimensions: 26.7 x 36 cm
Poids: 320 g
Edition: 400 ex.

Price: €17.00

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In-Between Things, Giacomo Santiago Rogado. Book launch and screening @ Motto Berlin. 06.02.2014.

Posted in art, books, design, events, Motto Berlin event, painting on February 4th, 2014
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Amanda Haas Design & Studio Rogado are happy to invite you to the book launch of:
Giacomo Santiago Rogado 
“In-Between Things”

Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 7-9pm, @ Motto Berlin, Skalitzer Str. 68, Berlin.
With drinks, video screening and selected works on display.

Texts by Christy Wampole
Design by Amanda Haas
Published by Studio Rogado, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-033-04226-1

€ 38.00

GIRL ON CANVAS. Pola Dwurnik, Izabela Kaszyńska (Eds.). Apolonia Dwurnik

Posted in art, books, distribution, painting, writing on January 29th, 2014
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GIRL ON CANVAS. Pola Dwurnik, Izabela Kaszyńska (Eds.).

GIRL ON CANVAS is an artbook project by Pola Dwurnik about painting and its reception. It will show a new life of Dwurnik’s paintings, one completely uncontorlled by the artist ? life born in minds and hearts of over 30 various personalities, who wrote texts for the publication. The book will be both openly personal and bravely intimate. Subversive, rascally and girlish. A subtle riot.

Painting is not dead. It is the viewers who are lifeless or stunned. Though not all and that is precisely what this book is about. It is about how a girl, painted on a canvas, can communicate with us.
I have long noticed that visitors to my studio discover interesting and surprising aspects and narratives in the paintings; often far from what I had intended. Motivated by a desire to preserve such unusual interpretations, I decided in December 2011 to create a collection of stories based on a selection of my works. I commissioned the texts from friends, artistic collaborators, people that think about the world much as I do, or simply those with whom I share a passion and respect for the art of painting. I deliberately chose not to invite other painters for their professional and technical perspective merits a separate publication. The various authors of Girl on Canvas hold different values and subscribe to a variety of worldviews, which means this book does not represent any single milieu. Rather, it brings together people from various walks of life through my paintings. Girl on Canvas is also a review of the first dozen or so years of my painting practice. Here, using the words of others, I am looking at my work from a distance so that I can continue developing as an artist in a conscious and responsible way. P.D.

Concept and graphic design: Dagny & Daniel Szwed (
Print run: 1000 (100 numbered and signed)
356 pages
Paper: Panta Alto 130 G

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In-Between Things. Giacomo Santiago Rogado. Studio Rogado.

Posted in books, distribution, painting, photography on January 18th, 2014


Language: English-Deutsch
Pages: 320
Size: 24,5 x 18,5cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783033042261

Price: €38.00
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