Jean-Luc Moulène. Centre Pompidou. Editions Dilecta

Posted in Artist Book, Editions Dilecta, Jean-Luc Moulene, sculpture on May 18th, 2017
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Jean-Luc Moulène / Centre Pompidou / Editions Dilecta

This work allows us to grasp, through these unpublished works, the richness and complexity of the artist’s abstract and corporeal universe. Jean-Luc Moulène seeks to “objectify” the world through a variety of practices, forms and subjects, by anchoring his reflection in mathematics, and especially in set theory, which can be a metaphor for social space. Using 3D design techniques, he explores operations such as intersection, laterality and cutting in a tension between body and object. His works question the common space, the form that this space takes, its intersection with the individual space.

“The looker: someone who looks, yes, I work for him. If you talk to me about a public or a spectator, I do not know who it is. Perhaps a marketing tool? So, let’s say that “the viewer” is the one to whom one passes the work, because that is what it is, in the background. An artist produces an object and at some point he separates from it, and someone else looks at it. And it is at this moment that the life of the work begins …. It is also for this reason that the work must be closed. Because it does not communicate the results of an experiment, it allows the experiment. And to this end, it is necessary to provide the viewer with a perfectly closed or expired object so that it is he who opens it or inspires it.” »Jean-Luc Moulène

240 pages
21,5 x 28 cm
French / English
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Cold Shoulder. Nairy Baghramian. Serralves

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, sculpture on September 24th, 2015
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Published on the occasion of Nairy Baghramian’s (1971, Isfahan, Iran) new outdoor sculptural work for the Sonae|Serralves Commission, this fully illustrated book draws upon the artist’s interest in the ways sculpture functions in the public domain. Featuring a text by curator Suzanne Cotter, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, this publication also includes a selected visual history of works installed in the unique context of the Museum and Park.

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Infinite Possibility 1974 – 2014. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Serralves

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, books, distribution, drawing, exhibition catalogue, sculpture, writing on September 23rd, 2015
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Infinite Possibility 1974 – 2014
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Published on the occasion of the first museum survey of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Qazvin, 1924), this book offers a critical and art historical view on a singular body of work produced over a career of more than 40 years.

Essays by curator Suzanne Cotter, cultural historian Shiva Balaghi, and art historian and critic Media Farzin examine Monir’s oeuvre and its development from the 1970s to the present in relation to the decorative and architectural traditions of Islamic art and the cosmopolitan contemporary art world of which she has always been a part. A detailed timeline situates the artist’s personal and artistic trajectory within the broader context of contemporaneous historical, social and cultural events worldwide.

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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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Topology in Bed . Chi Tsai Ni. Nos:books

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography, sculpture on August 27th, 2015
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This is a collection of the temporary sculptures by Chi Tsai Ni. Ni re-arranges and sets them again according to his memory, when our photographer shoots them. Ni’s daughter edits the book, accompanied by Ni’s preliminary sketches.

Chi Tsai ni’s original works were gone. They only exist in the memory of his family members. As his daughter recalls, around 1989-1999, when returning home from school, she would find those sculptures lying in her parents’ bedroom. They came in weird shapes, and the shapes never repeated.

Ni’s wife does not participate in any discussion.

When re-making the sculpture series, Ni recalls the younger days when traveling with his friends, they lodged, by mistake, in a love motel. There on the bed was a pile of blanket-mountain giving a hint of sex. Ni’s own sculptures showed much the same sexy fantasies. They acted as a sign or investigation to his wife, while Ni’s daughter was still little.

During the shooting, as Ni folds the blankets, in his mind he always had a perfect projection of the outcome, giving rise to the impossible forms of such ordinary objects. The photographer and our team are absorbed in the blankets like we are getting psychedelic, haunted by the desire that the blankets generate.

Artist: Chi Tsai Ni – Photographer: Etang Chen – Editor: Son Ni

First published 2015 – Limited 500 copies, numbered – published by nos:books, Taipei, Taiwan

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Sculptures Also Die. Lorenzo Benedetti (Ed.). cura. Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, sculpture, Uncategorized, writing on May 10th, 2015
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Artists: Francesco Arena (Italy), Nina Beier (Denmark), Katinka Bock (Germany), Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Italy), Dario D’Aronco (Italy), N.Dash (USA), Michael Dean (UK), Oliver Laric (Austria), Mark Manders (Netherlands), Michael E. Smith (USA), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (Spain) and Francisco Tropa (Portugal), Oscar Tuazon (USA)
Graphic Design: Andrea Baccin & Walter Santomauro

Edition of 1.000 copies

Produced by Palazzo Strozzi Foundation

Sculptures Also Die offering a reflection on contemporary sculpture curated by Lorenzo Benedetti through new and existing work by twelve Italian and international artists who will be forging a reflection on the meaning, the potential and the new experimental approaches in sculpture today. Contemporary artists tend to use new forms and materials to address a broader time span in an ongoing dialogue between the past and the future; yet at the same time, the exhibition reflects on the way in which today’s artists are also rediscovering such materials as bronze, stone or ceramic, that appeared to have been relegated to the purely academic sphere. These materials are rediscovered and used in a conceptual manner to reflect on such themes as the monument, the fragment, the way materials wear over time, and the recovery of the recent modernist past.

Language: Italian / English

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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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A sequence or phrase. Jean-Pascal Flavien. Spector Books.

Posted in architecture, art, books, distribution, drawing, sculpture on December 31st, 2013
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A sequence or phrase. Jean-Pascal Flavien. Spector Books.

“A sequence or phrase” is a monographic catalogue on Jean-Pascal Flavien’s work, published following his two exhibitions at the Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’Art Contemporain (FR) and the Kunstverein Langenhagen (DE), both in 2012. It includes contributions by Vanessa Desclaux, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Olivier Michelon. It is published by Spector Books, and designed by Pascal Storz with Jean-Pascal Flavien.

Flavien’s work combines architectural experiments, book publishing, and performance with other media such as video, drawing, installation, and sculpture.

His recent solo exhibitions include breathing house at Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux; ‘Jean-Pascal Flavien’ at Kunstverein Langenhagen; Cinonema, no drama cinema at South London Gallery (both 2012). and two persons house at Capacete, São Paulo (2010). Flavien has participated in numerous group exhibitions at various institutions including Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2013); Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse (2012); Musac, Leon; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthaus Bregenz (all 2011) and Tate Modern, London (2008).

Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin.

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Language: English/French/German
Pages: 112
Size: 23 x 30 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 97839449052

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Wor(ld)k In Progress? Joëlle Tuerlinckx. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Posted in art, books, drawing, exhibition catalogue, photography, sculpture, writing on June 17th, 2013

Wor(ld)k In Progress? Joëlle Tuerlinckx. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Foreword
Okwui Enwezor, Dirk Snauwaert, Tom Trevor

In Progress
Dirk Snauwaert

Joëlle Tuerlinckx and the Exhibition
Visual Impressions, Knowledge, Sensations
Julienne Lorz
Illustrated text
Collected images # 1

Everything and Nothing – The Pre-History of Zero
Tom trevor
Illustrated text
Collected images # 2

Joeëlle Tuerlinckx of the Sense of Possibility
Catherine mayeur
illustrated text
Collected images # 3

Index of works and documents

Glossary of terms
Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Bibliography / Authors’ biographies

Colophon

Pages : 344
Language : English
Size : 27.8 x 21.3 cm

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Emerging Sculptures. Alexander Basile. Spontan Verlag.

Posted in art, books, distribution, photography, sculpture on June 8th, 2013

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Emerging Sculptures. Alexander Basile. Spontan Verlag.

Die Geschichten hinter den Dingen, die Sprache zwischen ihnen – zwei Perspektiven die der Kölner Künstler Alexander Basile schätzt aber keineswegs als Ideologie verfolgt. Seine Fotografie vermittelt den Eindruck, als drücke er immer erst dann auf den Auslöser, wenn sich vor seinem Auge Dinge und ihre gesellschaftliche Einschreibung zu einer möglichen Skulptur verdichten. Dabei erschafft Basile neue Wirklichkeiten, die flüchtig sind und bildeigenen, ungeschriebenen und zufälligen Gesetzen gehorchen. In seinen Bildern treten Dinge in einen Zusammenhang, der über das unmittelbar Anschauliche hinausgeht. Ihre poetische Kraft fordert vom Betrachter einen schwingenden Blick der die Schichten des Bildes entschlüsselt um dem Geheimnis hinter dem Sichtbaren auf die Spur zu kommen. Scheinbar zufällige gegenständliche Alltags-Konstellationen geben dabei mehr zu denken, als sprachlich gefasst werden kann.

Der vom Spontan Verlag herausgegebene Bildband „Emerging Sculptures“ bündelt 20 Fotograf ien die gegenständliche Gruppierungen, Gegenstände, Räume und Oberflächen betrachten. Ihre zufällige Anordnung evoziert Geschichten, die jeder für sich im Auge der Motive neu schreibt. Alle zu sehenden Formen sind zufällig und vermitteln dennoch Ewiges. Die Bilder dokumentieren die Aufteilung eines wahllosen Raumes und die Platzierung der Dinge in ihm. Jene gehen geheimnisvolle Korrespondenzen ein und werden zu Objekten der Kunst in einem Raum, dessen Grenzen und Inhalte verschwimmen. Keines der Motive wurde wissentlich geformt. Alles entstand aus dem Impuls des Moments, in dem der Künstler sein Sein in Raum aufblitzen sah und die Entbergung spontan fotografisch einfing. Vorgefundene Objekte verschmelzen im Winkel der Perspektive zu einem Narrativ das unzählige Deutungen ermöglicht und auf Eindeutigkeiten verzichtet. Für Basile ist das Bild das Destillat einer Atmosphäre, die der Künstler spürt und nicht arrangiert bevor der Auslöser betätigt. Eine Technik die keine ist, deren mäandernder Charakter stets voran schreitet und die bewegende Motive aus dem Kontinuum der empirischen Wirklichkeit fischt um sie zu etwas Einzigartigem zu fixieren. In der Buchedition werden die Stillleben und Alltagsskulpturen von hauchdünnem Pergamentpapier getrennt. Das Blättern selbst wird so zum Entschleiern eines Blicks der schweifend das Zusammenspiel von Kunst und Leben sichtbar macht.

Dem Künstler selbst strebte allerdings keine genuine Sichtbarmachung eines Kunstwerks vor. Vielmehr eine nicht konstruierte visuelle Idee, die der Betrachter durch seinen visuellen Wortschatz und sein eigenes Wissen zu etwas addiert, dessen Bedeutung nur in ihm aufblitzt. Es bleibt stets unklar, ob es sich bei den Aufnahmen um Dokumente des Alltags handelt oder um akribisch geformte Konstruktionen aus einem Atelier. Jenes Wechselspiel bildet für Basile die „einzige Möglichkeit mit der Photographie weiter machen zu können. Nur wenn diese im Stande ist sich zu bewegen, und wenn auch nur im Auge des Betrachters, lässt sich das Monument auf Papier gebracht, im Rahmen und hinter Glass noch als Möglichkeit von Kommunikation verwenden.“

Auflage von 300 Exemplaren
Offset
18 Seiten
20 Abbildungen
ISBN: 978-3-00-041592-0

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