Now more than ever. Marije de Wit. WIELS & Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution on August 9th, 2017
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Following Marije de Wit’s work that shows her contemplative attitude towards sculpture, presentation, image, representation, abstraction, meaning and value, the works in There is so much thinking to be done keep introspecting their own status. The works are things just as much as they are interfaces in between things and thinking about what they are. Sculptural and painterly motifs that are self-invented, taken from ancient art and from the realms of advertisement, ask out loud whether they’re doodles, ornament or image.

As some works are shaped by trackable gestures – meaning that both what is shown and how it is made are equally on display – these works ask at what moment we decide when images are images. In line with De Wit’s belief that constantly refreshing our outlook is the most helpful thing to do, the works are placed in dense groups. This way they are put to work to hold each other in their active situation of perpetual contemplation.

€ 9.50

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Time Machine™. Malte Bartsch.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Wholesale on August 8th, 2017
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The Time Machine booklet is an artist publication as well as a manual of the Installation “Time Machine”. A Machine at which visitors press a button and a cash receipt is printed as long as the button is pressed, telling how long they pressed the button. Each booklet is delivered with a unique cashreceipt pressed by the Artist Malte Bartsch in his studio in Berlin.  The booklet is a co-work with Johannes Breyer from Dinamo Typefaces and is an artwork itself. 

Editon of 500 pieces. 

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Shellpunk / Jürgen Kleft @ Motto Berlin 08.08.2017

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event on August 5th, 2017
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Shellpunk
Tuesday 8th August 2017
From 7pm
Motto Berlin

 

 

 

 

In the beginning was the tent. Wandering like a nomad, on the steady quest for the oases of the mind, Jürgen Kleft has battled his way through woods, steppes and frozen wastelands, has scaled vertiginous mountain tops and swum through wild rivers, crossed turbid fords, discovered the jungle and finally came to squeeze outdoor fashion in the tight corset of urbanity. Newly released, Shellpunk is the first collection of this daredevil’s adventures.

Based in Vienna, the devoted student of nature Jürgen Kleft explores the secrets of equipment and planning, of improvisation and bricolage. Since five years he enquires into the ludic set between definition and value, between use and material of the mere object. In the face of a life-threatening August sun, he now dares the descent into the Berlin asphalt jungle.

„In the end, all creation is playing, and every game holds something creative – no matter how you put it, the productive element always prevails. This is why we renounce seriousness and irony, but have decided to rush forward following our spirit of discovery and our thirst for knowledge. Nothing is linear anymore!“

Published by Textem, the monograph takes you on a comprehensive tour through Kleft’s oeuvre; its title, Shellpunk, is programmatic. „In the course of our research we became aware of a very special gure, a phenotype. The book is about a maverick, a Gaulish village, a pure robustus – or as we call him, the Shellpunk. Neither has he ever read Being and Time, nor did he follow the advices of any lifestyle guidebooks. And, most of the time, he would prefer not to.“ Akin to the Shellpunk’s predilection for new, wild situations, Jürgen Kleft acts on his sculptures: they may still be sculptures, but in the first place they are equipment for exhibitions. As occupying is an emancipatory act, his artworks bear clear signs of use.

 

The very generous contributions from Ondrej Cikan, Nina Gross, Raphael Dillhof, Katharina Schaar, Philip Waldner, Fransa Routin und Nikolaus Maria Kohlberger permeate and enrich the artist’s work. With his mystic tracks, David Peschka bestows a sonic aura of wildness and wilderness on the world of Jürgen Kleft.

 €24.00