Companion #07: Motion. Karel Martens. Kunstverein München and Roma Publications

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, graphic design, video on January 23rd, 2023
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This publication is part of Motion, a major exhibition by Dutch artist, graphic designer, and educator Karel Martens at Kunstverein München.

Co-edited by Martens and Julie Peeters, the bulk of the content for this book comes from the video Not for Resale – a sequence of photographs from Martens’ studio wall in Hoog Keppel in 2000. The videos Lost & Found (2004), and Tol (2008) are also included in the book, as well as a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Kunstverein director Chris Fitzpatrick, followed by an afterword (both in English and German).

Edited by Karel Martens and Julie Peeters
Texts by Chris Fitzpatrick and Karel Martens
Designed by Julie Peeters

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Can you feel it? Effectuating tactility and print in the contemporary. Freek Lomme (Ed.). Set Margins’

Posted in art, books on December 16th, 2022
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Hands reaching and feeling, noses sniffing, eyes scrolling: the magic at book shops and at book fairs is also very much a tactile one.

But what exactly is the tactile, in a world in which a rising technocracy exploits the designed environment we feel? Who authorizes and who writes, what tradition do we stand in and how can we touch base?

This reader explores how our interaction with printed matter affects us through theory, thoughts, and practices in the field of graphic design, materiality, philosophy, science and art.

Although the core of this book rests upon theory and thoughts, with eight writings from scientists and philosophers to a paper-specialist and art writers, this book also compiles practice-based experiments by six international artists and includes animated introductions of printing techniques in the form of fictionalized characters.

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Coll.#01. Martin Vácha, Daniel Quisek, Andrea Vacovská (Eds.). Displaay Type Foundry

Posted in books, design, graphic design, typography on December 14th, 2022
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Coll.#01 is the first comprehensive catalogue of Displaay’s current typeface collection. It is a guide to twenty typeface families as well as an insight into upcoming typefaces and custom projects. For bookworms, it can serve as a tour guide through the labyrinth of wikipedia topics that occupy our minds. Available with three different coloured edges, red, green and blue.

Displaay is an independent type foundry established in 2014 and based in Prague, Czech Republic.

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50 anniversaries. Freek Lomme. Set Margins’

Posted in books, photography, poster, zines on December 9th, 2022
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50-year-olds: they’re hung up in streets, stuck in dull, damp plastic sleeves; they are taped to lampposts, to electricity substations or traffic signs, or they’re attached to trees with drawing pins.

This publication and exhibition explore the typically Dutch tradition of publicly displaying home made photo collages throughout streets and neighborhoods in celebration of a person’s 50th birthday.

Almost reminiscent of missing pet posters, amateur portrait photographs are distributed and displayed by being taped onto lamp posts and stapled to trees by friends or relatives, at the mercy of public opinion. Exposed to judgment and ridicule by friends, family and strangers, due to the usually demeaning nature of the photographs through unflattering holiday photos and the likes, individuals are exposed, raised out of anonymity and placed in the public eye.

To an extent the street becomes an exhibition space for the non art-oriented person. It’s a document of the democratisation of the public domain, through a tradition which allows artistic expression and experimentation for anyone, under the gaze of a watchful even if disengaged audience.

The presented collection of posters, possibly a study of non-intentional art under the scrutiny of the public eye, constitutes an archive and an ode to amateur, home made graphic design, made possible through the democratisation of artistic means and software such as word art, paint and clip art. A non-hierarchical demonstration of taste and aesthetic is catapulted into the streets and now gathered in the exhibition space. Perhaps involuntarily, the posters bear a sense of humour and irony to the rest of the on-looking public.

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La Grida Loca. Maximage. ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design)

Posted in books, design, graphic design on July 31st, 2022
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A tool for students and professional designers.

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Rosie Ruiz: Shortcuts to Fame. Lisa Guedel-Dolle. Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, graphic design, history, Motto Books on October 27th, 2017
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Rosie Ruiz was a non-professional runner who cheated during the 1979 New York City Marathon and the 1980 Boston Marathon.

This book relates the nine days of investigation and doubts which took place between april 22, the day of her victory in Boston, and april 30, the day her disqualification. During these nine days we discovered the testimonies of the protagonists of the case: Rosie, runners, winners, losers, the direction of the marathon and family. This story was a big buzz in the media. The reader gradually discovers all the elements of the story, like an inspector interviewing witnesses. Step by step, links and evidences are made and after 9 days of investigation the reader can determine whether yes or no Rosie Ruiz cheated during these two marathons.

 

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Monochrome. Dase Roman Sherbakov. Re:Surgo!

Posted in graphic design, illustration, zines on December 15th, 2012
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Monochrome

DASE is an Ukrainian graphic designer, illustrator & character designer. Works & lives in Kiev.

1 colour silkscreen on heavy paper. 28 pages incl cover, 29,4 x 24 cm, edition of 120 ex, hand-bound, numbered & signed.

25€
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