‘The Frigate’ record launch + concert. 28.04.2012. Berlin

Posted in art, events, music on April 24th, 2012
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Saturday 28.04.2012 at 7pm
The Frigate record release + organ concert by Benjamin Saurer
Kaiser-Friedrich-Gedächtnis-Kirche Händelallee 22, Berlin-Tiergarten
free entrance

The Frigate. Erik Thys, Jos de Gruyter, Harald Thys. Grotto Publications.

Posted in music on April 11th, 2012
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The Frigate. Erik Thys, Jos de Gruyter, Harald Thys. Grotto Publications.

Vinyl record with music composed by Erik Thys for the video ‘The Frigate’ by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys 2008-2012

Mastering by Stef Van Alsenoy
Production: Gypex
© Gypex & Grotto Publications

D 20 €

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Kha and Merit. Richard Venlet. Grotto Publications.

Posted in art on April 3rd, 2012
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Kha and Merit. Richard Venlet. Grotto Publications.

Published by bkSM, Strombeek – Mechelen
Text by Francesco Garutti

Artist book / small catalogue of Richard Venlet published on the occasion of Twin Room (bkSM, 10-12/2011).
A small number of copies come with a color dustjacket, published by Grotto Publications.

D 17 €

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Catecismo. Sophie Nys, Richard Venlet. Grotto Publications.

Posted in art, books, illustration on December 6th, 2011
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Catecismo. Sophie Nys, Richard Venlet.

production: Grotto publications
text: Dieter Roelstraete

D 10€


Renato Giusseppe Bertelli – ‘Profilo Continuo’ (Testa di Mussolini), 1933. Grotto publicatons

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, sculpture, Uncategorized on May 5th, 2011
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‘Profilo Continuo’ (Testa di Mussolini), 1933

publication released by Grotto publications on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Looking for the border’
production: BKSM
Fernand Baudin Nomination 2008
17 x 24 cm, 150 copies, 80 p.

D 15€

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Sophie Nys – Au Pilori, Grotto Publications

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, photography on May 5th, 2011
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Sophie Nys – Au Pilori

This book is an analogue version of a slide projection. The slide projection consists out of 80 slides (a single carousel) of shame poles. These shame poles where all photographed in Belgium.

A shame pole is a freestanding device for displaying miscreants at a public location in a village or town. In its most basic form, the shame pole was a simple cylindrical or beam-shaped wooden stake to which a neck iron was attached at throat height. The pole was typically made by the local carpenter and often remained undecorated. The wooden pole, decorated or not, was then commonly dug into the ground without any base or treadboards, although there might be a step made in earth, wood or stone. The maintenance of a permanently erected instrument entailed ongoing expense, as well as additional repair work due to vandalism, storm, and war damage. This was especially so with simple wooden poles, which, exposed to the elements, rotted away and regularly had to be replaced.

When a pillar was of stone, it was usually carved out of Belgian bluestone by specialist sculptors. Various types of stone pillar can be distinguished on the basis of style and form, although they all have a crown, a shaft with a chapiter at the top and a base, which primarily consisted of several round, square or polygonal treadboards. The shaft was typically octagonal, but was occasionally hexagonal, rectangular, cylindrical, stepped or obelisk-shaped. There was a cut-away notch in the shaft at about throat height or higher to secure the ring to which the neck iron was attached. Sometimes this ring was not built in, but fastened to a vertical rod so that its height was adjustable.

Published by Grotto Publications
17 x 24 cm, 80 pp, black and white offset, staples, 2010
Edition of 250

Richard Venlet – Kekulé, Grotto publications

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store on May 5th, 2011
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250 copies
Produced by Elisa Platteau Galerie
Published by Grotto publications
21,4 x 28 cm, 250 copies / 50 copies numbered and signed, 16 p.

D 15€
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