Constantin Flondor. When Eye Touches Cloud. Alina Șerban (Ed.). P+4 Publications

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, film, Monograph, painting, photography, Uncategorized on October 10th, 2022
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When Eye Touches Cloud is the first monograph dedicated to the manifold oeuvre of Romanian artist Constantin Flondor (born 1936, in Czernowitz), the leading protagonist of the art groups 111, Sigma and Prolog. This richly illustrated publication takes a closer look on the influential body of work he had produced in painting, kinetic & Op art, land art, action, experimental film & photography from the 1960s until today. It surveys the various steps of his practice: from the lyricism of the first pictorial constructs to the optical and kinetic art of the Group 111, from the study of form and land art characteristic of the Sigma Group, defined as the effort to connect within a single equation visual research and experiment, to the Prolog Group’s spirit of communion and conviviality.

The book offers a comprehensive overview of the principles that shape Constantin Flondor’s art, of reflecting and theorising starting from the inventory of terms, themes, and concepts that have guided him as an artist over seventy years of uninterrupted work and of restoring them to the international context of art through the contributions of invited authors, Dieter Roelstraete & Abigail Winograd, Rainer Fuchs, and Katarzyna Cytlak. Besides the commissioned essays, the book includes a selection from the artist writings and several archival materials which enlarge our view on artist’s singular mode of thinking.

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P+4 Publications is an independent publishing programme dedicated to the promotion of Romanian contemporary art, photography and architecture, exploring the book medium as a point of encounter between theoretical research, graphic design experiment and artists’ ideas and subjects present in their practice. Presently, the programme brings together the Artist Book Series and the Architecture Book Series, supported between 2013–2021 by the PEPLUSPATRU Association, and Parkour and Exhibition-Dossier series, developed by the Institute of the Present since 2017. Starting from 2021, P+4 Publications is coordinated by the Institute of the Present.

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Chrome magazine – volume 4. Various artists. Chrome Media Ug.

Posted in drawing, illustration, painting, photography, writing on February 21st, 2022
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Chrome Magazine is launching today its fourth edition. 


An innovative art book in the more accessible magazine format. An answer to the algorythmicrflood of images we are confronted with every day. A long – lasting source of inspiration for those interested in art and those who dare to create. 
Our objective for this issue was to curate a list of exciting international artists and to create an insulated space for them to present their body of work. By combining graphic design, fine art, photography, CGI and other experimental approaches, a multifaceted and highly interesting body of work is created. Every page you turn you will find yourself confroted with new ideas and concepts. So take your time to understand the creators intentions and to interpret their visual language. Be inspired. 
We want to showcase what moves our generation and provide an insight into our diverse perspectives. Furthermore, we want to serve as a platform that promotes connection and collaboration within the different areas of the creative scene.

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I AINT THE NOING UV IT IM JUS ONLE THE SHOWING UV IT. Martin Clark, Steven Claydon. Bergen Kunsthall.

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store, painting, photography, sculpture on December 13th, 2017
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Published by Bergen Kunsthall in 2017 on the occasion of the exhibitions:

The Noing Uv It
Bergen Kunsthall
9 January – 15 February 2015

The Showing Uv It
Simon Ling
Bergen Kunsthall
27 February – 5 April 2015

Curated by
Martin Clark and Steven Claydon

Texts by
Martin Clark, Steven Claydon, Timothy Morton, Martin Herbert, Russell Hoban, Martin Westwood

 

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Strappato. Michael Rampa. Micronaut

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, painting on July 3rd, 2017
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Strappato is published on the occasion of the exhibition « Blind approximate » at Château de Gruyères.

It combines works of Michael Rampa (born in 1977 in Château-d’Oex, lives and works in Lausanne). Using precise protocols, the book tries to deconstruct and reconfigure the specifications and the original materials in Rampa’s paintings.

Graphic Design: Jeremy Schorderet
Texts by Louis Bonard and Constant Bonard
Conversation of Michael Rampa with Julien Gremaud

 

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Animality. Jens Hoffmann. Marian Goodman Gallery.

Posted in art, painting, photography, writing on February 7th, 2017
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Our relationship with animals is fraught and contradictory: we simultaneously mythologize, venerate, sacrifice, and exploit those who are not of our species. This paradox suggests that our connection with animals might be more complicated, and far richer, than commonly thought, and that the distinction between human and animal is not at all clear-cut. By laying down a novel artistic and theoretical framework, Animality, devised by Jens Hoffmann in conjunction with Marian Goodman Gallery, looks to examine this complex relationship. Written to accompany an exhibition of the same name, it includes more than seventy participants, mostly from the world of art, but also covering film, literature, philosophy, and science.

A fully illustrated catalogue designed by A Practice for Everyday Life.

Cast of Creatures:

Giorgio Agamben, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Georges Bataille, Pierre Bismuth, Cosima von Bonin, Marcel Broodthaers, Balthasar Burkhard, Maurizio Cattelan, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Charles Darwin, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Mark Dion, André Marie Constant Duméril, Albrecht Dürer, Elmgreen & Dragset, Roe Ethridge, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Étienne de Flacourt, Michel Foucault, Conrad Gessner, J. J. Grandville, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Ernst Haeckel, John Halas and Joy Batchelor, Petrit Halilaj, Charley Harper, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Marine Hugonnier, Peter Hujar, Luce Irigaray, Malia Jensen, Sarah Jones, Jamian Juliano-Villani, E’wao Kagoshima, Karen Kilimnik, Louise Lawler, Jochen Lempert, Emmanuel Levinas, Klara Liden, Carl von Linné, Robert Longo, Steve McQueen, Maria Sibylla Merian, Annette Messager, Eadweard Muybridge, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gabriel Orozco, George Orwell, Jean Painlevé, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Louis Renard, Henri Rousseau, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, Albertus Seba, Wael Shawky, George Shiras, Yinka Shonibare, Taryn Simon, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Emily Sundblad, Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vō, Peter Wächtler, William Wegman, Franz West, Harrison Weir, Alexander Wilson, Jordan Wolfson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

Language: English
Pages: 203
Size: 22.5 x 29.7
Weight: 944 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780944219348

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How to (talk about) things that don’t exist. 31st São Paulo Biennial. Serralves

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions, painting, performance, politics, writing on October 4th, 2016
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How (…) things that don’t exist
How to (talk about) things that don’t exist focuses on the processes that led to the artworks and arguments in ‘How to (…) things that don’t exist — an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Pau¬lo Biennial’ presented at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. The publication continues the ide¬as and discussions that generated the exhibition and proposes unexpected synapses between different subject areas: Education; Reverse Colonialism; and Right to the City — Criminalization of the Poor. It includes a wide variety of texts, chronicles, lyrics, historical documents, drawings, collages, paintings, film stills and photographs many of which specifically conceived for this book by artists, curators, art historians, writ-ers, researchers, pedagogues, sociologists, urban planners, journalists, social workers and activists.

Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem
Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem centra‑se nos processos que conduziram as obras e discussões presentes na exposição “Como (…) coisas que não existem — uma exposição desenvolvida a partir da 31a Bienal de São Paulo” apresentada no Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves no Porto. A publicação propõe sinapses inesperadas entre os diversos temas tratados: Educação; Colonialismo Invertido; e Direito a Cidade ― Criminalização da Pobreza e inclui uma variedade de textos, cronicas, letras de musicas, documentos históricos, desenhos, colagens, pinturas, fotogramas e fotografias — alguns concebidos especificamente para este livro — da autoria de artistas, curadores, historiadores de arte, escritores, investigadores, pedagogos, sociólogos, urbanistas, jornalistas, assistentes sociais e ativistas.

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100 Paintings. Michael Manning. Cura.Books.

Posted in art, distribution, painting on April 11th, 2016
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100 paintings, the new publication by the LA based artist Michael Manning, features a selection of 100 digital drawings selected from four distinct series of paintings.

The use of this medium started with Manning’s regular contribution to phone-arts.net, a website dedicated to art made with smartphones, then continuously explored through many software’s possibilities, thanks to Microsoft 8 operating system and its touchscreen interface, together with FreshPaint, a finger painting app. The book features an essay by Brian Droitcour on the mobile practice of the Microsoft Painting series, a contribution by Gene McHugh, who summarizes the influence of Southern California sun on Manning’s palette, and the Amphibious Materiality essay, by Peter Amdam where he describes the gooeyness in Wild Fusion gestural affectivity. Finally, as Manning says in conversation with Lucy Chinen: “It’s like coconut bath wash, sandy hair, palm tree sunset vaped out pelican art lol”.

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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

€24.00

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