"The primary and most fundamental function of the arts is to engage their audience and spark dialogue, in whatever manner seems best. This journal has attempted to do just that, by creating a space for reflection and insight, and providing an opportunity for conversation and questions to sprout and find life within the broader context of contemporary photography and the visual arts."
Adam Fuss. Photographs by Adam Fuss. Text by Thomas Kellein. Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2003. 112 pp., 114 color illustrations, 6¾x9½".
"This is a handsome little book which serves as a catalogue to an exhibition of Fuss’ work at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The essay by Thomas Kellein begins as a recitation of chronological facts: that Fuss was born in London in 1961; that he was sent to live with a maternal grandmother in Australia, away from his parents after his father suffered a stroke in 1963; that he spent many childhood hours outdoors and alone; that he loved the diversity of nature and saw William Blake as a spiritual father of sorts. But this chronology acts as preparation for an in-depth exploration (realized in dialogue with Fuss) of the symbology rife in Fuss' images. There are snakes, ripples, birds, evidence of movement, shadows, and silhouettes, all traced sans camera directly onto photographic paper. This is difficult territory to navigate, and every competent author will bring a different set of worthy interpretations to the table; Kellein's approach is well worth the reading. The reproductions are crisp and rich, sitting on a medium weight glossy paper; the images hold to consistent dimensions throughout the book, which, combined with substantial white borders, is greatly appreciated."
I remember them talking to us about how absolutely vital recycling and taking care of our planet is at kindergarten (that was in the 70's) - and somehow today it's still not seen as something paramount or obvious. I really hope the climate deal reached at the UN summit will finally take us at least to the road of getting there.
I've been meaning to add this blog to the links ever since I first discovered it (through for the love of ourselves) - and write a little something about it, but never quite managed the thought of what, who, where. So I though the best thing to do was to show you this picture from the blog, and the following conversation with my husband, who doesn't speak Swedish.
me: "You know the blog I've been trying to explain to you about, that I just really like (but it's in Swedish)."
him: "Oh the one you've been saying she's a librarian with some incredible clothes, and writes great stuff about books, but also about weird people in second hand shops - or those who should just be banned, and looks kinda like A...?"
me: "...and sometimes there's cats all over her. Anyway this is the one [shows him picture]."
him: "Oh brilliant I know exactly what you mean! That blog - what more is there to say!"
(or words to that effect)
The blog is just genius. (...also be sure to have a look at bokdialogen where she writes solely about books.)
This year again I'm hoping that you will do what you can.
The reported number of HIV/Aids cases are continuing to increase - just as we seem to have been able to curb the spread in Africa and other developing countries the numbers are rising again in Europe and the USA.
UNAIDS The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS World Aids Day Information and suggestions on how to get involved WAD.se World Aids Day Sweden RED Might seem frivolous, but it matters to change consumer patterns Staying Alive MTV's Global HIV and AIDS initiative for young people
Andreas Gursky. Photographs by Andreas Gursky. Text by Thomas Weski and Don DeLillo. Snoeck, Gent, 2007. 158 pp., 65 color illustrations, 10x13".
"Gursky’s photos exploit the visual codes of a globalized world. They combine collective memories into rhythmic images that appear familiar and intelligible to viewers because the situations have been stored in their subconscious. But the photographer’s slightly elevated vantage point gives these situations an unfamiliar feeling. Viewers float above the objects, observing from an idealized perspective they are usually denied. Patterns and repetition become obvious, details once overlooked become prominent, and situations usually considered banal take on the air of a medieval miniature, an Old Master, or an abstract painting.
Since the early 1990s, Gursky has photographed his motifs using both analog and digital methods, and then composed his final image using digital technology. Gursky’s works, therefore, are not classical documentary photographs, but are hyper-realistic fictions based on facts. “Reality can only be portrayed when one constructs it,” says the photographer. With their paradoxical character and idealized composition, Gursky’s works simultaneously express reality and observe it."
"This stunning, large-format exhibition catalog from Gursky’s recent solo show in Munich is made up of works mostly created since his Museum of Modern Art show in 2001.
Includes a critical essay by curator Thomas Weski and a contribution titled “In Yankee Stadium” by American novelist Don DeLillo.
An unexpected feature is five separate cover designs made available for this publication; each cover takes a detail from one of the noted Korean Stadium works."
Besides the really wonderful and fantastic exhibitors the ICA is also showing a range of films on the subjects of experimental writing/book arts as well as holding a "talk" with publisher Hansjorg Mayer and artist Tom Phillips.
The book fair is free so there's absolutely no reason to miss it!
Opening hours: 12.00–19.00 Fri 23 Nov; 11.00–19.00 Sat 24 Nov; 11.00–17.00 Sun 25 Nov. Venue: the ICA (the Institute of Contemporary Arts) - how to get there here.
To Find God Not the Devil's Insides. Photographs and text by Doug and Mike Starn. The Print Center / The Starn Studio, Philadelphia, 2007. 59 pp., Accordion folded, 4-color recto-verso., 9½x13".
"Doug and Mike Starn bring to this publication their insatiable creativity to express their personal philosophy. Each page represents a segment of an original artwork, Black Pulse 3. An actual dry leaf scanned and virtually fleshed out, becoming a monumental network where light pulses into its absorbed form, carbon: coincidentally black. In an accordion format, this artist book was designed as a linear circulatory system where end and beginning merge, through the poetic dialogue by the Starns which streams atop each page. Its soft-cover and laminated paper allure to the delicate feel of the leaf. This publication houses an accordion-fold insert pamphlet with a comprehensive and illuminating essay by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Word and Photographs (Victoria & Albert Museum, London), and installation views of the Starns' current exhibition at The Print Center, Philadelphia (PA)-Black Pulse 2000-2007."
This I really like! I appreciate the thought-process, the attention to details and the different points of inspiration, as well as the execution.
Some more production info: "51 pages (recto-verso) 4-color, matte laminated paper, hand-bound with large clear tape; + 7-page accordion insert pamphlet 4-color (recto) printed on Yupo paper-printing and hand-binding by Trifolio, Verona (Italy)."
Putting Back the Wall. Photographs by John Gossage. Essays by Thomas Weski and Gerry Badger. Loosestrife Editions, Tucson, 2007. 132 pp., 134 duotone images., 10x13".
We have builders in... and it's the start of dark Swedish winter outside... (does that make any sense?)
"This new volume presents Gossage's Berlin photographs from 1982-1989 revisited as memory. These are documentary photographs, which promise clarity - yet deliver only mystery or might promise invention and fiction - yet actually deliver truth. With every Gossage book there is an inevitable nod to the artistry of the Photobook. An exquisite cover fashioned from the remains of a deteriorating album sets the tone of the publication. Essays by Gerry Badger, Thomas Weski and John Gossage presented in the unconventional, yet masterful manner we have come to expect in a Gossage production. This 2007 volume will also be sold in a slip case with the 2005 'Berlin in the Time of the Wall' in an edition called The Complete Berlin."
World Paperback Design. By Hiroshi Eguchi. PIE books, numerous illustrations.
I haven't been looking at blogs for quite some time now (like the blogging really), but after I posted the last post I realised that "This Is For You" had been mentioned at a number of places (not that I like it any less though!) there amongst at Book By Its Cover. She's also posted about this wonderful book above!
"In the introduction the author/editor talks about his love for the covers of books. He mentions getting a thrill out of searching through flea markets paperback sellers and recognizing the illustrators and graphic designers by their look. This book contains covers of over 300 paperbacks from around the world published from the late 1950s to the 1970s. The chapters are broken up into countries.
The book has a nice simple layout - images of the paperbacks at almost actual size or stacks of their series so we can see the spines."
Read her full description here. I just love love love paperback covers and have a fair selection myself (mostly picked up at flea markets / discarded by relatives and very often picked on the strength of its' cover alone in a language I don't understand myself).
I'd just love to get my hands on this book, but it doesn't seem possible to get it to Europe sadly...
Don't miss Anita Elgerot's exhibition at Galleri1 / Kultur1 starting tomorrow Nov 2nd! This is an internet exhibition so you non-Swedish residents can enjoy it too! (Go to the link above and then click "GÅ TILL GALLERIET" in the text to view the gallery of paintings).
We are lucky enough to own a small collection of her work and are really excited to see what's new!
UPDATE: Updated the link and how to view the paintings.
This time it's really been seriously long since I've posted: we've moved in quite a stressful manner and now we're in a state of mess since the flat's being redecorated - I guess time just flew by a bit quickly... Anyhow: I just couldn't let it turn into November without posting!
Takashi Murakami is probably best known for his collaboration with Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs - a collaboration that I thought was completely uninspiring... This piece above on the other hand I really thought was very magical!