Research for an upcoming consideration of Aldo Tambellini’s videograms led me to this masterpiece (via the artist).
“this is the news:
time is shooting from the video gun
images are bullets targeting the screen
TV the assassin of reality is a weapon pointed at your mind
the sixties have passed/recorded/obliterated/stored/erased death/starvation/riots/assassinations/moon landing/ bombs/choppers/astronauts
familiar images stored in the videodisk of the mind recalled
Black TV begins with the beam turning on
the white noise the electronic snow
Black TV ends with the beam going off
*WARNING: Includes loud noises, rapid and disturbing imagery.
Filed under: Ramblings | Tags: documentary, dylan, motown, Muscle Shoals, r&B, soul
Filed under: Events | Tags: auction, Bowery Hotel, fundraising, Hurricane Sandy, Paddle8, Rockaway Shore Soup Project
Helping out at this incredible charity event, come by if you can!
Items for auction can be found preliminarily at Paddle8′s website here.
Filed under: Treatz | Tags: Anton Kern, Barry Freidman, ceramics, Cristina Cordova, Daniel Arsham, Jonas Wood, Oko, Serena Carone, Sergei Isupov, Tip Toland
Isn’t it funny how easy it is to get psyched for the fall’s belligerence despite feeling completely overwhelmed and somehow inactive still? So much art, y’all! Here are some things I got excited about in the last 2 weeks. (Quotation by Andrea Gibson)
Clay Bodies at Barry Freidman — ceramics and more ceramics. I enjoyed the assorted styles, the remnants of historical baggage, and finding new implications in the forms. Show is open through October 30, 2013.
We also have Serena Carone: That Which I See (Ce Que Je Vois) at Oko in the East Village. Give me some religious iconography and a curiosity about the lives of objects and I am down. Anthropomorphic sculpture is definitely trending.
Video of Crying Woman can be found here.
Jonas Wood has an incredible solo show up at Anton Kern through October 19, 2013. His mastery of pattern and composition manages to envelope while it confuses. It feels like a split-screen mashup of reality, where you’re swimming between dimensions. Somewhat dreamlike, but only in that way that you can tell something is off despite the obvious resemblance. There are a few less people in this series than I am used to, but I enjoy his rendition of Schiele’s epic landscape and the genre scenes of modern California interiors.
Since discovering Daniel Arsham, an artist experimenting with 2D and 3D design as well as architecture/design via Snarkitecture, I’ve found him relevant to just about every impulse that autumn has thrown my way. His work is elastic with its emotion. It makes me feel empathetic toward Medusa, toward her victims. Misery loves company.
Filed under: Ramblings
In my excitement revolving around the NYABF (see last post) and my upcoming column for Whitehot Magazine, I have been looking more thoroughly into zines, artists’ books, art magazines, and the publishers/artists who support them.
Monsters and Madonnas (ICP Library Blog): Written mostly by Matthew Carson, librarian and archivist at ICP, Library interns, and independent scholars. In addition to featuring event and gallery announcements, there are regular features on artists in the collection and publishers that are in town. Some highlights recently include:
- A profile of Nell Dorr, a friend of Steiglitz and Steichen in the 1930s who first toyed with the pliable medium. She was a featured photographer in MoMA’s ground-shifting Family of Man photography exhibition in 1955. The article includes a timeline and bibliography. (Image below is sourced from the article)
Booktrek – Selected Essays on Artists’ Books since 1972: This forthcoming title from D.A.P is a a puppy in the window, a deliriously relevant example of the universe showing me a source of knowledge that I just want to absorb like a sponge. It is a collection of essays by Clive Phillpot, former Librarian at the Museum of Modern Art who fabricated plans to acquire artists’ books as an important genre the museum needed to preserve. He defined the artist book as “books or booklets produced by the artist using mass-production methods, and in (theoretically) unlimited numbers, in which the artist documents or realizes art ideas or artworks.” Phillpot is speaking at the NYABF on Thursday evening as their keynote opening speaker. Details here.
Franklin Furnace: SERIOUS artists’ book and performance art organization started in April 1976 that has since sold its archive to MoMA, a deal that was labored by Phillpot. Although their office is in Brooklyn, many of the physical copies have been submitted to the museum already. Most of the archives is available online here.
Stephen J. Bury: All-around badass who is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library and aids the organization of the conference portion of the NYABF. He has published Artists’ Multiples, 1935-2000 and is working on a re-edited version of Artists’ Books: The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-1995.
Craig Dworkin: Another all-star in the field of publishing. He is a writer and editor who has taken the pains to publish “digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century” and “carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity” on his website, Eclipse. He has also written several books on breaking out of the constraints of the poetry genre, including No Medium and Language to Cover a Page: The Early Writings of Vito Acconci. His book Against Expressionism: an Anthology of Conceptual Writing can be found on Ubuweb here. He teaches at the University of Utah in the English department.
Andrew Roth and PPP Editions: Roth began publishing titles as far back as 1996, focusing on artists’ books and rare photographic books. He also has a gallery in New York. Although many of the books he has produced are editions that may now be out of print, the most recent titles are nothing to shake a stick at. There seems to be more of an emphasis at this point, after over 15 years of publishing, to anthologies and I am not mad it. In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955 was published in 2010 in tandem with Phil Aarons, and is in my cross-hairs. Nearly 60 publications from around the world are spotlighted, with essays by scholars like Vince Aletti and Neville Wakefield, to name a few, and full historical timelines and bibliographies. The most recent title, Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, is a collaboration with Alex Kitnick, an assistant professor at Bard and a writer/editor/curator. I love this summation of 3 books he published, complete with anecdotes and inspiration.
*** Roth, Kitnick, Phil Aarons, and Leigh Ledare will be discussing the volume at the New York Public Library on September 25, 2013. The talk is moderated by Christophe Cherix of MoMA’s Prints and Illustrated Books department. Information here.***
This Long Century: All I needed to hook me was the above piece, and the About statement — “THIS LONG CENTURY is an ever-evolving collection of personal insights from artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians and cultural icons the world over. Bringing together such intimate work as sketchbooks, personal memorabilia, annotated typescripts, short essays, home movies and near impossible to find archival work, THIS LONG CENTURY serves as a direct line to the contributors themselves.” (Just FYI, ‘contributors’ is spelt incorrectly on the website)
Drinkollage: Like beers? Like to collage? Get in on this! The crew will be at the NYABF on Saturday evening from 8-9 pm doing their thing. The results of the earliest sessions are currently published in a zine, completed in May 2013 and available at several spots in and around Brooklyn.
Filed under: Events, Treatz | Tags: art books, artists books, balls deep, NYABF, Printed Matter, zines
All information pertaining to the conference, programming, and exhibitors can be found here.
Additional programming outside of PS 1:
Filed under: Events | Tags: Adam Kirsch, books, CUNY, lecture, NPR, Photography, Rachel Kushner, Salon, The Flamethrowers, The Paris Review
I first discovered Rachel Kushner when I read a review of a review of her recent novel, The Flamethrowers, in Salon earlier this summer. She was defending said novel against Adam Kirsch’s implication in Tablet Magazine that she had done a good job of writing a “macho” book as a woman, a claim that is both absurd and offensive. Her response, succinctly slaying his assumption that writing books was a glamourous, calculated process, was a solid kick in the balls that I support wholeheartedly. The excerpt from her Facebook page, featured in the Salon article, states:
The review gives example of my “macho” writing, which to me does not seem macho. it just seems like my writing. there are various things going on here, one of which may be the idea that women are supposed to write “like women,” and Kirsch is holding me up as outside of that, in hopes of finding out why critics have liked my book, despite its being, haha, by a woman. And secondly, a sense of the writer as self-consciously “cool.” But, Adam Kirsch, with all due respect, there is nothing “cool” about writing novels. It takes years and years of solitary work and deep and quiet and very uncool thinking to do it. You have to use the part of you that is unconscious, submerged, most unknown to the writer herself. It is not a calculated act, to produce an effect. Writers cannot work in such a mode. At least I cannot. The “cool” you register: could this be your own projection? I write the novels that are possible for me to write, not that ones I think will come across in a certain light. thank you. have a great day, everyone.
Kushner is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow (along with stellar individuals Kim Abeles, Charles Gaines, Bruce Gilden, Bill Hayes, Nora Krug, Deana Lawson, Ben Lerner, Sylvia Nasar, Christian Patterson, and Alec Soth, to name a few) and is giving a lecture at CUNY on September 23, 2013, at 6:30 pm on the inclination to integrate photographs and illustration into fiction. As an art history buff and human being who has certainly lived, I look forward to hearing her remarks and observations.