This inaugural volume from Oslo Editions gathers edited transcripts from a series of talks held at the Mandrake, an artist-run bar in Los Angeles, on the theme of “contra mundum” or “against the world.” Taking its cue from Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited, the contributors consider the collective potential of (anti)sociality and the possibility of building your own world. Subjects include the furniture of Donald Judd, private issue New Age records, the animal as a subject in Hollywood, self-banishment in Shakespeare, zombie films, pirates and piracy, and Mark E. Smith, legendary vocalist for post-punk band, the Fall. Featuring contributions from artists Rupert Deese, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pearson and Frances Stark, and critics Aaron Kunin, Matthew Taylor Raffety, and Evan Calder Williams.
2011 / Softcover / 5.5 x 8.75 inches / 216 pp / 241 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9830773-0-5 · Retail Price: $18.00
Art After Death
Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick
2001, Volume 1, Audio CD 44:32 TRT
5 1/2 x 5 inch plastic jewel box
8-panel color foldout with text and images
ISBN: 0-9703860-0-1 · Retail Price: $15.00
Sebastian Chichocki and Galit Eilat
A Cookbook for Political Imagination accompanies the exhibition at the 2011 Venice Biennale’s Polish Pavilion titled … and Europe will be stunned. The first book from the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland is not a traditional exhibition catalog. Instead, it is a manual of political instructions and “recipes”, delivered by more than 40 international authors. Entries range from manifestos, artistic contributions and fiction to elements of visual identity and guidance for members of the movement. It even contains some actual recipes for food. Designed by Guy Saggee from Shual Studio, Tel Aviv with contributions by Gish Amit, Yazid Anani, Ariella Azoulay, Marek Beylin, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Andrea Geyer, Daniel Hendrickson, Rafał Jakubowicz, Wam Kat, Yuval Kremnitzer, Renzo Martens, Oliver Ressler, Sarah Rifky, Lia Perjovschi and others.
October 2011 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 388 pp / 22 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-53-5 · Retail Price: $34.95
May 2004, Softcover, 5 1/2 x 8 inches
64 pp, extensive color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9761841-0-9 · Retail Price: $15.00
This gorgeous artist’s book project documents the eponymous collaborative exhibition between Aaron Curry and Richard Hawkins at David Kordansky Gallery in 2011. Brian Roettinger’s book design is a true highlight—the unique smyth-sewn volume has eight page-folded signatures showing detail shots on the external pages, with a perforated- finish top and a flush-cut open bottom that reveals full images of works and installation views in shades of lime green, chartreuse and shocking purple. Reveling in critical juxtapositions—Curry’s sculptures offer evocative reworkings of biomorphic imagery of the mid-century avant- garde; Hawkins’s collages, paintings and installations focus on voyeurism and the male form—both artists draw from high and low culture with equal zeal. Featured texts by Richard Hawkins and Stuart Krimko.
July 2013 / Limited edition of 1000 /
Exhibition catalog / Softcover/ 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 128 pp / 39 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-1-4 · Retail Price: $100.00
John Kelsey and Aleksandra Mir
Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art, Finland
February 2003, English and German text
Softcover, 9 x 12 inches
256 pp, 105 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9711193-1-7 · Retail Price: $39.95
Timewave zero, then what?
Fabian Marti & Cristina Ricupero (Eds.)
The doomsday phenomenon of “2012” refers to eschatological beliefs predicting transformative events on December 21, 2012. By now, not only spiritual seekers have the conviction that something has to change. Still, there are different interpretations of the meaning of that specific date. Beyond the lunatic fringe views regarding the end of the world, a more constructive reading of the phenom- enon is found in New Age circles, claiming that 2012 might be the beginning of a higher consciousness in humanity upon the realization that, in fact, Western systems have not brought mass prosperity and fulfillment as once imagined. Texts by Gary Lachman and Ana Teixeira Pinto.
URSULA BLICKLE STIFTUNG, GERMANY
January 2013/ German & English
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 134 pp
53 b&w / 68 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-47-4 · Retail Price: $30.00
Ingrid Swenson & Doro Globus (Eds.)
Keith Coventry is known for works which co-opt philosophical or art-theoretical positions as a way of testing and questioning the boundaries of such ideas. His new work, The Deontological Pictures, is an extension of this approach. These variations of black paintings—some much darker and others with undulations of lighter grays and browns—are produced by slavishly following a set of rules which, to the artist’s mind, safeguards against any wayward aesthetic or ethical judgment having taken place. Each work is made by adding black pigment to rainwater collected from Coventry’s leaky roof, then brushed onto the jute with a broom. The work is left to dry flat on the floor, and the material is then stretched and framed. A compact catalog featuring 15 never- before-seen paintings plus a text on deontology by Nick Zangwill and artist interview by Michael Bracewell.
January 2013/ English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 8 1/2 x 11 inches/ 56 pp/ 4 b&W and 18 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-70-8 · Retail Price: $29.95
A Comprehensive Survey, 1957-1980
1981, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
96 pp, 35 duotone and 7 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-06-7 · Retail Price: $15.00
This book is a unprecedented doorway into the contemporary Japanese creative scene: the staff of the hyper-connected Japanese magazine QUOTATION introduces the crème de la crème of that nation’s creative producers from an array of media to the rest of the world. Editor-in-chief Toru Hachiga says it doesn’t matter if the person, place or product is famous, just that it’s worthy. Examples include JAN, a “creative unit” in the fixed-gear bike and skateboard scene; limArt, a Tokyo shop specializing in used visual books and vintage furniture; and Earthscape, which aims to change society through public sculpture. All entries are listed here by category, and described in short essays in English and Japanese. A must for anyone who’s looking for the cutting edge.
2011 / Softcover / 6 x 8.25 inches / 188 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-729-3 · Retail Price: $25.00