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FICTION

J. Parker Valentine

Although deeply grounded in drawing, J. Parker Valentine’s diverse practice spans film, video, photography, collage and sculpture. Valentine pushes the limits of mark making in this artist’s book, exploring many possibilities of narrative and image. Rendered on both uncoated and brown paper stock that mimics the artist’s drawing paper and including a selection of reoriented and manipulated images, Fiction offers a sense of Valentine’s improvisatory approach. Also included are three essays: Sculpture Center (NY) curator Mary Ceruti describes Valentine’s lasso sculptures as oscillating between drawing and sculpture; Serralves Museum director Suzanne Cotter touches on Valentine’s interrogation of the limits of drawing as a medium; and Christiane Maria Schneider, curator of Valentine’s exhibition at the Langen Foundation (Neuss, Germany), considers how each of the works presented are affected by the relationships they enter into in situ. Valentine was a 2013 artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2014 / Exhibition catalog Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 115 pp / 60 b&w and 31 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-041-6 · Retail Price: $32.00
 

FIGURING MOTION

Terry Rosenberg

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2003, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
112 pp, 66 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9643821-1-3 · Retail Price: $20.00

Karen Finley

Pooh Unplugged, An Unauthorized Memoir

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1999, Hardcover, 10 x 7 inches
64 pp, 54 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 1-889195-26-X · Retail Price: $19.95

ROSE FINN-KELCEY

From the 1970s, artist Rose Finn-Kelcey became a central figure in the emerging communities of performance and feminist art in the UK. The complex thinking embodied in her work has touched on such themes as power and the dilemmas of mastery; the myth of the artist; the gaining of a voice; the deceptions of value; the nature of collaboration; the surrogate performer; spirituality; longing and death. This book, extensively illustrated, is the first comprehensive mono- graph on this artist’s work, documenting more than four decades of Finn-Kelcey’s art. Includes over 150 illustrations and essays by Guy Brett, Sarah Kent and Michael Stanley.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
April 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
216 pp / 43 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-68-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

First Space, Then Structures

Marisol Limon Martinez, Kelly Barrie and Zak Group
Nothing Moments Publishing, Los Angeles
Vol. #6
October 2007, Softcover, Exhibition Catalog
48 pp, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-1-934500-21-7 · Retail Price: $15.00

FLESH AND THE COSMOS

William E. Jones

“The most beautiful cosmos is a pile of random sweepings.” This aphorism by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus provided the inspiration for the book Flesh and the Cosmos. Artist and filmmaker William E. Jones’ project, which he calls “automatic illustration,” shows the results of Internet image searches based upon a century’s worth of translations of Heraclitus’ phrase from eight words in Ancient Greek. The images range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The artist, whose work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts and Tate Modern, writes: “A text from the very beginning of philosophy in the Western tradition … can make the unspoken manias and taboos of contemporary society available to us in a new way.” The fragment has also been the subject of scholarly debate, summarized here in essays by classicists Jonathan Barnes and Richard Fletcher.

DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches
112 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-3-8 · Retail Price: $35.00

Folk Archive

Contemporary Popular Art from the UK

Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane
BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
2006 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
158 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 1-870699-81-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

MAARTJE FOLKERINGA

Trick or Trait

This first monograph of the work of young Dutch sculptor Maartje Fokeringa proves a lively cut-and-paste sourcebook of the artist’s colorful explorations of popular culture. Her unusual artistic practice is couched in the relationship between our personal belongings and our perception of self in society. She creates large figurative sculptures representing complex characters inspired by people she meets and observes in everyday life. Her overscaled human forms are significant for the accessories that adorn them and the gallery walls. From ornamental figurines to abstracted jewelry to paint-splattered biomorphic forms, Fokeringa is concerned with the use and exchange of objects as forms of nonverbal communication—totems signaling status, class and value. This exhibition catalog contains early work, as well as the new sculptures fabricated during a residency at the Beeldenstorm foundry in Eindhoven and later installed in the workspace at Onomatopee.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
96 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-21-2 · Retail Price: $36.00

FOR THE USE OF THOSE WHO SEE

A collection of texts by a group of international art superstars comments on an extraordinary exhibition of mostly film and video works exploring the “supposed opposition of seeing and not-seeing.” Leading the investigation is artist Javier Tellez references a classic text on blindness (Diderot’s Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See), and juxtaposes it with the story of the blind men and the elephant, which insists that perception always depends on a particular point of view. Includes works by John Baldessari on the pure tension of thermometry, Harun Farocki on acute pain and Luc Teymans on eloquently simple, painterly shadows. This series of short texts creates a retrospective, photographic march through the exhibition, and a learned as well as entertaining explanation of the phenomenon by Lambert Wiesinger.

SNOECK, GERMANY
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7.5 x 10.75 inches / 60 pp / 21 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-59-9 · Retail Price: $45.00

FOREIGN & FAMILIAR

Beate Ermacora, Lotte Dinse & Jürgen Tabor (Eds.)

The foreign in the familiar, the familiar in the foreign—a poignant document of the international group exhibition is concerned with the phenomenon of the alien within one’s own culture and sphere of experience. This play on the foreign inspires many artists to confront the unfamiliar and to challenge the rules and codes of conduct within different social groups as well as research the historic transformation of public space. The resulting works, which uncover a panoramic complexity of identities and approaches, trace out aspects of society that are hidden and suppressed, raising questions about accepted social, cultural and political principles and interactions. Featured are works by 14 artists, including Martin Brand, Mark Dion, Coco Fusco, Sofia Hultén, Peter Piller, Gillian Wearing and Tobias Zielony. Essays by exhibition curators Lotte Dinse and Jürgen Tabor, along with Julia Brennacher, Andrea Brockmann, Beate Ermacora and others.

SNOECK, GERMANY
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7 x 9 3/4 inches / 160 pp / 110 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-066-5 · Retail Price: $39.95