Born in 1964, the prolific Liam Gillick was one of the artists – including Damien Hirst and Angela Bulloch – who dominated British art through the 1990s. He’s spent years as the post-conceptual crowd-pleaser, with a controversial solo show in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009 only the most recent triumph. His sculptural forms and settings seem terse, yet, writes curator Robert Fleck, “they evince a strong – almost celebratory – intellectual presence.” This monumental 256-page, full-color catalog serves as a comprehensive mid-career retrospective, compiled by the artist himself. With his muscular combination of words, forms and ideas, the works are both narrative and non-narrative. For example, in “The State itself Becomes a Super Whatnot,” a vivid aluminum and Plexiglas installation derives, in the artist’s words, “from Brazilian research into Scandinavian car production.” Gillick has created over 2000 multi-dimensional works exploring – in his casual, playful yet deeply political way – ideas about capitalism, social organizations, social volatility and the myriad possibilities of instability. The New York-based artist’s quest has continually been something of a causal chain that investigates concepts such as utopia, parallelism, space and time, using them all as a search for utopia. As Gillick says, “One long walk … Two short piers …” The definitive volume so far on this incessantly interesting and rigorous artist. With texts by Nicolas Bourriaud and Isabelle Moffat.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 inches / 256 pp / 500 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-40-7 · Retail Price: $99.95
Collected here for the first time are Liam Gillick’s fictional writings: McNamara, Erasmus is Late, Ibuka!, The Winter School, Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre, and Literally No Place. Presenting the historical, utopian visions of society and speculating on them often through the fictionalized voices of secondary historical characters, these ideas are explored in a nonlinear, open-ended discursive format, in which the text mirrors the structure of the presented ideas. Gillick’s concern is to explore complex, paradoxical historical and ideological moments, reflecting on how the redundant utopian elements of the past continue to inform both our contemporary and post-utopian future.
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
248 pp / extensive b&w and 6 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-17-5 · Retail Price: $32.00
Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Edited by Susanne Gaensheimer, Westfälischer Kunstverein, and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Frankfurter Kunstverein Texts by Michael Archer, Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen
This publication constitutes the first comprehensive documentation of the work of British artist Liam Gillick. With numerous illustrations and a seminal essay by Michael Archer, the book traces Gillick’s works from the beginning in the late 1980s up to the present.
“‘If you want to fight, then you go underground, whether you’re on the inside of things or on the outside …’ The first lines from the first chapter of Robert McNamara, Liam Gillick’s unpublished 1993 novel based on his screenplay, McNamara, … appear to be a metaphor for an artistic strategy that runs throughout the entire novel and all of Gillick’s subsequent texts, installations, scenarios, and objects. This strategy is the construction of implicit, non-concrete elements around the actual meaning, which in turn remains obscure; around an unmentioned content that exists between the words and lines only as a vague context, as assumption, as something intangible and yet all-embracing, underground, invisible, and underlying everything.” Susanne Gaensheimer
Design by Surface, Berlin/Frankfurt am Main
2000 / Softcover / English/German
168 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-0-9671802-3-6 · Retail Price: $39.95
Five or Six
2000, Second edition, Series 001, English and German text
Softcover, 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
146 pp, 7 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9671802-6-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
I Capture You. You Capture Me & Other Works
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
48 pp / 18 b&w and 10 color
ISBN: 87-91409-18-7 · Retail Price: $19.00
Ursula Mayer & Maria Fusco
Taking the form of a ciné-roman, this book is based on Ursula Mayer’s 16mm film of the same name, with a screenplay written by Maria Fusco and commis- sioned by Film London. Imagined as a critical counter to Ideal, Ayn Rand’s 1934 play introducing Objectivism, Gonda experiments in cinematic and linguistic registers through polyphonic monologue, creating kaleidoscopic printed spaces in which image and text shift roles to affect presupposed ideals of identity and existence. The screenplay, printed here in full, was developed from a series of interdisciplinary workshops on writing through or by rather than about Rand’s play. Gonda cannibalizes original writing and transcribed workshop material together with five letter-based passages from Ideal, nudging them into alternative personal pronouns, to make Gonda a book of voices.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Hardcover/ 4 3/4 x 8 x inches
104 pp/ 129 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-32-0 · Retail Price: $30.00
Horizon Field Hamburg
For almost 40 years, Turner Prize-winning British artist Antony Gormley has been creating sculptures that explore the relationship between the body and space. This exhibition catalog documents his spectacular new installation Horizon Field Hamburg, designed for the large Deichtorhalle at Documenta 2012, in which a vast, black, reflective structure floats 25 feet above the floor. The suspended, slightly oscillating platform exploits the structural potential and architectural context of the building. Horizontal Field Hamburg elicits an experience of re-orientation and reconnection mediated through vibration, sound, and reflection by functioning as a horizontal painting stretched taut in space. The viewer becomes a figure in an undefined, free-floating spatio-temporal matrix. Essays by Iaian Boyd-Whyte, Stephen Levinson and Dirk Luckow.
October 2012/ Hardcover/ 7x 5 inches/ 192 pp/ 120 color
ISBN: 978-3986442-012-2 · Retail Price: $32.00
Plants by Kohei Oda | Pots by Adam Silverman
Tamotsu Yagi (Ed.)
Grafted documents, through stunning photography, the groundbreaking collaboration between Adam Silverman, a renowned LA-based ceramicist, and Kohei Oda, an award-winning Japanese plant sculptor. Through two exhibitions, Silverman and Oda worked together to produce one hundred unique works combining Oda s grafted cacti with Silverman s textural ceramic pots to produce one-of-a-kind, out of this world artworks that cross boundaries.
Beautifully photographed by Shuji Yoshida and Joshua White and edited and designed by Tamotsu Yagi, Grafted is a testament to the power of merging two powerful visions. As Glenn Adamson writes in his introduction: Their collaboration is not just about a hundred plants in a hundred pots; it is further evidence that art at its best can move effortlessly across cultures, across media, and against expectation.
2015 / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
160 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-4-3 · Retail Price: $50.00
Fair Use (Notes From Spam)
For almost a decade, Graham Parker has been making art from and about spam e-mails. Fair Use presents his “notes from spam” – five books, each written about a different time and place, collecting essays, artworks and fragments that arrived, unbidden, in the artist’s Inbox. Parker uses his growing archive on this most despised contemporary phenomenon and its historical analogues to create narratives in which Nigerian scammers mingle with medieval beggar gangs and 19th -century railroad con artists. Presented as five separate staple-bound mini-books in a cardboard sleeve, Fair Use is a fascinating journey through criminal brainstorms, from Wall Street scammers in Gilded Age New York to penis enlargement in the present day.
2009 / Softcover, 5 booklets in slipcase
5 3/ 4 x 7 3/ 4 inches / 144 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-04-5 · Retail Price: $32.00
Alexis Kerin & Stuart Krimko (Eds.)
Artist Ricky Swallow was invited to curate an exhibition on the tradition of ceramics in California because of the palpable debt his own clay slab and assemblage sculptures owe to the mid-century period. The resulting show focuses on the work of five iconic artists who redefined the use of clay in contemporary art from the 1940s to the 1980s. Objects and sculptures by Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, John Mason, Ron Nagle and Peter Shire were chosen by Swallow to exemplify the ways in which the medium underwent dramatic changes after World War II. Also included are select works by other artists influential in this dialogue, such as Ken Price and Peter Voulkos. An essay by the internationally recognized Swallow, who has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the British Museum, explores the movement’s continued influence on his own personal practice and those of his contemporaries.
2014 / Edition of 500
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 88 pp
36 b&w and 51 color
ISBN: 978-0-9806516-6-9 · Retail Price: $35.00