The Elephant Behind the Clown
An exhibition catalog for Israeli-born painter TAL R shows the latest evolution in the work of this popular artist. TAL R’s signature naïf style, playful and brightly colored, seems to be moving in a less figurative, more abstract direction. The 50 color reproductions in the catalog emphasize the artist’s free yet stylized forms, which make a powerful impression and bring to mind the work of Marc Chagall (minus the religious dimension). Interestingly, the Copenhagen-based painter has renounced his previous techniques. Instead of the application of pastose oils, he applies a mixture of rabbit-skin glue and pigments directly on ungrounded canvas so that a fresco-like tone dominates the surface. Includes an interview with the artist by Florian Waldvogel.
November 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches / 88 pp / 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-79-7 · Retail Price: $69.95
VOX POPULI: Tokyo
Following Vox Populi, Norway and Vox Populi, Sydney, this Tokyo version is the third of Indonesian-born artist Fiona Tan’s remarkable explorations into the soul of a country through its family albums. The Amsterdam-based Tan presents a social portrait of a people and a nation by choosing images selected from family photo albums, creating a sense of place and identity that is unique in this case to Japan, and also – as her series of work continues in more countries – highlights what human beings have in common across borders. Drawing on the documentary tradition, in combination with contemporary concerns of participation and egalitarianism, Vox Populi, Tokyo, continues this ever-expanding map of the world. Published to coincide with an exhibition in Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany.
April 2008, Softcover, 5 x 7 inches
128 pp, 128 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-906012-00-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
VOX POPULI: Switzerland
Globe-spanning artist Fiona Tan presents the fourth publication in her continually surprising Vox Populi series: a “snapshot” of Switzerland selected from a random collection of family photo albums. These intimate, private pictures, when presented as a collection, reveal shared intimacies and humor, and shared Swiss traditions such as Christmas holidays and dining tables laden with elaborate cakes and pastries. These may appear, at first glance, culturally specific, but when seen in the context of the whole Vox Populi project, shared and comparable traditions clearly cross borders, nations and cultures. Drawing on the documentary tradition, this book gives an intensely private peek into the psyche of a nation.
2011 / Softcover / 5 x 7 inches / 128 pp / 128 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-28-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
VOX POPULI: London
Indonesian-born artist Fiona Tan has been commissioned to make London the focus of the fifth and final installment of her Vox Populi series. Following her work in Norway, Sydney, Tokyo and Switzerland, Tan now uses the family photograph albums of Londoners. By lending their albums, the contributors confer onto the artist the unique access to domestic imagery ranging from the celebratory to the mundane. Intuitively themed by Tan, the work presents an intimate and collective image of London, calling into question the notion of self-representation and the consumption of those representations of one another. Also featured is a text by Brian Dillon, editor of Cabinet.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 5 x 7 inches, 128 pp/ full collor
ISBN: 978-1-906012-39-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
VOX POPULI: Sydney
February 2007, Softcover, 5 x 7 inches
128 pp, 156 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-870699-94-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
Eleven Boys, One Girl
After working early in his career with contemporary materials like steel and resin, Japanese sculptor Koji Tanada turned to a material that underlined his cultural identity: wood, specifically mokucho, the traditional Japanese wood-carving technique that began with artisans making Buddhist figures in the pre-modern age. He was also fascinated by late-Gothic German carving. This book features his figures of children, remarkably touching and tender pieces, exquisitely detailed down to protruding ribs and single strands of hair. He then paints the surfaces in a proprietary combination of acrylics and floor wax, creating strangely realistic and individual figures. These works balance conceptual and concrete, innocence and maturity, vulgarity and holiness.
2009 / English & Japanese / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 x 10 1/4 inches / 144 pp / 78 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-03-6 · Retail Price: $32.00
The Whirr of the Image Machine
(Das Surren der Bildmaschine)
The Whirr of the Image Machine is a hybrid, polyphonic narrative in which multiple points of view and voices are mixed. German video artist Thomas Taube intercuts texts by different authors and images to create layered narratives, and positions them so a commentary runs back and forth between them. The stories presented are original audio interviews with night watchmen from around the world. Taube sent questions to eight different people: night watchmen and women in Kabul, Tokyo, Yaoundé, plus five other cities asking them for an account of their lives and work. Based on these conversations, Taube shot the film Dark Matters (2014). The artist’s project paces itself with selected images set within each narrative in a way that is engaging and mysterious enough to continue the intertwining personal accounts. Short descriptive texts of each person are included by Malte Henke, Maruan Paschen, Daniel Pauselius and Clemens von Wedemeyer.
February 2016 / English & German / Flexicover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 99 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-063-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
Canadian-born, Brussels-based artist Zin Taylor has become known internationally for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video. The multifaceted works in this artist book/exhibition catalog are often culled from the undergrowth of popular culture (especially the underground music scene) and contemporary art lore. The spoken and printed word in all its forms – journalism, research, storytelling – figures prominently in Taylor’s practice, and many of his installations have also been accompanied by publications and/or artist books. Contributing essays by Dan Adler, Esperanza Rosales, Dieter Roelstraete, Mark von Schlegell and Zin Taylor.
February 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5.5 x 8 inches / 128 pp / 22 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-59-7 · Retail Price: $19.95
Lichen Voices | Stripes and Dots
Rosemary Heather & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
This catalogue accompanies Taylor’s exhibition “The Story of Stripes and Dots (Chapter 5)” at Fogo Island Gallery, which follows his two-part residency with Fogo Island Arts in 2010 and 2012. Featuring essays by Zoë Gray and Saelan Twerdy, and Taylor in conversation with Patrick Staff and Robin Simpson, the book also presents the artist’s portfolio An Index Describing the Individual 19 Thoughts about Stripes and Dots Arranged on a Vitrine Made of Brass and Glass.
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, NEWFOUNDLAND
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
120 pp / 58 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-021-8 · Retail Price: $30.00
An absorbing monograph on the first European solo exhibition for New York-based Venezuelan filmmaker, Javier Téllez, participant in two Venice Biennials (2001 and 2003) and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Téllez’s work operates in the interface between fiction and documentary that developed through the auteur movement, to challenge Hollywood’s emphasis on story above all. Perhaps the most successful is his film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, in which he juxtaposes, in a dual projection, a reworking of the 1928 silent film of the same title with statements made by 12 psychiatric patients. The resulting film illustrates how easy it is to compare heroism with schizophrenia, asking where the line stands between “normal” and “abnormal”. Also featured is an interview by fellow artist Pedro Reyes, along with four additional essays.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches / 128 pp / 35 b&w and 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-48-3 · Retail Price: $49.95