Art critic Kay Heymer, in her excellent essay here, calls the artist TAL R the “devourer of images.” His new group of ceramic sculptures, shown in this catalog, invokes predecessors such as André Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Jean Fautrier, Hans Josephson, Georg Baselitz and Günther Förg. TAL R has devoured this tradition as quickly as he has regurgitated it; he is fascinated and inspired by much older traditions of sculpture firmly rooted in religious and social behavior, such as votive offerings—body parts for healing purposes—which can be found in the hundreds, often stacked in piles, across the world. TAL R’s sculptures, his reformulations, are simultaneously naïve and refined, virtuosic and amateurish, reflective and genuine, artificial and authentic, vulgar and absolute, and full of pure childlike innocence. Full-page illustrations make this catalog an important document of this important new work.
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-045-0 · Retail Price: $45.00
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
Perfect Cherry Blossom
Perfect Cherry Blossom presents a unique and long-awaited collaboration between Los Angeles–based artist Oliver Payne (b. 1977, London) and Japanese leading postwar pop artist Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936, Tokyo). For this oversize zine-like publication, Payne has reworked original drawings by Tanaami adding stickers featuring motifs and images from vintage violent Japanese arcade “bullet hell” games. Unlike most popular game genres that borrow from cinema and pop culture, these games are self-enclosed worlds concerned exclusively with their own complicated systems and rules. For legions of gamers, this beautiful, chaotic and psychedelic subgenre of “shoot ’em ups” is a cult classic in the world of hardcore arcade shooter games. For Payne, the driving force in these games are patterns of movement and behaviors that are mesmerizing in their complexity. This artists’ book also features an interview with Payne and Tanaami by Fredi Fischli and Niels Oslen discussing the origins of their collaboration.
May 2017 / Softcover
11 ¼ x 15 in. / 80 pp / 29 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-28-9 · Retail Price: $45.00
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
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