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
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
Stories from the Annenberg Dialogues
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1999, Softcover, 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
240 pp, 5 b&w and 82 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9674127-0-6 · Retail Price: $29.95
This artist’s book came about through Tedja’s inclusion in the recent Stedelijk exhibition How Far How Near exploring recent acquisitions of African-based artists along with domestic and international works already in the collection. Part exhibition catalog, artistic treatise, poetry collection, visual essay and artist’s book, Aquaholism is a polyphonic collage of text and image comprising over 17 years of Michael Tedja’s drawing, painting, sculpture and curatorial work. “Aquaholism” is the act of collecting these fragments, and the collector, the “Aquaholist,” scrutinizes discoveries in a transparent and closed aquarium—a space whose contents remain in motion. By presenting the artist as an active linguist who translates form and text from studio to exhibition to public spaces, Tedja opens up established systems of sociopolitics, identification and aesthetics and his works live beyond their initial conception. Contributions by Nav Haq, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and an artist interview by Robert van Altena.
THE DFI PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
442 pp / 171 b&w and 398 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-110-9 · Retail Price: $58.00
Performing Change, a collection of interviews by Berlin-based Dutch artist Mathilde ter Heijne (b. 1969), explores the idea of open-ended, collaborative art processes and their transformative potential beyond the confines of art. Designed as an artist’s book and published in conjunction with her exhibition at the Museum für Freie Kunst, Freiburg, the book includes handwritten revisions, annotations and drawings from contributors including voodoo priest Togbé Hounon-Hounougbo Bahounsou and priestess Mamissi DaPovi, women from the Kartal Kadın Ürünleri Pazarı (Women’s Products Market) in Istanbul, shaman Ayahuasca and biologist Ulrich Meyerratken, ceremonial magic anthropologist Susan Greenwood and artists, curators and critics Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Elke Bippus, Amy Patton, Mark Kremer, Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard. Ter Heijne is recognized for her work in video, performance and installation and is a founding member of ƒƒ, an evolving and collaborative network of international feminist artists.
MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST, GERMANY
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ¾ x 10 ½ inches / 280 pp / 38 b&w and 117 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-134-5 · Retail Price: $36.00
Andrew Lee Walker and Rachel K. Ward
2004 / Softcover / 8 x 11 inches
285 pp / 185 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-8-0 · Retail Price: $45.00