Zustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions
Reto Pulfer & Nikola Dietrich (Eds.)
Berlin-based Swiss artist Reto Pulfer’s (b. 1981, Bern) comprehensive monograph, Zustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions, follows the artist’s wide-ranging, sensuous and mysterious work over the past 15 years. Self-taught, Pulfer constructs singular universes combining installation, sculpture, painting, performance, music and architecture with recycled materials and found objects. Excerpts from Pulfer’s novels and insightful texts by curator/critic Anselm Franke and French artist Benoît Maire are interspersed among 475 photographs of Pulfer’s technical drawings, one-off exhibitions, large-scale installations and performances. Categories such as living ceramics, food advice, ghostology, synesthesia and transformation are woven throughout the book, giving unique insight into the ideas and imagination that are part of the work itself. The large, elegant soft-cover publication, accompanying the multi-venue exhibition, is sumptuously designed and illustrated with full-bleed color images, many with by explanatory captions.
9 ½ x 12 ½ in. / 280 pp / 475 color
Retail Price: $42.00
CENTRE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, GENEVE
Tense and Spaced Out
Polar Nights, Glacial Chaos and the Ecology of Misery
Katherine Pickard & Tim Saltarelli (Eds.)
American artist Blake Rayne’s (b. 1969) approach to painting stems from the duplicity of words like script, folder, application, dissolve and screen. These operative terms situate his work between forms of linguistic description and the history of reflexive material practices in art. He begins from an orientation that considers the terms painter and painting as fictions with no stable material definition, shaped by always evolving social, institutional and physical relations. Published in conjunction with Rayne’s first survey exhibition, Cabin of the Accused at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX (2017), Tense and Spaced Out spans Rayne’s work over the last decade, featuring long-form essays by Sean Paul, Jaleh Mansoor, Javier Sánchez Martínez and John Kelsey, and shorter statements by Laura Owens and David Lewis. The publication also includes documentation of the exhibition by a group of local high school students and a magazine dedicated to Rayne’s 2013 book-object Almanac.
8 ½ x 11 in. / 206 pp / 9 b&w and 150 color
Retail Price: $45.00
SEQUENCE PRESS, NEW YORK
BLAFFER ART MUSEUM, HOUSTON