Alien Invader Super Baby, Synchromaterialsm (VI)
Freek Lomme (Ed.)
The conceptual / internet based artist, Jim Ricks’s synchronic sequence of popular images or objects rests, on opportunities to visually connect politics and/or aesthetics and/or history and/or philosophy together. In Ricks’s world images explode, reloading their meaning and impact by mere association; a smiling pineapple ends up inside a hand grenade, the hand grenade ends up in the hand of the young boy in the iconic Diane Arbus photograph which leads into a conversation about photography. This dance of culturally charged imagery does not stop until the last page of the book. Far from a traditional exhibition, document Alien Invader branches out to be all forms a book can be. It includes collaborations, footnotes as inserts and explorations in print along with a sticker, newspaper, leaflet, cook book, coloring, bookmark, and a book within the book with a text by art and design critic Max Bruinsma, describing the Synchromaterialist approach. It’s a riot of infomration! Ricks is American born but now lives in Ireland. He has a devout following constantly tracking both his public installations and voluminous web postings.
6 x 8 ½ in. / 136 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $29.95
Avant-Garde Artist of the 1960s
Renate Wiehager (Ed.)
“I assemble available things of the same kind together. These might, for example, be objects, photographs, or freestanding forms, such as letters, texts, tones and sounds, film material, etc. I call the results ‘montages.’ I use no organic objects, but only constructed, preferably industrially produced things.”— Peter Roehr (1944–1968, Germany). This quote characterizes Roehr’s entire artistic project, defining his complete oeuvre produced between 1962 and 1967. In an unusual presentation for a monograph, a book-long essay, titled “Field Pulsations” by Sarah Hayden and Paul Hegarty, weaves its way through the almost five hundred reproductions of the artist’s works. This is a first-time, in-depth survey of the prolific German avant-garde artist, presenting his ruthlessly serial works and touching on the Happening (through his curating with Paul Maenz), appropriations, Land Art, Process Art, and even Op Art. The book ends with a detailed chronology that traces the biography of the artist in the context of developments in art in the 1960s.
8 ½ x 11 in. / 368 pp / 100 b&w and 350 color
Retail Price: $79.95
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