Berlin-based Israeli sound and video artist Dani Gal’s (b. 1975) central focus is the relationship of memory and historiography. With the aim of stimulating our study of history, Gal deconstructs historical material he has compiled since 2005, and reconstructs it within a contemporary context. Drawing from his massive archive of vinyl records of recordings that range from World War II (Hitler, Roosevelt and Churchill, etc.), speeches by Evita Perón, the American Cold War (Kennedy, Nixon, Jesse Jackson), and recordings from the Israeli Six-Day War, the artist manipulates original narratives to reveal the difference between the “truth” of collective memory conveyed by media and individual subjective feelings. Extensively illustrated with 450 color plates, this monograph documents Gal’s meticulous research in media archives and moving installations, performances and collaborations during a time when historical reflection is so important. Gal has exhibited at the Jewish Museum, NY; MAK Vienna; and the Hammer Museum, L.A.
Softcover / 10 ¼ x 10 ¼ in.
260 pp / 450 color
Retail Price: $55.00
Over the course of 2016, with the American presidential election looming, American artist Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami) began drawing at his kitchen table in search of answers to the question of the quest for utopia. The upshot is his second artist’s book, Early Retirement, featuring over 200 pen-and-ink drawings, his follow-up to Some Monsters Loom Large (2016), a story revolving around Mr. Wolfson, a werewolf and Doomsday prophet seeking to move up in the ranks of New York City’s highly competitive street prophecy scene. Gibson uses the traditional black-and-white palette of graphic novels to create stark contrasts and settings in which positive and negative space define the composition. Relying on a minimal aesthetic, he plays off both fine art and comic book vernacular of sequential narrative and rarely edits his drawings. Trusting his drawings to provide answers, in the process, Gibson leads the reader to some future truths. Gibson is a professor at Yale University School of Art.
9 x 13 ½ in. / 240 pp / 220 b&w
Retail Price: $60.00