All For Your Delight
Verdant greens form soaring cypresses while fruit trees burst across the pages of All for Your Delight. But, are they real? Austrian artist Robert F. Hammerstiel specializes in confronting viewers with motifs from everyday life reconstructed with meticulous forensic accuracy. In his latest exhibition in the massive factory hall of the Museum Angerlehner, the artist not only re-created large green spaces but showed films, photographs and installations as a part of this ongoing five-year series on the commodification of everyday life. Girls and boys, shown here in still frames, were filmed head-on crying into the camera. Rather than “normal” childhood emotion, however, these small actors were booked by an agency and contracted to cry on command. What is the impact of a society that pre-conditions its children to work at so young an age—which pain is more real? In addition to generous reproductions, Hammerstiel’s practice is examined in writings from John Wood, Petra Noll, Michael Ponstingl, Burghart Schmidt and Thomas D. Trummer.
MUSEUM ANGERLEHNER, AUSTRIA
Release Date: October 2014
English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 9 inches / 200 pp / 116 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-96-5 · Retail Price: $45.00
2009 / English & German / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 12 inches / 128 pp / 67 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-901756-99-3 · Retail Price: $69.95
2008 / Hardcover / 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
56 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-73-7 · Retail Price: $60.00
Insights, Artists and Their Partners
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Ed.)
Respected Austrian photographer Heidi Harsieber has been portraying artist couples in their homes with humor, intimacy and psychological subtlety for over a decade, frequently also placing herself under scrutiny. Bruno & Christine Gironcoli, Günter & Ana Brus, Hermann & Rita Nitsch, Peter Weibel & Susanne Widl, Erwin Wurm & Elise Mougin, and Franz West & Tamuna Sirbiladze are just a few examples of the artist couples that have allowed Harsieber to document them in their most intimate surroundings. Through almost 100 color images selected for this elegant limited edition, Harsiebe allows the viewer to easily share in these moments and often experience how different an artist’s home can be to an artist’s studio.With essays by art historian Agnes Husslein-Arco and curator Maria Christine Holter.
January 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 9 x 10 1/4 inches
132 pp / 90 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-02-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
Following Hattenkerl’s inventive first book, Autoportraits – people photographed in front of their cars – the Leipzig-based artist moves on to these touching portraits of women in which he captures, somehow, the presence of absence. In this hardcover catalog divided into 20 black-and-white detail enlargements and 20 long-shot color photos, viewers see women in the middle of their lives, focused on something, on someone, on the now; but in their thoughts perhaps already preoccupied with tomorrow, the day after, or even yesterday. In the gaze of each woman, Hattenkerl finds the expressive magic.
October 2011 / Hardcover / 6 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches
48 pp / 20 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-49-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
In a world of camera ubiquity and digital overload, Torsten Hattenkerl’s Autoportraits are a refreshing step forward for the European photographic tradition. A future of portraits. People in poses. Eschewing the exactitude of the current European affinity for large-format detail, Hattenkel’s portraits of car owners (with the object of their affection) have a warm familiarity while they propose a larger statement about a nation of one. These 37 color plates of people standing in front of their cars are as modern as they are retro, while Hattenkerl’s subjects are as brilliantly individual as they are terrifyingly uniform. The pictures ask “Who are we?” while answering “Who are we without our cars?” Seventy years after August Sander, the traffic of everyday life has moved off of the sidewalk and onto freeways, while the world of advertisements urges us to believe we’re nothing without our vehicle(s). Hattenkerl’s trained his sharp eye on the confluence of culture and cars while executing a brilliantly simple concept. If we are no one without our cars – who exactly are we?
September 2007 / English & German / Hardcover
13 1/2 x 11 inches / 86 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-83-2 · Retail Price: $59.95
Eleven years ago Leipzig photographer Torsten Hattenkerl was given an unusual commission, to create a running document about the international mineral processing company Allmineral and their many global locations. The request was not only to record the plants and workers but to explore the towns and communities that supported the plants. From Africa to Europe to Asia the hardware remained the same but the landscape, people and flavor change drastically. The earth turned bright rust, landscapes turned urban or rural and factory offices were full of color or almost empty. Suprisingly the final product, sort of a 21st century annual report, is a deeply engaging portrait of a global corporation and the cultures it works within. The oversized volume begins in black and white but quickly moves on to color where the tempo of the book really is set. Media theorist David Sittler contributes an engaging essay to top off an excellent publication.
January 2015 / English & German
Flexicover w/ cloth / 10 x 13 1/2 inches
196 pp / 170 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-95-8 · Retail Price: $38.00
Facelift is an art project that clearly gives expression to the ambivalence inherent in the medium of photography, an imaging technique that both creates scenarios and therefore illusions, and serves as a realistic, documentary method at the same time. Here, the fundamental choice of motif and the special photo detail point to an analytically artistic posture that reflects the theme of staging on a meta-level. The artificial construction of a deceptive appearance of real architecture in urban space is not presented in order to unmask, i.e. to deconstruct it, but rather to show it in terms of its own—definitely depictive—reality and to constitute it pictorially. Thus, the constructed photos by collaborative artists Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zouche are less commentary than imagistic information about the realness of diverse realities. Texts by Martin Hochleitner and Andreas Neumeister.
September 2013 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 64 pp / 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-64-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Coral Beach, Sultan’s Palace, Magic Life Imperial, Fort Arabesque: the names of the hotels in this enchanting, full-color book promise luxury in a tropical paradise. But the reality found by German artist duo Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche is surprising and far more interesting. The photographers went to the Sinai Peninsula and documented the ruins of twenty-two hotels that are mere shells, abandoned mid-construction because of declining tourism, fears of terrorism or bad financing deals and subsidy scandals. The permanently deep-blue sky and noble cliffs of the desert contrast sharply with these concrete skeletons and empty swimming pools, with cheesy pseudo-medieval details and vast empty plazas. Some will make you think of Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, others a post-nuclear landscape. Haubitz + Zoche’s work owes a clear debt to Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs of industrial architecture as anonymous sculpture, but these two young artists have found their own deeply evocative subject.
September 2006, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover with dust jacket, 12 x 10 inches
96 pp, 60 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-901756-64-7 · Retail Price: $39.95
Photographer and father-to-be Kurt Hörbst used his large-format camera to follow his wife at close range during her pregnancy. The reportage-like photographs taken in different locations seem strange given the slow pace of the medium, depicting in almost filmic sequence feelings such as loneliness, uncertainty and joyful anticipation, unrest and calm, curiosity, anxiety and pride. These very personal images—more like snapshots than posed portraits— conceal the slow, cumbersome process of photography with his large-format camera. The book, heavy in hand, references both the form of the camera and the size of the newborn baby itself. Hoerbst, a self-taught photographer and the founder of Austria’s Prager Fotoschule, has exhibited at Ars Electronica and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
July 2014 / English & German
Hardcover / 12 x 9 1/2 inches / 72 pp / 28 b&w and 1 color print
ISBN: 978-3-902675-91-0 · Retail Price: $39.95