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An archive of my ever expanding book and print collection

Category: Photography

Stephen Gill – Shark Stimulation (Red Cross Fundraising Print)

In November this year, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Phillipines leaving millions homeless and in need of medical attention. As with previous disasters, the British photographer Stephen Gill has released a fundrasing print, the proceeds from which will go to the Red Cross. This image is from his latest series Best Before End, where images have been processed in the presence of various energy drinks which distort the final image. The 12×10 inch print comes in an edition of 100 and is £68. In addition (subject to availability) Stephen is including a saddle stitched newspaper entitled Not In Service with every order. This was published on the occasion of Gill’s retrospective at Foam gallery in Amsterdam earlier this year. The 28 page paper contains images from many of his projects including Talking to Ants, Off Ground, Hackney Wick, Best Before End, Hammer and Blackberry, Hackney Flowers, A Series of Disappointments, Trolley Portraits and Billboards. These papers are not for sale, they are only distributed with purchases from his website, Nobody Books, making them highly collectible in their own right.

To purchase a print and support this worthwhile cause click here

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Stephen Gill – Coexistence (Special Print 1)

Here is another of the limited edition prints Stephen Gill released to coincide with his new book Coexistence. This one is selling quite quickly, the price has now increased to £150 and can be bought here

Stephen Gill Coexistence Special Print 1

Stephen Gill – Coexistence (Special Print 4)

Stephen Gill recently released his latest book, Coexistence, a photographic response to an area of industrial wasteland in Dudelange, Luxembourg. Within this area was a pond which Gill used as a common thread throughout the project; Gill took microscopic images of the life growing in the pond and also took photos of the residents and surrounding areas of Dudelange through the pond water using an underwater camera. To accompany the book, Gill has released five special prints; these 12″x10″ prints are each in an edition of just 30, the price starts at £110 but will rise to £150 after the first ten have sold. All five prints are still available and can be bought from Gill’s imprint, Nobody Books, here . I have bought three of them and will be posting them here over the following week, starting with my favourite No.4.

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Rinko Kawauchi – Approaching Whiteness

Last year I highlighted an event organised by Goliga to coincide with Rinko Kawauchi’s nomination for the Deutsche Borse prize and the accompanying exhibition at The Photographers Gallery in London. The event, Approaching Whiteness, allowed the visitor to select one of nine different scrolls that contained a series of images created by Rinko. The scroll was then screen printed with a design and colour of your choice and the title written on it in Japanese calligraphy. Finally, Rinko stamped the scroll and placed it in a custom made box. The event was hugely successful and it was hard to pick a scroll and design for the silkscreen, a lot of visitors were comparing choices before making their final decision! Videos for all the scrolls can be seen here, I chose Goldfish and Diamond Dust.

Rinko Kawauchi Scrolls Rinko Kawauchi Scrolls Rinko Kawauchi Scrolls Silkscreen

I chose a pearlescent colour for my pine needle pattern

I chose a pearlescent colour for my pine needle pattern

Rinko Kawauchi Scrolls Rinko Kawauchi Scrolls

Mel Bochner – If the Colour Changes exhibition

As I said in a previous post, it was a busy week for art lovers in London last week! Last Thursday was the opening night of American painter Mel Bochner’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. This is the first time Bochner’s 45 year career has been exhibited on such a scale in the UK and, after seeing the exhibition, I can say it’s long overdue. From a lot of the press running up to the exhibition I was expecting it to be solely his text paintings on show, for which he is most famous. However, as you move through the galleries you see just how diverse his body of work is; after being greeted by the enormous Blah Blah Blah painting, created especially for this show, when you first enter, you move in to a space occupied by Theory of Painting, four squares made up of newspaper spreads sprayed bright blue in various configurations. Moving on, there are photographs, sculptures and more examples of his paintings; the largest gallery upstairs is dedicated to his Measurement and Thesaurus works. Overall, this is a great show, it has been curated brilliantly, and having seeing the full range of his work I now have an increased respect for Bochner’s work. The show is on until December 30th and I definitely recommend you check it out.

 

Daido Moriyama – Menu printing show

Last week saw the opening of the latest exhibition at Tate Modern, William Klein + Daido Moriyama. Both photographers are renowned for their gritty depiction of urban life on the streets of  New York and Tokyo; in this exhibition the similarities in their approach to documenting the city are explored in great detail through works that cover the 50’s to the present day. A particular focus of the Moriyama section, is the artists relationship with publishing. He is a prolific producer of books, producing over 85 books and magazines during his career, some of which have become highly collectible.

To coincide with the show, Moriyama recreated his 1974 Printing Show in conjunction with Goliga and Tate Modern. In the original show, Moriyama set up a wall of images taken during a visit to New York and a bank of photocopiers. Visitors were then allowed to select images that would then be printed and bound in to a unique book entitled Another Country in New York. For this show, entitled Menu, Moriyama mounted 60 double-page spreads on the walls of the East Room at Tate Modern and allowed ticket holders to select 20 of these images, in whichever order they wanted, which were then bound inside a silkscreened cover (choice of two covers, created during the event). Moriyama was also on hand to sign the finished book. The whole process created a totally unique book, I would be amazed if any two books were the same!

The welcome sign

The wall of images

The tough job of making your selection!

Silkscreening of the book covers

One of the silkscreens

The two book cover options

Where the book was assembled

Daido Moriyama signing the finished product

Matthew Barney – Sammlung Goetz Catalogue

This book was produced in collaboration with Matthew Barney to accompany the 2007 exhibition of the Goetz collection of Barney’s work. In this exhibition the Cremaster Cycle was presented as a soundscape installation where all five films were played at the same time in close proximity as an immersive experience. In addition, his latest work (at the time) Drawing Restraint 9 was shown. The catalogue, takes you through the exhibition with numerous installation shots (including the vitrines for all of the Cremaster films) and texts; there are also interviews with Barney himself and composer Jonathan Bepler who creates the scores for Barney’s work. The catalogue itself is very different to the standard format Barney uses. The edges of the book are dyed turquoise and the covers are wrapped in silk with the title stamped on. The book was limited to a few thousand copies but is still available at many online bookshops.

Rinko Kawauchi – Approaching Whiteness Editions

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Rinko Kawauchi has been nominated for this years Deutsche Borse prize which is currently being exhibited at The Photographers Gallery in London. To coincide with this, Kawauchi has produced an edition which is not only an object but a live performance. On the 8th September Kawauchi will create nine different Japanese scrolls, each with a panel of 10 images themed around a different subject. As part of the event, visitors purchasing a scroll will be able to witness the scroll being produced live; a pattern will be screenprinted on the scroll, Kawauchi’s mother will write the title in brushstroke and Kawauchi will finally stamp and sign the scroll. The scroll is 220mm high and 2.1 metres long, comes wrapped around a Katsura pole and is housed in a laser etched Paulownia wood case. The edition size is a total of 300 suggesting there will be approximately 33/34 of each theme.

Amazingly the edition is only £216 (including VAT), which is an excellent price compared to other editions by Kawauchi; this is an amazing opportunity to collect an object by an internationally renowned artist whose reputation is rapidly growing. To see videos of all nine scrolls and order the edition (also available to those that cannot make it to the gallery on the day as well) visit the Goliga website here.

I have bought Goldfish and Diamond Dust.

Matthew Barney – Cremaster 2

Cremaster 2, released in 1999, was the fourth installment of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. The film has a circular narrative that intertwines the life and death of murderer Gary Gilmore with Harry Houdini who was rumoured to be Gilmore’s grandfather. Throughout the film bees are used as an allegory of Gilmore’s struggle with his destiny. The film opens with a seance where the spirit of Houdini is summoned and the conception of Gilmore is seen. The film then progresses to the murder of the gas station attendant that resulted in Gilmore’s capture. In this sequence, two Mustangs are joined together on a gas station forecourt, depicting the relationship between Gilmore and his partner Nicole Baker, both of who owned similar cars. The shooting of the station attendant moves the narrative to the trial and to Gilmore’s execution which is portrayed as a bull rodeo to the death on the Utah salt flats. In death, Gilmore’s life is linked back to Houdini through the depiction of his grandmother meeting with Houdini at the Columbian Exposition Hall, an act that sets in motion the circular narrative.

The catalogue produced for the film contains numerous production shots, drawings and associated artwork. As with all of his books, it was lavishly produced with numerous 4 panel foldouts and comes in a blue plastic slipcase, embossed with the Cremaster 2 emblem.

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Cover

Francis Alys – Untitled Print

dOCUMENTA 13 is a festival that runs from June to September in Kassel, Germany and brings together over 300 participants. The festival is spread across numerous sites and includes exhibitions, lectures, seminars and poetry readings presented by artists and academics from all over the world. Among the artists participating in this festival is Francis Alys who is showing a new work commissioned by dOCUMENTA. Belgian-born artist Alys is internationally renowned and recently had a retrospective at Tate Modern which was highly acclaimed. His work, which spans painting, film, sound and installation, has a strong political theme and often highlights social and political injustices. For his commission, Alys created the film Reel-Unreel which sees two children pushing film reels through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan; the film can be viewed here and is well worth watching. The film is a commentary on an event that occurred in Afghanistan in 2001, I won’t say what as the story is part of the video and isn’t explained until the end.

To coincide with the festival, Alys has produced a limited edition print; as far as I am aware this is a rare event, I have been unable to track down any other edition prints by Alys, so it is sure to be a collectors item. The print, produced in an edition of 200, is housed inside a cardboard portfolio that is held closed by a ribbon. The print itself measures 21.5x28cm and is stamped and signed on the front. At present it is unavailable to buy through the dOCUMENTA website but can be ordered through the Walther Konig website here.

Edition print for dOCUMENTA Reel-Unreel

Edition print for dOCUMENTA Reel-Unreel

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