Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
I am excited to announce that my first book, The Photograph as Contemporary Art is to be published in the winter of 2011. The book presents all 33 unique photomontages alongside their textual counter parts in a Limited Edition publication with a print run between 250-500.
The Limited Edition publication is a high concept book with every copy uniquely handmade and numbered. The Special Edition of 33 are made exclusively by me and are numbered, signed and dated.
This is an exclusive opportunity to support the publication. A small pre-sale of the books is available for investors. The Limited Edition publication is priced at €65.00 and the Special Edition of 33 at €125.00. By investing in this publication you will be thanked for your support and your name will appear in the book.
You are among the first to hear about this project and your support is highly valued and appreciated. Many thanks for your support and pleased don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to be involved.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
So I have been back for over a week now and have been very busy arranging things for my forthcoming publication, but before I get very involved in that process I felt it important to digest all that was seen in Arles over the festival opening.
Having not been to Arles before I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I knew that it would be full of great exhibitions, weather, company, food and not forgetting regional wine. I must say that it really did live up to everything I had heard about the festival. The production and organisation that goes into this is quite unbelievable, with so many exhibitions, projections and publication stands you have a wealth of beautiful imagery to look through and be inspired by. The spaces used are vast, industrial and stunning, really emphasizing the beauty of the works on show.
Particular exhibitions that I found very interesting where the Discovery Awards, and I am very pleased to hear that Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse won with their work South Africa, nominated by Artur Walther. The Mexican Suitcase was an incredible, historic exhibition detailing the found negatives, in fact three small boxes containing nearly 4,500 negatives, from Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour) and Gerda Taro that span the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939.) This exhibition of contact sheets and enlargements from the archive were extraordinary and really brought significance and nostalgia to a time where film is rarely used. This juxtaposed against the rather talked about show, From Here On was a great contrast adding humour and ridiculousness to an ever developing medium. I must add that I found this show a bit repetitive, with some great pieces, but many we could happily leave. I was slightly disappointed by this as I had been very much looking forward to this show, maybe that is in itself quite telling and that the entire point of this exhibit is its wastefulness, ridiculousness, anticlimax and temporality.
The New York Times exhibition was wonderful, documenting the wonderful array of commissioned artists over the past 30 years for the magazine. With artists ranging from Thomas Demand to Simon Norfolk to Paolo Pellegrini each exhibit showed the tear sheets, imagery and in some cases the correspondence between Kathy Ryan and the artist. This was amazing and I found the letters between parties often the most interesting part.
All in all it was a great trip with an added bonus of exhibiting with FOAM, which was fantastic. If you can get to Arles then you should for a great adventure with wonderful and inspiring works.
Monday, 11 July 2011
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