Sarah De Bondt has done a whole bunch of things we could praise, but we’re gonna hunker down and focus on a few for now.
Her project The Free Library appeared a few years ago in New York and Philadelphia, and was based loosely on a film (La Chinoise) by Jean-Luc Godard. Erase any thoughts of pretense from your mind, however: the traveling installation turned each gallery into a functional library-type space where visitors were encouraged to hang out, browse books, lounge on beanbags and explore the space.
“Overthrowing the King in His Own Mind” is another highlight of the De Bondt oeuvre, a persimmon-colored catalogue, poster and invitation to an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland. Finally, we suggest checking out Wiels, De Bondt’s ongoing work for the new contemporary art center in Brussels.
Holy smokes, Ditto Press is so cool we could plotz. The UK-based independent publisher produces the most beautiful books imaginable using Risograph technology (do we sense a growing sector of Risograph devotees?) and incredible bookbinding techniques. The shop and blog are practically epilepsy-inducing in its variety and desirability, offering books that range on topics including academia, fine art, photography, popular culture, literature and poetry. Zoinks? Zoinks.
Selected highlights include a revisited Edgar Allen Poe story (designed and produced in-house), prints by WLYS favorite Jiro Bevis, a limited edition book by Joseph Clayton Mills, “Herschel’s Telescope”, a 2-color riso printing for Laurence Barber with exposed-sewn single page sections and 9 digitally produced gate-folded inserts…and so much more.
Heart On Stage is a book-length collaboration between a Brazilian artist and illustrator (Luiz Risi) and a Finnish writer (Leena Yliportimo). The aim of the book isn’t simply to pair illustrations with poems, but rather to meld the two into a mutually-informative data stream that provides both intellectual and visual pleasure. A heady goal, but, from the looks of it, one that’s bound to be successful.
The project started with 400 poems “and the will to do something entertaining with them,” in the words of the two masterminds, both of whom currently live and work in Amsterdam. Check out the book’s progress here.
For Further Information is a small press based in London that produces some rad experimental book projects. For starters, there’s A Glossary With Some Pieces of Verse, a facsimile of an 1867 book dedicated to documenting an extinct Germanic language called Yola, spoken between the 14th and 19th century by English settlers. A useful addition to the scholarly section of your library, no?
There’s also Stills From AC37, a collection of extracts from a video installation by artist Eleanor Duffin. And The Names‚ our personal favorite, is a compilation of 20,000 spammer aliases collected between 2003 and 2008, and listed alphabetically. Pure genius.
Dust & Shadow is an exquisite art book published by Duke Press and crafted by Charlie Duck. Hand-stitched and digitally printed in a numbered edition of 100, the book features aerial views of chateau, drawings of interiors, still lifes and memento mori. “Initially they appear a celebration of wealth and immortality,” the publisher writes, “Yet there is disquiet to these images; an underlying emptiness which is explored and developed in each drawing.”
So much truth in that. Witness also the artist’s blog, which is chock full of sketchbook scans and gallery news and works in progress. Cheers to you, Mr. Duck!
Anne Schwalbe’s photographs are often abstract, always mysterious, and occasionally puzzling. Visit her spare (but well-stocked) website for a tour of recent photographic projects and beautifully-produced art books.
As Above So Below is a book by Will Sweeney recently published by Nieves. Sweeney describes the book as “a visual narrative based on a series of randomly selected photographs from my collection of National Geographic Magazine dating between 1940 and the present day.”
Its creation involved random number-generations, a Corsican pagan tomb, a street market in Hong Kong and more. The book’s title derives from medieval hermetic philosophy and relates, according to the author, to the alchemical relationship between microcosm (the body) and macrocosm (the universe).
Well, there’s nothing better than artfully-expressed mysticism and subconscious journeying! As Above So Below is that rare project with rewards that are visual, conceptual, and possibly even metaphysical.
If it were possible to reproduce Mina Fina’s entire portfolio right here, in this blog post, we’d do it. We like it that much, and want to share it that much. Given the constraints, however, you’ll have to go spelunking on your own. The best we can do is supply a bouquet of links and point to the news page of Mina’s website, which keeps us up to date on her output.
Finally and also worth mentioning is the artist’s interactive experimental comic book project Enoletnica/YearBook. We were lucky enough to obtain a copy of the book project, which is a gorgeous, sturdy diary-calendar divided into twelve months. Cryptic drawings, prompts and designs cover each page, and a sheet of stickers is included for customizing the book. Instructions and further keys to interpreting the book are available each month the book’s corresponding website.
We Love You So’s very own Molly Young has collaborated with artist Christopher Luxton on a limited-edition 80-page manual titled Troubleshooting. The book is stuffed with gnomic images, instructions for living, aired regrets, riddles, confessions and trade secrets…all wrapped up in an ombré-dyed cover. Imagine a cross between a zine, an encyclopedia, and a diary. That’s the general idea.
The book will soon be available at Urban Outfitters. For now, scoop up your copy right here!
Let’s digitally flip through the hot-off-the-press Beautiful/Decay Book 2! Subtitled “What A Mess!” in salute to the issue’s plethora of rough, rococo work, the second in their series of limited run, ad-free surveys of contemporary art is printed beautifully, includes fun bonuses like a hand-signed silkscreen by Cody Hoyt, and best of all– it’s stock full of dazzling artwork by a litany of rad people.
Amongst the aforementioned rad people are luminaries like David Altmejd, with his glorious larger than life hyper-physiological bodily distortions, and Julien Ducourthial, whose “bitmap symphonies adjoin Mondrian with Macintosh to create a kind of abstract expressionist pixel push that noisily echoes today’s digitally-induced spastic synthetic sensibility”– to borrow a spot-on description from the B/D blog. Renaissance woman Melanie Bonajo also appears, delightfully dragging along an assortment of horrific household objects. Snatch up a copy while you can (only 1,500 exist) and stop by the always-fabulous Synchronicity Space in Los Angeles this Saturday for the book release party!