Signs Fiction Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Published by ChertLüdde, Berlin, 2016, 864 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24 × 32 cm, german / English

Price: €65 (Out of stock)

This book aims to collect and present a comprehensive overview of the work of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt. It is the result of a long and intense immersion into her archive, and intends to establish the importance of this unique artist – who did not have much recognition in the past – not only to the present day, but also to the precise political context and time to which she and her work belong.

The book presents her typewritings series, all produced between the early 1970s (some of the earliest works are dated 1972) and 1989. Mail Art was her way to be in contact with the world outside the GDR, otherwise impossible to reach. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Reunification, the artist stopped producing any art: She felt her involvement was no longer “needed”.

With a text by Zanna Gilbert, edited by Jennifer Chert, designed by Till Gathmann.

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Secession Vincent Fecteau

Published by Secession, Vienna, 2016, 56 pages (colour & b/w ill.), Hardcover, book block in leporello fold, 12.7 × 17.8 cm, English

Price: €25

Produced on the occasion of Vincent Fecteau’s 2016 exhibition at Secession, Vienna.

Fecteau’s abstract sculptures defy summary description. Out of everyday staples like papier-mâché, cardboard, pictures from magazines, and paint, he fashions complex objects in which spaces simultaneously collapse and explode. Reminiscent, in many instances, of the elemental forms of early twentieth-century art, his works evoke associations ranging from utopian architecture and avant-garde stage design to masks and industrially manufactured components, yet they do not spell out their references. They keep their secret in a deliberate and insistent refusal to communicate definite meaning, indicating the artist’s emphasis on sculpture as sculpture and the agency it possesses as a real thing in the world.

In his exhibition in the Secession’s main gallery, the first time his work is on display in Austria, Vincent Fecteau presents a new series of ten painted sculptures. Their fairly large rectangular shapes only distantly recall the boxes for cut flower with which the artist started. Alternately adding and removing elements in a playful cumulative practice that is characteristic of his art, Fecteau has transformed them into convoluted volumes.

#2016 #secession #vincentfecteau
Déformation Professionnelle Nairy Baghramian

Published by S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2016, 26 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, Dutch / French / English

Price: €4

Pamhplet produced on the occasion of Nairy Baghramian’s solo show Déformation Professionnelle, 26 November 2016 – 19 February 2017.

Déformation Professionnelle was a new production that built on 18 sets of works in the artist’s oeuvre from 1999 to 2016. Baghramian alludes to existing work and associated elements, from discarded ideas to working material. In this exhibition she was, in her own words, “surveying the survey”. By refusing to show what exists and nevertheless reconsider it in the ‘new’, the exhibition connected to fundamental questions about progress and economy and asks when something ceases to exist, and how something new comes into being.

#2016 #ephemera #nairybaghramian
No One’s Voice Florian Pumhösl

Published by Rhombus Press, New York, 2016, 40 pages (colour ill.), 14.2 × 22.1 cm, English

Price: €22

Florian Pumhösl processes the tropes of art, architecture and graphics of the modernist avant-garde to create new aesthetic systems through painting, film and installation. He addresses the legacy of modernism through its canon of abstract visual language, from utopian architectural plans and buildings to innovations in publishing, the politics implicit in exhibitions and the motifs of early experimental filmmaking.

This particular body of work furthers the artist’s involvement with cartography and territorialization. The reliefs originate from stamp drawings of simple linear and rectangular progressions, and are made by pouring plaster into silicone molds; however, the initial forms are hand-constructed, and the final works hand-painted.

Designed by Martha Stutteregger.

#2016 #florianpumhösl #marthastutteregger
Plant Volatiles Jochen Lempert

Published by BQ, Berlin, 2016, 64 pages (b/w ill.), 20.5 × 27.5 cm

Price: €26

Produced on the occasion of Jochen Lempert’s exhibition Plant Volatiles at BQ, Berlin in 2016.

“While factual science will never be able to embrace the enchantments of nature, Lempert’s photographs meet up with them when showing swarms of animals, where individuals dissolve and become part of a new form, or when picturing insects as foreign bodies within a context they do not belong to and the coherence of which they irritate. As frozen ephemeral appearances breaking up not only the formal coherence of the image but also its meaning and representational function, they are symbols of time and of the ever impenetrable secret of all living.” from Mousse magazine’s review, available here.

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A Bell is a Cup (purple cover) Matt Connors

Published by Rainoff, Amsterdam/New York, 2016, 176 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18.9 × 24.3 cm, English

Price: €35

A Bell is a Cup was first published in 2012 to coincide with the exhibition “Impressionism” by Matt Connors, held at MoMA PS1, New York and in 2013 was awarded in the inaugural Most Beautiful Books—Australia & New Zealand (MBBANZ), nominated for Artist Book of the Year in Rob Pruitt’s Art Awards, and in 2014 received the Förderpreis in the Walter Tiemann Prize presented by Verein zur Förderung von Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig.

The second edition is printed at 90% scale of the first edition, has sixteen new dust jacket/cover combinations and still includes texts by Peter Eleey, Michel Leiris, Gertrude Stein and Jack Spicer, alongside the first comprehensive gathering of Connors’ work to date (as of 2012).

Designed by Sinisa Mackovic & Robert Milne

#2016 #mattconnors #rainoff #robertmilne