The carpenter of your neighbourhood Ilke Gers

Published by DOLCE. Athens, 2020, 108 pages (b/w ill.), 15.3 × 21.2 cm, English

Price: €14

The carpenter of your neighbourhood is an attempt to draw a socio-psychological portrait of Nea Ionia, a district in north-western Athens.

Extending her research into improvised communication practices within local contexts, Ilke Gers collected makeshift paper flyers and notices in the area and called the numbers provided in the collected material, requiring additional information in English. The resulting encounters ranged from abrupt hang ups to longer talks, testing the limits and potential of this interactive exercise.

This artist book compiles the translated street notices, together with the transcripts of the resulting phone discussions between the artist and anonymous respondents to the respective listed phone numbers.

#2020 #ilkegers
Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis 2020 Betye Saar

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2020, 64 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20 × 27 cm, English / German

Price: €15

“Betye Saar’s work occupies a pivotal position in American art. Her assemblages from the 1960s and early 1970s interweave issues of race, politics, and supernatural belief systems with her personal history. Having grown up in a racially segregated society, Saar has long held that art can transcend our darkest moments and deepest fears. Today, the emergence of a new generation of artists mining her poignant legacy attests to how profoundly Saar has changed the course of American art. The 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize not only acknowledges her extraordinary achievements and influence, but also recognizes the need to revisit how the history of art in recent decades has been written.” Guest juror of the Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis 2020, Christophe Cherix.

#2020 #betyesaar #museumludwig #waltherkönig
My Weight in Gold A-FL

Published by ll’Editions, Gothenburg, 2020, postcards in envelope (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 10.5 cm, English

Price: €11

A-FL’s 78 kilograms (2020) is the first installment in an annual edition of postcards, titled My Weight in Gold. The phrase is a pun on the metaphoric idiom ‘worth its weight in gold’, which has its origin in the Roman Empire and first appeared in English by the early 1300s.

For each edition, A-FL weighs himself, after which seeks out four objects of the same weight. Images of these objects, in this first installment ranging from a naval ammunition rig to ten cans of 3Coty Cat Food, are printed as postcards with the corresponding weight hot-foiled in gold onto them.

The four cards are collected in an envelope, with 312 kilograms rubber stamped in gold on its recto side; making up the total weight of the objects on the cards when added together.

#2020 #lleditions
i confess Moyra Davey

Published by Dancing Foxes Press, New York & National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2020, 168 pages with foldout poster insert (colour & b/w ill.), 17.2 × 24 cm, English

Price: €32

With text by Moyra Davey, Dalie Giroux, Andrea Kunard

Over the last forty years, Moyra Davey’s work in photography, film, and text presents a wide-ranging model of engagement with the world: reflections on producing and consuming, on writing and reading, and on novelty and obsolescence. Based on Davey’s eponymous 2019 film of the same title, i confess triangulates the lives and work of three writers: the American novelist and essayist James Baldwin, the Québécois revolutionary Pierre Vallières, and Ottawa-based political philosopher Dalie Giroux. With Baldwin’s 1962 novel Another Country as its point of departure, the narrative arrives at the work of each figure in succession, threading themes of race and poverty, language, and nationalism into Davey’s personal chronicle of the 1960s and 1970s;a turbulent period of Québécois history marked by separatism and violence, unresolved to this day.

Designed by Santiago da Silva.

#2020 #dancingfoxespress #moyradavey
Spirits and Objects…and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them… (flyer) Josef Strau

Published by Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2020, A4 foldout poster (b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, German / English

Price: €2

Produced on the occasion of Josef Strau’s exhibition at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, September 3 to November 22, 2020, the first comprehensive institutional solo exhibition by Strau in Germany.

The exhibition brought together objects and text production made between 1991 and 2020 as an attempt to create an autobiographical depot, as if these objects were simply the result of time or of durations of psychological states, such as fear and anxiety, and sometimes also of desire. Strau’s complex, nested retrospective vessel contains, in addition to everyday stories, a random selection of objects representing, among other things, tigers, temples, tears, fences, children’s letters, angels, icons, and cured turtles. The most recent work is a spider clock, The 13 Hour Cymbal Spiderclock that exhales the Dreams, which announces a new time beyond the usual twelve hours.

#2020 #ephemera #josefstrau #kunstvereinfurdierheinlandeundwestfalen
Time Is An Arrow, Error Katja Mater

Published by Katja Mater, Brussels, 2020, 192 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 21 cm, English

Price: €26

Katja Mater’s series Time is an Arrow, Error entails layers of duration. The process begins with a drawing of half an analogue clockface. The drawing is then photographed in natural light, producing two separate negatives that each capture the image over different extended exposures. Subtle shifts in light lead to variations in colours and, in some cases, the uneven transcription of shadows on the photographic plate. Finally, one of the two semicircles is flipped or rotated, resulting in a whole clock formed by two irregular halves. The steady passage of mechanised time is thus expressed in imprecision and irresolution. Designed by Elisabeth Klement and with a text by Amelia Groom.

#2020 #katjamater