Olaf Breuning’s Faces plays against the ubiquitous language of today’s social media photography, creating an extensive cast of characters that emerge out of mundane domestic scenes: making breakfast, dinner leftovers, frost collecting on a window pane, taking out the garbage, a puddle of rain. Each page, an anthropomorphic face that both regards and projects the viewer, is an expression of everyday chaos and kismet – as long as we’re willing to take a look.
Combining a substantial 496 pages of photographs with a compact 7x7 inch square format, Faces will be released in the fall of 2019 by Los Angeles based publisher Silent Sound in a limited first edition run of 1000 copies, each book featuring it’s own unique cover. The playful design invites an organic and unpredictable re-arrangement of the work in essentially endless combinations by the viewer.
496 pages 7 x 7 inches First Edition of 1000 Each copy features unique cover
RAYMOND PETTIBON Homo Americanus
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Philosophically profound, deeply literary and biting in his satire, Raymond Pettibon is the foremost draftsman of his generation, and one of America’s most important contemporary artists. Approaching “high” and “low” subject matter with equal appetite and comfort, Pettibon plumbs the depths of American sexuality, politics, subcultures, mores, and intellectual histories through themes ranging from Shakespeare to Gumby, surfers to the Bible, baseball to German Romanticism.
Published on the occasion of his major European traveling retrospective at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg,Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanuspresents over six hundred works from every part of the artist’s career, the majority of which have never been shown before. Arranged thematically in thirty-two chapters, this unique catalogue charts the appearance and development of the themes that have come to define Pettibon’s expansive oeuvre. Different sections are introduced with excerpts from interviews conducted with the artist, and are further discussed in a detailed appendix by curator Ulrich Loock. Beyond shedding valuable light on the genesis and cross-pollination of Pettibon’s thematic interests, this catalogue is the first to tackle the artist’s work as a whole—as a kind of hive mind of American culture whose various branches constantly address and reinterpret one another. Of particular interest are Pettibon’s own readings of individual works in the book. In excerpts paired with corresponding images, Pettibon guides readers through his complex, often meandering turns of thought; never condescending, they invite readers to enter more deeply into his thinking without sacrificing the intellectual rigor and sense of mystery that makes Pettibon’s work so compelling and challenging. The book includes a complete facsimile of his first artists’ book,Captive Chains—almost entirely unavailable for decades—in addition to numerous early drawings completed with his nephew, record covers, flyers, and sections dedicated to collages and drawings from the 1980s to today. Also featured are biographical notes compiled by Lucas Zwirner, offering a nuanced, insightful reading of Pettibon’s history, whose early life and work is often simplified and categorically tied to punk rock, and instead underscores the complexities surrounding the artist’s long-standing relationship with art, literature, and American culture. This unparalleled selection of Pettibon’s work is the definitive single volume for novices and experts alike.
Stephen Shore Selected Works: 1973-1981
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tephen Shore’sUncommon Placesis indisputably a canonic body of work—a touchstone for those interested in photography and the American landscape. Remarkably, despite having been the focus of numerous shows and books, including the eponymous 1982 Aperture classic (expanded and reissued several times), this series of photographs has yet to be explored in its entirety. Over the past five years, Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this volume, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures to select ten images apiece from this rarely seen cache of images. Each portfolio offers an idiosyncratic and revealing commentary on why this body of work continues to astound; how it has impacted the work of new generations of photography and the medium at large; and proposes new insight on Shore’s unique vision of America as transmuted in this totemic series.
Stephen Shorehas had a significant influence on more than one generation of artists and photographers. He is the director of the photography program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. A major retrospective of Shore’s work is planned to take place at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2017.
California by John Chiara
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John Chiara: California Photographs by John Chiara Text by Virginia Heckert
John Chiara creates his own cameras and chemical processes, in order to make unique photographs that use the direct exposure of light onto reversal film and paper. Each resulting photograph is a singular, luminous object. This highly anticipated first book includes the surreal and thrilling landscape and architectural images for which the artist has become known. John Chiara: California features images taken in the artist’s hometown of San Francisco and other locations along the Pacific Coast. An essay by Virginia Heckert situates Chiara’s work in the landscape tradition of the American West and discusses this process-driven work.
JOHN CHIARA (born in San Francisco, 1971) received a BFA in photography from the University of Utah in 1995 and an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts in 2004. Most recently, he was artist in residence at Budapest Art Factory (2017) and Crown Point Press, San Francisco (2006, 2016). In 2011 and 2013, the Pilara Foundation in San Francisco commissioned work that was included in group exhibitions at Pier 24 Photography.
Map Pointz: A Collective Memory
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GUADALUPE ROSALES: MAP POINTZ
Guadalupe is an artist and archivist based in Los Angeles. Since 2015 has an ongoing project developing an archive of photographs, objects and ephemera related to the 90’s Los Angeles Latino/a party crew scene and youth culture. By preserving artifacts and memorabilia, Rosales' work deconstructs and reframes marginalized histories, offering platforms of conversation and agency of self-representation. This publication focuses on youth active in the SoCal 90s party crew and rave scene including her own personal involvement in the party scene to the tragic death her cousin who passed away from gang violence. Bringing us to 2018 and the creation of her art installation pieces that take the digital archive into the physical to create an immersive experience. This publication is printed in a limited edition of 1000 copies.