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REGARD CROISé

22.03-24.03.2013
WIELS & Komplot

By Liene Aerts

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Paul Elliman, ‘I can no longer drink tea, I'm as pale as glass without you, I blush to think of you,...’ (2012). Published by Colophon and Casco, as a contribution to the exhibition ‘Latent Stare’ at CasCo, Utrecht. Seen at the stand of San Serriffe (art book shop in Amsterdam). My attention was drawn to the open hand on the poster holding a piece of text on a white card saying: ‘…I am yours like a nut in your hand.’ Unfolded, it shows an intimate, granular collage of tangled legs, gestures, scars, birthmarks and feet beneath black and white blankets. www.san-serriffe.com

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Félicia Atkinson, #010 / ‘Twenties are gone’ (2012, edition of 50 copies). Published by Shelter Press (a Paris/Brussels based independent publishing company). I selected this writing piece from French musician and artist Félicia Atkinson because of her playful, direct way of writing. And because it was sold out! Nothing speaks to us more than something you cannot get. But there is good news: Atkinson will present a second edition at the ING booth at Art Brussels 18-21 April 2013. I must agree, ‘Darkness is a beautiful name’ and ‘Peeling fruits can be tiring’. www.shelter-press.com

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John Baldessari, ‘Choosing: Green Beans’ (1971, edition of 1500 copies). Published by Edizioni Toselli. Seen at the stand of 20th Century Art Archives (specialist dealer in archives, rare books and documents). The book begins with Baldessari explaining the rules of the two-player game: every participant was asked to choose any three beans from the group for whatever reasons he/she might have at the moment. So you get a book filled with threesomes of green beans and index fingers pointing them out. A simple, yet striking way of facing us with our everday and trivial process of making decisions. www.20th-century-art-archives.com

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Thomas Geiger, ‘Thinking Machine’ (2008). Published by Mark Pezinger Verlag (a Vienna based publishing house for artists’ books).This artist book is the result of Geiger spinning the Thinking Machine (a cardboard box containing three revolving discs with about 50 adjectives and nouns each) every morning. The combination of words created serves as a base line for Geiger’s visualization thereof in either a photo, a short video, an action or description. While browsing through his unpredictable, every-day seeing, the reader, in turn, also rediscovers new ways of perceiving. In a similar way, Mark Pezinger Verlag as a whole tells a story of daily actions, often handcopied and handmade in small editions. www.markpezinger.de

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Thomas Raat, ‘An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth’ (2012, edition of 700 copies, title borrowed from Bertrand Russell). Published by Onomatopee: OMP83 (project space in Eindhoven). The book shows a series of abstract paintings by Thomas Raat. Through layers of paint, Raat tried to repurpose the imagery of popular ‘egghead’ paperbacks from the 1940s to 70s. I’m interested in the powerful, non-figurative compositions it resulted in, like I’m a fan of the cover designs of these kind of paperbacks. ‘An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth’ explores an interesting playing field between art, design and the history of ideas. www.onomatopee.net

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Dennis Tyfus and Peter Fengler, ‘Voor slechts seuventig % afspeelbaar’ (2012). By Ultra Eczema and Drop of Blood Records: UE 149, DOB 039. This collaborative box is limited to 10 copies and each box set contains 10 hand-cut records combined with all kind of materials. This makes every box set a unique piece. With great indulgence I browsed through this original collection of 100 unique records disguised like fried eggs, smiley’s with wigs, paint blobs and quirky creatures. www.ultraeczema.com, www.deplayer.nl

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Villers, ‘ou bien… ou bien…’ (2013, limited edition). ‘ou bien… ou bien…’ is just one of Villers’ many publications: since 1976 he continuously self-publishes small but extremely well-thought-out, fragile works like this one (see Editions du Remorqueur and Le Nouveau Remorqueur). At Viller’s stand in Komplot you could grasp his collection of books as a whole: an assemblage of colors, textures and shapes. The title is borrowed from Sören Kierkegaard’s eponymous book from 1843 in which he discusses the aesthetic ‘phases’ of existence, as Villers does here by exploring color, space and time. www.bernardvillers.be

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Paul Graham, ‘Films’ (2011). Published by MACK (a London based independent publishing house). Seen at the stand of STET (art book shop in Lisbon). At first sight the book shows a collection of color fields and abstract dots. But when you reach the end and see a list of almost extinct names like Kodacolor, Fujicolor, Tri-X, Kodachrome, Ektacolor, you realize the images are all extreme close-ups of raw film emulsion, beautifully printed on high-gloss paper to mimic the sheen of celluloid. Graham began scanning small portions of his blank film ends and unexposed frames. This way he presents us a tribute to the passing of film: grains, color dye clouds, black and white silver crystals, and its unavoidable small flaws like dust and scratches. www.mackbooks.co.uk, www.stet-livros-fotografias.com

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Vaast Colson, hors série #19 / ‘Plot Coupon’. MOREpublishers invited Vaast Colson to contribute with a new edition/intervention: the result is handmade rubbing nr. 8/8, produced in Wiels, Brussels on 22/03/2013. With a chrome drawing device on the side he rubs till a shielded knight appears: Widu Gasti (celtic for Vaast Colson). I like the idea of the numbered, but unlimited edition as an action that can endlessly repeat itself, and the candle that will slowly burn his hat off at the same time. www.morepublishers.be

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‘Lexikon 6’ (2011, edition of 50 copies). By Edition Taube (a Stuttgart based artists’ book publication collective). ‘Lexikon 6’ is a stapled, multicolored riso print with a back cover saying die reihe wird fortgesetzt’. The series thus continues, which makes me curious. Where is this unpretentious, ongoing experiment with form, color, printing techniques and found footage heading too? www.editiontaube.de

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Raphaël Buedts (2009). Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle (a Ghent based independent publishing house) and S.M.A.K. This comprehensive overview of Buedt’s relatively unknown work contains a facsimile of the catalogue ‘Meubeldingen’ (1991). It demonstrates the ease in which he slides between sculpture, drawing, sketch and painting. The black and white imagery presents a subtle mix of abstraction and tactility, function and form. Alongside the text of Roland Jooris ‘Meubeldingen’ might be one of the most fascinating and poetic publications I saw. www.merpaperkunsthalle.org. Roland Jooris: “Ze hebben iets verzwegen autobiografisch, de meubeldingen van Raf Buedts. Ze hebben afscheid genomen. Van de opgelegde meubelwetten. Van wat gedicteerd werd. (…) Ze hebben iets onwennigs, de meubeldingen van Raf Buedts. Hun weerloosheid is hun agressie: ze dagen ergens uit door hun bouwvalligheid, door hun buigzaamheid, door hun machteloosheid, door hun tijdloze voorlopigheid.? Ze lijken te hinken, te haperen, te strompelen, te vallen, te leunen, te hurken, maar bij nader toezien zitten deze 'verstotelingen' stevig in elkaar.”