Monday, April 27, 2009

Matt Shlian

Matt Shlian's paper engineering is both informed by and contributes to scientific understanding. His intricately cut and folded paper works can concretely illustrate what is usually seen only at a molecular level. He has over a dozen Youtube videos of his paper and book work in action. Visit his website to check out more of his work and read about his collaborations.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Anna Hepler

After checking out the site for Gouge: The Modern Woodcut at the Hammer Museum, I started looking for contemporary artists using the woodcut. I found this work by Anna Hepler. The floor project was done with students from Bowdoin College. The group of smaller prints is Hepler's own work which takes the woodcut in a nice painterly direction.

Friday, April 10, 2009

North Drive Press

I like this solution to digital content and physical object. North Drive Press has published five collections of work by contemporary artists. They exist as boxes which contain a loose grouping of multiples and text-based works and interviews. In addition, all of the text/interviews are online and viewable as PDFs.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Shannon Ebner

Apparently the web gods are not listening to my pleas to give me some page by page shots of artist Shannon Ebner's new book The Sun As Error. Until I get to see the book, here are some images of Ebner's work which usually consists of photographs of language-based sculptures she has created.

The current issue of Artforum includes an interesting essay by Ebner about the process of making her new book.

A pdf of an article and interview from A & P Quarterly which shows more incredible images is here.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

One from the archives: Ann Hamilton--Corpus

These are a collection of flickr photos I casually usurped from different folks to show how museum goers actually experienced one of the most successful art installations I have ever witnessed, Ann Hamilton's Corpus at Mass MOCA in 2003. A football field-sized room. Stacks of onionskin paper held up high, mechanically releasing one leaf at a time, drifting down. Large bullhorns shifting around the space, moving slowly up and down, speaking in a robotic voice. Figures (us!) shuffling through white crackly mounds of paper. Windows letting in pink light.

Literally 7 million 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper fell over the course of the installation.

"Gallerygoers apparently get the idea, spending around 20 minutes with ''Corpus,'' 19 minutes longer than people typically spend with one work of art"--NYTimes

Photo 1 from flickr user kellan, photo 2 from takomabibelot, photo 3 from shanevsevil, photo 4 from travisqclark, photo 5 from nogang

Friday, April 03, 2009

Noriko Ambe

There have been quite alot of artists lately who alter books through cutting. I like this series by Noriko Ambe because it not only seems to be about the look of the pieces but takes the cutting a step further into self-investigation. This altering of Ed Ruscha's book illustrates, to me, an artist who is both acknowledging the historical significance of Ed Ruscha's work in the book format as well as challenging it. You can see more of her work here.

Her work is also on view right now with other "cutters" at the Bellevue Arts Museum as part of an exhibition called The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Brian Belott

I love this work by Brian Belott. See more of his work here

All I need in life are page by page shots of artist's books on the web. That's really what does it for me.