BOOK RECCOMENDATION ABOUT (DIS)CONNECT


Hello everyone! Our theme (Dis)Connect cannot only be found in the work of our selected artists,so we want to introduce you to some art books of different artists who in our opinion used thesame theme in different ways.


Antony Cairns - CTY
This book contains a large selection of the work created by Antony Cairns, consisting of his urbanphotography of cities like Las Vegas, Tokio, London and Osaka. Antony focuses a lot on thephotographic medium and reinvents old technologies that result into surprising images of theurban landscape. The contrast gives the work friction between the use of old technologies likeanalogue film in combination with the big cities who are moving towards the sci-fi look we arecreating since the early days. His research wanders back in time, discovering more techniques tocapture the city of tomorrow.
Link: morelbooks.com

Edited by Kelli Connell, text and design: Hans Gremmen - Outs
‘Outs’ consists of images send in by more than 70 photographers, each photographer send in oneimage that didn’t fit in any of their projects but still spoke to them. Hans Gremmen took all thesephotographs and composed them together into one book, making new connections with otherartists. Even though they couldn’t find a spot in other narratives, they made a narrativethemselves, letting the viewer connect their own dots and create relations between theseouttakes. The only thing they have in common is the gold ink printed on black paper to bring anode to the outliers.
Link: fw-books.nl

Ryan Gander - Stabs at Academia with Painter ToolsStabs at Academia with Painter Tools is not your typical art book but when I saw it, I had toinclude it for this article. When you see the cover it has different kinds of illustrated stones printedon it, and when you keep turning the pages it contains more stones and big streaks of black. Thebook is translated into Stone in Set, it is a typeset Ryan invented himself, based on stones hiskids found on the beach. The stones communicate the Vintage Classic, If on a Winter’s Night aTraveler, by Italo Calvino. This novel written by Calvino is all about narration, the difficulty ofwriting and explorations of how and why we choose to read. I think this work contains bothdisconnection and connection, while abstracting this novel which covers the subject narration, inthe meantime he is associating stones with language and connecting these shapes to form astory. After I saw this work it made me excited to buy both versions, have you read If on a Winter’sNight a Traveler? Let us know your opinion!
Link: morelbooks.com

Hans Gremmen — Lookout Point, The Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneThe center of this book is the painting by Thomas Moran, ‘The Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone,'located in Yellowstone NP in the United States. Later the viewpoint was renamed, Moran Point,after the painter himself. This viewpoint is famous all over the world and a lot of representationswere made. Lookout Point questions how an image changes over time, what happens if differentperspectives and stories create their own version of the same image? Is it still related to theoriginal subject or is it something new?
Link: fw-books.nl

Edited by Dr. Omar Kholeif - Art in the Age of AnxietyThis book seeks the answer to, what is our collective future and how will humanity adapt to it?The overall theme is about the relation between art and the internet and this subject is highlightedthrough many essays and the work of different artists. Art in the Age of Anxiety corresponds withthe exhibition in the Middle East that shares the same name. Even though the subject is overallthe same, it is fascinating to see how all the different participants choose a different point of focusand show their perspective. Art in the Age of Anxiety represents many art disciplines which resultsinto a book full of inspiration, including exhibition shots.
Link: morelbooks.com

Steffi Klenz - So To Speak
Klenz combines poetry and photographic imagery she made in a period of one year, where shewas grieving because her long term relationship ended. In this year she was still living with herformer partner, her daily walks became a ritual where she started a dialogue with hersurroundings. Some of these surroundings triggered personal memories, creating a moment ofreflection for herself. Even though this work was made in a time of separation her imagery andtext invites other people to create connections, questioning representation. It lets two worlds ofcommunicating come together while both can still be seen as stand alone means to share yourthoughts, memories and emotions.
Link: morelbooks.com

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Iris Sikking (eds) - Why exhibit? Positions on Exhibiting PhotographiesThe medium of photography changed a lot throughout the years, not only the medium but alsohow we view images these days. For artists exhibiting their work is pretty important, so how canwe exhibit images today? This book contains a lot of different professionals from the world ofcontemporary photography who share their perspective on how we can exhibit photographs.
Link: fw-books.nl


Batia Suter - Parallel Encyclopedia 1
This book only contains found images, intuitively composed by Batia Suter. The book was createdbetween 2004 and 2007. Batia Suter composes new narratives while removing the originalassociations of an image. I think it is interesting to see how she connected different images fromher own perspective, even though another person would create different narratives with the sameimages presented to them. It is also a fun way to re-use archive images because there are a lot ofbeautiful photographs forgotten, seeing how she used found footage motivates me to do somearchive digging myself! 
Link: www.ideabooks.nl

autor: Lola Beekhuijzen
published on 12.01.2022