NEW BOOKS! DAMP PATCHES, CRIPTOGRAPHS & MEZZO.


DAMP PATCHES by April Gertler

First up, a new book from contributor April Gertler, DAMP PATCHES.

Inspired by the lovely lady below, DP is a risograph printed gem, perfectly made for the summertime heat. Give April a shout at the email below to order your copy, and to avoid unsightly missed opportunities.

The book, including postage, costs 25 Euros.
Payments are accepted via Paypal : a@aprilgertler.com
Don’t forget to include your mailing address when making the payment.
If you live in Germany and want to do a transfer – contact me for banking details.
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Leo Koenig Inc. is pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition of new paintings by Torben Giehler. Giehler is known for his geometric abstractions, influenced by futuristic universes, and finished with mathematical precision. In a departure from the vibrant color palette and electrified vortex of his previous paintings, these new works extend a zen-like calm, alchemically fusing the synapses of the human brain to the grids and networks of digitized technology. (READ MORE.)

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Help support DAMP PATCHES with April Gertler.

HELP SUPPORT CONTRIBUTOR APRIL GERTLER’S BOOK PROJECT: DAMP PATCHES.
I’ve had the very great pleasure of seeing some of these pieces in person and each one of them is so uniquely lovely. April will talk about this and other projects in the forthcoming video interview for the 22 but in the meantime help her make it happen!

Donations range from $25 to $750 (which includes a personal hand-made collage from April.)

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

In October 2010 I was invited to Paris for an artist residency at l’entreprise culturelle. Out of that residency came DAMP PATCHES – which is a new collection of work I developed into an artist book that mixes my collage work with photography and drawing. The title of the book comes from the loose translation of a deodorant ad from the French fashion magazine Votre Beaute (1973): Prisonnière des taches d’humidité sous les bras. – A prisoner of damp patches.

I like working with collage because I enjoy using original source materials such as found photographs, fashion magazine ads, and bits and pieces that I find on the street or in the trash, and the hands-on experience of working with paper, glue, scissors and thread. It feels increasingly relevant to use a hands-on approach as many other parts of my life are being swallowed by the digital world.

I use collage as my primary medium because I feel it is the best way for me to combine images and explore various concepts that interest me the most, such as; the complex dynamics of intimate relationships, female empowerment, and the anonymity of urban life. I am dedicated to my original source materials which tend to restrict the final size of my work, but in that way they become more precious and intimate for the viewer, DAMP PATCHES has challenged my continuing understanding of what collage can become.

The idea of creating a book surrounding the project came together when I was speaking to my colleague and friend, Eduardo Serafim about DAMP PATCHES. Eduardo co-founded AML-Press in February 2011, and suggested that AML print the book with their newly acquired Risograph printer; a machine part Xerox copier, part offset press which has the quality of a silkscreen.

The Risograph machine was not initially intended for artist books or printed projects but rather for high volume commercial use. I loved the idea of using the Riso because the quality and texture of the images produced by the machine highly compliment the source material I use in my work which typically comes from the 1960’s – 1980’s.

The final book will marry the low-tech feel of the collage work with the high tech printing method of the Riso. As a result the collages and photographs will be the same size and the same texture as the original works. I am really enthusiastic about this part of the project because it helps me push my practice further by exploring my interest in all 3 mediums and takes them to a new level.

The funding I’m requesting would support the production of the book by supplementing the printing costs, paper, assembly, and shipping/distribution of the finished book.

The book would be:

  • 36 pages
  • Book size (closed) 8.5″ x 11.5″
  • Printed on the Risograph
  • Staple binding
  • Edition of 300

I hope you are interested in sharing in my enthusiasm. Thank you for your time, attention and support.

My best,

April Gertler

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Kopenhagenerstrasse 4

10437 Berlin, Germany

a@aprilgertler.com

www.aprilgertler.com

Project location: Berlin, Germany

LAST CALL: PICTURE BERLIN DEADLINE.

 

  Last chance to apply for a summer in Berlin with contributor April Gertler.

SUMMER SESSION DATES
30 June – 31 July 2011
Deadline: 8 April 2011
Application

PICTURE BERLIN, founded in 2009, is a hybrid residency/art academy. The program is designed for emerging artists working and using the medium of photography. This past summer marked our first Summer Session, which was extremely successful – with artists representing 8 countries, putting together 2 exhibitions and creating new bodies of work that far exceeded each artist’s expectations. Ultimately PICTURE BERLIN did what any residency should do – it pulled out the best in each artist.

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