24 July – 21 September 2019
Participants: Adam Cruickshank (AU), Will Holder (UK/BE), Olaf Nicolai (DE), Roma Publications (NL), Batia Suter (NL), Ella Sutherland (NZ/AU)
Guest curator: Warren Taylor (Program Coordinator, Communication Design at Monash Art Design & Architecture)
Bookworks is an exhibition of contemporary artists’ book publishing. Organised by guest curator, designer and educator, Warren Taylor, it brings six leading artists, graphic designers, book-makers and publishers together to explore the materials, procedures, ambitions, economies and critiques around art publishing.
The term ‘bookworks’ was first used in the 1960s to refer to inexpensive, mass-produced books conceived and designed by artists and published independently in large or unlimited editions. Distinct from the traditional and precious ‘art object’, the book became a legitimate medium for conceptual artists, operating as:
VEHICLES FOR ARTWORK
DOCUMENTS OF ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND
DEMOCRATIC SITES FOR THE COLLABORATION OF DISCIPLINES
In his influential text ‘The New Art of Making Books’, 1975, Mexican artist Ulises Carrión promoted the book as a ‘space-time sequence’, rather than a mere object of literary work. Carrion’s independent bookshop Other Books and So, along with New York’s Printed Matter, were among the first to support publishing as a site for the exchange of artistic ideas. Books were affordable, popular, sold from the shelf and distributed by mail.
In this spirit, Bookworks is a contemporary examination of art publishing that features the work of a diversity of practitioners as well as the independent Art Library, workshops and a lecture series held in partnership with Monash’s School of Design.
Coming soon. Designed by Warren Taylor and Adam Cruickshank, the accompanying Bookworks publication is co-published by Monash University Museum of Art and Perimeter Editions, and features an essay by Warren Taylor, text by Adam Cruickshank, an interview with James Langdon and contributions from the exhibition participants.
Adam Cruickshank: Terms & Conditions, various times throughout Bookworks
MADA Art Forum: Ella Sutherland, Wednesday 31 July
MADA Art Forum: Olaf Nicolai, Wednesday 4 September
Two readings from Olaf Nicolai & Jan Wenzel's Four Times Through the Labyrinth, Wednesday 4 September
MADA Art Forum: Adam Cruickshank, Wednesday 11 September