Luke Ramsey - Pulling Back The Layers

Luke Ramsey's amazing recent exhibition at Madrona Gallery highlighted a new body of work which displayed finely crafted, intricate freehand ink drawings. We are excited to be showing a new experimental piece which incorporates collage and the peeling back of layers of a sketchbook cover. See this work and more at this weekends exhibition in OuterSpace - The Many Faces of Koyama Exhibition.

Detail Crop - Collage by Luke Ramsey - 2013

Detail Crop - Collage by Luke Ramsey - 2013

James Kirkpatrick - Blue Lineage Edition

The Blue Lineage has begun.

We are excited to release the first book in a new series called Lineage. The Lineage book series showcases artists in their work and daily environment. The photographic heavy publication will shed light on the artists process and way of life while producing a body of work. Utilizing snapshots, sketches, and snippets all mixed in with artworks in process.  Once a book is complete, the artist then chooses the next artist in the series.

James Kirkpatrick - Lineage Edition - Blue #1

James Kirkpatrick - Lineage Edition - Blue #1

We have chosen James Kirkpatrick as the first artist in the Lineage series. Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with Kirkpatrick and have published a book and multiple zines  Brain Trust and A Dog Named Dracula ). His experimental works in sculpture and circuit bending are the vein which connects the two vital organs in his creative endeavours, art and music. We are very happy to share a glimpse into the process of Kirkpatrick's life + work. View the Book.

Kirkpatrick in studio - Early stages of an inflatable sculpture. Spread from Lineage Edition - Blue #1

Kirkpatrick in studio - Early stages of an inflatable sculpture. Spread from Lineage Edition - Blue #1

Brand New Website & Mobile Gallery

We've been very busy working on a couple of new projects. In fact we had to build a new website to combine everything into one platform. 

Photo by Luke Ramsey

Photo by Luke Ramsey

We're excited to announce a new mobile art gallery called OuterSpace. OuterSpace will be an extension of our publishing platform, allowing us to have book launches, exhibitions and pop-up shops on the West Coast. For our first exhibition we selected the multifaceted artist James Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick produced an exhibition of paintings, a circuit bent electronic instrument and painted a mural on the side of the OuterSpace truck. View the artwork from the exhibition.

 

View of James Kirkpatrick's "Here and There"  exhibition from the stairs of the OuterSpace mobile Gallery.

View of James Kirkpatrick's "Here and There"  exhibition from the stairs of the OuterSpace mobile Gallery.

A second project that is now coming together is an artbook series entitled "Lineage Editions"We showcased a prototype of our first publication at the opening of Kirkpatrick's exhibition. 

 

James Kirkpatrick's Blue Lineage Edition

James Kirkpatrick's Blue Lineage Edition

The goal of the Lineage book series is to showcase artists in their work and daily environment. The photographic heavy publication will shed light on the artists process and way of life while producing a body of work. Utilizing snapshots, sketches, and snippets all mixed in with artworks in process. 

Four artists are chosen to begin the series. Each artist is designated a colour (blue, green, red or yellow). These colours become a lineage throughout the series. Once the book has been completed the published artist then selects the next artist who's work will be showcased in the following book. This book will fall under the same lineage or colour as the previous artist.

 This series is hand-bound with a die-cut cover and limited to an edition of 50. Available in our online shop very soon.

 

Portrait of a Generation

An artist yearbook for New York City in 2012

This book was from the exhibition “Portrait of a Generation” (June 7 - August 10, 2012) where over 100 artists who make up the art scene made portraits of each other to give image to a community of people. The works were hung salon style on our gallery walls, and include painted, drawn and photographic portraits. Available at The Hole

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Photo Gallery of the Portrait of a Generation

Portrait of a Generation- Artist List: Aaron Rose, Adam Tullie, Adam Schleimer, Alex Prager, Alexey Sizov, Alison Blickle, Allison Schulnik, Anders Oinonen, Andrea Sonnenberg, Andre Saravia, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andrew Kuo, Angeline Rivas, Ari Marcoplolous, Ashley Macomber, Aurel Schmidt, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Barry McGee, Bec Stupac, Ben Brock, Ben Jones, Bijoux Altimirano, Bill Powers, Billy Grant, Body By Body, Brengar, Brian Belott, Brian Degraw, Brian Kenney, Brain McPeck, Bruce High Quality, Bruce Labruce, Cass Bird, Caroline Snow, Casey Spooner, Chelsea Seltzer, Cheryl Dunn, Chris Johanson, Christian Rosa, Clare Rojas, Clayton Patterson, Cody Critcheloe, Colette Robbins, Cynthia Rowley, Dash Snow, Donald Baechler, Donald Cummings, Dustin Yellin, Eddie Martinez, Enno Tianen, Eric Cahan, Erik Foss, Eric Yahnker, Evan Gruzis, Fab Five Freddy, Francesca Gavin, Glenn O’Brien, Gordon Hull, Grant Worth, Hisham Bharoocha, Holton Rower, IO Tillet Wright, Isaac Lin, Jack Donoghue, Jack Pierson, Jaimie Warren, Jane Moseley, JD Samson, Jeanette Hayes, Jeff Ladouceur, Jeff Vespa, Jeremy Kost, Jesse Edwards, Jesse Geller, Jiannis Varelas, Jim Drain, JIM JOE, Jo Jackson, Joe Bradley, Joe Grillo, Joe Rushe, Joey Frank, John Holland, Jonah Freedman, Jorge Ulrich, Josh Lazcano, Justin Lowe, Kadar Brock, Karley Sciortino, Kathy Grayson, KATSU, Keegan McHargue, Kembra Pfahler, Kenny Scharf, Kevin Baker, Kris Kahler, Kristy Leibowitz, Kunle Martins, Lance De Los Reyes, Lele Savieri, Leo Fitzpatrick, Levi Tate, Libby Black, Lizzi Bougatsos, Lola Schnabel, Malcolm Stuart, Marc Bell, Maria Robledo, Maripol, Mark Cross, Matt Jones, Matt Leines, Matt Stone, Matthew Craven, Matthew Stone, Max Snow, McDermott & McGough, Micah Ganske, Mike Namer, Miz Metro, N Dash, Naomi Fisher, Olivier Zahm, Parker Ito, Peter Sutherland, Rachel Chandler, Raymond Pettibon,Renee Ricard, Robert Lazzarini, Ry Fyan, Ryan McGinley, Sam Moyer, Sandy Kim, Scott Ewalt, Scott Hug, Scott Reeder, Seana Gavin, Sharon Needles, Shoplifter, Slater Bradley, Slava Mogutin, Spencer Sweeney, Stefan Bondell, Steve Powers, Sue Webster, Susy Oliveira, Taylor McKimens, Terence Koh, Theo Rosenblum, ThreeAsFour, Tim Biskup, Tim Hull, Tim Noble, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Todd James, Vanessa Prager, Wes Lang, Yamataka Eye, Yoko Ono

André Saraiva's Andrepolis

André Saraiva's new art book available through The Hole Gallery Shop.

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Andrepolis_Cover

This book was from the first major solo show by André Saraiva “Andrépolis” (June 7 – August 10, 2012) where, as the title suggests, the artist will be making a miniature city installation in Gallery 3. Building fifteen wooden, painted, and fully lighted buildings, the rear gallery will be transformed into a city at night, with miniature neons lighting up his recreations of a hallucinatory vision of New York nightclubs and restaurants. His arted version of the city will create the scene for which artists and culture makers come together, while the sister show in Gallery 1 and 2 features portraits of over 100 of the artists that make up the art scene here.

Olivier Zahm, Purple Magazine:

This exhibition, Andrépolis, is not only the most important exhibition that André has ever done in the United States, it is in fact the ultimate realization of his vision and of his artistic universe.

The exhibition is an installation of fifteen monumental sculptures, forming an urban landscape composed of stylized New York skyscrapers. It evokes giant toys, a theme park, or perhaps miniature maquettes of nightclubs with their ever so discreet, well-guarded doors, their nocturnal, informational neons … Once again André is creating clubs, but this time they aren’t in a city, they’re in a gallery. With this good-natured gesture, he reminds everyone that if he did contribute to the night scene with his clubs— which he continues to do — it is as an artist, and without ever giving up his vocation, which renders clear everything he does.

The urban phantasmagoria of Andrépolis is indeed child-like, but it is also as eroticized as the streets of Pigalle and as idealized as a drawing in a metaphysical comic book, linking Paris and New York, André’s two favorite cities. The one from which he came and the one where he met the woman he loves.Andrépolis is also a link between the world of children (building games, comic books) and the art world (the artist graffiti he came from, the city according to Matt Mullican or the work of Mike Kelley). This is his strength, being able to pass from one world to another, from the world of children’s games to the contemporary arts scene. And to be able to connect so easily to everyone, children, adolescents, the art world; only a few artists who came out of graffiti have succeeded this way. I think Keith Haring, one of his heroes, incredibly creative, generous, embodying the accessibility of contemporary art, the artist connecting with people in the street – and we must add Little Nemo …

This exhibition synthesizes André’s artistic journey and his daily obsessions: the graffiti of Mr. A, drawn wherever he goes, love graffiti for each new love, and Mickey with his erection (“I have a Mickey Mouse/ a real club in his house. And if you shake him he goes off…” as Serge Gainsbourg used to sing, rather more pornographically in French), which André remade for the occasion, the silver exhibition. Ironically, these sculptures of nightclubs also link to his activity as a creator of clubs. Each of these sculptures is an altar to the passions in his life: partying, the night, and the irresistible attraction of the lights in the bars and the clubs of the city he is exploring.

And the exhibition has a surprise at the end, a carousel for adults, for those who are not afraid to ride the wings of desire… the way André does in Andrépolis.

The Paintings of Hiro Kurata

Kurata's paintings translate his thoughts and experiences of growing up in America

Art4d.Asia has posted some new paintings by Hiro Kurata. Hiro has recently produced a beautiful series of paintings for his show "Home Field Disadvantage" at MotusFort Tokyo.

hiro kurata in studio

hiro kurata in studio

“As I was walking a ribbon of highway, I saw above me an endless skyway. I saw below me a golden valley. This land was made for you and me,” This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie (1940). Hiro Kurata's recent series of paintings, “This Land Was Your Land,” reference the popular Woody Guthrie song in title and notions of self-identity amplified by living on foreign shores in imagery. Kurata, a Japanese born artist currently living and working in New York City, described that, for him, the song “was supposed to be a song about appreciating America, but as I started to grow up I realized that the land really belonged to someone else, rather than people there now...some things used to belong to someone, and now it belongs to someone else, and in the future it will be owned by another someone. Nothing will stay the same, it is all temporary, and therefore makes it precious.” The final stanza of Guthrie's lyrical take on America mirror Kurata's hesitations, stating “In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple, near the relief office - I see my people, and some are grumblin', and some are wonderin', if this land's still made for you and me.” Read More @ Art4d.Asia

Andrepolis Art Book by André Saraiva

Anteism's pleased to announce the release of Andre Saraiva's Andrepolis exhibition catalog for The Hole.

We had the pleasure of working with The Hole and Andre Saraiva on an art book for his exhibition Andrepolis. This hardcover book highlights Saraiva's drawings, neon lit nightclub sculptures as well as a one tonne bronze Mickey Mouse sporting erect penis.

The book has texts by Olivier Zham and Glen O'Brien as well as guest appearances by Milla Jovovich + Kembra Pfhaler.

Andrepolis Art Book by Andre Saraiva

Andrepolis Art Book by Andre Saraiva

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The books should be available for purchase by the end of September through The Hole and in the Anteism Book Shop

Olivier Zahm, Purple Magazine:

This exhibition, Andrépolis, is not only the most important exhibition that André has ever done in the United States, it is in fact the ultimate realization of his vision and of his artistic universe.

The exhibition is an installation of fifteen monumental sculptures, forming an urban landscape composed of stylized New York skyscrapers. It evokes giant toys, a theme park, or perhaps miniature maquettes of nightclubs with their ever so discreet, well-guarded doors, their nocturnal, informational neons … Once again André is creating clubs, but this time they aren’t in a city, they’re in a gallery. With this good-natured gesture, he reminds everyone that if he did contribute to the night scene with his clubs— which he continues to do — it is as an artist, and without ever giving up his vocation, which renders clear everything he does.

The urban phantasmagoria of Andrépolis is indeed child-like, but it is also as eroticized as the streets of Pigalle and as idealized as a drawing in a metaphysical comic book, linking Paris and New York, André’s two favorite cities. The one from which he came and the one where he met the woman he loves. Andrépolis is also a link between the world of children (building games, comic books) and the art world (the artist graffiti he came from, the city according to Matt Mullican or the work of Mike Kelley). This is his strength, being able to pass from one world to another, from the world of children’s games to the contemporary arts scene. And to be able to connect so easily to everyone, children, adolescents, the art world; only a few artists who came out of graffiti have succeeded this way. I think Keith Haring, one of his heroes, incredibly creative, generous, embodying the accessibility of contemporary art, the artist connecting with people in the street – and we must add Little Nemo …

This exhibition synthesizes André’s artistic journey and his daily obsessions: the graffiti of Mr. A, drawn wherever he goes, love graffiti for each new love, and Mickey with his erection (“I have a Mickey Mouse/ a real club in his house. And if you shake him he goes off…” as Serge Gainsbourg used to sing, rather more pornographically in French), which André remade for the occasion, the silver exhibition. Ironically, these sculptures of nightclubs also link to his activity as a creator of clubs. Each of these sculptures is an altar to the passions in his life: partying, the night, and the irresistible attraction of the lights in the bars and the clubs of the city he is exploring.

And the exhibition has a surprise at the end, a carousel for adults, for those who are not afraid to ride the wings of desire… the way André does in Andrépolis.

Holton Rower Pour Paintings Book

Pour Paintings limited edition art catalog by Holton Rower

Holton Rower's pour paintings are something that needs to be witnessed live prior to appreciating the final artworks.

This limited edition art book features the entire exhibition of Rower's work at the Hole. The art book highlights gallery installs, studio photos and texts by David Carrino and Kathy Grayson.

More Info / Purchase

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Giverny - Kembra Pfhaler & EV Day Art Book

Giverny is an exhibition catalog for Kembra Pfhaler and E.V. Day's exhibition at the Hole, NYC.

This limited edition catalog showcases the duo's photo series created in the famous Giverny Gardens in northern France (best known as the location of Claude Monet's garden and home). The exhibition catalog also provides installation photos of the elaborate recreation of the Giverny gardens in the Hole gallery.

More Info / Purchase

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Ambrus Art Book by Morgana Wallace

* Anteism will be giving away a free signed copy of AMBRUS to a random member of our Facebook page on May 27th, 2012. Join the page to get updates and a chance for a free artbook every month.

Morgana Wallace's Art Book AMBRUS

The Ambrus exhibition of drawings, paintings and collage compiled into a limited edition art book.

Morgana Wallace’s art is intricately layered with references to history, culture, and mythology. Possessing a rare mixture of vibrant spontaneity and meticulous skill, her images brim over with energy and movement. Morgana’s endless cast of strange and beautiful characters usher us into their imaginative and sometimes disquieting worlds.

Morgana Wallace Art Book Title Page

This body of work, Ambrus, is a tribute to Morgana’s favourite illustrators. Throughout her artistic life, she has been struck by the importance of illustration to the overall impact of the book, believing that illustrators deserve respect as legitimate artists. Now having compiled her own book of illustrations, Morgana pays homage to the illustrators who illuminated her imagination and taught her how to see the stories in images.

Morgana Wallace Collage

• 5.75″x 7.75″ (14.75cm x 19.75cm) • 68 Colour Pages • Signed/Numbered Edition of 150 • 1st Edition – Published 2012 Purchase the book in the Anteism Shop

Matthew Stone - Handmade Artist Book

Anteism is pleased to announce a limited edition artist book which features Matthew Stone's work from Optimism as Cultural Rebellion.

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Mathew-Stone-Optimism-Cultural-Rebellion-Cover

This handmade book is available in the Anteism Shop

Matthew Stone - Optimism as Cultural Rebellion - Exhibition tour from Matthew Stone on Vimeo.

The Hole is pleased to announce the first comprehensive gallery exhibition in the United States by British artist Matthew Stone.

The exhibition will focus on the intersections between the ideas, photography and sculptures that define Matthew’s work. Alongside his sculptural installations of photography, he will also be presenting a performance at the gallery titled “Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds” (November 3rd at 9pm) as part of the visual art performance biennial PERFORMA 11.

Two large wooden planes bisect the gallery walls and provide a rhythm for the navigation of the space. Photographic nudes printed directly onto birch panels are cut, hinged and folded along the walls and across the floor, in what uber-curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist has described as “a-perspective constellations”. In one work titled “Forever Rules” a large photographic nude is cut into hundreds of squares and attached to fabric that passes through an oak dodecahedron and cube, draping down onto the floor. Whilst Plato’s divine geometry is honored in part, it is simultaneously corrupted by the poetic complexity and beauty of the human body in action, flowing through and against the rigid logic of its geometric counterparts.

The title of the exhibition “Optimism as Cultural Rebellion” should be considered a one-line manifesto, perhaps a “mini-festo”. Since 2004 Matthew has developed a personal philosophy of Optimism, defining it as “the vital force that entangles itself with and then shapes the future.” This timely position permeates all of his activities. Matthew Stone operates as an artist in a total sense: his very being, his community, his lifestyle and its expression dictate the creation of his interconnected works. As well as creating photography and sculpture he works in multiple worlds as curator, philosopher, performer, musician, facilitator and cultural provocateur.

Matthew was born in 1982 and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London with honors in painting. After leaving college he masterminded the art-collective-cum-scene !WOWOW! in squatted South-London buildings. Their group shows and parties in empty buildings attracted audiences of over 1500 people and a performance event at the Tate saw a record 4000 people in attendance. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at V1 Gallery, Denmark; Galerie Paul Freches, Paris; Boyschool, London; Gea Politi, Milan, and Union Gallery, London. I first came across Matthew’s work when Terence Koh presented Tianhuang Dadi at Asia Song Society on Canal Street in 2007.

Recent photographic projects include a collaboration with Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci for the cover of the 20th anniversary issue of Dazed & Confused magazine and a fold-out sculptural cover for the current Flaunt Magazine. He composes original music for close friend and collaborator, fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s shows and has directed music videos for acclaimed British bands These New Puritans, S.C.U.M and for New York lo-fi band No Bra.

More about Matthew Stone:

Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman. These two interconnected roles are defined by his activities as photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, Optimist and cultural provocateur. Stone’s work and thinking goes far beyond the remit of his art, and his power of existence is recreating the role of the artist in the 21st century. Recognising this, The Sunday Times recently placed him at number one in the arts section of their “Power players under 30” list.

After Graduating from Camberwell Art School in 2004, with a first-class degree in Painting, Stone spearheaded South London’s !WOWOW! art collective, organizing guerrilla art exhibitions and throwing London’s most notorious and decadent squat parties. Dazed and Confused magazine featured the collective, claiming the children of !WOWOW! “would live on in legend for years to come.” and i-D Magazine described Matthew, saying “He gave birth to a happening, and all of a sudden, in his wake, London was exciting again.”  In 2008 — !WOWOW! took over Tate Britain — attracting a record 4,000 people, who came to witness one of his performances.

Stone’s whole being is geared toward a life lived as art. His personalised definition of Optimism as a method for avant-garde thought and art practice, inverts the nihilistic cultural dialogues of the late twentieth century to create a necessary space for vibrant new ways of being. Saatchi Online said that Stone’s work “definitely points to the art of tomorrow, I think, an immaterial quality equal parts idealist belief and cynicism, working as an alternative, very palpable reality running along the rest of society.” Esteemed curator and ex-head of the Royal Academy; Norman Rosenthal said simply “he has invented a new ‘ism’—Optimism.”

Stone has provided the soundtrack to each of close friend, designer Gareth Pugh’s fashion shows and films, and was a resident DJ at London’s legendary nightclub Boombox.

Though perhaps most known for his painfully beautiful photographic nudes, most exciting is Stone’s recent move into video. He has begun to direct his own video-based artworks as well as a rapturous, celebrated and daring directorial debut in the form of a music video for cult heroes These New Puritans. Following the video’s release, NME instantly placed Matthew at number 14 in their list of the “50 Most Fearless People In Music”.

Churning bodies dissect rhythmic windows that open onto varied states of concentrated being. A collage of  limbs and interconnected consciousness, involving and depicting transcendental states, meditations and ecstatic dance, spin into contemporary motion. The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.

Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain. - Biography written by Karley Sciortino.

A Day in the Life: Matthew Stone by KARLEYSLUTEVER

Javier Péres - One of Ours - Art Book

Artist book & catalog for Perés' show at Grimmuseum

We are please to announce the release of a new artist book produced for Javier Perés' show "One of Ours" at Grimmuseum in Berlin.

Javier Peres Book

This colour catalog showcases the artwork in the exhibition and is hand bound with a screenprinted jacket.

PURCHASE • Edition of 100 • 3 panel fold out serigraph cover (Exterior metallic silver / Interior Blue), deckled edge, archival printmaking paper. • 20 Colour pp. on white and metallic stock. • 28 x 23 cm • Published 2012


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Eddie Martinez - Art Book Seeker

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Seeker available in the Anteism Book Shop

Seeker is a body of work which consists of nine paintings. The paintings display Martinezʼs recognizable combination of virtuoso brushwork, which sings like his drawings, alongside heavily worked passages of dense color.

Itʼs easy to imagine Martinez standing with his nose nearly pressed into the wet canvas, craning his tall frame in order to examine an area where thick paint curls like breaking surf. We can imagine him deciding to act, and dragging a thick wet brush into more fresh paint with a decisive gesture. In that way his paintings evoke the memory of a host of heroic painters, and like those heroic modernists associated with the early to mid-twentieth century, Martinez uses his canvases to make paintings which flirt with abstraction, but keep one foot planted in the referential.

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