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September 22, 2008

Short piece I wrote on New York artist Andrew Kuo is out in the latest issue of Theme.

Andrew Kuo, Little Wayne, 2008

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Rainbows in Curved Air

August 19, 2008

Our little publishing concern, Historical Fiction Press, is now distributing Pash Buzari‘s book Rainbows in Curved Air. The book was printed in 2003 as a component of Buzari’s contribution to the 50th Venice Biennale (Utopia Station). It’s a fascinating collection of images of Buzari’s architecturally concerned work and research, with texts by Philippe Parreno, Doreen Massey and Hans Ulrich Obrist. You can pick up a copy through Amazon.

Oh, and there are a few copies left of our book Dead Animals. Now also available through Amazon.

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Theme: the Beijing Issue

August 6, 2008

Theme magazine’s Beijing/Olympics issue is out. It features a condensed city guide that Shu and I helped develop for those checking out the Olympics first hand.

Timezone 8 book shop in Dashanzi, Beijing

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Permanent Resident

May 21, 2008

I’m happy to hear that Christoph Keller‘s KIOSK project, a traveling exhibition of nearly 6,000 publications by about 400 independent publishers, will soon have a permanent home in Berlin! Christoph has been developing and exhibiting the archive internationally for 8 years, but the increasing cost and logistic difficulty of moving around 2.5 tons of books led to the decision to find them a proper home. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin one of Germany’s leading art book archives has agreed to take on the KIOSK project as a special collection. They will continue to develop the collection until 2010. Following 2010, the archive will stand as a record of global independent publishing from the first decade of the 21st century. I’m happy that Historical Fiction Press and our Dead Animals book will be part of it!

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Liu Bolin

May 9, 2008

Asian Photography Blog pointed me to a recent series of photos by Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin. The series is titled Hiding in the City, and it is currently on view at Robischon Gallery in Denver, Eli Klein in New York, and Galerie Bertin-Toublanc in Paris. Louis Lannoo Gallery in Belgium will feature the work later this month. Liu’s project appears quite extensive, with more than 50 pieces in the series developed between 2007 and 2008.

Shu and I developed a conceptually similar series of photographs while we were living in Beijing, although our pieces were executed with silkscreen on cloth, not direct painting as in Liu’s work. Our series, Beijing Backgrounds, was presented at the 798 Space during the DIAF last September.

Here are a few images:

Another artist who has explored what he calls “camouflages” is Laurent La Gamba.

Laurent La Gamba, Royal Chien, 2002.

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Tokyo TDC 2008

April 15, 2008

The Tokyo Type Directors Club has an exhibition of selections from its 2008 Annual up at the Ginza Graphic Gallery until April 26. A project I developed a few years back called Sleep Space is in the show.

Joe Magliaro, Sleep Space, 2005, 1000 vinyl stickers, photographic documentation.

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Bear in a tree

March 27, 2008

For some reason, I’m posting a lot of photos of stuffed animals lately and I’m not sure why. This one is hard to make out clearly, but it looks like a bear in a tree. The rain and the cold make it particularly sad, as if it were stuck up there with no way of getting down. Only a pair of shoes to keep it company.

bear, tree

bear, tree

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THEME’s New Space

March 12, 2008

We met up with John and Jiae from THEME , an amazing magazine (“the lens into the vanguard of Asian culture”) that we contribute articles to now and again. They have a new baby, a new office space in DUMBO and new staff members.

John and Dobie have the corner office.

We kept asking Jason what he did for the magazine and he repeated “I don’t DO ANYTHING.” So they keep him around because he’s hilarious.

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Big Bang Beijing. The lecture

January 28, 2008

Our friend Andre was recently invited to the influential Beijing art book store Timezone 8 to present a lecture on his most recent book project, Big Bang Beijing. We showed up to support him.

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Dead Animals in Inmyx Magazine

December 13, 2007

There’s a short write up on our Dead Animals project in the latest edition of Inmyx magazine. There’s some great content on their site worth checking out too – like the ping pong tube story we mentioned!

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