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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


This post is part of he subjective library project “Unopened Book
An assignment initiated by Corinne Gisel and Nina Paim [graphic design]
in cooperation with Henk Groenendijk and Matthias Kreutzer [supervision]


Intro part 1 /The Assignment


Assignment as presented

Select a book from the library collection based solely on its spine.
You will be given only a short amount of time to make a choice, you probably have to make a very spontaneous and subconscious decision. We will take your book away to make sure that it remains unopened. It will be kept together with the other unopened books in a vitrine in Rietveld Academy Building for the time of the assignment. Now rationalize your decision:
Why did you choose for this spine and not for another? What do you think this book is about?
Write a Blurb on this Unopened Book and visualize that imagined content in a vitrine!


read all “Blurbs” and see all “Vitrines” imagined as part of this assignment, by selecting Unopened Books from the “Projects” Menu


Intro part 2 /The Lecture


Fernand Baudin Students Publications March 2012 was the first edition of a yearly event dedicated to students publications. It was an event dedicated to editorial productions by students in Belgium and connected to the international scene. The first year was an experimental, reflective and prospective one – engaging students, teachers and ‘professionals in public discussions on the practice of making and thinking books today. It was also a moment to think about publications (book fairs, book awards, book exhibitions, etc) questioning their relevance to the realities of students’ practice today.
As part of discussions and presentations, organized during this event, Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel gave a lecture presenting their 2012 graduation project Library Talk of which “Unopened Books” was a part initiated in cooperation with the Basic year’s Design/DesignResearch program.
This lecture is integral published in the book “Fernand Baudin Students Publications/This Is Not A Most Beautiful Books Award” and can be lend in the Rietveld Library [lib no: ]. Mixing different times and spaces this publication proposes another way to document that event. It publishes elements retracing its making, explaining its structure. It makes public what happened before and during the event –the pieces and the facts– but also what happened after and is still happening while those lines are written.

Lecture about "Unopened Books" by Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel as part of their "Library Talk" graduation project


“click on image above to download lecture [15 pages]


thanks to Nina Paim for permission to publish the lecture
thanks to Lorain Furter for donating a copy of the book to the library



Friday, January 20, 2012

Manual: How to dress YOUR man?

The number one fashion book!

After the success of many magazine publications for “Dolce and Gabbana” the author Mario Vivanco was invited to write a new guide continuing on his previous works. The “UOMINI” is Italian word for a manly, plural. The book “UOMINI” has became a guide for the men fashion from the beginning to the end. It’s a manual showing the way from the childhood to the grown age. It’s like a road going through the jungle, makes you going further and further, climbing through the forest of the fashion, finding the way not to get lost in this dangerous and wild world of models, TV- shows and coming stars.
The “UOMINI” can become your manual to be yourself. Step by step you will find the answers and finally the answer on only one and very important question: how to dress your man?
If you were wondering what boxers can compromise your wish to see the sexy bottom of your boyfriend and his love for comfortable going to the knees shorts? If you don’t want to be shy when you invite your men to meet your friends? Or nice family evening to introduce him to your parents?

This book is for YOU!!!!

How to choose the right outfit for every situation in your life?!
Witch colour of the tie will match the suit?
And even the right style of the socks!

All these answers you can find inside!!!

Don’t wait till someone will take the place of your man at work. Just because his boss thinks that someone is more representable! Or your friend will show of her new boyfriend just because he is more fashionable!

Open this book today and tomorrow you will have the world next to your man’s feet!!!!
And he will give this world to YOU!!!!


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 908.2-dol-1


Thursday, January 19, 2012

In these modern ages the limits of what is possible are more fragile than they have ever been before.

A time comes when a choice demands to be accepted. With the virtues that history has provided us, it allows us to abide to certain conditions and forces, to bow with lowered heads and bended knee to the wrath of its consequence. When presented,  –if those choices cannot be made by us–  they shall be made for us. In the name of progress and advancement of the human condition a secreted few use their hands to guide us blindly into the future. The ceramic cup from which you choose to sip, the intricacy of the paved streets in which you walk, the remote to which you use to turn on your TV,  the sitting room in which you cower, they are all the materialization of an accumulation of designers, the ones who have assembled our gilded cage.

Design was created to aid us, and, in the course of time, it now governs over us. It’s social and moral repercussions are the very thing that restrict and shape us.

This book documents the history of those select silhouetted figures, the ones towering over you, heaving at your strings. They are the one’s responsible for the solitary toaster-oven-juicer that gathers dust in your kitchen cupboard, the lifeless red plastic Corn on the Cob holders that line your cutlery draw.

In the so called incline of our post-industrial society >DICTATUUR< unmasks the truth and reveals the busting of the seams of our everyday lives. Those packed tightly with the gadgets, the knickknacks and the other manufactured paraphernalia created to weigh us down.

But now it is time for us to realize. It is time to understand that the choice is presenting itself to us once again and now, it is our turn to give an answer.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 770.6-nor-1

Unknown – Interior spaces essay.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New revised edition of essays about spaces distributed inside of the cities and outside of these, inside of the ‘’close’’ and outside of this last. Reaching a new kind of environment trough different assignments and lectures related with the real world of now, breaking the based bubble attached to the ‘’what‘’ should be your space in the last 50 years. A generation is changing the screen of a real house trying to figure out this in a really different kind of space so far from your surface and so close to your rational and ‘’developed’’ imagination in the front of your screen. [x]

Complicated, frustrating, stressing, confusing, reaching a harmony between the conceptual and the real, is how it was the beginning of what you had been reading and looking or not yet. The conceptual taking a piece of a real world and its necessities, becoming it in a messy text inside of our minds and after a tiny text in a paper or whatever. Our text is changing its purpose taking the shape of some streets and places so far from these, big yellow tracks and intense white light at night enclosure by a skull net, are inside of these places, where our co-workers begin to work depending in several times on your behavior, critical point of view and other really important things. So there should be a certain point in all this last statement where this book take advantage and begin to compile simple and clear pictures and diagrams of the whole process of creation of a new space, adding certain text to make more understandable just for some people. ’’Interactive’’ is the right word to describe our commercial approach.

An essay and nothing more should be added. We just tried to create a recreation of your world and visualize it in our way. Beforehand or not we apologize about the mistakes that just you can find inside of this essay. But we are afraid to can do nothing by the moment because this is just a reproduction of your world.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 774.7-c

The Spirituals of art – abstract painting 1890-1985

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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The Spirituals of Art – abstract painting 1890-1985 is a peek with a penetrating eye, into abstract painting, with paintings that  has stood and still stand symbol for many radical thinkers ideas, and big leaps forward in the visual. From Picasso to Boccioni, from Malevich to Pollock, this “pure art” in painting has played an important role through-out its history, in art and still is. Follow as the Spirituals in Art – abstract painting 1890-1985 takes you on a photo-illustrated journey. An enlightening text, covering in detail the world of abstract painting, its mysteries, in solving many of its riddles.

“A line is a dot that goes for a walk” says Paul Klee. It is impossible to fully understand the genius mind, its visions, ideas, or something like Rothko’s great grief. His paintings however can tell us plenty of our world and personal struggles at the time of the masterpieces creation, and now, as before the works birth. In this book the paintings are presented as keys to great knowledge (also where to find the doors). Read about the process of abstract painters. Read about the progress of abstract painting through time and the conquests within the field. Easy to browse in, rich in information, this book is a true discovery and it is unique.

The Spirituals of art – abstract painting 1890-1985  is part of the appreciated and influential book series Lacma, covering art with texts of renowned authors.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 735.8-cat-9b

In command of the army of light and shade

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure.

When the lights are on behind a big black blanket it looks like a dusty night sky. It’s basically impossible to capture this effect, but still worth trying. The morning comes through the speakers, signaling that it’s time to move. As this decision kicks in, the doorbell rings, the body moves through darkness, stumbling down the stairs and landing with a bump! Opening the door, letting in the light, and a man with his sign. The man enters and the light comes on in the main room. He has a proposal concerning the future source of light, and one must agree to it.


In physics, a photon is an elementary particle, the quantum of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation, and the force carrier for the electromagnetic force. The effects of this force are easily observable at both the microscopic and macroscopic level, because the photon has no rest mass; this allows for interactions at long distances. Like all elementary particles, photons are currently best explained by quantum mechanics and will exhibit wave-particle duality, exhibiting properties of both waves and particles. For example, a single photon may be refracted by a lens or exhibit wave interference with itself, but also act as a particle giving a definite result when its position is measured.

The themes of the book can best be described with this written collage of close ups and full scale images, since the content of it isn’t words but images. The Israeli photographer Adi Nes was born in 1966 in Kiryat Gat, studied in Jerusalem and is now living in Tel-Aviv. His cultural background may evoke religious associations, and his works are also filled with references to iconic Christian imagery of especially Caravaggio. This can be seen in the clearly staged compositions of the photos and in the use of light and shade that create a high contrast, an effect known in painting as chiaroscuro. Furthermore he is very interested in depicting masculine stereotypes and situations, and does so in photographic series of prisoners or soldiers.

The command places a vertical band against a richly textured atmosphere. But here the creamy yellow vertical band separates two elaborately textured zones of colour. God’s initial Command “Let there be light” led to a sequence of creative acts of division: first darkness from light.

For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -ne-2


Thursday, January 19, 2012


Kunst, muziek en technologie smelten samen in installaties waarbij de interactie met andere elementen centraal staat.
Het geluid reageert op beweging en beeld reageert op geluid. Het begon allemaal in 1958 met de videopresentatie Poème Electronique van LeCorbusier, ook wel het eerste ‘multimedia-kunstwerk’ genoemd, met als doel te laten zien wat technologische vooruitgang de mensheid oplevert. Een klankgedicht waarin architectuur, geluid en beeld samen vloeien tot een geheel.
Vanaf dat moment ontwikkelen technieken zich verder en daarmee de mogelijkheden voor deze installaties.
Dit boek bevat een overzicht van een aantal kunstenaars die zich vanaf dat moment zijn gaan specificeren in deze ‘multimedia-kunstwerken’.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no :

Eenvoud in de 90’s

Thursday, January 19, 2012

‘Holland in vorm’ geeft je een overzichtelijk beeld van Dutch Industrial Design uit de jaren 90; de periode dat Dutch design vanuit het niets, alom werd geroemd. Dutch design werd een begrip maar bleef, en is nog altijd, moeilijk te ontleden. Want, wat maakt een Dutch design nou zo Hollands? Misschien resulteert een kijkje in de keuken van de meest opvallende en succesvolle Hollandse designers tot antwoord.

Hella Jongerius startte in 1993 haar studio Jongeriuslab, waar zij zowel in eigen beheer als in opdracht van nationale en internationale bedrijven, producten ontwerpt. In de bewuste jaren 90 introduceert Jongerius ambachtelijke imperfecties en individualiteit in productiemethodes. Marcel Wanders brak door in 1996 met zijn Knotted Chair, een stoel van versterkt touw die hij (in samenwerking met de Technische Universiteit Delft) voor Droog Design ontwierp. Droog Design streeft hierin naar werk waarin het concept belangrijker is dan de vormgeving. De producten die hierbij gebruikt worden liggen niet voor de hand, zodat dit gezamenlijk een Hollandse nuchterheid kan uitstralen. En Piet Hein Eek die in een tijd van overdaad, koos voor simpele materialen en een sobere vormgeving zoals zijn boekenkast van sloophout.

Holland in vorm laat moeiteloos zien wat Dutch design nu zou uniek maakt. Uniek blijkt het Nederlandse ontwerpproces. Het delen door middel van ideeën, technologie en materialen, geeft Nederlands ontwerp zijn uiterlijke samenhang. Een uiterlijke samenhang die vaak bestaat uit eenvoud met een grappige twist.

Holland in vorm laat zien dat Dutch design de wereld heeft veroverd.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 772.9-cat-25

Private View

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ever wonder what it would feel like to be able to travel through eye to eye. Eyes of people that witnessed things that you no longer have the chance/curse of seeing. Being consisted of only eyes, feeling so round that you can travel everywhere by just a simple push? Without arms, legs, a belly button, a chest… looking at things that are not yours, never will be, moments that you were not suppose to be witnessed… “Private View” offer you the experience of being the surveillance camera where there is privacy of a mind. Minds of Robertson, Russell and especially Snowdon ……

Us as viewers, we usually don’t tend to see ourselves as peeping toms when it comes to documentaries. It requires a good artist to give its viewer the feeling of witnessing something very special either there are hundreds of people in the same room or alone in the comfort of a living room. When you seek through the pages as a grown up you start to feel like Antoine Doinel sneaking through windows, not just looking but actually seeing. As this book fascinatingly documents these minds, with a combination of text and image, you will not just witness a period in art history but you will also witness your alter ego taking over.

When it comes to judging a book by its cover “Private View” is also surprising. The domestic color scheme and the carpet like texture of the cover makes you wanna grab the book. But as soon as you touch it, you realize it is just a smooth surface. This sensation gives you the hint from the beginning that the actual experience is between the pages. The browns and beige will turn into bright reds and black, as the simplicity will leave its place to complexity and heart beat. Its like when you feel that the sound of machinery is more interesting in company of elevator music. Because what makes this book special is that you –as a third person- can always add the humidity, smoke, heat, actual color equivalents of the grey scale, smells, textures from your own experiences, memories and make it yours.

“Private View” will drag you room-to-room, face-to-face, leaving carpet burns all over your skin. Key hole-to-key hole giving you the guilty pleasure of voyeurism not just domesticity and how it can differ on someone’s face, in a room, on a painting but also the actual complexity of an artists brain. View your privacy among, in between, above others.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 760.3-snow-1

We all laughed at Christopher Columbus

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As an explorer of the world Christopher Columbus discovered not just America. He discovered a new world with “wild humans” and strange creatures: a world full of forms and shapes that has never be seen before by European civilization. For sure frightening and alienating on first sight.
Our world is still strange! Let’s enter a western world toilet with its citrus smell and its glossy shine, porcelain and water-tap. In the cabinet we find lots of mysterious stuff as toothbrushes, razors, ear-tabs, tampons, condoms; we actually use them quite regularly.

But how strange is that? Our hygiene is holy. There´s no joke to make about smelly armpits or unshaven legs and other areas of the body. There won´t be mercy with those who don´t use a toothbrush or deo. They slowly will become aliens, different, they become obtrusive and observed!

The book “We all laughed at Christopher Columbus” is a selection of characters made from hygiene articles. They are arranged in a lost space, in between the cabinet and our culture. Each character is unique even though it has a mass produced shape. We see a loose familiarity, a little secret and a metaphor in each of them.

We can discover our most private surroundings with fresh eyes. Not even knowing on first sight what exactly we are discovering, we enter actively a sphere where shame and fear can´t harm us any more. The hygiene items are defining own characters with own meanings. On the one hand they want to make us laugh with their bright colors and awakening associations. On the other hand, they show us their true character: not suiting us in our everyday phobia!

We carry with us the fear of becoming an outsider, an alien, observed from a distance. We enter a poppy world, as intimate as the everyday advertisements. Leading us into a wild zoo. As wild as it can be, at least in a zoo: Artificial and foreign, lost in it´s uncomplete selection. Not quite fitting into the space.

this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 707.9-grw-1


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A revolutionary figure in the fine arts avant garde of the 20th century, Florence Deborah POPOVA (1885- 1972) is nowadays also seen to be central for the emancipation of  the female Eastern European Art.

Born in 1885 in Omsk, Siberia, close to the border of Kazakhstan to a Jewish-Hungarian mother and a French aristocratic father she soon discovered the human body as her source of warmth and inspiration in the unreal and remote surrounding of her homeland.  At the age of six POPOVA had her first gaze at Italian and French paintings of the 16th and 17th century and they immediately took away her breath and would later form a huge influence on her process of work. After graduating in Sculptor from the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow in 1906 she agitated the conservative local art lovers and mingled among the intellectual elite. Her new conception of the nude shattered all previous thoughts and shocked the consistently male art scene. During that period POPOVA was acquainted with personages such as Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky and Vladimir Tatlin who she soon despised for their “tame manners” and thereupon headed off to Paris in 1910. Once established in the most vibrant, stimulating and lustful city on the planet whose charm had been haunting the foreign artist’s souls with the vague promise of the muse’s kiss POPOVA was able to unfold all of her thoughts and skills. Liaison after liaison followed and she became an integral part of Parisian art scene. POPOVA‘s “Cycle of Butt” (1912) was heavily disputed by the critics and entered the annals of early 20th century history of art. In 1914 at the outbreak of World War I the artist broke away to the south of France to escape a possible invasion of German troops. There POPOVA bought land in Bouches-du-Rhône and subsequently founded a new art collective together with some female artists she encountered during her years in Paris. They called themselves “Les Enfants de la Terre”. The collective’s aim was freeing the body from the bonds of social uptightness and to focus on the human ass in all its variety. In the Russian year of revolution 1917 she tried to go back to her home country but was unable to do so due to the birth of her twins Dora and Lea. After the end of the war together with her children and most of the collective’s members POPOVA moved back to Paris and started all over again. The piece “Analysing the Rear Part” (1919) can bee seen as the intersection of her life as well ass her work…

This book deals with POPOVA‘s fascinating life and manifold oeuvre and tries to focus upon the influences of old masters (such as Poussin and Pontormo) on her paintings and drawings. New extracts from POPOVA‘s diary give a an insight into her inner feelings and experiences and never before shown images let one of the most mesmerizing artists of the 20th century appear ass if back to life again.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -pop-1

Sandberg – Charisma and Design

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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The book Sandberg by Ad Petersen is a gate to the world of the graphic designer and director of Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam, Willem Sandberg. There is no other book that reveals so many things from his personal life and work. With his short introduction is getting our attention and keep us close to the book with our EYES OPEN.

Starting with Sandberg`s beginnings when he was experimenting with typography and the way he turned out his own handwriting with all the experience he had into a original trend which later is becoming so important, Petersen is diving deeper in Sandberg’s work. With a lot of verve he is writing about the way Sandberg was dealing with the space. So simple almost childlike but at same time so strong and with so much movement. Using only black and red ink, the strange choice for turquoise as a favorite, the specific brown paper and short writing with a rhythm of breathing, speaking and thinking in natural way, his design is standing out.

After a lot of pictures from catalogs and posters the author is introducing us another part from Sandberg`s life. His provocative role during the time of the World War Two and after, when he is becoming a director of Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.How after the war in such a bad conditions he manages to turn it into a new melting point for all new artists and people interested in art. The book discover how he with his forward looking  made Stedelijk what it is now. One of the most influential museums for 20`s century art. The only director who was doing the designs for the catalogs and posters for almost all the expositions that took place in the museum at that time. He changed the whole look of the Stedelijk with making the library totally accessible, opening a terrace, a restaurant, bringing new, airily and simple interior and modernizing the old museum building. As a person with a lot of artists and designer friends he made a very big art collections with a lot of paintings and designs. We can easily see that he was connected to the De Stijl especially to Mondrian. He had organized so much exhibitions for him in the Stedelijk and designed so many publications, but still Sandberg was thinking that  Mondrian was not understand in the way he should be, not as a wallpaper designer, nor furniture or architecture, but as someone who wants to set the painting free from the picture.

To let us understand why Sandberg was breaking the rules so often Petersen is writing about the role that Sandberg had in the War World Two when the left-handed, sickly boy who was stuttering is using the knowledge he had about typography to safe life’s and changes human destiny. That is the free expression in life that Sandberg learned home from his grandmother and mother. Using this while creating his work and the way that he lived we can see how the thoughts and the visions from the student of Academy for Fine arts, psychology and philosophy, the intellectual and person with strong social impact are coming out.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -san-6

The green book

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


this post is part of he subjective library project “Unopened Book

the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 757.4-schm

Take Care of Yourself

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In Take Care of Yourself (2008), French conceptual artist Sophie Calle takes us, the spectators and readers back in time, browsing through archives with twenty year old photos and letters, she goes looking for relatives, friends and ex-lovers with whom she lost contact.

She openly shares her sensitivity for filling in loneliness by tracking down those she used to cherish. Intrigued by her findings, she shifts the idea of the existence of complete solitude and anonymity by investigating what nowadays keeps people busy, too busy to stay in touch with loved ones from the past.

Calle records not only her own hidden vulnerabilities but also those of others. Eagerly she tries to comprehend and researches how people function in their relationships, arbitrary household tasks, work, social life and endless attempts to realize fantasies. She cleverly visualizes this by contacting twenty people from her past that are willing to give her one week to document their private, present lives. Taking photos, films, recording voicemail messages, browsing through personal items, collecting letters, creates a different image of every single individual that Sophie follows. All the information that she collects is divided per person and sometimes unexpectedly forms new identities while she compares the knowledge that she has, knowing them from the past with the knowledge that she gathers from the present.

The contrast that occurs between the history of the individuals and their current whereabouts gives room for the viewers to construct and interpret an invisible timeline.

Questions arises why Sophie Calle and some of her back-in-the-days loved ones have grown apart. For some there appears to be an obvious explanation, for some there doesn’t seem to be a clear one. Calle genuinely reflects her own life upon those she documented and searches for answers and interpretations about how people become individual, independent and eventually form an identity. What influences one to alter its path? Why do people grow apart and accept the fact that we do? How do we look back on memories? How do we take care of ourselves and how have others?

Not only does “Take Care of Yourself” contain a lot of intimacy and interaction, it also makes us wonder what the saying: “Take Care of Yourself” actually means. While we speak out those four words, knowing that you won’t see each other any time soon, the meaning changes and makes you realize that taking care of yourself, can make you feel a little bit lonely, sometimes. Calle seeks and finds comfort in the final results she obtains, knowing that her former loved ones have been taking care of themselves.



In this book conceptual artist Sophie Calle works with the same delicacy and media as how she did in “Did You See Me?” (2007). Where she merely approached strangers back then, she this time approaches people that have become estranged from her. Her fine touch and assertive working method have an inspiring and consoling effect on every reader.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -call-2


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -vis-5

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

sucked in.
utterly detached.
vanishing edges.
out of focus.
trying to resume.
collapsing borders.
totally surrounded.
circling around.
round. round.
different shades of. red. yellow. purple. green. blue. pink. black. white. grey. brown. orange.
passing by.
forms. square. rectangle. stripes.

trying to summarize.
total loss of consciousness.
still floating.
losing direction.


with hands forward walking. touching. scanning.
soft. squeeze. searching for edges.
lost. still floating.



this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -rothk-5

think, think and rethink!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This visually rich and exciting book represents unique collection of the most recent T’s works.  Some of them are even published for the first time. So the most up to date information is served for the critical reader’s mind.



T is considered to be one of the most successfully developing and promising artists of the young generation. In this visually overloaded times artist goes back to the strategies used by Pop art artists in the sixties. So there is a clear link with an art history and an attempt to rethink and reflect the art history topics from nowadays perspectives. He pays close attention to the mass production market and to the strategies used by the advertising. Furthermore, he deconstructs them and focuses on the most intriguing and topical issues. In that way T’s works become socially and culturally critical and react to the contemporary sociocultural issues. Despite that complex intellectual content the artist still makes visually intriguing art works appreciated even by the pickiest art lovers.

Carefully arranged visual information in the book show artist’s development through recent years and highlights the main motifs and themes. Colorful prints and drawings are represented alongside with the photos and video stills. In that way reader can get a broader view how artist’s approach to sometimes even closely related themes varies through different medias applied by the artist. In addition to that, book gives a glimpse to the research material accumulated by T. So reader can see how ideas developed from the starting point to the final result. In other words – gets a unique chance to peek into artist’s creative kitchen. In that way reader is not just a passive person simply turning book pages and consuming visual information but can actively follow work process, get to know research material and also think through topics which seems interesting and intriguing.

In addition to that, a comprehensive introduction is published in this book. The main attention in it is focused on T’s works in to the contemporary ideological climate, to define the context and to draw clear links with other contemporaries. Also to consider T’s art in the art historical context, to emphasize links with Pop art, other styles and influences. In that way T’s works can be discussed from many different perspectives and attain more critical view. So the reader is encouraged to actively react to the visual information published in the book not only from his/her own point of view but also to take introduction as a highlight or a starting point.

Such a precisely arranged book involves the reader into the active critical interaction where written and visual material can be treated as a trigger for further ideas, opinions and conclusions.


this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : -tee-1

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