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EN ROUTE with Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Benoit Platéus, Claire Decet and Samuel François
En Route, on view at the Marfa Book Company between May 8th through June 7, 2015, was a group exhibition featuring work by four European artists: Claire Decet, Samuel François, Benoit Platéaus and Jean-Baptiste Bernadet. The works on view were made during the previous nine weeks while the artists, traveling together, enacted a self-directed artists residency in Los Angeles, en route, as it were, to Marfa. In this way, En Route formalizes the process of transit; encourages the consideration of temporality and movement in the works of each artist, whether painting, sculpture or collage; and provides a conclusion to their trip, if not their travel. Learn more by clicking through the large image above or clicking here.
In December 2014 and January 2015, Marfa Book Company exhibited bead works by Marfa based artist, Glen Hanson. Several of the exhibited works can be seen here, including one from his Blinky series, in which he painstakingly reproduced Blinky Palermo paintings in the lazy-stitch method using commercially available glass beads. A survey of Hanson's work was mounted by the North Dakota Museum of Art earlier in 2014.
In the Summer of 2014, Ester Partegas presented, "You Are Here", a body of work that incorporates light-boxed photographs depicting the walls of construction sites in China where vinyl tarps, themselves depicting a range of idealized landscapes, have been hung to partially obscure the common, not to say ugly, surfaces of large-scale construction projects. Behind these light-boxes, Partegas wheat-pasted large sheets of black and white photos depicting the same type of plywood walls that the tarps of the light-boxes are intended to obscure. The letterforms of the graffiti and other aspects of the wheat-pasted photographs indicate they may not derive from the same place as those depicted by the light-boxes. They could have been photographed in Shanghai or Chicago or Guatamala City, or some combination thereof. The graffiti on the wheat-pasted images contests with the ideals of order and beauty that coexist in the light-boxes, though neither refers the viewer to any particular place. And the various components combine to both mimic and critique the historical no-place of the white-walled gallery in which they appear. The peculiarity of these disjunctive spaces in transition was amplified in this instance by the fact that Marfa Book Company's gallery was itself at the point of being knocked down to make way for new construction. - Tim Johnson. (Click through the image to see more installation shots and to read a longer text by Ashley Kitler, Director of Anderson Gallery.)
In November 2013, Marfa Book Company presented Roni Horn's extraordinary photographic installation, Still Water (The River Thames, for example). This exhibition was followed by a rare performance by Horn of "Saying Water", in association with the Chinati Foundation. Click on the image above to learn more.
We were lucky to host a reading by the marvelous poet CA Conrad earlier this year. A recording of that reading is available for download by clicking the image above. CA's latest book is ECODEVIANCE: Soma(tics) for the Future Wilderness. It will be available in our shop, along with two of CA's previous books, Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and The Book of Frank in the coming weeks.