D.A.P. Executive Director Sharon Gallagher and Ed Marquand made a splash at The Standard Hotel in NYC on May 26 during a BookExpo America party. Sharon is wearing an “artist’s book skúta” in honor of a new exhibition in New York State featuring a project by Skúta Helgason:
A simple idea: to produce a book a week for 52 weeks. This was the contract the artist skúta made with himself (Skúta Helgason) in July of 2003, allowing for the extenuating circumstances of intervening family events, financial needs, and Acts of God — all of which did intervene, stretching the project into a seven year exercise. Life’s intervention into the art making process as well as the incorporation of art practice into the mundane, overlooked details of day-to-day living are both central to the project. A common theme in the books of 52/52+ series is the richness of our attempts to organize, mark, and chronicle the passage of time, to collect the fractured moments of daily life. Time is relevant, if not contiguous: consider these books as discreet moments unbound by daily existence.
Skúta Helgason has exhibited widely at international galleries, museums and book fairs and has been the curator of artists’ book exhibitions for the WPA, Washington D.C. and other organizations. He is founder and director of Stop Over Press, Reykjavik-New York, and the creative consultant for D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. advising on acquisition of artists’ books and contemporary art catalogs for international distribution. In addition, he is the Executive and Creative Director for ARTBOOK@ locations PS1, Visionaire, detour, RARE, Bronx Museum, Art Basel Miami, and others.
“52/52 + ” by skúta
June 4-July 30, 2010 at Visual Studies Workshop’s Gallery, 31 Prince St., Rochester, NY
Special Reception for VSW’s Photo-Bookworks Symposium July 2, 2010 6-9 p.m.