Books du Jour: Looking For Looking For Love by Tom Wood & Gareth McConnell + A New Concise Reference Dictionary by Neal Brown

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Title of publication: Looking for Looking for Love
Name of artist: Tom Wood / Gareth McConnell
Additional contributors: Neal Brown (introduction), David Chandler (main text)
Design: SORIKA
Editor: Gareth McConnell
Press: Sorika
Publication date: 2014
Place of publication: London
Edition size: 250
Format: Hardcover in white linen bound – each cover individually signed & numbered by Tom Wood!!! – Clear PVC wrap around dust-jacket. Double-sided poster 42.5 x 33.5 cm
Size: 19.5 x 24.5 cm
Number of pages: 140
Type of printing: Risograph
Type of paper: 120gsm Munken
Name of printer: DITTO
Number of pictures: 92
Price: £50

Description of book: Looking for Looking for Love is a reworking of one of the seminal photographic books of the 1980′s. Tom Wood’s photographs of the clientele of the Chelsea Reach Nightclub in New Brighton, Merseyside were taken between 1984-87 and first published as Looking For Love in 1989. Wood was a regular at the club and shot thousands of pictures over a number of years, however due to budget constraints at the time of printing only a fraction of these were reproduced as full plates in the original Cornerhouse publication. Wishing to honour the cooperation of his subjects and to communicate the scope of the work, the artist constructed a collage (subsequently stolen) to be printed as a double page spread in the opening pages of the book. This new monograph takes this collage as its starting point, the images that fill the pages of the book are faithful in shape, but not scale or sequence, to the artist’s original construction, scanned from Gareth McConnell’s personal copy of the book, the visible dot matrix and asymmetric shapes engenders the portraits with an energy and vibrancy that not only frees the images from the tyranny of the photographic rectangle but makes them almost bounce off the page. Looking for Looking for Love is a chance to revisit a series of photographs by one of the true underground heroes of British photography and catch a glimpse of British nightlife on the cusp of rave and the acid house phenomenon. Included are essays by Professor David Chandler, the author, artist and critic Neal Brown and the photographer and publisher Gareth McConnell

The best thing about self-publishing: The Glory
Artist website: sorika.com
Press website: sorika.com
Book Soundtrack:

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Title of publication: A New Concise Reference Dictionary (and Glossary of Usage Terms and Subjects in Contemporary Art)
Name of artist: Neal Brown
Additional contributor: Foreword by Matthew Collings
Design: Helios Capdevila
Editor: David Terrien / ArtReview
Press: Sorika
Publication date: 2014
Place of publication: London
Edition size: 1500
Format: Softcover, white with gold foil blocking cover and spine, wrap around dust-jacket
Size: 10.5 x 16.5 cm
Number of pages: 146
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: Fedrigoni arcoprint milk paper
Name of printer: GGP Media GmbH
Number of pictures: 16
Price: £10

Description of book: Between 2010, and 2013 ArtReview magazine
published twenty-six columns of Brown’s Dictionary, an A-Z of art and
the art world. Brown’s approach was to engage with contemporary art
according to its own specifications: to be somewhat deranged, certainly
excessive, and – very occasionally – meaningful. For example:
‘ART WORLD. A capitalistic value order system in which the transfer
objects known as art are exchanged, so enabling those engaged in
the exchange — principally bankers and dealers, served by artists — to
acquire forms of social merit. If bankers succeed in gaining sufficient
merit from dealers, they may then be permitted to deposit their sperm
inside the artists, either vaginally or within the walls of the rectum.’

The best thing about self-publishing: The Glory
Artist website: sorika.com
Press website: sorika.com
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Self Publish, Be Naughty: Sim Ouch

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Sim Ouch

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Book du Jour: ROYGBIV X GOLD by Olivia Locher

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Title of publication: ROYGBIV X GOLD
Name of artist: Olivia Locher
Design: Olivia Locher
Editor: Olivia Locher
Press: Smartpress
Publication date: January 2015
Place of publication: New York City USA
Edition size: 130
Format: Softcover
Size: 15,1 x 15,2 cm
Number of pages: 32
Type of printing: Digital
Type of paper: Matte paper
Number of pictures: 29
Price: $25
Description of book: 32 pages of new work with a heavy focus on color.
The best thing about self-publishing: Having total freedom of creativity.
Artist website: olivialocher.com
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SPBH ♥ Situations: Ryan Tricartin, Alec Soth, Aneta Grzeszykowska, In-game Outsiders, Hito Steyerl, Hal Fisher, Joëlle Lehmann, K-putt & Heather Dewey-Hagborg @ Fotomuseum Winterthur

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SITUATIONS @ Fotomuseum Winterthur by Ryan Tricartin, Alec Soth, Aneta Grzeszykowska, In-Game Outsiders, Hito Steyerl, Hal Fisher, Joëlle Lehmann, K-putt & Heather Dewey-Hagborg, 10th April – June 2015
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 Ryan Trecartin, Junior War, film stills, HD-video, 24:08 min., 2013 © Ryan Trecartin / Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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Ryan Trecartin, Junior War, film stills, HD-video, 24:08 min., 2013 © Ryan Trecartin / Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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Ryan Trecartin, Junior War, film stills, HD-video, 24:08 min., 2013 © Ryan Trecartin / Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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 From Songbook by Alec Soth, © Alec Soth 2015 courtesy MACK

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From Songbook by Alec Soth, © Alec Soth 2015 courtesy MACK
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 From Songbook by Alec Soth, © Alec Soth 2015 courtesy MACK
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From Selfie, 2014, inkjet-prints, 27 x 36 cm © Aneta Grzeszykowska
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From Selfie, 2014, inkjet-prints, 27 x 36 cm © Aneta Grzeszykowska
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 From Selfie, 2014, inkjet-prints, 27 x 36 cm © Aneta Grzeszykowska
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Screenshot from Alien: Isolation, 2015, by K-putt
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sample 2, from Stranger Visions, NYC 2012-2013 © Heather Dewey-Hagborg
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sample 2, from Stranger Visions, NYC 2012-2013 © Heather Dewey-Hagbor

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SPBH ♥ Jesse Chun

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On Paper by Jesse Chun @ Julie Saul Gallery’s booth during The AIPAD Photography Show New York 2015, 16th – 19th April

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