Sunday, December 12, 2010

Derek Sullivan, Persistent Huts, Printed Matter: New York, 2008

There is a genre of artists' books that mimic and parody the style of Edward Ruscha's seminal accordion publication, Every Building on Sunset Strip (1966), and one of the more recent is Persistent Huts (2008) by the Canadian artist Derek Sullivan. Appropriating the size and accordion format of Every Building...it features sixteen black and white photographs of improvised huts or shelters, constructed by using six copies of the artist Martin Kippenberger's 1988 book Psychobuildings. Kippenberger's book featured photographs that he had taken of odd and eccentric architecture, and thus Sullivan's book is a an amusing homage to Ruscha's book and a play of contrasts between the traditional commercial architecture of Sunset Strip and the psycho-huts that Sullivan has constructed from Kippenbeger's book. Available for $15 from Printed Matter (http://printedmatter.org/)

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