Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dogan Surek, Love Hope Belief, 1997

I only recently discovered this little beauty by Dogan Surek. With its mixture of hope and optimism, and then the dismal decline into something completely the opposite, this accordion charts it all in unsparing detail, even down to the hand-painted drips of blood!

I have a variety of Surek's other accordions on this site, and would claim that he is one of the few artists who has over the years consistently worked with the accordion format in really smart, interesting and creative ways.

I found this copy at Printed Matter in New York, always a good place for cool printed matter: Home - Printed Matter

8 pages double-sided, each page 4"x6", when opened 32".

Hans Waanders (1951-2001), Edinburgh Kingfishers, Pont la Vue Press, NY, 1999

A curious little one-sided accordion by this artist from the Netherlands. I'll let this statement from the Johan Deumens gallery, Amsterdam, that represents his estate describe his life's work:

Hans Waanders (Netherlands) used and subverted scientific techniques: etymology, classification, archiving, comparison of specimens. Yet the obsessive, controlling impulse is the product of a sense of loss: a beautiful moment, remembered and sought after, opening out a lyrical narrative about memory and yearning.
Hans Waanders work is prefaced by a moment in real life, elevated to the status of a legend: On October the 4th 1982 Hans Waanders saw for the first time the kingfisher along the river Maas. From that moment collecting and working out information about this bird started. The tangible result of the longing to see the kingfisher again. This desire was played out during the years following, obsessively documenting the kingfisher. Like the best detective stories, Waanders allowed himself to become obsessed with the idea of getting under the skin of his prey. The more perfect his know-ledge, and the closer his identification, the closer he believed he could get. (quotation Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; For Once, Then, Something, 2001)
Upon his demise in 2001 Hans Waanders left behind an oeuvre of inestimable value. His estate is a universe on its own, an admirable and miraculous attempt to appropriate the kingfishers life. He published more than 200 books, many prints, countless stamps and multiples. It has been his wish to continue showing and offering his work to the world.
Johan Deumens
I have no idea who the author is of the open book of poetry on page 3, but there is a reference to a kingfisher in one of the verses.
4 pages, individual 3.25" x 4.5", when opened 18".