Warten

Dies ist eine kleine Geschichte über das Warten. In diesem Fall auf ein Buch. Nämlich dieses:

Ich hatte es Anfang des Jahres im lokalen Buchladen bestellt und – obwohl ursprünglich 1964 erschienen – sollte es innerhalb von 2 Wochen lieferbar sein. Als ich es abholen wollte, stellte sich heraus, dass es nicht eingetroffen war. Aus dem klassischen hardcover war inzwischen ein Taschenbuch geworden und zudem ein PoD (Print on Demand), was schnelle Verfügbarkeit versprach. Trotzdem war es auch in der Woche danach nicht eingetroffen. Und in der Woche danach. Und so viele Wochen lang, bis ich mein untenstehendes Projekt, für das ich den Text lesen wollte, auf andere Art fertigstellte und es aufgab, auf das Buch von Blanchot zu warten.

Woraufhin es vor einigen Tagen im Laden eintrudelte.

Und meine eigene Arbeit zu einer vorläufigen machte.

New „ARTIST’S BOOK“ MUSEUM in Moscow

On December 21, 2020 the Created Artist’s Union of Russia and the International Association of „Artist’s Book“ opened the Museum „Artist’s Book“ in Moscow,. This is the first specialized museum in Russia dedicated to the Artist’s Book.

The collection of the museum consists of works by leading Russian and international book artists and catalogues of different artist’s book projects.The collection has been formed since 20 years. A part of this collection is presented in the museum; the exposition includes works by artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities of Russia.

The museum is an integral part of the „Artist’s Book“ Center, which is organized by the Created Artist’s Union of Russia. In addition to the museum the center will include the “Artist’s Books” laboratory – an educational and creative platform with a small workshop, where lectures and training workshops on creating artist’s books will be held.


Museum address: Moscow, st. Raspletina, 4, bldg. 2, 1st entrance, ground floor.

Opening hours: By appointment only.


These are the heads behind the museumproject:

Viktor LUKIN

(born in 1955, Nizhny Tagil) – graphic artist, painter, sculp­tor, author of reliefs, objects, sculptural installations, performances, is engaged in the artist’s book, curator of exhibition and biennial projects. The organizer of the International Association „Artist’s Book.“ Graduated from the National Scientific and Technological Institute, art-graphic faculty (1978). Member of the Ministry of Agriculture, Union of Designers of Russia, TSHR of Russia, Chairman of the subsection “Book of Artists” of the TSHR of Russia, Awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals of the TSHR of Russia. The participant of the International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russian and international exhibitions, international art fairs. He teaches at the Mos­cow Art Institute (professor) and KDDI MGHPA them. S.G. Stroganov. He lives and works in Moscow.

Pogarsky Mikhail was born in 1963 in Russia. Artist, poet, writer, art-critic, publisher, scientists, curator of artist’s project. Author more then 100 books (total edition is more than 1 500 000 copies). Author more then 100 articles on science, art and philosophy. Doctor of Mathematics (1991). Member of Russia Artist’s League (2005). Chief Editor of the magazines “Triangular wheel” and “Irregular Park”. Organizer and curator of the Moscow International Fair of Artist’s Book. Organizer and curator more then 30 international Artist’s Book projects. Participant in more than 200 exhibitions in Russia and Europe. Curator of 3-d European International Book Art Biennale (Moscow, 2014). His works are kept in many European and Russian museums, libraries and private collections.


More information is available at www.pogarsky.ru 

https://russianartfocus.com/issue27/livre-d-artiste-people-of-the-artist-book/

FB  museum page ( https://www.facebook.com/Музей-Книга-художника-102101255216305 )


Thanks for informations and pictures by the organizers Viktor Lukin and Mikhail Pogarsky.

Tag der Druckkunst am 15.3.2021

Dear Participants in the Graphic Arts Exchange for Printmaking Heritage Day 2021, thank you so much for your wonderful contributions: Each one is compelling in its own right.

And the variety of techniques and themes chosen is overwhelming. All in all, we have almost 40 works together that present an impressive cross-section of current print-making – almost all of them were created around 2020.

This is the catalogue to the exhibition which could not take place. Please mail me if you want an pdf for downloading.


Also on 15.3.2021 will be a printing action (independent of us) for the Day of Print Art at the Sonnensegel print store in Brandenburg/Havel. Our works will be displayed in book form for several weeks and will (hopefully) be accessible to visitors, both activities will be accompanied by the local radio.

Sonnensegel e.V.
Gotthardtkirchplatz 4/5
14770 Brandenburg a.d. Havel
Tel.: +49 (0)3381 522837
Fax.: +49 (0)3381 229318
www.sonnensegel-ev.de

täglich von 8.00 – 16.00 geöffnet

A Couple of Flowers

Poems in Black and White     Constanze Kreiser 2021

This little (unfinished) series deals with the rather stereotypical comparison between flowers and females in poetry.

Tulips   (Sylvia Plath)

The poem Tulips‘by Sylvia Plath is set in the surroundings of a longer hospitalstay. It describes all the intermingling whitenesses of rooms and dresses as a deprivation of life. The only colour allowed is that of a red tulip, which seems to Plath an aggressive intruder. The poem gives further details of Plath‘s thoughts and feelings of being caught, but the three primary lines set the atmosphere that rests in mind.

Therefore I made a white frame, which is rather too small for the single tulip inside. It has to bend, leaves and petals touching the borders. The tulip’s head is open, when the frame lies on a table, but when hung on the wall, the flower will close tightly. I like the association of the children‘s game hangman and the exposure by framing as if being something artificial: the frame shows the act of being cut out of one’s life.

As it is a small book sculpture, only the first lines of the poem run over the leaves, which might be taken out to read and replaced again. The flower‘s head is stuck. The complete poem is wrapped around the frame as a visual shelter.

Snowdrops   (Louise Glück)

This poem by Louise Glück might depict a similar situation, but is by attitude and form the opponent to my book object on the Plath text: it dwindles away from the spectator. On the back of black box is a natureprint of white snowdrops (picked when the shortterm snow had melted). The paper is folded upward to form a dark interior, maybe symbolising the weight of the earth or a coffin, but also the supply for growth. During this time of rest the thinking is still going on and surrounds the dark form in a circle of words: the text of the poem Snowdrops.

(not yet finished – just a modell to catch the idea)

Wild Iris   (Louise Glück)

The third box to match the above poems on flowers, which are actually poems on situations in human life, might be Wild Iris by Louise Glück. It talks more directly of the assumed similiarties between flower and female. Therefore my object draws the flower’s head more abstractly and sticks the paperslips onto a mirror. While looking at the flower you will see a slightly blurred picture of yourself. Like the person hides behind the flower the text of the poem hides behind the mirror on its back.

(not yet finished – just a modell to catch the idea)

Ein Beitrag zum Welttag der Frauen am 8.3.

Corona, Zoom und die Bücher

Photo by Marta Dzedyshko on Pexels.com

Ganz neue Möglichkeiten entstanden dem Buch durch die CoronaKrise:

nicht nur setzten sich lokale Buchhandlungen mit ihrem beeindruckenden Engagement, trotz geschlossener Läden Bücher an den Mann/die Frau/das Kind zu bringen, in der Käufergunst vor die Umsätze der Ketten, sondern auch die Verkaufszahlen stiegen in den Läden an.

ebenso online.

und auch bei gebrauchten Büchern.


Damit sich der Hintergrund bei der nächsten Videokonferenz authentisch und einnehmend zugleich auf das Gespräch auswirke. Sozusagen ein Büchertatoo für die Wohnung, jetzt wo man seine leiblichen Tatoos wegen Winter und anderer Beschränkungen nicht mehr zeigen kann.

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