Dashwood Books in collaboration with the furniture manufacturer Vitsoe, announces a book signing by the prolific artist Ari Marcopoulos at The Armory Show Publications Lounge at Pier 92, 711 12th Ave at 55th St on March 10th at 1pm. Marcopoulos will be signing two of his recent monographs by the Amsterdam publisher, Roma - designed by Roger Willems.
Exarcheia Athens, Sunday Feb.5.2017, 13:07-16:51. Roma, 2017 - $30
Marcopoulos shot this series during one February afternoon in Exarcheia, a neighborhood in central Athens which is famously known as home to Greek anarchists. Each of the 352 photographs are reproduced in sequence and unedited starting 13:07PM thru 16:51PM. Roma's subtle use of fluorescent inks in certain colors on a matte paper stock makes the graffiti stand out on the grey overcast day preserving the memory of decades of resistance to state repression in the district.
Rome - Malibu. Roma 2016 - $45.50
Published by the independent Dutch publisher Roma in the exact same form as their publication The Xerox Book based on the pivotal 1960s conceptual book by American curator and art dealer Seth Siegelaub in which he asked each participating artist to create 25 pages of work that responded to the photocopy format, which was new at the time. Rome - Malibu is very much a document of a specific time and place - pictures of the architecture and monuments of Rome, largely without people with a brief section of photographs of the ocean in Malibu at the end.
Ari Marcopoulos (b. in 1957 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA) has had solo exhibitions at New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, USA; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, USA and Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands, among others. His work has been featured in The Whitney Biennal, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA twice and in the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil along with group exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France, among others. His videos have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA and San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Marcopoulos has produced dozens of monographs since the early 80s, as well as artists' books and zines too numerous to list.
“I make books, zines, and films as a way to extend the life of the photograph, to make it move. I am considering the filmic quality of still photographs, making fast photocopies and slower color pigment prints, with the intention of papering the walls with thousands of images. I have been selecting photos from my extensive archive, guided mostly by intuition, this allows me to regroup old and new and to see the patterns within my work. I have been taking wayward paths across time, in predominantly recent work with diversions. The range of places I’ve been and the people I have encountered are what guide me, those people include edge dwellers, skaters, rap gods, athletes, kids, trees, graffiti, faces, tangles, and cars.” AM
Galerie Frank Elbaz will be presenting Marcopoulos’ work at The Armory Show (Pier 94, booth 806) fromMarch 8-11, 2018.