Luca Barcellona is an internationally known calligrapher, whom we are used to knowing for his immediate language, made of sinuous letters that bring calligraphic art into the contemporary world. Lost in Strokes is a publication about the artist’s current work, which, however, differs from the ‘Barcelona world’ we all know.
The book speaks an unprecedented language, on the borderline between asemic writing and painting, which photographs Barcelona’s expressive, stylistic and emotional evolution and his work of very recent times, demonstrating once again how for the author writing represents a dense, meditative, certainly artistic act. Letters for the first time are transformed into urban landscapes that create new pictorial alphabets, skylines start from types, are nourished by writing, but also take their distance from it to become something else, much more complex, as if to summarise the artist’s journey so far.
Certainly “using writing, making writing, and partly overcoming writing itself is an urgent issue in our contemporary times” (Fabiola Naldi), and once again Luca Barcellona positions himself as one of the most interesting artists on the international calligraphy scene, who indeed each time seems to push the boundary of the discipline a little further, trespassing, through an expressive metamorphosis, into contemporary art.
NOTE TO COLLECTORS A limited edition boxed set will be released in Fall, which will contain, in addition to the volume, 3 posters and the vinyl LP with Dj Craim’s specially reissued soundtrack.
Texts by Fabiola Naldi and Luca Barcellona Soundtrack by Dj Craim Book design by Bunker
21 × 28 cm 48 pages Gloo bound Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-46-0 First published February 2022
The hen’s gaze is oblique, transverse, direct, frontal and lateral, but only synthesis surrounds the object of understanding and meaning. The avant-gardes that characterised the last century, influencing and flowing like waves of meaning into the present, are reread by the gaze of musicians, photographers, actors, dancers, cooks and children, to become universal again in the scope and effects intended by their programmatic intentions. The manualistic path is only a pretext; an opportunity to delve into what remains to be remembered. Alongside are the voices of those who reread those poems, living them through the eyes of their art, discipline and profession. Their versions have naturally selected those avant-gardes that still live on in artistic creation today.
In this intersection of planes, a further dimension is added, constructed by the gaze of Alessandro Sanna, who in turn dialogues with the description of the artistic movement and parallel suggestions through his refined and ironic brush. A transversal hypertextuality destined to open up further gazes for divergent readings, which will choose, follow traces or, like the hen, make synthesis.
Texts by Simone Azzoni Interviews to: Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni, Luca Baldini, Lorenzo Bazzocchi, Salvatore Bonafede, Fabrizio Bosso, Enrico Castellani and Valeria Raimondi, Valentina Chen, Andrea Cosentino, Silvia Costa, Isabel Cuesta Camacho, Leonardo Delogu, Giulia Fantazzini, Enrico Fedrigoli, Daniel Gonzalez, Enrico Rava, Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella, Antonella Ruggiero, Simone Rugiati, Maurizio Zanolli Illustrations by Alessandro Sanna Book design by Bunker
13 × 19 cm 96 pages Paperback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-12-5 First published May 2018
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla confirm their expressive power and the lucidity of their intellectual provocation. Present for the first time with a ‘solo exhibition’ specially created for the MAXXI spaces, they have already been the protagonists of incursions that have left their mark on us. Lightness and complexity have always attracted the artistic and human partnership of the American couple, of Cuban origin, who blossomed in Florence and have long since transplanted to Puerto Rico. And it is precisely to the Caribbean island, hit by terrifying hurricanes in the summer of 2017, that Blackout is dedicated: a collection of poetic and biting works. There is a denunciation of suffering produced by its history of colonial exploitation, marginality, subjection to military servitude and endemic poverty that have multiplied, to the extreme, the damage caused by the climate disaster.
So & Calzadilla, expressing the Puerto Rico forced to survive without electricity, seem to suggest that we are without light, without a plan for a sustainable future, especially at our latitudes. The book, catalogue of the exhibition of the same name in Rome from 16 February to 30 May 2018 curated by Hou Hanru and Anne Palopoli, in addition to photographs of the works on display, contains two plates by Marino Neri drawn for the occasion and essays by T.J. Demos, Sara Nadal Melsió and Frances Negròn Muntaner.
Edited by Hou Hanru, Anne Palopoli Illustrations by Marino Neri Book design by Bunker
16.5 × 24 cm 148 pages Paperback English/Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-23-1 First published February 2018
Guido Scarabottolo, one of Italy’s best-known and best-loved illustrators, presents in this volume a never-before-seen aspect of his artistic production: not drawings, but a series of thirty-two photographs that the author took during a journey of discovery through Iran, where he was invited on the occasion of the Tehran Book Fair. Deeply fascinated by the places and people he encountered while visiting cities, villages and the desert, Scarabottolo felt the urge to fix his impressions with an instrument that would allow him to capture them quickly. In spite of the unusual medium, all his sensitivity as a man and artist emerges from these shots. He is also capable of casting his gaze on unexpected subjects that manage to render different aspects of the complexity of Persian culture with great simplicity and effectiveness.
Scarabottolo, graphic designer and illustrator, proves with this work that he is an artist who is not afraid to momentarily abandon his favourite expressive technique and let himself be guided only by his own gaze and curiosity. Edited by Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli, the volume is enriched by a critical text by Andrea Pinotti, lecturer in aesthetics, writer and expert in visual culture.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli Texts by Guido Scarabottolo, Andrea Pinotti, Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli Photos and illustrations by Guido Scarabottolo Book design by Bunker
21 × 28 cm 64 pages Bound with elastic Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-11-8 First published November 2017
Among the very first literary works by Franz Kafka this telegraphic novel synthetizes a vision of the human condition through the simple similitude between men and trees. In this edition the text has not been set with a typeface but re-written by hand and engraved according to the xilographic technique on linoleum plates.
Luca Barcellona achieves his own personal “performance” of the novel with the tools of writing. The gothic-shaped letters draw an intricate and rough winter landscape, printed on plain white paper with a totally black ink, showing Kafka’s suggestions at the first glimpse. The necessary attention to read the text force us to concentrate completely on the few words of the short story. Words gain relief, thickness, thanks to the engraver’s sharp blade, and offer a graphic interpretation of the text, without any other visual element, on Rudolf Koch’s paths.
Lazy Dog and Il Buon Tempo in a very special limited edition: 25 copies out of 40, entirely hand printed and bound, all numbered and signed by the author.
Text by Franz Kafka Original engravings by Luca Barcellona Afterword by Lucio Passerini In co-edition with Il Buon Tempo, Milan
25,5 × 18 cm (10 × 7″) 16 pages Softcover, and case Italian First published June 2014
There is more than what meets the eye in Matthew Albanese’s captivating photographs. From an erupting volcano to a sweeping tornado to the landing on the moon, nothing is quite what it appears to be. Welcome to the extra-ordinary world of Matthew Albanese, where glaciers are not made of ice but of sugar, salt, egg whites, food coloring, flour and light.
Albanese meticulously fabricates and then photographs small-scale models of complex panoramic vistas, such as wind-blown willows on stormy rivers and raging forest fires, using humble materials including cotton batting, boiled sugar candy, sand, and feathers. By masterly manipulating the scale, depth of field, balance and lighting, he alters the appearance of the materials to create dramatic and emotionally evocative landscapes. This beautifully designed book brings together for the first time all the photographs in the Strange World series, including a new work made especially for the publication. The book features an engaging essay by David Revere McFadden, behind-the-scenes images of the miniature worlds, and insightful text by the artist on the process of his work.
Tests by Matthew Albanese Essay by David Revere McFadden Book design Pitis
22.5 × 28 cm (9 × 11”) 96 pages 105 color plates Hardcover English Isbn 978-88-98030-03-3