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READING ROOM:
The Happy Hypocrite - Freedom, Issue No. 6, Edited by Lynne Tillman (Bookworks, London, 2013).
From Bookworks:

'I think: Protect me from people who want to protect me; but more, save me from people who know what upsets others.’ - Lynne Tillman
This new issue of The Happy Hypocrite challenges the restraining notions found in art and writing about who and what can and cannot speak. What can and cannot be said or thought. In part a response to Kafka - to that which we don’t know has damaged us – freedom is presented as an important and urgent concept, and a complicated word, in which and beside which hypocrisy also resides. (Hypocrisy can be construed as a freedom). The Happy Hypocrite offers its pages to ingenious fictional, nonfictional, and visual responses to the various meanings of ‘freedom’.

Featuring contributions from Gregg Bordowitz, Paul Chan, Gabriel Coxhead, Lydia Davis, Yasmine El Rashidi, Chloé Cooper Jones, James Jennings, Allison Katz, Robin Coste Lewis, the late Craig Owens, Sarah Resnick, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Abdellah Taïa, an interview between Lynne Tillman and Thomas Keenan, a cover by Susan Hiller, and archival material from Paranoids Anonymous Newsletter.
Read about artist Allison Katz’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).
Courtesy Bookworks, London.

READING ROOM:

The Happy Hypocrite - Freedom, Issue No. 6, Edited by Lynne Tillman (Bookworks, London, 2013).

From Bookworks:

'I think: Protect me from people who want to protect me; but more, save me from people who know what upsets others.’ - Lynne Tillman

This new issue of The Happy Hypocrite challenges the restraining notions found in art and writing about who and what can and cannot speak. What can and cannot be said or thought. In part a response to Kafka - to that which we don’t know has damaged us – freedom is presented as an important and urgent concept, and a complicated word, in which and beside which hypocrisy also resides. (Hypocrisy can be construed as a freedom). The Happy Hypocrite offers its pages to ingenious fictional, nonfictional, and visual responses to the various meanings of ‘freedom’.

Featuring contributions from Gregg Bordowitz, Paul Chan, Gabriel Coxhead, Lydia Davis, Yasmine El Rashidi, Chloé Cooper Jones, James Jennings, Allison Katz, Robin Coste Lewis, the late Craig Owens, Sarah Resnick, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Abdellah Taïa, an interview between Lynne Tillman and Thomas Keenan, a cover by Susan Hiller, and archival material from Paranoids Anonymous Newsletter.

Read about artist Allison Katz’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).

Courtesy Bookworks, London.

WHAT’S ON:  Keiichi Tanaami: Works on Paper, September 2 - October 4, 2014. Sikkema Jenkins, 530 W 22nd St, New York, NY.
From Sikkema Jenkins:

Known for his broad artistic talents, the current exhibition includes drawings, prints, video animations, and recently rediscovered collages, focusing on work produced from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. Influenced by a trip to New York City in 1967 and encounters with work by Andy Warhol, the pieces brim with American iconography and consumerism – stars and stripes, Coke-Cola, Hollywood stars, cartoon and comic book characters. An interest in the erotic excess of American culture during that period is also evident, later leading Tanaami to become the first artistic director of Japanese Playboy.

Read about Keiichi Tanaami’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins.

WHAT’S ON:  Keiichi Tanaami: Works on Paper, September 2 - October 4, 2014. Sikkema Jenkins, 530 W 22nd St, New York, NY.

From Sikkema Jenkins:

Known for his broad artistic talents, the current exhibition includes drawings, prints, video animations, and recently rediscovered collages, focusing on work produced from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. Influenced by a trip to New York City in 1967 and encounters with work by Andy Warhol, the pieces brim with American iconography and consumerism – stars and stripes, Coke-Cola, Hollywood stars, cartoon and comic book characters. An interest in the erotic excess of American culture during that period is also evident, later leading Tanaami to become the first artistic director of Japanese Playboy.

Read about Keiichi Tanaami’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).

Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins.

FEATURED ARTIST: Asger Carlsen
Asger Carlsen uses photography as a means to create sculptural work. After digitally photographing the body in various poses within the space of his studio, he edits and transforms the shape and composition of the figure to the point of abstraction. He creates mutated bodily forms, rearranging parts and inserting other objects. Often, the body becomes so abstracted that the images could be considered a photographs of an objects. The final images convey sense of gracefulness and elegance, while simultaneously provoking a visceral reaction. Without a literal depiction, he is able to use images of the body to create new forms, which then reference bodily forms.  
Carlsen was born in Denmark in 1973 and moved to New York in 2007 where he continues to live and work. He has had solo shows at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; and Ruttkowski 68, Cologne. He has been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Interview Magazine, amongst others. He has an upcoming show at Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, which will open September 24. 
Asger Carlsen, Hester, 2012. Pigment Print. 60 x 70 centimeters. Courtesy the artist. 
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FEATURED ARTIST: Asger Carlsen

Asger Carlsen uses photography as a means to create sculptural work. After digitally photographing the body in various poses within the space of his studio, he edits and transforms the shape and composition of the figure to the point of abstraction. He creates mutated bodily forms, rearranging parts and inserting other objects. Often, the body becomes so abstracted that the images could be considered a photographs of an objects. The final images convey sense of gracefulness and elegance, while simultaneously provoking a visceral reaction. Without a literal depiction, he is able to use images of the body to create new forms, which then reference bodily forms.  

Carlsen was born in Denmark in 1973 and moved to New York in 2007 where he continues to live and work. He has had solo shows at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; and Ruttkowski 68, Cologne. He has been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Interview Magazine, amongst others. He has an upcoming show at Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, which will open September 24. 

Asger Carlsen, Hester, 2012. Pigment Print. 60 x 70 centimeters. Courtesy the artist. 

www.sculpture-center.org

WHAT’S ON: (Nothing But) Flowers, September 10 - October 11, 2014. Nathalie Karg Gallery, 41 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012. 
Featuring: Michiel Ceulers, Jo Nigoghossian, Anthony Pearson, Paul Pascal Theriault, Lisa Williamson.
Paul Pascal Theriault, Gatinhos, 2014. Courtesy Nathalie Karg Gallery. 

WHAT’S ON: (Nothing But) Flowers, September 10 - October 11, 2014. Nathalie Karg Gallery, 41 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012. 

Featuring: Michiel Ceulers, Jo Nigoghossian, Anthony Pearson, Paul Pascal Theriault, Lisa Williamson.

Paul Pascal Theriault, Gatinhos, 2014. Courtesy Nathalie Karg Gallery. 

FEATURED ARTIST: Can Altay
Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organization and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. 

Altay has had solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul).  His public projects include: “Inner Space Station” (NewYork, 2013); “Distributed” (London, 2012); “The Church Street Partners’ Gazette” (London, 2010-13) and “PARK: bir ihtimal” (Istanbul, 2010). Altay is the editor of Ahali: an anthology for setting a setting, 2013 published by Bedford Press, AA Publications, London.
Can Altay, Another Empty Pedestal: after similar skids from recent pasts, 2010. Setting with concrete Lotus Leaf sculpture from the evicted Vietnamese Community Centre, Warsaw. Installation view. Courtesy Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and Arcade, London. 
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FEATURED ARTIST: Can Altay

Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organization and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. 

Altay has had solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul).  His public projects include: “Inner Space Station” (NewYork, 2013); “Distributed” (London, 2012); “The Church Street Partners’ Gazette” (London, 2010-13) and “PARK: bir ihtimal” (Istanbul, 2010). Altay is the editor of Ahali: an anthology for setting a setting, 2013 published by Bedford Press, AA Publications, London.

Can Altay, Another Empty Pedestal: after similar skids from recent pasts, 2010. Setting with concrete Lotus Leaf sculpture from the evicted Vietnamese Community Centre, Warsaw. Installation view. Courtesy Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and Arcade, London. 

www.sculpture-center.org

READING ROOM:
Marlie Mul, Project X (Small edition and web project, 2013). Small edition publication designed in collaboration with Vela Arbutina.
Featuring contributions from D.N., Harry Burke, John Beeson, SculptureCenter In Practice 2014 Guest Curator Kari Rittenbach, Marlie Mul, Pablo Larios.
Read about Marlie Mul’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).
Courtesy the artist.

READING ROOM:

Marlie Mul, Project X (Small edition and web project, 2013). Small edition publication designed in collaboration with Vela Arbutina.

Featuring contributions from D.N., Harry Burke, John Beeson, SculptureCenter In Practice 2014 Guest Curator Kari Rittenbach, Marlie Mul, Pablo Larios.

Read about Marlie Mul’s involvement in the upcoming SC exhibition Puddle, Pothole, Portal (October 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015).

Courtesy the artist.