Check out the Derek Eller Gallery tonight (Thursday, April 28th) for a debut of David Kennedy Cutler's artist book "Against Geology / The blossom of Greenpoint" The opening is from 6:30-8:00 PM. The limited edition book will be offered for $25 (a steel if you ask me) at the opening and at Printed Matter beyond that.
David Kennedy Cutler
Against Geology / The Blossoms of Greenpoint
6 x 8 inches (expands to 30 x 8 inches)
Edition of 500
-Softcover Z fold with 3-color silkscreen
-2 offset print booklets (28 and 20 pages, respectively)
-Hand-stitched embroidery floss binding with tri-color tassel
-Removable 11 x 17 inch fold-out map
David Kennedy Cutler's Against Geology / The Blossoms of Greenpoint is a multi-layered artist book. Using the vernacular of a split 7 inch record, the publication is comprised of two distinct books, each with its own title and cover. The Z fold allows the book to be flipped, folded and expanded into an interactive object with multiple permutations, and a removable poster-sized map adds another potential 'discovery'.
The book is composed of two essays with accompanying images, expanding on of the artist's investigations into the Greenpoint Oil Spill. In the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York lies the world's largest urban oil spill, estimated at 17 to 30 million gallons (three times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill). Cutler's studio is situated above the edge of the spill, and in the artist's words, "I began to regard the spill as my only local natural resource, and decided to tap into it, exploit it."
In the essays and images incorporated in this publication, Cutler ruminates on oil, rainbows, geology, plastic, human evolution, architecture, monuments, language and theoretical futures of the Earth.
Images courtesy of the artist