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Ringier Annual Report 2013
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Laura Owens Ringier Annual Report 2013
Edited by Beatrix Ruf.
published in September 2014
English edition
22,8 x 30,4 cm (softcover)
24 pages (12 color ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-03764-392-1
EAN: 9783037643921
out of print
 
Artist's book.
Every year, Ringier publishes an annual report conceived by an artist. This year, Los Angeles artist Laura Owens has deployed resources and methods drawn from art history and traditional printing craftsmanship. She took as inspiration the art magazine "View," from the 1940s, when printing presses were still the pulse of every newspaper and publishing organization. She has created a very haptic cover in typographic print, as well as drawings to be reproduced using silkscreen. Allowing the inclusion of up to nine colors, this methodology implies a realization by printing experts who still master the old book and screenprinting methods. A technical challenge made visual delight.
Limited edition of 300 copies.
Born 1970, Laura Owens lives and works in L.A. Robots in the garden, lions, hunters, romance and war are some of the images in her work. Owens' influences are wide, ranging from Dada performance to hindu relief ; elsewhere she has broken away from the fine arts to delve into wallpapers and textiles.
Beyond the straightforward beauty of Owens' paintings and drawings is a constant questioning of her chosen media. She has rejected naturalism in favour of depictions, representations. Her magpie-like approach to resources is echoed in her application of paint and the arrival of foreign elements in her collages. Evident too is an unashamed pleasure in ornamentation, a delight in pictorial elegance, which affords decoration a new dignity. Owens combines abstract elements with representational elements to create a highly personal vocabulary: a vocabulary which translates into an elaborate, elegant and quietly exuberant whole.