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Ken Okiishi & Nick Mauss
A Fair to Meddling Story
This book contains drawings and collages by Nick Mauss and stills from videos by Ken Okiishi. The images form a kind of associative narrative through the book, containing subjects as lost places, singled-out figures, book covers, and typographic elements.
The artists share an interest in displaced aspects of modern visual culture. They pick up aesthetic forms of expression of past times or lost utopias and relocate them in contemporary frames of reference. Used excerpts not only refer to their origins: the artists are more interested in the ongoing transformation of cultural meaning. The heterogeneous references are exposed as performative moments which oscillate between their established meaning and its subjective appropriation and revaluation.
Softcover, 84 pages, 21 x 26 cm, English, published in Zurich, 2008.