Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Aggregate," featuring Zero+ published artists and a special Andrew Hem release

This Saturday, don't miss Aggregate at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, a show dedicated to the artists published by my friend Kirk Pederson of Zero+ Publishing, including Andrew Hem, Edwin Ushiro and Dabs Myla. An RSVP is required, so be sure to email the gallery if you'd like to attend.

As an added incentive to stop by, the show will feature the release of one final clamshell box edition of the long sold-out Andrew Hem: Dreams Towards Reality, including a print of the much-admired "Close Matchbox" piece.

Aggregate is an exhibition of the work of 17 artists, curated by Kirk Pedersen from the roster of visionaries published by his imprint, ZERO+ Publishing. Running the gamut from street art to pop surrealism to illustration to fine art—and sometimes blending genres in ways that defy categorization entirely—this group of artists could hardly be more eclectic. Yet they all share a passion for exploring other dimensions—uncharted territories that are both spatial and emotional, metaphorical and metaphysical. In addition to an original artwork by each artist, the gallery will display a number of unique artist-made deluxe box editions that have been created through the collaborative rapport that gradually evolved between these artists and their publisher.

From its inception, ZERO+ Publishing established a manifesto of sorts—it would publish limited editions of 1,000 that would never be reprinted, using the finest paper and printing methods available, and most importantly, design and edit each book in collaboration with the artist, recognizing that their insight is integral to creating a truly great book. In consequence, each book would be unique, taking its form according to the innate requirements of each artist’s body of work. For many ZERO+ titles, another level of artistry would be revealed with custom-made deluxe box editions, each of which would include original artwork. Ultimately, what makes ZERO+ unique in the publishing world is Kirk Pedersen’s sense of adventure and keen curatorial eye. The editions displayed in this exhibition share with their artist subjects a resonance and integrity that belie the perception of books as products—for in many ways, these books are themselves works of art.

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