Format: 21 x 29,7 cm
Details: Softcover, dustjacket, 144 pages
Series design concept: Sabo Day
Graphic design: Sabo Day, Rosen Eveleigh
Texts: Caroline Ellen Liou (essay), Matthew Hyland (conversation), Christine Sun Kim
Languages: German, English
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln
Intervention by the artist: Christine Sun Kim wrote a short conceptual invitation text in which she asked the recipient to create one or two sheets with staff lines and sent it out to friends and colleagues. The results are 54 contributions—works on paper, in various media and dimensions—on perforated paper.
Christine Sun Kim. DRAW A BLANK – BLANK ZIEHEN, the artist’s first monograph, with an essay by Caroline Ellen Liou and a conversation between the artist and Matthew Hyland, is released on occasion of the exhibition. The book contains an artistic intervention based on her drawings of musical staffs. In this instance, the staffs are deliberately left blank, a tribute, the artist explains, to sign language interpreters she works with and people who have spoken on her behalf. “These lines represent the parameters of their voices and how they conversely influence my voice and my work.” As though to amplify these superimpositions of voices, Kim invited colleagues working in visual art, dance, music, literature, and activism to respond to her notational lines by designing their own blank staffs. The fifty-five contributions gathered in the book illustrate the unbelievable diversity of creative visions; an illustration of her social network, they underscore the importance of exchanges of ideas with other artists. The pages are perforated so the reader can remove them from the book and use them for their own notes.
With texts by Christine Sun Kim, Caroline Ellen Liou, an interview by Matthew Hyland and 55 artworks by Adam J. Kurtz, Amy Sillman, Amy Yao, Andi Fischer, Andrew Yong Hoon Lee, Aram Saroyan, Ben Russell, Bill Dietz, Chella Man, Christian Marclay, Christine Sun Kim, Christoph Niemann, Colin Self, Constant Dullaart, Daniel Chew, David Horvitz, Ed Steck, eL Seed, Farah Al Qasimi, Hank Willis Thomas, He Xiangyu, Hyunhye Seo, Jamie Stewart, Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield, Jerron Herman, Kelly Akashi, Kevin Beasley, Kyle McDonald, LABOUR (Farahnaz Hatam, Colin Hacklander), Lia Lowenthal, Liana Finck, Lucas Odahara, Lukas Fischbeck, Maia Ruth Lee, Marc Handelman, Marina Rosenfeld, Marisa Olson, Marley Freeman, Matana Roberts, Matt Karmil, Meg Stuart, Mieko Akutsu, Mirthe Berentsen, Nicole Eisenman, Niels Van Tomme, Nikita Gale, Roux Kim, Sable Elyse Smith, Sarah Rara, Shannon Finnegan, Taeyoon Choi, Thomas Mader, Tin Nguyen, Willem de Rooij, and Youka Snell.
Christine Sun Kim was born in Orange County, California in 1980. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Caroline Ellen Liou received her BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 and her MA in Contemporary Chinese Art and Geopolitics at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2017. As an Asian-American arts worker, she is interested in how art can often metabolize the Other through appropriation, recontextualization, and consumption.
Matthew Hyland is Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, where he recently co-organized Christine Sun Kim's mid-career survey Oh Me Oh My.
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