Athena Tacha, The Complete Bookworks 1970 to Present

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  • My Adolescent Loves        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • My Childhood Home (Visual Memory Excavation #2)        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • The Human Body : An Invisible Ecosystem        Athena Tacha        Audio & Video / CD        $25.00
  • Spatial Disorientation : Staircases and Ramps        Athena Tacha        Books        $10.00
  • Heredity Study #1        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $50.00
  • Gestures #1 : A Study of Finger Positions        Athena Tacha        Books        $50.00
  • Little Habits        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Three Score Years and Ten        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Tragic Cats        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Expressions 1        Athena Tacha        Books        $50.00
  • My Childhood Garden        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Heredity Study II 1970-71        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $50.00
  • Different Notions of Thriftiness        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Identity (Dissection of a Specimen)        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Seventy-five and Counting : 2nd Half        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Love        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Dictionary of Steps        Athena Tacha        Books        $40.00
  • My Youthful Photo Album (Vicual Memory Excavation #3)        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Turning Sixty Five : The Process of Aging, III        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Different Notions of Time        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Vulnerability        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Ten Projects for Staircases        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $20.00
  • Different Notions of Cleanliness        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Different Realities        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • Life’s Layering        Athena Tacha        Books / Small Books        $10.00
  • The Process of Aging (Fragment of an on-going thorough self analysis and description to be completed by the end of my life)        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • My Fears        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • My Mother: A Psychological Portrait        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Who is Athena?        Athena Tacha                $20.00
  • Reaching Fifty (The Process of Aging, II)        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Little Pleasures        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00

Printed Matter is pleased to present an exhibition of artists’ books by Athena Tacha. The presentation features the complete run of publications by the artist, including long out-of-stock titles new to Printed Matter as well as items that have been distributed by the organization since the 1970s.

The focus of Tacha’s practice ranges broadly. She examines abstract geometries, creates intimate narratives, and builds scientific records. The mediums Tacha utilizes are as diverse as her subject matter, and her talents as photographer, sculptor, author, designer and architect are evidenced in the diversity of publications she has produced over the past four decades.

Many of the works featured here are a part of Tacha’s pocket books series and present titles that read like poetry: Little Pleasures, Adolescent Loves, Different Notions of Thriftiness, Life’s Layering, Vulnerability, Tragic Cats. The accounts within each are meditations on a particular aspect of life, describing ordinary acts and phenomena such as scratching dandruff from the scalp, considering which groceries to buy in the supermarket, or the appearance of wrinkles with age. Tacha’s reflections bring to light the broader implications of these seemingly commonplace events, making allusions to the ecological, sociological, and political impacts of our personal choices and emotions and visa versa. Just as often, Tacha’s reflections stay within the intimate scope of the act or object described and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.

In contrast to the psychological self-portrait developed in the pocket book series, Tacha also has produced a physical/physiological self-portrait throughout a series of artists’ books. Gestures, Expressions, The Human Body : An Invisible Ecosystem and Heredity Studies I and II examine the human body. These titles record variations of hand and facial positioning, genetic variation within nuclear families, and the diverse micro-organic fauna that live on and in the human body.

The more architectural, spacial and abstract areas of Tacha’s practice are exemplified in Dictionary of Steps, Spacial Disorientation: Staircases and Ramps, and Ten Projects for Staircases (Tacha’s first book, never before available through Printed Matter).

An exhibition of Athena Tacha’s titles will be on display at Printed Matter from March 18th through April 19th. See more of her work on her website, and read / listen to a great piece by Rebecca O’Keefe which features audio recordings of Tacha’s thoughts on writing, aging, public art, and her contemporaries.

Athena Tacha is originally from Larissa, Greece and currently lives in Washington DC.

Checklist
  1. Athena Tacha
    The Human Body : An Invisible Ecosystem
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1996
    $25.00
  2. Athena Tacha
    Heredity Study #1
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1972
    500
    $50.00
  3. Athena Tacha
    Spatial Disorientation : Staircases and Ramps
    Oberlin, Ohio: Athena Tacha, 1972
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  4. Athena Tacha
    Expressions 1
    Athena Tacha, 1972
    size unknown
    $50.00
  5. Athena Tacha
    Heredity Study II 1970-71
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1972
    500
    $50.00
  6. Athena Tacha
    Gestures #1 : A Study of Finger Positions
    Athena Tacha, 1973
    size unknown
    $50.00
  7. Athena Tacha
    Dictionary of Steps
    New York, NY: Athena Tacha, 1980
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  8. Athena Tacha
    My Childhood Home (Visual Memory Excavation #2)
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 2001
    500
    $10.00
  9. Athena Tacha
    Little Pleasures
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1978 - 80
    unknown
    $10.00
  10. Athena Tacha
    Little Habits
    New York, NY: Athena Tacha, 1980
    unknown
    $10.00
  11. Athena Tacha
    Different Notions of Thriftiness
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2005
    500
    $10.00
  12. Athena Tacha
    My Youthful Photo Album (Vicual Memory Excavation #3)
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 2001
    500
    $10.00
  13. Athena Tacha
    Turning Sixty Five : The Process of Aging, III
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2001
    500
    $10.00
  14. Athena Tacha
    Different Notions of Time
    Washington , DC: Athena Tacha, 2005
    500
    $10.00
  15. Athena Tacha
    Different Realities
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2005
    500
    $10.00
  16. Athena Tacha
    Life’s Layering
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2005
    500
    $10.00
  17. Athena Tacha
    Reaching Fifty (The Process of Aging, II)
    Oberlin, Ohio: Athena Tacha, 1986-87
    unknown
    $10.00
  18. Athena Tacha
    My Adolescent Loves
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1974 - 76
    unknown
    $10.00
  19. Athena Tacha
    Three Score Years and Ten
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2012
    500
    $10.00
  20. Athena Tacha
    Tragic Cats
    Oberlin, Ohio: A. Tascha, 1974-75
    size unknown
    $10.00
  21. Athena Tacha
    My Childhood Garden
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 2001
    500
    $10.00
  22. Athena Tacha
    Identity (Dissection of a Specimen)
    Oberlin, OH: A. Tascha, 1990-91
    size unknown
    $10.00
  23. Athena Tacha
    Seventy-five and Counting : 2nd Half
    Washington, DC: Athena Tacha, 2012
    500
    $10.00
  24. Athena Tacha
    My Fears
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1979 - 80
    unknown
    $10.00
  25. Athena Tacha
    My Mother: A Psychological Portrait
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1973
    unknown
    $10.00
  26. Athena Tacha
    Vulnerability
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1993
    size unknown
    $10.00
  27. Athena Tacha
    Love
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1993
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  28. Athena Tacha
    Who is Athena?

    $20.00
  29. Athena Tacha
    Ten Projects for Staircases
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, March 1972
    500
    Out of stock
  30. Athena Tacha
    Different Notions of Cleanliness

    Out of stock
Last updated 6/11/2014
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