At the 2023 LA Art Book Fair, Printed Matter presents a symphony a work in progress (pt. II, andante), building on an expansive installation-as-publication first staged by artist and publisher Yusuf Hassan in 2022. For this re-imagined presentation, Yusuf is joined by Kwamé Sorrell—co-publisher of BlackMass—to incorporate a second “slow” movement in response to the first, carrying on the performatory exchange around motifs in music, sculpture, and architecture. With an array of printed pieces, including simple folded sheets, rubber stamp prints, xeroxes, broadsides, and c-prints (as well as video work, sound work, and found objects), the exhibition assembles an improvisatory visual dialog trained on emblems, monuments, diagrams, and language, here understood through the lens of publishing and grounded in the printed form.
This exhibition is on view August 10-13 as part of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Learn more here.
On Friday, August 11th, 5-6pm Yusuf and Kwamé will be in conversation as part of the Classroom discussion series.
Hassan recently released a fundraising edition in support of Printed Matter, details here.
_This project is made possible with the support of Phil Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, with addition support by the LAABF Committee. _