After Reasonable Research

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  • Index        Scott McCarney        Books        $15.00
  • Marcel Proust, All the Names in 'In Search of Lost Time'        Parasitic Ventures        Books        $70.00
  • Zeitschrift Für Alles. Review for Everything. Tímarit Fyrir Allt        Dieter Roth        Books / Out of Print Books        $160.00
  • Knowledge of the World        Frederic Bruly Bouabre and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré        Books / Artists' Books        $50.00
  • A,N,S,W,E,R,S, & ,Q,U,E,S,T,I,O,N,S,        Peter Wegner        Books        $1,500.00
  • The Blue Books (Blue Blank and Blank Blue)        Peter Wegner        Books / Signed        $1,000.00
  • Sonne, Monde und Sterne        Fischli & Weiss        Books        $69.00
  • Three Thousand Four Hundred and Fifteen Friday the 13ths        Claude Closky        Books        $20.00
  • Corrections and Clarifications        Anita Di Bianca        Books        $1.00
  • Eighth Assembling : A Collection of Otherwise Unpublishable Manuscripts (A - J)        Richard Kostelanetz and Henry James Korn        Books        $70.00
  • Dagboek/Diary : 8-11-1992 - 8-11-2007        Hans Eykelboom        Books / Artists' Books        $12.00
  • An Anecdoted Topography of Chance [Topographie Anecdotée du Hasard]        Daniel Spoerri and Spoerri        Books / Out of Print Books        $25.00
  • The Tulsa Reader        Chelsea Spengemann        Books        $45.00
  • Dagboek/Diary : 8-11-1992 - 8-11-2007        Hans Eykelboom        Books / Artists' Books        $12.00
  • 100 Skies        Geoffrey Hendricks        Books / Artists' Books        $500.00
  • After Reasonable Research [Fourth Edition]        Miranda Maher        Books        $50.00
  • The Nam        Fiona Banner        Books        $500.00
  • Die Gabe: Ehrste bis Zehnte Lieferung        Olaf Nicolai        Books        $250.00
  • Subliminal Messages        David Bunn        Books        $90.00
  • Love Among the Artists / Discipline and Bayonets / Guide for the Perplexed        David Bunn        Books / Artists' Books        $800.00
  • Documenta 5        Ed Ruscha and Documenta 5        Books / Catalogs        $500.00

After Reasonable Research presents an exhibition of artists’ books and related material exploring the encyclopedic form. Assembled together, the works form a radical reference library with an interest in accumulated knowledge. The books explore systems of classification, asking how information can be parsed and accommodated into expressive formats that describe content as much as deliver it. Images and text are exhaustively compiled (a number of the works span multiple volumes), often accompanied by charts, lists, annotations and appendices. Some act as compendiums—a working index to a field of knowledge—but all stand as artworks awash with imprecision, personal narrative, rigorous and semi-rigorous research, fiction, and all the compulsions that make these encyclopedias, in a sense, factual. In Parallel Encyclopedia Batia Suter has created an encompassing work built of images sourced from old encyclopedias, scientific manuals and other texts. The artists’ book—nearly 600 pages—sequences thousands of photos according to a shifting resemblance of form. The extraordinary run-on (trees that look like birds that looks like teapots and so on) reveals a thread of likenesses, as if all forms could be strung together in a single cinematic progression. Josh Smith’s 28-volume Untitled, which comes in a hand-built wooden box and stands on two stools, resembles a more conventional encyclopedia at first look, though the information it contains is eccentric and not functional in any conventional sense. Hand-sewn binding opens to a mix of photographs, reproductions of charcoal scribblings and compulsive photocopies of the artist’s hand. The work also covers a range of appropriated paper stock—clipped selections from newspapers, Yellow Pages and an office-supply catalog. Smith’s dedication to amassing such an assortment of material suggests that the vast, messy world it describes is one that should be taken seriously. The result is an encyclopedia as filtered through the artist’s hand. Sol LeWitt’s photos in Autobiography format and arranged in a grid—represent an attempt to document every possession in the artist’s New York living and studio space. The inventory includes pots and spoons and spatulas, stacks of books, wooden boxes, various keyholes, photos of photos, as well as his own drawings and sculptures (which undertake a formal inventory of their own). Through his systematic itemization LeWitt grants deeply intimate access to his private life. Similarly, in Daniel Spoerri’s An Anecdoted Topography of Chance the artist creates a comprehensive catalog of the many objects cluttered on his table (Jar of Celery Salt, Shell Debris, Paring Knife, Very Pretty Dark Blue Bottle, among others). His descriptions touch on size, shape and function but digress into a more expansive reading. Literary quotations, recollected dialogue with friends and the surrounding circumstances are woven into a record of personal remembrance so that the banal detritus reveal their full existence. Translated from the French and further anecdoted by poet Emmett Williams. Publisher and editor James Bridle has created a 12-volume set which stands as the definitive wiki-historiography of The Iraq War is to say almost 7,000 pages that charts the tens of thousands of edits made to the Wikipedia entry on the Iraq War between 2006-2009. The work is a remarkable instantiation of what is otherwise intangible—a behind the scenes look at how history gets hammered out, and what facts are allowed to stand as facts. Miranda Maher’s After Reasonable Research, from which this show borrows its title, records every armed conflict between year 1 and 2006. Printed in a tiny font down two seemingly endless columns, these conflicts fill a mind-boggling twenty-one pages, and unfold to nearly 12’. This third edition is printed on accordion folded decorative paper, comes in a plastic slipcase and includes a printed statement by the artist. Each work in After Reasonable Research presents a way for reading a system, a codex that can be overlaid so that new links and likenesses start to emerge. While short of a scientific record, the works are committed to their own kind of truth. The extravagant gesture of the encyclopedic form is also a beautiful one dealing at its core with how information, people, and forms relate in extraordinary ways. After Reasonable Research includes artists’ books by Fiona Banner, Mariona Barkus, Fredéric Bruly Bouabré, James Bridle, David Bunn, Anna Callahan, Larry Clark, Claude Closky, Fischli & Weiss Hanne Darboven Anita Di Bianco, Hans Eykelboom, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Geoffrey Hendricks, Henry James Korn, Richard Kostelanetz, Rob Kovitz, Sol LeWitt, Miranda Maher, HJ Mayer, Scott McCarney, Louise Neaderland, Olaf Nicolai, Parasitic Ventures Press, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Josh Smith, Daniel Spoerri, Batia Suter, Mungo Thomson, David Thorne and Peter Wegner.

Last updated 10/26/2016