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Spring 2022 Electives, Advanced Practice: Artist’s Books and Magazines – Rit Premnath

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Image caption: Fluxus 1 Designed, edited and published by George Maciunas New York City, USA/Wiesbaden, Germany: Fluxus, [c1964] 53 pp., 19 x 21 cm., bound with nuts and bolts Unlimited Edition

Advanced Practice: Artist’s Books and Magazines

PGFA:5302 (CRN: 5047)

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This studio driven course focuses on the book as a form of artistic exploration. Students will learn the practical skills necessary to lay-out, print and bind publications through workshops and demonstrations, while also engaging with the conceptual questions that inform each project. Approaches ranging from handmade, DIY publications to more involved print and web publications will be encouraged in individual and group projects developed by students over the course of the semester. We will draw on examples of small edition artist books that consider the book as an art object. We will also learn about artist-run periodicals from the 1960’s through the present including Third Text, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, LTTR and The Thing Quarterly to consider a range of publication strategies that could serve as inspiration for new projects. We will visit artist studios, archives and bookstores to see the many approaches to books and journals being made today by artists and writers.

Faculty Bio:

Sreshta Rit Premnath is a Bangalore-born, Brooklyn-based artist, editor of Shifter and faculty at Parsons. His recent installations, paintings and videos have focused on spaces of power and control that shape our occupation of space and relation to time. He has had solo exhibitions at venues including the MIT List Center for the Arts (Cambridge), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis) and Nomas Foundation (Rome). He has participated in group exhibitions including The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Common Space, The Kitchen, New York; After Midnight, The Queens Museum, New York; So-Called Utopias, Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; L’Intrus Redux, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, and The Protest and the Recuperation, Wallach Gallery, New York.


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