This month we are proud to introduce the first in an occasional series of co-produced, limited edition artist books, Mark Amerika’s Glitch Ontology.
I haven’t yet met the artist who doesn’t like to make artist books, or the person who doesn’t like to handle them. Artist books provide a productive set of constraints different from other mediums, an opportunity to be as provisional or formal, retinal or conceptual, as the artist pleases. The quantity of artist books in galleries, shops and art fairs, and people's interest in them, is compelling proof of the health of the contemporary art scene.
Mark Amerika is an artist, writer, academician and theorist whose CV is too rich to summarize here, though it is well worth a read. It would seem there isn’t much that Mark hasn’t done with or to the written word, but he continues to find new and imaginative intersections for visual arts and writing. You might know his GRAMMATRON project, the first iteration of which was in the 2000 Whitney Biennial as one of the first inclusions of this internet art.
Glitch Ontology excerpts images from a larger body of work in which Mark uses Google Street View as the lens through which to depict the drive up Lake Como, Italy toward Bellagio. if you like glitch aesthetics (or Lake Como, or both) you will groove on it. For me, the images are alternately weird and beautiful, a perversion of traditional documentary travel photography that hints surveillance culture, the soullessness of cultural tourism, corporatism and many other provocations.
You can view the entire book online on this site, but you’ll miss the tactile experience of the beautiful embossed cover and book design by Publication Studio. Much better to reserve your own copy, don't you think?