The Church of Sharpie
  • artists' book
  • illustrated wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • staple bound
  • black-and-white
  • 56 x 42 cm.
  • [52] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

The Church of Sharpie

Aleksandra Mir

The Church of Sharpie

description

Very large-scale artist's book by Aleksandra Mir featuring reproductions of twenty sharpie drawings of maps of the USA with hand written commentary. Designed by Nick Stone.

"In May 2005, I gathered 16 assistants for a Sharpie-drawing marathon in a large temporary studio in the East Village. We produced twenty huge (190" by 120") drawings outlining the map of the USA, each with commentary on subjects such as the Civil War, space shuttles, state flowers, the American bicentennial, the draft, road-tripping, love, God and the baby boom. Typically I would outline the drawings overnight, and the assistants would come in and ink my outlines during the day and evening, so there were always three shifts running.

Over the course of the month, as we listened to the different music everyone brought in and shared lunches and stories, we also invented a language and developed a cult around this magnificent household marker. Words such as Sharpologist were invented. A range of up to twelve Sharpie middle-tones was achieved with the fading marker, while ‘black’ took on a different meaning. My assistants, students and graduates from various New York art schools, bore titles such as The Supervisor of Paper Cutting and Protector of Fingertips, Manager of Middle-tones and Secretary of Finesse. One day Jason Schmidt came over to shoot this photo of us for V magazine. I think it was he who named it The Church of Sharpie." -- artist's statement.

Barcelona / London, Spain / United Kingdom: Galeria Joan Prats,
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$75.00
Condition:  Good / Very Good. Bumping of top right corner of publication, light rubbing of cover edges, and 14 x 9 cm. area of creasing to bottom left corner of recto. Contents clean and unmarked. Due to very large size and weight of this publication additional shipping charges will be required for international orders.
[Object # 37800]
$75.00
Condition:  Good. Bumping of top right corner of publication with a 1.5 cm. tear to top right corner of recto. Contents clean and unmarked. Due to very large size and weight of this publication additional shipping charges will be required for international orders.
[Object # 37801]