River Kuo - Artist Book

RIVER KUO - New Artworks Collection - Artist Book

River Kuo is a multidisciplinary artist based in Taipei, Taiwan. His drawings and paintings are prominent in the fashion industry of Taiwan - as well as his shop window installations. A self pro-claimed "pop artist and designer", Kuo provides a hint at his illustrative styling which links to the fashion industry and artists like Andy Warhol. These early links are severed once a large body of work is witnessed in his new book.

Kuo's style and mood are dramatic, from cutesy, colourful naive line drawings to dark portraits reminiscent of possessed children in asian horror films. His lines are minimal yet retain emotion and energy.

The publication itself is a work of art, with an unheard number of printing techniques, paper stocks, inserts and binding. The book contains fine art water colour papers, thin coloured bond papers, thick cardstocks, newsprint, vellum and even clear acetate inserts. These inserts have River's patterned floral motifs which can be removed and overlayed ontop other pages as an interactive feature.

The spine of the book has a beautiful textured glued finish. The finishing technique looks similar to a hardcover book which had the cover ripped off.

Braile, embossing, gold leaf and sewn in fabric are other interesting details that will be found when exploring the book.

The back of the book has information printed on to fabric tags which are sewn into the back cover, like the tag on a t-shirt.

I can't recommend this book enough to fans of River Kuo's art and to people who love to hold an original unique artbook in their hands.

Unfortunately the book may be hard to get a hold of as it is currently only for sale through a shop in Taiwan. There is some info below. You can also checkout the River Kuo Artist Zine / Book

*River Kuo Zine Available

書名 - RIVER KUO 發行人 - 趙慶論 發行 - JJ40嵥傑國際有限公司 ISBN - 978-957-41-7141-5 定價 - $1500元 語言 - 中/英/日 販售 - 誠品書店

作者 - RIVER KUO 製作統籌/裝楨設計 - 林小乙 文編 - 林佳賢 . 黃顗穎 文案 - 林佳賢 行銷企劃 - 黃顗穎 JJ40/02-2627-7758

Book title – RIVER KUO Publisher – JOHNNY JAN Publish - JJ40 International corp. ISBN - 978-957-41-7141-5 Language – Chinese / English / Japanese Where to buy – Eslite bookstore (TAIWAN) Pricing - $1500.-(NT)

Author – RIVER KUO Producer/designer – Xiao-yi Lin Editor – AD Lin / Christine Huang Copywriter – AD Lin Marketing – Christine Huang Contact - JJ40 International corp. Tel / 886-2-2627-7758

20100924 Taipei Taiwan

Prism Index #2 - Multimedia Art Package

prism index PRISM index #2 features 60 artists in film, writing, poetry, music, art, and comics. The compilation includes an 88 page book printed offset, a 95 minute DVD of award-winning short films, an 80 minute CD of unreleased and rare music, and a mini-comic, all in a handmade, silkscreened cover.

PRISM index is a limited edition, handmade, silkscreened, mixed-media book that compiles the work of a wide spectrum of artists into one place. The name serves as an acronym for print, images, sounds, and movies.

THIS IS THE SECOND ISSUE OF PRISM INDEX. 60 BRAND NEW CONTRIBUTORS!

The goal of this publication is to create a collage of current art/culture scenes from throughout the US and the world. As a network for artists, this project seeks to establish a platform for multi-media sharing through the tactile, aural, and visual experience of print, images, sounds (CD), and movies (DVD) and to extend and elaborate those expressions through its online presence. PRISM index intended to create something that could not be thrown away, skimmed through, replicated, or forgotten.

Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Packaged in archival sleeves.

The Coast Reviews Brain Trust

Dave Hayden of Halifax newspaper The Coast reviews James Kirkpatrick and Peter Thompson's new book Brain Trust.

The Coast Newspaper Reviews Brain Trust

“In almost every art form, collaboration is integral, if not vital in inspiring and evolving an artist's career. But most painters, printmakers and sculptors prefer to work in isolation. There is one exception to that rule---graffiti. In the world of street art, collaboration is pretty much the norm, with artists putting up pieces side by side on a wall or a train, sometimes working into each other's characters or, over time, putting new works overtop old. Think, too, of gallery installations by longtime partners/graffiti artists Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen, where whole walls are taken over by a patchwork of interwoven styles. That is exactly where the beauty lies in this magnificent book by James Kirkpatrick (see his work at Studio 21) and Peter Thompson, two artists who've been collaborating together and with others their whole lives. The playful collaborative paintings and drawings bask in the interplay between Thompson's well-controlled characters and Kirkpatrick's unravelling abstractions, creating dream-like scenes that demand careful exploration. Some pieces were also worked into by Juxtapoz mag heroes Marc Bell, Nick Di Genova and (Paper Rad member) Beau Labute, which only illustrates the potential when these guys stay up passing around sheets of paper.” -Dave Hayden