In June, Page Not Found brings illustrative arts into focus, for their strong affinities with publishing, and their influence as a rich field of experimentation, which permeates graphic design and contemporary art. The third event of this focus will see the launch of the latest issue of Lagon Revue, entitled Marécage, in the presence of its art directors, Alexis Beauclair and Sammy Stein. They will also present their latest individual works.
Lagon is a prospective comic book magazine exploring new forms of graphic narration. It hosts what has been designated as a new school of abstract formalism: The magazine has been the echo chamber of a group of young illustrators, who favour sequences of drawings with a geometric and minimalist style, with little or no narrative, but for the unfolding of a process. The magazine is bilingual (French and English) and takes a new name with each new issue. To produce this issue, different printing techniques were used (risograph, offset, and silkscreen), and the resulting prints, assembled.
Alexis Beauclair (b. 1986) is a French drawing artist. His work includes drawings, comics and commissioned illustrations for such publications as The New York Times, New Yorker and Bloomberg Businessweek. He self-publishes his drawing zines and mini-comics in his risograph print studio, Papier Machine, co-founded with Bettina Henni in 2012. He has also produced comics, children’s books and illustrated books with publishers. His “Vanishing Perspective” collection of comics was published in United States by 2dcloud in 2018. His work on comics is focused on minimalism, questioning reading and the comics’ medium, while trying to refine and reveal the pure mechanics of the comic form. He is also co-editor of the international comics anthology “Lagon,” founded in 2014.
Sammy Stein is a French artist and publisher. His books, published by Editions Matière (FR), Calipso (COL) or by himself, combine narrative experiences and graphic minimalism. His publications, installations and ephemera sculptures — in which books often play a central role — have been shown in the Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (FR), Printed Matter (USA), the French Institute of Tokyo (JP), Essential Store (JP), among others, and various international book fairs (New York Art Book Fair (USA), Tokyo Art Book Fair (JP), Safari (EN), Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême (FR)). He regularly collaborates with international magazines and institutions such as MACVAL (FR). He is the co-founder of magazines Collection (interviews with contemporary artists, cartoonists, graphic designer) and Lagon (contemporary and prospective comics).
On Friday 5 July the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) celebrates the opening of the annual Graduation Festival, with over 200 bachelor and master students showcasing their graduation projects. Discover their work and meet these young contemporary artists.
Image & concept: Sander Puhl, alumnus KABK Graphic Design 2015
At the occasion of The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend, Page Not Found is delighted to host celebrated artist Navid Nuur, for a talk about his publishing practice.
The way in which Navid Nuur (born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran) relates to material, the space around him and his observations therein, can almost be regarded as devout. The attention for detail and the careful fine-tuning of the various elements of a work or exhibition make the audience part of an 'inner' world. In Nuur’s work — although very conceptual at first sight — a very personal visual problem becomes the central question. What Nuur has in common with the conceptual artists from the sixties is the relation between concept and form. Form for him however, is not necessarily the result of the idea, but materializes through a subjective program of requirements or rules in which intuition has the upper hand. He applies concepts that often relate to a temporary in-between state that places his work between the audience and an often abstract phenomenon, such as light, energy, air, or 'rest space'. Nuur's form-language and meaning are therefore principally purely process-oriented. His work belongs to the public collections of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht) and the S.M.A.K (Gent), among others.
Philosophical breakfast in the solo exhibition of Tanja Ritterbex: Free the Eyeball.
This background conversation provides a framework for the current exhibition at Parts Project with a person involved (presentator Leila Prnjavorac fled from former Yugoslavia to The Netherlands in 1993) and Silvia Bakker the curator of the exhibition. First of all to explain the complicated situation to the public and also to ask how, in the absence of public debate about important issues in our societies, an artist can take a role and raise it? Should an artist use his position to talk about a subject that is often repressed or even declared taboo in societies on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, and in the Netherlands?
Presentation: Your Truth, Interpretation and Nostalgia
Artists: Saša Tkachenco & Vladimir Miladinović
Page Not Found is proud to conclude The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend with the screening of this documentary by Fabrizio Terranova, giving a clever and insightful glimpse into the thought of a major contemporary figure.
Donna Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, a feminist, and a science-fiction enthusiast who works at building a bridge between science and fiction. She became known in the 1980s through her work on gender, identity, and technology, which broke with the prevailing trends and opened the door to a frank and cheerful trans species feminism. Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with critters and trans species, in an era of disasters. Brussels filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova visited Donna Haraway at her home in California, living with her – almost literally, for a few weeks, and there produced a quirky film portrait. Terranova allowed Haraway to speak in her own environment, using attractive staging that emphasised the playful, cerebral sensitivity of the scientist. The result is a rare, candid, intellectual portrait of a highly original thinker.
In the second edition of The Hague's Contemporary Art Weekend, Hoorn & Reniers introduce the Flemish artist Pieter Jan Martyn. In a small side exhibition, entitled 'The Tulip Connection', the paintings and carpets created by Martyn show his fascination for history and investigative journalism.
The main exhibition space will be dedicated to the gallery's annual group show, entitled 'It's a small world', exhibiting small works by the gallery's international and Dutch artists.