Alex Selenitsch

Alex Selenitsch
four 4-colour books

 

Artist book edition published in an edition of 32 hand-numbered copies. Each edition is made up of 4 hand-sewn books in a plastic file. Each book comprises 16 pages of cut/folded coloured papers presenting a colour narrative: four pastel ‘primaries’ making colour tableaux, introduced and closed off by black and white covers.

The coloured pages are assembled from A3 sheets which have been halved: accurately in two cases (straight line orthogonal and straight line incline) or approximately (sinusoidal and horizontal tear). The cut-outs on the cover hint at the kind of division or halving that the coloured sheets have been subjected to. Both halves are used in the edition of each book, so that each edition of 32 copies with 4 folded sheets (giving 16 pages) uses 64 sheets. For the approximate cuts (sinusoidal and horizontal tear), there is some variation inside the edition.

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The book of 3 Times

An illustrated essay/manifesto on the physicality of time/duration in books, using works by the author/artist as examples. The essay uses the Chinese/Japanese image of the three friends of winter to discuss different times of duration.

Since the late 1960s, Selenitsch’s practice has combined aspects of his education and work in architecture with his pursuits as a poet and artist. A unifying theme is the use and spatial manipulation of letters, words and objects to create an incisive, conceptual play between meaning and form. This is seen most directly in his three-dimensional creations, but also in concrete poems that likewise present a spatially fertile field. In these works, typographic elements and material properties are as significant in conveying ideas as words themselves.

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LIFE/TEXT


Catalogue published to accompany the major exhibition “LIFE/TEXT” at Heide MOMA 2015/2016.
Alongside the many colour images of works and the exhibition installation, the book includes a major essay by Heide curator Linda Short, a short biography, an exhibition history, lists of publications and bibliographies.

“Alex Selenitsch has a long connection to Heide as a result of his friendship with Sweeney Reed, the adopted son of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed. In 1969 Sweeney’s Strines Gallery was the venue for Selenitsch’s debut exhibition of concrete poetry, the first showing in Australia of this new art form. Several of these important early ‘visual poems’—as concrete poetry is also known—have been brought together for this five-decade survey of Selenitsch’s career. They are displayed alongside works in a range of media from poem–prints to artist’s books, collages and sculptures.

Since the late 1960s, Selenitsch’s practice has combined aspects of his education and work in architecture with his pursuits as a poet and artist. A unifying theme is the use and spatial manipulation of letters, words and objects to create an incisive, conceptual play between meaning and form. This is seen most directly in his three-dimensional creations, but also in concrete poems that likewise present a spatially fertile field. In these works, typographic elements and material properties are as significant in conveying ideas as words themselves.

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from a body of work that typifies Selenitsch’s poetic recycling of everyday and salvaged materials, another constant in his approach. His LIFE/TEXT series, the centrepiece of which is a concrete poem in the form of a life-size door, is among his many creations that explore the way that text and language function within the fabric of life rather than merely describing it.” – Heide MOMA

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