Despite its apparent throwaway status, the stock image comprises the primary commodity of a billion-dollar global industry with far-reaching effects in the marketplace and the public sphere. Taking this overlooked facet of contemporary life as a point of departure, “Ordinary Pictures” explores the photographic apparatuses and commercial interests that have given rise to our generic image culture through the conceptual image-based work of some 40 artists, including John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanovi c, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Steve McQueen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Amanda Rossotto, Ed Ruscha, Steven Shore, Sturtevant, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel and Christopher Williams. Spanning generations, movements and artistic strategies from the 1960s to the present day, this publication brings together works by artists who have probed, mimicked and critiqued this aspect of our visual environment as well as its industrial modes of production and distribution. Through the work of these artists and a series of scholarly essays, the catalogue aims to examine different operations of the generic image in culture, namely its anonymous circulation and editorial uses, its adaptability and reproducibility, its technical processes of production, its claim to copyright and artistic license and its tendency toward abstraction. Featuring a unique, coil-bound design reminiscent of stock photo catalogues and a flexidisc recording by the artist Jack Goldstein, this highly collectible book ultimately reflects on contemporary art’s own complicit function as an expanding industrial image economy.
Edited by Eric Crosby, texts by Lane Relyea and Thomas Beard.
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Mousse #41, December 2013:TALKING ABOUT – What do you need me for? by Vivian Sky Rehberg; ALAN MOORE – A for Alan Moore by Hans Ulrich Obrist; TALKING ABOUT – Pots on Video by Nick Currie; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Introduction by Joao Ribas; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – I will revisit my lost loves, and playmates masterless! by Chus Martínez; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Digital Landfills by Cory Arcangel; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Found Wanting by Angie Keefer; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – The Writing of Banality by Akram Zaatari; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Transformative Energies by Defne Ayas; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Compatability Mode by Seth Price; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – An Actual Subversion by David Levine; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY- Too Big to Fail by Adam Kleinman; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY – Law as Art by Carey Young; TALKING ABOUT – Mass Effect by Lauren Cornell & Ed Halter; STEVE MCQUEEN – Shackled Past by Jens Hoffmann; CHARLES RAY – A Sculptural Differential by Zachary Cahill; LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON – Out of the Gallery by Sophie von Olfers; TABOR ROBAK – I Love Screens by Cecilia Alemani; GCC – Gulf Committee Complex by Kevin McGarry; CALEB CONSIDINE -Mute Paintings by Alex Kitnick; THOMAS EGGERER – A Fragile Artificiality by John Kelsey; NEW YORK – KEVIN BEASLEY – Shaking the Museum by Jenny Schlenzka; LONDON – CHRISTINA MACKIE – A Constant Drift by Rhea Dall; LOS ANGELES – JON PESTONI Jon Pestoni: With Flying Colors by Andrew Berardini; TALKING ABOUT – The Blurring of You and Me by Jennifer Allen; HOBBYPOPMUSEUM Gesamtkunstspiel by Catherine Wood; DENA YAGO – Life on Heat Island by Isla Leaver-Yap, and much more…
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