GILLICK, Liam (Aylesbury, 1964)Pourquoi Travailler?
Paris, Three Star Books, 2012 - Edizione originale di 30 es. numerati e firmati
Libro d'artista composto da testo e disegni dell'Autore
Stampato su carta Moulin Richard de Bas dall'Atelier Vincent Auger, con caratteri Helvetica Neue Bold e Gillick Helvetica New. Rilegatura in pergamena di pelle di capra. Contenitore in plexiglasCm 41x29,5, pp. 48 Rilegato pelle (leather binding) Perfetto (Mint)
In his second publication with the team of Three Star Books, Liam Gillick offers a philosophical text entitled Pourquoi travailler? (Why Work?). His argument is presented materially as well as in carefully reasoned prose, to conclude that both different types of labor — and also less — might behoove those in the culture industry today. Gillick's text addresses the issue of production for the “knowledge worker,” and sheds a searing light on the forms of labor that cultural production now entails. Professedly uninterested in art history, an atheist with a predilection for secular imagery (even when excavating medieval iconography), Gillick has produced what might even be considered a sacred text of his own. This is as much due to the form chosen as the content in which his thinking is framed. Gillick's essay on labor began as a symposium contribution, was then printed as a small give-away publication, and is freely available in English on the Internet. In its Three Star Books manifestation, it is presented as a rarity. The text, typeset in the special Gillick Helvetica New that the artist himself designed, is printed in letterpress on the finest of Richard de Bas handmade paper. These sheets are gathered together in a bound cover created from white goatskin parchment, each cover pleated by hand. The resultant volume, fitted with over a dozen black and white images executed after woodblock prints, is held together in a near-sculptural form, by a fluorescent orange Plexiglas case. Citing the earliest of printing traditions —woodcut— Gillick has selected images from the dawn of the mechanically produced book to go along with his both crafted and yet electronic book.