Absolutely – I think that this notion of taking what you have and turning it into something discrete and well made is very clearly at the heart of SPARE. I really love the subtle ways you have designed around the quirks of the printing process – such as playing with registration and seeing how it shifts over an entire run.
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Art & Leisure and Art & Leisure, Dante Carlos
24 May – 11 July 2013, London Centre for Book Arts
Art & Leisure and Art & Leisure presents work by Dante Carlos in his first show in the UK.
The exhibition centres on a limited-edition book produced by the artist in collaboration with LCBA, which uses the form and function of a calendar consisting only of Saturdays and Sundays. Art & Leisure… is a book that becomes an exhibition, a proposition, a utopia, and a joke. In a social climate where the simple act of taking time ‘off the clock’ and doing something without intrinsic market—but human—value, becomes something unintentionally quixotic, Art & Leisure… re-imagines our relationship to time, labour and art practices.
Raised in California, Carlos is a graphic designer based in Minneapolis. In addition to his own practice, he has been senior designer at the Walker Art Center since 2009. As with his work at the Walker and with collaborators—from furniture and landscape designers ROLU to his sister Debbie Carlos, a Michigan-based artist/photographer—Carlos uses graphics, a wink and a nudge and an economy of means to create visual entry points into different types of knowledge: from maths to dance, language to science and music, or as he puts it, “from Peach Snapple to downtown beef, and everything in-between.”