A Man Asleep, exhibition catalog and journal
Exhibition catalog and bookwork, A Man Asleep, features writings and artwork by Scoli Acosta, Becky Beasley, Justin Coombes and Kim Schoen
Publisher: LM Projects
6.5 inches H x 5.5 inches W, 52 pages, color, softcover
edition of 20
Our first publication “A Man Asleep,” was created on the occasion of the exhibition featuring Scoli Acosta, Becky Beasley, Justin Coombes, and Kim Schoen. This bookwork features original writings by each artist, color reproductions of artworks in the exhibition and selected texts from Marcel Proust, Georges Perec and others.
A group exhibition of video, photography, sculpture and text, “A Man Asleep” brings together four artists connected by a strong relationship with art and literature. Taking its title from a novella by Georges Perec, “A Man Asleep” is the story of a man slowly withdrawing from life. His observations of the details of his diminishing world and increasing isolation is an exhaustive exploration of the terrains of both melancholy and indifference. All the artists in the exhibition offer perspectives on withdrawal and engagement in relation to the art object.
Central to the exhibition are found literary works from deceased authors chosen by each artist as a formal investigation into his or her own theories and methodologies in art making. Coupled with these writings are original texts from each artist collected in the form of a journal/exhibition catalog and presented as part of the exhibition.
(b. 1975, UK) Lives and works in Antwerp and London. She is represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London and Office Baroque, Antwerp. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘German Soup’ (2009) at Laura Bartlett Gallery and ‘Malamud’ (2008) at Office Baroque. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Karaoke – Photographic Quotes’ at FotoMuseum Winterthur and ‘The Malady of Writing’ at MACBA, Barcelona. In 2010 she will have a solo exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, as the result of a year long residency in the Eadweard Muybridge archive of the Kingston Local History Museum. She was shortlisted for the 2009-2011 Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Her latest book, ‘Thomas Bernhard Malamud’, was published in 2009.
Justin Coombes’s art investigates relationships between history, memory and place. He works principally in photography, but also in text, video and performance. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Grief Tree’ at Valentines Mansion, Ilford (2009), and ‘Urban Pastoral’ at Paradise Row, London (2007). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Le Weekend de Sept Jours’ at the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris (2010), ‘Flash Forward’ at Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ‘Natural Wonders’ at Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow and ‘The La La’ at Praxis Project Space, Singapore (all 2009). His work is in a large number of collections including those of the British Government and the David Robert Foundation. He is represented by Paradise Row Gallery and is currently working towards an MPhil (by Practice) in Fine Art at The Royal College of Art in London.
Kim Schoen’s work in photography, film and drawing engages re-enactment and repetition, exploring the concept of repetition as the site or force that disrupts and reveals. She received her M.F.A. in photography from CalArts in 2005 and her Masters in Philosophy from the photography department at The Royal College of Art in London in 2008. Recent exhibitions of her work include Trust Fall, (The Whitechapel Gallery, London), The Awful Parenthesis, (Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles), A Series of Catastrophes and Celebrations (Bank, Los Angeles), and Beyond Image: Photography and Contemporary Art (The Armory, Los Angeles). Her work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times and Art in America, and her essay “The Serial Attitude Redux” was recently published in X-TRA, Quarterly for Contemporary Art (Winter 2010/Volume 12.) Schoen is the co-founder and editor of MATERIAL, a journal of texts by visual artists.
Scoli Acosta born (1973), lives, and works in Los Angeles. Studies and travels include the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri (1992-’94), The Ultimate Akademie, Cologne, Germany (1995-’97), Brooklyn, New York (1997-’99), and Paris, France (2000-’04). Usually taking the form of site-responsive installations, his work relies heavily on the handmade, and the aesthetics of resourcefulness.
Recent solo exhibitions include Founded, Zoo Art Fair, London, (2009); Big Well Nada, Nada Art Fair, Miami, (2008); Carbon Footprint, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, (2008); Bountiful, LAXART, Los Angeles, (2008); Day was to Fall as Night was to Break, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Flower Power, Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy (2009); Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, LACMA, Los Angeles, (2008, and traveling until 2010); From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008). Collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and FRAC Limousin, France.