Thursday, October 23, 2008

Umelec Magazine Issue 2/2008

Umelec Magazine has published a review entitled ‘Unfolding the Middle East: Kristen Alvanson’s Nonad’ (by Robin Mackay) on my ‘nonad’ exhibition in their current Issue 2/2008. Umelec is based in the Czech Republic and is published in English, German, Spanish and Czech.

Mackay begins, “In his 1998 book on Leibniz, philosopher Gilles Deleuze proposed the figure of ‘The Fold’ as a way in which a philosophy of immanence might measure the multiplicity of the uni­verse. If Being speaks in one voice, if we invoke no transcendent plane of organisation, then how can difference be articulated? Deleuze’s vision of folds-within-folds, which he discovers to be the reigning principle of the baroque, extends to labyrinthine structures enfolding infinite complexity (or implexity) without yielding to any form of transcendence. Kristen Alvanson, an American artist working in Iran, suggests that we read the Middle East, in all its obscurity, inscrutability and hybridity, in terms of such a topological model, as a fabric folded and refolded into a baffling surface where disparate elements abut unexpectedly and overlap each other in paradoxical fashion. Inversely, her recent work demonstrates how the multiple cultural codes at work in the region can be manifested through the folds of its fabrics…”

For more information on Umelec and where to purchase it check here: Umelec Magazine

For more information on work from my Cosmic Drapery Project, please visit a new section on my website which includes information on Nomadic Fabric Chadors, Spell Chadors, Cosmic Drapery Flags and Abjad-9.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pharmakon Library

Pharmakon Library
Created + Curated by Christina McPhee

The project is produced in association with Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.
NY Art Book Fair, October 23-26, 2008

My work ‘Poison In/Poison Out’ will be included in Christina McPhee’s Pharmakon Library.
Pharmakon Library is an ongoing series of graphic folios created and curated by Christina McPhee. The folios comprise a series of open works by artists who address, through image and/or text, the principle of critical reversability, or proximity of poison and cure. "Pharmakon" in Greek may mean antidote, recipe, poison, drug, spell, remedy, drug, talisman, gift and paint. Each folio consists of pigment jet archival prints by three artists. Each folio is produced as an edition of three. The scale of each folio images is 13 x 19 inches each (Super B). Print stock is Epson exhibition photographic paper and Niyodo washi; and printed with K13 Ultrachrome Epson pigment inks.

The project debut will occur at the New York Art Book Fair October 23-26, 2008, with the release of the initial folios in limited edition.

with invited contributions from artists
Kristen Alvanson, Bertien van Manen, Naeem Mohaiemen, Neal Robinson, Kevin Hamilton, Mickey Smith, Elin Lennox, Dave Iseri, and Christina McPhee.

set one: spell
Elin Lennox, Mickey Smith, Neal Robinson
set two: paint
Naeem Mohaiemen, Dave Iseri
set three: recipe
Bertien van Manen, Kevin Hamilton
set four: antidote
Kristen Alvanson, Christina McPhee

For more information check:
pharmakon folio documentation pdf

click-through thumbnail index (images only)

Monday, October 13, 2008

dESIRE Update

dESIRE #003538

Due to global inflation and demand the price of one unit of desires has been increased from $125 to $200. The last increase was in March 2008 when the price was increased from $100 to $125.

For more information on my dESIRE Project, please check here: