Event — Morava @ Printed Matter

Prin­ted Mat­ter is host­ing a lec­ture and launch on Sat­urday, August 25th 2012, by Honza Zamojski, the artist, edit­or and pub­lish­er of Morava Pub­lish­ing House

Between 3 to 6pm Honza will set up shop in front of Prin­ted Mat­ter as part of our ongo­ing “Side­walk Series” to sell books and dis­cuss the press.

At 6pm, sun-weary, Honza will present a lec­ture “How to Pub­lish an Art Book,” part of a series of talks he’s giv­en under the head­er “How it’s made.” The event will also serve as a launch for two new pub­lic­a­tions from Morava Books, includ­ing “Vis-a-vis en face (J’ai quin­ze ans)” by Zamojski and “The Hunter in the Arm­chair” by Ilja Kari­lampi.

“‘How to Pub­lish an Art Book’ will address vari­ous con­sid­er­a­tions in inde­pend­ent pub­lish­ing, shar­ing Honza’s own exper­i­ence in get­ting 14 books to print. With an old-school over­head pro­ject­or he’ll dia­gram the dif­fer­ent phases –  – idea, print­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion –  – required to real­ize a book to full effect, and also, of course, to find read­ers for it. Q&A to fol­low.”
 — Prin­ted Mat­ter
Vis-a-vis en face (J’ai quin­ze ans) by Honza Zamojski
“‘Vis-à-vis en face (J’ai quin­ze ans)’ is the 12th pub­lic­a­tion of Morava pub­lish­ing house. The por­traits col­lec­ted in the book (earli­er out­lined with his fin­ger on the screen of a smart­phone) are a free inter­pret­a­tion of the works in the col­lec­tion of the ING Pol­ish Art Found­a­tion. In 2010, Zamojski’s draw­ing was added to the Found­a­tion col­lec­tion and cata­logued as piece 0108. The mono­type on the cov­er of a detect­ive fic­tion story (Patri­cia High­s­mith “Strangers on a train”) is a mask applied with print­ing ink to woman’s face. Two years later, while work­ing on “Vis-à-vis en face”, Zamojski cre­ated more than 60 por­traits defined by page num­ber, draw­ing num­ber and the collection’s cata­logue num­ber. He developed a closed and newly struc­tured cata­logue of the Found­a­tion col­lec­tion. At first glance the book may look like a trav­esty of oth­er artists’ accom­plish­ments. It can also be asso­ci­ated with a child’s play, which per­sist­ently, with sur­pris­ing con­sequence, keeps scrib­bling on a smart­phone screen. By apply­ing simple esthet­ics, Zamojski refers to the idea of a dir­ect and raw view. Vis-à-vis. How­ever, on the cov­er of the book we see a grid, a steady struc­ture. A num­ber of clues lead the reader’s gaze to per­ceive por­traits scribbled en face.”
— Morava
The Hunter in the Arm­chair by Ilja Kari­lampi.
“‘The Hunter in the Arm­chair’ takes the form of a blog-cum-diary recor­ded by Swedish artist Ilja Kari­lampi (*1983, Göte­borg) over a five-month res­id­ency in New York City. The nov­el comes togeth­er as a sort of mix­tape — a series of uncensored events, out­rageous adven­tures and bless­ings, where real­ity becomes the most zany sort of fic­tion. These are the firsthand exper­i­ences of Kari­lampi him­self, set to a slick soundtrack of club bangers and house party anthems. A foreigner’s broken Euro-Eng­lish lingo cap­tures this win­dow in time from a dis­tinct­ive P.O.V. Ilja Karilampi’s work is a visu­al por­trait of blog-entries that dive into the intox­ic­at­ing pool of celebrity cul­ture and VIP life­styles, with a dash of the ghetto fab­ulous. Writ­ten up in his own mixed-up jar­gon, it is a hope­less quest for male cul­tur­al iden­tity by a man lucky enough to get laid once in a while, but not so lucky to get a job. Leav­ing home to head out on the hunt for vis­ions and exper­i­ences, it seems con­tem­por­ary man is nev­er sat­is­fied. Art, sex, drugs, food or simply a walk around the block: all stim­u­lants and paci­fiers for the young, irre­spons­ible and free. The point of it all lies some­where between psy­cho­logy, quantum phys­ics and eso­ter­ic philo­sophy, while syn­chron­icity can be used to describe the ran­dom, poet­ic cir­cum­stances that make up the scope of the every­day allure of New York City.”
 — Morava
Prin­ted Mat­ter
195 Tenth Aven­ue
New York City 10011
August 25th 2012 from 3 to 6pm