Booklyn Artists Alliance

MONUMENT

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New New York, 2007, 40 x 75 inches, graphite, wax on acrylic mounted on paper

Description

Recent Exhibitions

MONUMENT
Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany, March 2010
East Marion, New York, June 2009
London, England, May 2009
Berlin, Germany, October 2008
Seoul, Korea, June 2008
Wiemar, Germany, October 2007
Murphy's, California, August, 2007
New York City, July 2007
Berlin, Germany/New York City, July 2007
Seoul, Korea, June 2007
California, May 2007
London, April 2007
New York City, March 2007
Black River Falls, Wisconsin, January 2007
A Book from a Cave, January 2007
New York City, December 2006
Washington D.C., November 2006
Germany, October 2006
"343", 9/11 Memorial, New York City, September 2006
California, James Dean Memorial, August 2006
Green River Cemetery, The Hamptons, July 2006
New York City, June 2006
California, May 2006
London, April 2006

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Masters of Go, 20 x 27inches, wax crayon on found pages (from Yusunari Kawabata’s “Master of Go”), glued on paper, (Rubbings from: the Merchant Navy Memorial and various memorial plaques on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra.)

Australia, February/March, 2006
Sydney
Mackay
Shepparton
Canberra
Amsterdam/New York City, October, 2005
Background of the Monument instigator

Description
Kurt Allerslev, Marshall Weber and Christopher Wilde have been doing collaborative artworks as Organik since 1997. Organik creates books, drawings, paintings and installations in an intimate, spontaneous and passionate mode of choreographed collaboration. All three artists work simultaneously in a creative practice inspired by ongoing dialogs concerning ecology, politics and philosophy.

The MONUMENT project extends Organik's techniques into an investigation of the texts and images of architecture, public memorials and monuments. Drawings made from ink, natural pigments, and graphite and wax crayon rubbings taken from architectural elements, plaques, and statues are collaged onto paper or plastic sheets. Ranging from celebratory illumination of public artworks to critical rewriting of national war memorials, MONUMENT is a visual exploration of public art's wide spectrum of functions from historicizing authority to silent, unseen witness.

The project is also consciously anchored in public performance art practice as all MONUMENT artworks are initiated outdoors in public space often with accompanying dialogs with bystanders, who range from interested locals and tourists to security guards and other law enforcement agents.

MONUMENT drawings are material documentations of actual monuments, buildings and cultural sites. Each drawing is literally embedded with physical evidence of sites from all over the world ranging from Marilyn Monroe’s “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; to the Aboriginal War Memorial in the hills of Canberra; Australia to the streets of Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York City, Seoul and other locations from all over the world.

MONUMENT exhibits can be installed at any site, accompanied by a new body of drawings documenting the location surrounding the exhibition space.

Recent Exhibitions

2010
March, "Social Remarques", Hamilton and Arronson Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
April, "Celebrity Death Trip", Booklyn Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2009
September, Klingspor Museum, Offenbach Am Main, Germany
August, "Fabric of War", Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, England
June, "Fabric of War", Courtauld Art Institute Library Gallery, London, England
May, "The Murder Fantastic...", Mosquito Hawk Gallery, Shelter Island, New York
2008
June, "Spice Cave", Gallery Andante, Seoul, Korea
2007
June, Seoul International Artist Book Fair, Korea
April/May, "MONUMENT", Lawrence Graham Gallery, London, England

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MONUMENT

Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany, March 2010
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BaaderMeinhofJoint, matrix: gravestone of Andreas Baader, Gundrun Esslin, Stuttgart, Germany, gravestone of Ulrike Meinhof, Berlin, Matiaskirche Memorial for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Berlin, media: graphite, turmeric, wax crayon.

East Marion, New York, June 2009
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A Rothko Mark, 2009, 20 x 26 inches, graphite and wax rubbing on handmade paper paper, rubbings from Mark Rothko's gravestone, East Marion Cemetery, the North Fork of Long Island, New York State.

London, England 2009
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The Cross That Bears Arms, 2009, 24 x 30 inches, ink, graphite and wax rubbing on Shokoku paper, rubbings from St. Clement Danes church, London, England, the formal chapel for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Berlin, Germany, October 2008
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 2008, 21 x 30 inches, ink, wax crayon on paper, rubbing from a plaque on the Zionskirche am Zionskirchplatz in Berlin, memorializing the murder of Bonhoeffer a progressive anti-Nazi priest.

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Seoul, Korea, June 2008
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Lineage Stone, 2008, 36 x 25 inches , graphite, wax crayon on Korean handmade paper, rubbing from the lineage stone in the interior mountain shrine of Shim (heart) Won (basic, root) Sah (temple) Buddhist Temple in Bukhansan National Park in Seoul, South Korea
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Weimar, Germany, October 2007
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Charlotte von Stein, 2008, 64 x 32 inches , graphite, ink, turmeric dye, wax crayon on paper, rubbing from the gate of the Goethe Family tomb, the gravestone of Charlotte von Stein and the Hafiz Memorial in Weimar. Collection of the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach Am Main, Germany.

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Berlin, Germany/New York City, July 2007
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Bibliotek Denkmal
, 2007, 32 x 44 inches, graphite, ink, tumeric dye, wax crayon on paper.

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Murphy's, California, August, 2007
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Murphy’s Story, 30 x 40 inches, graphite, wax crayon on paper.
Collection of the University of California at Berkeley.

New York City, July 2007
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Harbinger, 24 x 32 inches, graphite, ink, tumeric pigment paint, and wax crayon on paper.

Seoul, Korea, June 2007
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Water, 34 x 22 inches, graphite, ink, wax crayon on paper.

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Mad in Korea 2, 34 x 22 inches, graphite, ink, wax crayon on paper.

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California, May 2007
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Hollywood Way, 32 x 24 inches, graphite, wax crayon on paper.

London, April 2007
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Edith Cavell, Brussels, Dawn, October 12, 1915, 32 x 24 inches, graphite, wax crayon on paper.

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Arches, 24 x 32 inches, graphite, ink, tumeric pigment paint, and wax crayon on paper. Private collection, Seoul, Korea.

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New York City, March 2007
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We Bring Good Things to Life, 24 x 32 inches, graphite, ink, tumeric pigment paint, and wax crayon on paper.

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Unrest, 42 x 28 inches, wax crayon and graphite on Fabriano paper.

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The Standard #2, 28 x 42 inches, wax crayon and graphite on Fabriano paper.


Black River Falls, Wisconsin, January 2007
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Passenger, 2007, 32 x 44 inches, graphite, ink, tumeric dye, wax crayon on paper.

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A Book from a Cave
A unique artists book, 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches, 28 pages, graphite, ink, ochre pigments paint, wax crayon, on handmade Doublehand paper in a leather, copper, branded binding, 2007
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With drawings and rubbings from: Amsterdam, Australia, New York City, and Germany.

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New York City, December 2006
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The Lady's Cottage in Hell, 22 x 36 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper with ink and organic pigment paints. Rubbing from Greg Lefevre's map plaque in Union Square.

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Library, 24 x 36 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper. Rubbing from the Library Walk on 41st Street and Union Square labor history plaques.

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Rise High, 28 x 40 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper, rubbing from Greg Lefevre's architectural plaques in midtown. Private collection, London, England.

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Washington D.C., November 2006
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Vietnamese?, 38 x 24 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper, rubbing from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.

Germany, October 2006
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At the Teodor Adorno Memorial, artists book, 48 pages, 16 x 8 inches (open), wax crayon and graphite on handmade Japanese Kozo paper, rubbing from the Teodor Adorno Memorial in Frankfurt, Germany, story by Aladeen, book made by Veronika Schäpers
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This book was made in six hours from 9PM, October 6th to 3AM the next day.
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"As I rubbed the quotes from Adorno into the book I also made real time notes of the conversations I had with the enthusiastic, critical, funny and profound people who watched me work and kept me well supplied.", Marshall Weber.
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Clement Tobias Lange said that this book was "like part of a moving waterfall."
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Will I never have a child?, 26 x 40 inches, wax crayon on paper, rubbing from Hans Haake's memorial sculpture for Rosa Luxemburg in Berlin.

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Altenheim, 30 x 40 inches, graphite on mulberry paper, rubbing from the memorial plaque for the Jewish Senior Center that was the transit point from which 55,000 Berliner Jews were sent to their deaths in Nazi era death camps.

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"343", 9/11 Memorial, New York City, September, 2006

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Fire Across Our memory, an artists book, 6 x 18 inches, 28 pages, graphite on paper from the New York City Fire Department with the printed seal of the '343' Company. In the collection of the University of California, Irvine.
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Rubbings from the"343” 9/11 Memorial Wall, NY, NY
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California, August, 2006
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James Byron Dean's Constellation, diptych, each panel - 22 x 48 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper, rubbings from the James Dean Memorial", Chalome, CA
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Green River Cemetery/The Hamptons July 2006
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Henry's View, 26 x 40 inches, wax crayon on paper, rubbings from Henry Geldzahler's grave stone, Green River Cemetery, The Springs, East Hampton, New York
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Blue Pollocks #7, 26 x 40 inches, wax crayon, graphite, oil pastel on paper, rubbing from Jackson Pollock’s grave stone, Green River Cemetery, The Springs, East Hampton, New York

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Poster regarding the death of Jackson Pollock, 24 x 36 inches, wax crayon, oil pastel on bamboo paper, rubbing from Jackson Pollock’s grave stone.


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New York City
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Prisoner of Customs, 22 x 19 inches, wax crayon and graphite on paper and stencil painting by Laurie Steelink, rubbings, from the Korean War Memorial, Battery Park, NYC, the National Museum of the American Indian (former Customs House Building), and the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court (which shares the Customs House Building), NYC.

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California, May 2006
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Sitting Bull Hollywood, 20x24 inches, wax crayon on paper, stencil painting by Laurie Steelink, rubbings from the Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA.

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Marilyn’s Star, 26 x 40 inches, graphite on paper, rubbings from Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA.
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Dr. Suess, 26"x40", graphite on paper, rubbings from the Dr. Suess Memorial, La Jolla, CA


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London, April 2006
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Kinder Transport, 22 x 28 inches, wax crayon on handmade paper, 2006, rubbings taken from Flor Kent's "Fur Das Kind" sculpture located outside Liverpool Station in London. Collection of Stefan Soltek, Offenbach, Germany.


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Australia, Febraury / March 2006
Sydney
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Silent Contemplation, 24 x 18 inches, wax crayon on Mylar, 2006
(Rubbings from: ANZAC War Memorial, the Prince Albert Monument near Hyde Park, the reconcillation plaque of the Sydney Opera House, put up as an apology to the original Danish architect Joern Utzon who resigned from the project in disgust though he has recently rejoined to assist in the redesign of the interior.


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Canberra
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Aboriginal Country, 18 x 24 inches, wax crayon on Mylar,
(Aboriginal Forces Memorial – its up on the hill behind the War Memorial Museum somewhat hidden in the bush!

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Hallowed Lies, 24 x 18 inches, wax crayon on Mylar, 2006
(Various memorials, Anzac Parade, Canberra)

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Mothership, with Dianne Fogwell, 24 x 18 inches, linoleum cut relief print and wax crayon on handmade paper, 2006, now in the collection of the Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra (Various memorial plaques on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial Museum)
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New Sea Land, 18 x 24 inches, wax crayon on Mylar, 2006
(New Zealand Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra)
New Zealand Memorial, Rats of Tobruk Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra)


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Mackay
Yam Dreaming, Organik filled this book with painting and rubbings from Amsterdam, Australians and New York City and with writings recording conversations with Australians from diverse backgrounds. This book is in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Kunstbibliothek, Germany.
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Cover from Yam Dreaming, by Organik, 8 x 15 3/4 inches, multi-media, unique, artists book, 22 pages, Doublehand paper, 2005-2006 (Rubbings from: New York City, Amsterdam, Netherlands, various locales throughout Australia.)
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Pagespread from Yam Dreaming
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Pagespread from Yam Dreaming

The second book, Cycle, is a collaboration with Booklyn co-founder, artist, etymologist and bookbinder, Schon Schooler, who now resides near Brisbane, and Canberra artist Dianne Fogwell who supplied various linoleum cut blocks used to complete the Cycle. Published as an edition of 8, the book is in the collection of the Library of Congress, Stanford University, CA, Smith College, MA.
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Many Australian artists and poets unknowingly collaborated in the book as a the book is a homage to the public art found in the streets of Mackay.
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Cycle, 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches, multi-media, unique artists book, 36 pages, 2005-2006 (Rubbings from various locales throughout Australia)


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Shepparton
Organik member Weber travelled with Professor John Reid on a field trip investigating the environmental culture and politics of the Goulburn River in area around Shepparton, in Victoria State.
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War Love, with Organik, 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches, wax crayon on handmade Doublehand paper, 2006 (New York City, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Shepparton War Memorial, Australia.)
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Apology, 18 x 24 inches, wax crayon on Mylar, 2006 (Shepparton War Memorial) (Aversion of this drawing on paper was donated to the Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative located between Shepparton & Mooroopna.)


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Old Amsterdam/New Amsterdam (New York City)
Organik spent six months doing a series of rubbings (both on single sheets of paper and in hand bound blank books) in New York and then traveled to Amsterdam to integrate rubbings from that city into the mix.
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Jaboticabin, frottage drawing on handmade paper with human hair, assemblage of nine sheets, 60 inches by 48 inches. Jaboticabin combines visual and material components of identity on a molecular (Wilde's hair as a genomic marker, Allerslev's phytochemical research - he is the discoverer of the anti-cancer compound jaboticabin depicted in the center panel) and social level (the city of Amsterdam, the Dutch Empire).
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Matchless, aspiration, cutting, frottage, ink and brush drawing, painting, pencil, on handmade paper, in a unique book, 15" x 9", 40 pages. This book is in the collection of the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig, Germany. Copies of Matchless from an edition of three are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and the University of Southern California, L.A.
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Matchless takes on the entire issue of Dutch identity and its testy relationship to European and global history enigmatically mixing Dutch windmills with the Don Quixote and Pym Fortun, geisha girls with Den Hague scenery, and the Paris labor riots with Amsterdam tulip gardens.
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