'A A O UE' Trailer
by Ian Sternthal
2:30 Min.

'A A O UE' Trailer
by Ian Sternthal
2:30 Min.

A A O UE is a new edition by Keren Benbenisty which transforms The Burghley Collection catalogue into an artist book. The book consists of over 200 unique drawings that were created by disassembling the publication and removing most of the printed content from the newly emancipated sheets. Unlike traditional drawings, Benbenisty marks by removing: Using carefully placed pieces of scotch tape she preserves sections of each page, erasing most of the text and much of the photographic surfaces, She transforms the mass produced imagery into a series of ‘pieces unique’ stripped of their bourgeois trimmings.

The Burghley Collection features a vintage catalogue of Japanese porcelains collected by the upper echelons of British Royal society, documenting ancient Oriental artifacts according to a Western code of ownership and provenance, exposing the influence that Far Eastern culture had on Western cultural developments. Since the early imperialistic forays into the East, these wares have stood as symbols of the cultural and historical exchange between East and the West.

Benbenisty’s rebound artist book presents a poetic yet violent intervention into the relations which have traditionally defined western appropriations of eastern culture. Her drawing project goes beyond transforming mundane, everyday objects into historic artifacts. The new shapes and forms revealed both foreshadow and accelerate the porcelain’s decay, re-imagining the catalogue as a collection of archeological ruins. The resultant works exemplify Walter Benjamin’s notion of a dialectical image, charging the work with a political potential that Benjamin ascribed to images that contained within them a temporal fluxus. By including traces of the ‘whole’ object alongside its imagined decay, she exposes the various mythological claims that have long defined the ‘orient’, while simultaneously challenging these constructs through the elaboration of new negative spaces.

Keren Benbenisty’s (b. Israel, 1977) work challenges the mutual exclusivity of romanticism and conceptualism. Using drawing, video, and installation, she creates “contemporary relics” that straddle the contradiction between the contemporary and the archaic. Benbenisty moved to Paris in 1998 where she graduated with honors from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2004. After receiving the Collin LeFranc fellowship in 2003, Benbenisty attended Cal`Arts – The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. In 2009, she was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, having received the Wallace Reader’s Digest Endowment. For her residency at the ISCP – The International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York in 2011, Benbenisty received funding from The Ostrovsky Family Foundation, and ARTIS. Her work Benbenisty’s work has been shown in several group exhibitions in Europe and in NY, most recently with a solo exhibition at Francesca Antonini ARTE CONTEMPORANEA in Rome.

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Sternthal Books is an art book publishing company which uses print, motion, and digital media to examine current global issues from an artistic perspective. Through our experience, we shepherd our clients and collaborators through the various stages through which an idea is transformed into a finished product. We believe that art provides all people with the power to express ourselves, transform our surroundings, and make the world a better place. If you are an artist, gallery, or museum interested in publishing, please get in touch at contact@sternthalbooks.com, and for a more detailed list of available services scroll below.

This website is arranged according to media – Read, Watch, Visit, but when you click on a ‘Sternthal Book or Video’, each one acts as a container which brings together components from the various ‘media’: Every book we make is accompanied by a digital edition, a short film, and events and programming, rendering the substance of what we do far more significant then just a book.

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Venice Biennale For Architecture, Artis, The Jack Shainman Gallery, Printed Matter Art Book Fair, Alon Segev Gallery, Chelouche Gallery, Braverman Gallery, UMapped.

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  • Strategy

    Sternthal Books works with artists, galleries, museums, and a variety of other cultural institutions to best communicate their program’s and exhibitions through a variety of digital, interactive, and print media. Our role varies according to our clients needs, with the capacity to see projects through from strategizing and concepting through production and promotion.

  • Concepting

    Through conversations, dialogue, and research, we sift through a large variety of visual material in order to seek out different approaches to best communicate messaging. Whether it be in the form of an artist book, a website, or a short film, each project starts with a clear conceptual point of departure.

  • Curation

    Through a process of selection and re-interpretation, we start each project of through a curatorial editing process, where we collaborate with artists to either sequence and arrange their work, and in many cases, embark on the creation of new works to best communicate the artist’s vision. The books and videos we aim to make are not mere representations of existing media, but are works of art in and above themselves.
  • Design

    During the design process we use a variety of models, and mockups, mood and story boards to begin to flesh out concepts, and bring them to reality.

  • Production

    Through our experience we have developed trusting relationships with a variety of programmers, designers, and printing companies in Asia, Europe, Israel, and North America. We can oversee, manage, and produce both audio visual and print projects from start to finish.

  • Promotion

    Through events, newsletters, pop up shops, and various collaborations, we also offer promotional support to our clients and collaborators, helping to provide exposure and visibility for artists and brands alike.

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