‘Suspending the Ephemeral: Siân Bowen and Nova Zembla’ – The Book

I had always planned that a book would be produced in order to bring together the different threads of the project – and offer different perspectives on the works produced. I also felt that it was important it should include images of the exhibition installed at the Rijksmuseum – so it was decided to produce it during the exhibition period (rather than prior to the opening of the show).

An artist’s monograph or exhibition catalogue is always an incredible amount of work. I was very fortunate to be able to work in close dialogue with the designer of this publication, Marcus Byron, and with its authors, Chris Dorsett (artist), Jan de Hond (Curator of the Nova Zembla Collection), Joel Fisher (artist), Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge (Director of Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing) and Wim Pijbes (Director of the Rijksmuseum). Photographing the works with their reflective, pierced and embossed surfaces and watermarks requiring backlighting, was a real challenge –again I was very fortunate to be able to work with Staeske Rebers from the Rijksmuseum’s photographic studio on this crucial element of the book.

The book is published by RGAP, a UK publisher which concentrates on art and poetry with a research dimension. It was launched in the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum and in Scotland at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. It is distributed and available through Cornerhouse publications:

”Through artworks, accompanying essays, documentary photographs, video stills and texts by the artist, this book traces Bowen’s own ‘journey’ through the project, emphasizing the tactile qualities of her artworks which at the same time employ light, transparency, perforation, reflection and fragility, and consolidate the often fugitive nature of the materials used in their making.”

Order the book ‘Suspending the Ephemeral’ from Cornerhouse


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