February 27, 2018
Books of (De)formation: A galle(r)y show
by Melville House
So, we’re a publishing house. We’re in the business of making books. (Making books, by the way, is pretty difficult, and a whole lot of fun.)
One book we recently made is Ross Simonini’s Book of Formation. It’s an amazing debut novel: darkly funny, formally innovative, intensely readable.
But that’s not why we’re here right now. At least, not exactly.
For Exhibition A, “the insider source for museum-quality contemporary art editions,” Ross has taken eight galleys of the book and transformed them in stunning, weird ways that highlight certain aspects of the work.
“These eight books correspond to the eight interviews in the book,” Ross says. “The materials relate to book’s content: rice, antibiotics, Southern Californian sand, a trackpad, hair, and acorns. All copies of the edition have been treated like personalities to be transformed.”
You’d probably like to get a look, wouldn’t you? Well then, without further ado:
acorns, salt, glue, wormwood, bandage, collaged paper, The Book of Formation
cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds, yerba mate, resin, The Book of Formation
antibiotics, enzymes, rice, gelatin, glue, The Book of Formation
Tulsi, licorice, turmeric, The Book of Formation
Rice, resin, The Book of Formation
TrackPad, paint, The Book of Formation
hair, resin, napkin, wooden stylus, The Book of Formation
earth, glue, salt, sand, rocks, The Book of Formation