Published by common-editions. Text by Brian Dillon.
A Dark and Quiet Place accompanies a new moving image work of the same name by Australian artist David Noonan (born 1969). Both the film and the book present a meditation on performance, its associated apparatus and the physical and imaginary domains they inhabit. That this is Noonan’s first film work in over a decade is significant, as his practice since has frequently referenced both the material qualities of film and projection, and an ongoing interest in the slippages between figuration and pure abstraction. For the book, the artist has worked closely with award-winning design studio A Practice for Everyday Life to disassemble the film work back into a rhythmic sequence of still images, employing both the language of design and Noonan’s characteristic strategies of layering and manipulation. More than a series of film stills, the images that make up this book acquire their own intrinsic quality, proposing new spatial configurations and performative actions. In his response to the work, celebrated author Brian Dillon presents a piece of fiction at once speculative and rigorously rational, in which geometric shapes become performers, diagrammatic grids become complex stage sets, and the supremacy of the body is thrown into doubt.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 11.75 x 9.5 in. / 224 pgs / 240 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/24/2017 Forthcoming
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: MID WINTER 2017
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780993156328TRADE List Price: $35.00 CDN $45.00
AVAILABILITY Awaiting stock
STATUS: Forthcoming | 10/24/2017
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Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier. Text by Michael Bracewell, Jennifer Higgie, Dominic Molon.
Australian artist David Noonan (born 1969) uses found imagery as the basis for his screenprinted canvases and sculptures. Enigmatic figures, printed in grainy black and white or sepia, pose in these elaborate artworks, invoking covert and futuristic rituals. This monograph will be the first comprehensive overview of Noonan’s work.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Text by Jennifer Higgie.
London-based Australian artist David Noonan works with found photographic imagery taken from performance manuals, textile patterns and archive photographs to make densely layered montages. These works at once suggest specific moments in time and invoke disorientating atemporal spaces from which myriad narratives emerge.