Hinge PicturesEight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension
Andrea Andersson (editor)
Works by Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejão and Claudia Weiser, and essays by Andrea Andersson and Alex Klein
hardcover, 6 × 9.25 in.
124 pages, full color
published in 2019
In 1960 George Heard Hamilton published the first complete typographic translation of Duchamp’s The Green Box in English. A trade edition of 1000 copies, the landmark publication circulated and translated Duchamp’s notes and conceptual ambitions for his three-dimensional masterwork, The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. And as a book, designed to hinge at its binding, the work fulfilled Duchamp’s conceptual proposal for art that would move from two into three dimensional space.
Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension is an artist’s book in eight parts—a gorgeous, palimpsestual publication that layers the practices of Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejão, and Claudia Wieser over the pages, history, and framework of Duchamp’s imagination. With a swiss binding that unveils the spine of the book, and multiple vellum overlays that create layered interlocutions, the book’s physical qualities mirror its conceptual occupations. It is the third collaborative project between Siglio publisher Lisa Pearson and curator Andrea Andersson, who is the founder of the Rivers Institute. The first two were single-authored artist’s books copublished with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans: Becoming Imperceptible by Adam Pendleton and About to Happen by Cecilia Vicuña.
Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension is also companion publication to an eponymous exhibition in eight parts, a confrontation with the patrimony of European modernism in the practices of eight leading artists. A literal reading of Duchamp positions The Bride, a nude woman, suspended above a host of ogling bachelors. In his writing, Duchamp narrates both social and physical constraint (“The Bride accepts this stripping”) and formal liberation (“discover true form … develop the principle of the hinge.”). The artists of Hinge Pictures use formal constraint—a commitment to abstraction—in a demonstration of social liberation. Theirs is a knowing, deconstructed rehearsal of form and color, weighted by the errors, limits, and categorical proscriptions of transatlantic Modernism.
about the editor/curator
ANDREA ANDERSSON serves as founding director and curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, a non-profit institute for research and publishing, exhibitions and conversations on art informed by diasporic experience. A writer and curator, she has organized exhibitions with artists including Troy Montes-Michie, Yto Barrada, Sanford Biggers, Cecilia Vicuña, Zarouhie Abdalian, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Senga Nengudi, Adam Pendleton, among others. In addition to co-editing several artists’ books with siglio, she also recently co-edited (with Antonio Sergio Bessa) Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch (Yale UP) and organized the eponymous touring exhibition.
The work is conceived as a “hinge,” opening and functioning on multiple planes, yet tied to an initial point. Thus the title of this exhibition and book, and the design choice to create a delicate hinge binding with visible red string. The book is hyper-specific without being overly explanatory and offers a seamed (as the concluding essay by Alex Klein, titled “At the Seams,” suggests, the book actually and figuratively exposes its seams and binding) reading experience, a call-and-response of groundbreaking pre-war modernism and the vibrations of its legacy in the radical work of women artists today.
—Megan Liberty, Hyperallergic, Top Books of 2019
Perhaps make a hinge picture,” begins one of the ninety-four notes in Marcel Duchamp’s 1934 portfolio The Green Box. The suggestion presents a contradiction: an image, neither painting nor sculpture, that is ﬁxed in one plane but free to move in another, swinging into space. Installed across eight galleries, one per artist, this exhibition features more than ﬁfty new and recent predominantly abstract works whose ambiguous, hybrid nature honors Duchamp’s “principle of the hinge.” The pieces on view—including Leslie Hewitt’s photo-sculptures, Erin Shirreff’s dye sublimations, and Sarah Crowner’s curved paintings—translate the weighty vocabulary of European modernism into a new, multi-vocal language of contemporary abstraction.
—Valentina Sarmiento Cruz, Artforum
✼ natalie’s upstate weather report:
January 4, 2023 — Suddenly, not winter. At least for a day: sunny and an unseasonable 60 degrees. Some welcome light and warmth to offset the sadness of writing another remembrance. Two women hailed here at Siglio departed this earth at the end of 2022, a great, great loss. They couldn’t have been more different in so many ways—Bernadette and Dorothy—but both challenged the norms with gusto and persistence, also laughter and candor and insouciance, along with a little anarchy too. Nothing better than a meal with them, and of course, making a book that made them happy.[...]