Monday, November 22, 2010

Soleil Cou Coupe.

Soleil Cou Coupe. One Picture Book #10. Photograph by Julien Coulommier. Text by Freddy De Vree. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002. 16 pp., 1 original gelatin silver print, 5½x7¼".

One Picture Book is an ongoing series of limited edition artists' books published by Nazraeli Press, which I've previously written about here, here and here for example.

The artist is asked to create a book based on one image or series of connected images, from their previous work. The hardcover edition is limited to 500 and contains an original print by the artist.

'Soleil Cou Coupe' (One Picture Book #10) is the work of Belgian photographer, author and critic Julien Coulommier, who's been "an important figure in western European avant-garde art since the early 1950s.

His association with Otto Steinert led Coulommier to be seen as a representative of subjective photography in Belgium and Holland, but his most important stimulus came from the Belgian surrealist Marcel Broodthaers, with whom he became friends.

Coulommier started out at a time when abstract art and figurative art were seen very much as separate genres. With great skill and imagination he has melded these opposing styles, presenting the abstract figuratively and the figurative in an abstract way. He has long been concerned with exploring the difference between knowledge about things and images of them.

'My creative vision discovers the hidden aspects that are in unison with my own inner world and gives them a visible form as a picture,' Coulommier has said of his work.

Freddy De Vree has written a memorable and vividly descriptive poem in honor of Coulommier’s work, and it complements perfectly the original print tipped into the final page of each book."

Quote from here.

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