Greenhouse Studies. By Philippe Weisbecker. Nieves, 2012. 32pp., illustrated throughout, 16x22,5 cm.
This is a really beautiful, low-fi book - poetic in its quietness and simplicity.
"Born in 1942, Weisbecker studied interior design in Paris. By 1968 he moved to New York. First working as a draftsman in an architectural firm, he started a career as an illustrator at the age of 30. His work has been published in major American publications such as the New York Times, Time magazine and The New Yorker among others.
In the late 90's he shifted gradually from commissioned work to his own original production which he is now showing in galleries worldwide. Moving back to France in 2006, he is now sharing his time between Paris and Barcelona.
In essence, Weisbecker's art consist of depicting elements of our daily life untouched by the sometime devastating effects of fashion's changing mood. These range from tools to appliances, from industrial buildings to public housing and, in the present case, greenhouses.
Greenhouses were created for the purpose of preserving an inner world from the outside world. they haven't changed much over time. Their purpose created their form. There lies their eternal beauty. It is this beauty that Weisbecker invites us to share with him through his Greenhouses study book."