Dear Clay

Dear Clay

‘Dear Clay’ by Stéphanie Baechler, Book launch & exhibition: 25 – 27.06.2020 at art book shop San Serriffe, Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam.

‘Dear Clay,’ along with an exhibition of the same name expanding and activating the content of the publication within the space of the shop. Recorded letters, ceramic works, Dia Slide Projection and sketchbooks were put into a dialogue with texts by Zoë Dankert, Stéphanie Baechler, Jan Verwoert and Rudy Guedj.
Design of the book/editing: Rudy Guedj and Laura Pappa
Published by Building Fictions
Book available here

Thanks to Stichting Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Pieter Verbeke
Photography by: Carmen Gray & Justina Nekrašaitė -
The Book Photographer

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Image - Letters by Jan Verwoert & Rudy Guedj

Letters by Jan Verwoert & Rudy Guedj

‘Dear Clay,’ gathers a selection of spreads extracted from Stéphanie Baechler’s meticulous sketchbooks displayed in chronological order (2013 – 2019), as well as 35mm photographs documenting her working process. Providing an intimate insight into her artistic practice, it reveals what facilitates the work from its conception to its making, transportation, and installation. Rather than presenting it as a final staged object, we see the work as something unpolished, unfinished, in flux.

Image - 35mm photographs

35mm photographs

Image - Picture by Justina Nekrašaitė - The Book Photographer

Picture by Justina Nekrašaitė - The Book Photographer

Image - Text by Zoë Dankert

Text by Zoë Dankert

Dear Clay

Image - Back of the book

Back of the book

Fragile.
Handle with care.
(But do handle.
Touch the surface,
feel its weight pressing into the skin of your hands,
listen to the little noises it makes when scratching it,
holding it.
Traces are there to follow,
to finger,
to form.)

Text by: Zoë Dankert

Image - Orginal Sketchbooks in alumnium collators at art book shop San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Orginal Sketchbooks in alumnium collators at art book shop San Serriffe, Amsterdam

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Image - Extract from texts by Zoë Dankert

Extract from texts by Zoë Dankert

Image - Ceramics, Title: Page 164, glazed ceramic, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019 Title: Page 165, black stoneware, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019

Ceramics, Title: Page 164, glazed ceramic, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019 Title: Page 165, black stoneware, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019

Image - Ceramics, Title: Page 164, glazed ceramic, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019 Title: Page 165, black stoneware, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019

Ceramics, Title: Page 164, glazed ceramic, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019 Title: Page 165, black stoneware, Size: 38 x 24 x 1,3 cm, 2019

Image - woven bookmarks of the book Dear Clay

woven bookmarks of the book Dear Clay