Hard Cover, Thread Stiching, 74 Pages, 2009, Mousse Publishing
Galleria Civica di Modena Sprache: Italian and English
The volume that accompanies this show by Christian Holstad looks like a bifg bible: the soft, flexible black leather cover is printed witrh gilt lettering, and an oblong silk bookmark flows out of the binding like a stream of blood. In addition to the other works in the show, the book reproduces the twelve graphite and gold-leaf drawings on newspaper that make up the thematic core of his project in Modena, the American aritist's first solo exhibition: twelve Stations of the Cross that can be read as both an introspective story of ascentds and falls, ans as contemporary American society's journey to Golgotha. Inside, a conversation between the curators - VETTESE AND FARRONATO - and the texts by critics retrace the artist's career, discussing the themes in his work.