Tauba Auerbach

Aug 6, 2013


A few years ago, when Massimiliano Gioni proposed a book by artist Tauba Auerbach, Three Star Books paused. The craft that goes into any production by this American artist is of such an intricate nature that, frankly, they wondered if they could do it. In fact, in the world of artist’s books, there is a certain disdain for the elaborately handmade bookwork. Artists who invest too much in the choice of paper or type of print — let alone binding, or elements such as pop-ups — are considered outside the critical discourse. Tauba Auerbach changes this discussion. She joins a phalanx of predominantly female artists who have embraced skills that might be called 21st century morphs of deliberately handcrafted books, sometimes alluding to pop-ups, or weaving, or pattern-making, as a kind of abstraction that seems derived if not suited ideally for a domestic context. Auerbach moves easily between process and mediums, and her technical knowledge of materials, plus her wide-ranging “sampling” are her trademark. STAB/GHOST, is a a translucent book composed of clear plastic pages, silkscreened with patterns, sewn with lanyards of plastic thread, and mounted on a specially designed light table. True to her interest in complex geometries and color theory, the book also functions as a light sculpture.

Tauba Auerbach

Three Star Books

Edition of 10 copies with 3 artist’s proofs

Book description
Format: 30 x 40 x 2.5 cm,
11.81 x 15.74 x 1.18 in.
100 sheets of 250 microns Lexan
4 color silkscreen
PVC stab bindingClear plexiglas PVC stab binding
Clear plexiglas wave

Light Box Table
ROSCO LED panels
Clear plexiglas hood