ABC Artists Books Cooperative




That Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. show is really getting around. Here’s the ABCED presentation (and my Strippedat the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.


Books on wires

There’s Stripped hanging at the Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. show at Gagosian Gallery. The opening was packed and I was happy to see so many friends turn out. This little print-on-demand book that I made in just a few days ended up surrounded by a massive production, and I’m still not entirely sure how it happened. At any rate, it was an honor to be there and see this massive body of work by over a hundred artists connected in time and space by the presence of Mr. Ruscha himself.

The show itself is epic and worth a visit (through April 27, 2013).

Top image—Gagosian Gallery.


Stripped at the Gagosian

On my way home from Weymouth last summer I met up with Andreas and Jonathan in London, who encouraged me to make a quick contribution to ABC‘s first collaborative project, ABCED—a set of books inspired by Ed Ruscha’s work, on the occasion of his 75th birthday in December 2012. (ABC + ED = ABCED.)

My book is Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), a work that reinterprets Ruscha’s classic Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966) with a Google image search of the word sunset. The book follows Ed’s layout and the total length of the pages is 25 feet (as was his work, which folded out into one long strip).

Fast forward to March 2013. After several book fairs and various exhibitions, our little print-on-demand box of books will be included in “Ed Ruscha / Books & Co.,” a show of book works by Ed Ruscha and many artists influenced by him. The exhibition opens March 5 at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. Stripped will be one of ten books featured from the set.

Stripped is available for purchase at Blurb.


The Spectral Lens

I’m launching The Spectral Lens (Twenty-Six Stories from the Book Machine) at Offprint Paris next week. I’ll be there with ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative and there’s a book signing on Thursday at 5pm.

More about The Spectral Lens.

Offprint Paris
15–18 November 2012
École des Beaux-Arts
14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris



NY Art Book Fair

Please come say hello if you’re at MoMA PS1 for Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair this week (Friday through Sunday). I’ll be at the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative table or floating around all weekend. The full boxed set of Weymouths, 273 Relics for John Cage (new second edition) and Stripped will be for sale at our table, along with lots of beautiful work by our 25 members from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, UK and USA.

NY Art Book Fair
28–30 September 2012
Preview / Thursday 27 September 6–9pm
ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative (second floor, table Q43)



Stripped from Paul Soulellis on Vimeo.

My contribution to ABCED is Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), a 74-page homage to Ed’s 1966 Every Building on the Sunset Strip.

Stripped includes the first sixty-six sunsets found in a Google image search, stripped of color (and detail), while metadata found in the titles of the images are assembled as a sort of found text.

The Stripped video will be included as part of a collective ABC screening next weekend at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.



I guess maybe I woke up in a cold sweat once
and just had this light bulb go off of doing a book of some sort.

This is how Ed Ruscha, in a 2004 interview, recalled the events that led him to start creating books. The books he started making half a century ago were influential for generations of artists. To honour his contribution to the artist’s book, members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative are launching ABCED in Autumn 2012. ABCED is a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists:

Abstracted by Jonathan Lewis
Aped by EJ Major
Auctioned by Andreas Schmidt
Borrowed by Joachim Schmid
Clicked by Wil van Iersel
Clothed by Deanna Dikeman
Collected by Wil van Iersel
Colored by Tanja Lažetić
Covered by Hermann Zschiegner
Derailed by David Schulz
Disappeared by Joshua Deaner
Distilled by Jonathan Lewis
Dressed by Julie Cook
Exploded by Tanja Lažetić
Freed by Fred Free
Fucked by Andreas Schmidt
Ignored by Jean Keller
Peed by Jochen Friedrich
Pronounced by Erik Benjamins
Pumped by Mishka Henner
Recounted by Elisabeth Tonnard
Replicated by Joachim Schmid
Reworded by Travis Shaffer
Richtered by Mishka Henner
Rorschached by Andreas Schmidt
Sampled by Jonathan Lewis
Scarred by Burkhard von Harder
Sliced by Heidi Neilson
Stained by Eric Doeringer
Stripped by Paul Soulellis
Uncompleted by Mariken Wessels
Visited by Fred Free
Yellowed by Victor Sira

All books are print on demand, 8×5 inches, softcover, open edition. Books are available individually either from the artists or at A discounted boxed set containing all 33 books will be available from ABC soon.

The series will launch at several art book fairs this month, so if you’re in Amsterdam, London or NYC in the next few weeks look for the ABC table at:

Offprint Amsterdam at Westergasfabriek 20–23 September
The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery 21–23 September
NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 28–30 September