Tom Phillips - A Humument (1966-73)
“In 1966 Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junkshop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H Mallock and he titled his altered book A Humument.
The first version of all 367 treated pages was published in 1973 since when there have been four revised editions. A Humument is now one of the best known and loved of all 20th Century artist’s books and is regarded as a seminal classic of postmodern art.”
The first trailer for horror anthology follow-up V/H/S/2 has made its way online, and fans of the first film won’t be disappointed with the amount of blood, nudity and general mayhem contained in this first few minutes of footage…
Thalo.com, an online publication released by Grumbacher, gave me the honor of being featured on this month’s cover. I answered some questions for them in a short interview that you can read here. Thank you to Daniel and Paige at Thalo.
My painting Into Lists was selected to be presented with the interview. and I am now releasing a strict closed edition set of surface detail photographs of this painting. Please visit JACOB VAN LOON / STORE for more purchasing info.
“I gain a sense of pride through deviation; whenever I explore a new method or concept and it’s realized physically, whether or not it’s a straight success. It can be more difficult to try something new than some artists are willing to admit, I know I certainly feel accomplished when new things happens in my own work.” —JvL
Tomorrow: Grant Cornett I Stay Under Glass at Picture Farm GalleryGrant Cornett’s photos shift contexts gracefully between fictional illustration, editorial, and advertising, into the exhibition space of a gallery. I Stay Under Glass is a collection of photographs that span the years 2009 to 2012 and touch on the raw, lawless quality of his sensibility. Teenage cockiness overlap elegance and skepticism. These pictures feel like they live on the crest of incident; vaguely fictive, reactionary and mysteriously purposeful all at once.