September 24, 2015
Jessamyn Fiore leads a conversation with John and Katie Holten exploring their respective individual and collaborative work as visual artists, writers, curators, publishers, and academics, focusing on About Trees, John and Katie Holten’s first collaboration.
The evening celebrated the release of Katie Holten’s book About Trees, published by Broken Dimanche Press co-founded by John Holten. About Trees was the first book in BDP’s new series Parapoetics: a Literature Beyond the Human.
Considering a crisis of representation, About Trees catalogues our relationship with language, landscape, perception, and memory in the Anthropocene. Katie Holten created a Tree Alphabet and used it to make a new typeface called Trees. The book includes contributions from Andrea Bowers, Tacita Dean, Amy Franceschini, Charles Gaines, James Gleick, Amy Harmon, Natalie Jeremijenko, Elizabeth Kolbert, Robert Macfarlane, Pedro Reyes, Nicola Twilley, Aengus Woods, Andrea Zittel and others.
Before the event, Jessamyn Fiore led a tour of Gordon Matta-Clark: Energy & Abstraction, an exhibition including rarely shown tree drawings, at David Zwirner.
Jessamyn Fiore is a New York-based curator, writer and co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. She curated 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970–1974) at David Zwirner in New York (2011) and collaborated on the exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: Energy & Abstraction at David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street.
John Holten is a writer, artist as well as a publisher based in Berlin. Having co-founded Broken Dimanche Press he has overseen more than thirty publications and attendant exhibitions, projects and public events. In 2011 he published his first novel The Readymades to great acclaim. The follow-up novel Oslo, Norway has just been released.
Katie Holten is a visual artist based in New York. She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has had solo museum exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012); Bronx Museum, New York (2009); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2008) and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). She currently hosts a series of Sunday Salons at her home with Dillon Cohen.
Broken Dimanche Press is a European publisher interested in all aspects of books within the wider discourses of contemporary art and politics. Founded in Berlin in 2009 by John Holten and Line Madsen Simenstad, BDP has executed many book projects, exhibitions, reading series and interventions across Europe.
This event was made possible with support from Axe-Houghton Foundation and Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.