Pourquoi Travailler?, 2011-2012

Mixed Media

Text and design: Liam Gillick
Composition : Helvetica Neue Bold and Gillick Helvetica New
Paper: Moulin Richard de Bas
Letterpress printing: Atelier Vincent Auger
Cover: goatskin parchment
Slipcase: PLEXIGLAS® (5 different colors)

16.50 x 11.60 x 1.00 in

41.9 x 29.5 x 2.5 cm

Edition of 30

Signed and numbered by the artist

PRICE: $5,516

    About The Work

    In his second publication with the team of Three Star Books, Liam Gillick offers a philosophical text entitled "Pourquoi travailler?" ("Why Work?"). His argument is presented materially as well as in carefully reasoned prose, to conclude that both different types of labor—and also less—might behoove those in the culture industry today. Gillick's text addresses the issue of production for the "knowledge worker," and sheds a searing light on the forms of labor that cultural production now entails...

    "Why Work?" first appeared in New York as part of the Goethe Institut Wyoming Building series "WHAT IS THE GOOD OF WORK?," organized by Maria Lind, Director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Simon Critchley, Chair of Philosophy at the New Schol. The text was presented by Gillick in conjunction with the contribution of noted Italian philosopher, Gianni Vattimo. Because of the French-language context of the publishing house, and because of a preponderant love for French intellectual culture, as well as his frequent work in France, Gillick has elected to have "Why Work?" translated into French.

    Precisely because Gillick is English, and more than familiar with the philosophy of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement, it is moving to see how he doubles back and forth between the crafted and the mechanically reproducible. Citing the earliest of printing traditions—woodcut—Gillick has selected images from the dawn of the mechanically produced book to go along with his both crafted and yet electronic book. These images are related to prints that he featured in exhibitions in Germany and New York. Some of them clearly depict scenes of "labor." Others are difficult to fathom, and seem almost arbitrary or counter-productive to "illustration."

    Courtesy of Three Star Books

    About Liam Gillick

    From The Magazine

    • Liam Gillick's essay on labor, "Pourquoi travailler?" ("Why Work?"), began as a symposium contribution, presented in its Three Star Books manifestation as a rarity. The text, typeset in the special Gillick Helvetica New that the artist himself designed, is printed in letterpress on handmade paper. These sheets are gathered together in a bound cover created from white goatskin parchment, each cover pleated by hand. The resultant volume, fitted with over a dozen black and white images executed after woodblock prints, is held together in a near-sculptural form, by a fluorescent Plexiglas case.

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