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Jasper Sebastian Stürup: Written In Fur Drawn In Snow

Artist Book and Off-Site Launch:
Book launch with reading by contributing author David Senior
Bibliographer, Museum of Modern Art Library
Printed Matter, Inc.
195 Tenth Avenue, New York
October 18, 2012

Forever & Today, Inc. presents its newest commissioned publication, an artist book by Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Written In Fur Drawn In Snow (2012), with a book launch and a reading of “Something To Do: Artists’ Books and Jasper Sebastian Stürup,” by contributing author David Senior.

Delving into his multi-disciplinary art practice and nearly 20-year history of creating artist books, Written In Fur Drawn In Snow features drawings and photographs by Stürup created specifically for the printed page. The book also includes texts by David Senior and Christoph Tannert, with a transcribed studio visit conversation between co-curators Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton with Stürup.

In his essay, “Fleeting Textures,” Tannert, Director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, writes, “Stürup’s drawings are connected in a liberating and labyrinthine way, sophisticated as well as punk-primitive—as radical as they are simple. There has rarely been anything as tender, as wild, as bold and as dark, but also as carefree and bright in drawing.”

As an artist book, Written In Fur Drawn In Snow is related to Stürup's commissioned installation at Forever & Today, Inc., I Don't Believe You, It Used To Be Like That And Now It Goes Like This (2009). Hardbound with 112 pages, the book is printed in an edition of 275 with a metallic magenta-embossed cover (above left). A deluxe edition of 25, printed with a metallic green-embossed cover (above right), includes a signed and numbered limited edition photograph. Both book editions are available at Printed Matter, Inc. and other bookstores internationally.

Jasper Sebastian Stürup (b. 1969, Frederiksberg, Denmark) lives and works in New York. He received his MFA degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (1999). Stürup's solo and group exhibitions include: Overgarden at The Armory Show, New York (2012); Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2006-2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2011); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2011); Participant, Inc., New York (2010); Forever & Today, Inc., New York (2009); CCAA, Tokyo (2009); Helsinki Biennial, Helsinki (2008); Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark (2008); U-Turn Triennial, Copenhagen (2008); Art Basel, Basel (2007); Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (2006); Sixth Sharjah International Art Bienniale, Sharjah (2003); Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik (2002); Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö (2001); and Tenth International Print Triennial, Finland (2001); among others. Stürup is represented by Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen. He is the founder of Fluens Forlag and has published artist books since 1994.

David Senior is the Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, where he manages the development of the library’s collection. His writing has recently appeared in C Magazine, frieze, Dot Dot Dot, and the Bulletins of the Serving Library. He curated Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968-1974 as part of the MoMA Library’s 2011 exhibition program. In 2012, he organized two library exhibitions at MoMA, Scenes from Zagreb and Millennium Magazines and assisted with the museum show, Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. He also curates an annual program of events for the New York Art Book Fair, called The Classroom. Since 2008, this program has involved over 100 performances, talks, screenings, and concerts.

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.

Jasper Sebastian Stürup: Written In Fur Drawn In Snow is curated by Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton, and commissioned by Forever & Today, Inc.

Written In Fur Drawn In Snow is made possible in part by the Danish Arts Council's International Visual Arts Committee. Additional support provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Special thanks to Susanne Ottesen of Galleri Susanne Ottesen; Keith Gray, James Jenkin, and Max Schumann of Printed Matter, Inc.; and Marteinn Jónasson of Oddi Printing.