Friday, August 8, 2014

VASTA EDITIONS: Hide And Seek Artist's Book Launch ~ NY Art Book Fair Sept '14 MoMA PS1

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of Hide And Seek, the book that will launch Vasta Editions, the publishing outgrowth of my antiquarian business. A natural, long anticipated expansion of my thirty years in the vintage erotica trade, and a look to the future world of creative book production, publication and distribution. Therefore, I am very pleased to present Hide And Seek a limited edition artist's book, a collaboration between Parisian artists Mirka Lugosi and Gilles Berquet. This is the preliminary announcement for the publication of the book. The official launch will take place at the New York Art Book Fair in September, the 25th to the 28th, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.

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Hide And Seek brings together the drawings of Mirka and the photographs of Gilles in a beautifully printed and designed limited edition book comprised of 200 signed and numbered copies. The book measures 9.5" x 13" with twenty-four pages of images and includes a deluxe edition of ten copies with an original collaborative artwork housed in a black box; plus twenty extra illustrated copies and the standard edition of one hundred seventy copies. Each book includes a separate, supplemental fold-out poster. I could go on in detail but it would be much more informative and entertaining to watch Gilles' two minute video, sort of a "how to use this book" demonstration...(note that the video is compressed to fit)

I am very pleased with the creative process of making the book, with Paris as the base, working with Mirka and Gilles on the concept and editing and finally, working with Gilles on the production in Paris and long distance from here in New York and eventually, the printing in Italy. For me the book is a total success as it meets the criteria of what I wanted to create. A simple, beautiful, sensual book bringing together the work of two exceptional artists produced in a small edition for two hundred lovers of the fantasies and dreams captured on paper with camera and pencil.  

For my regular clients, friends and followers who cannot attend the art book fair I will accept orders for the book starting September 10th for delivery after the book fair. The regular edition (170 copies) is $40.00; the extra illustrated edition (20 copies) is $375.00 and the boxed, deluxe edition with original artwork (10 copies) is $1,350.00. Note that the book will not be available online otherwise, until after the book fair.

Introduction to Hide And Seek

" After thirty years of discovering and selling vintage erotica, Hide And Seek realizes 
my ambition to publish limited edition artist’s books.

This first book is a collaboration between two exceptional French artists. Mirka Lugosi contributes her exquisitely detailed, psychologically complex pencil drawings. Gilles Berquet envisions a seductively luminous world in photographs of the female form.
The creativity of each artist is enhanced by their marriage, as inspiration flows and 
Muse meets Muse.

My initial idea was simple. Bring together the work of both artists to resonate on facing pages in a beautifully printed, limited edition book. During long distance discussions and meetings in Paris, the concept emerged: a selection of provocative images in twenty-four pages, featuring four fold-outs.

Turning the pages of Hide And Seek is a bit of sleight of hand magic, a bit of surrealistic juxtaposition, a bit of three-card Monte street hustle. An image appears and disappears as the fold-outs are opened and closed. Unfold the page again and the image reappears, a pictorial game of hide and seek.

Where is your favorite image hiding? "
  ~Joseph Vasta

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiki de Montparnasse Surreal Film Montage 1923

Kiki de Montparnasse in Ballet Mécanique. Created by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, 
cinematography by Man Ray 1923~1924. 


Female Domination: Bondage S/M Magazines 1970s

A selection of American, German and English full-size, bondage, fem/dom, s/m, fetish magazines circa 1970s. Once this genre started appearing in adult book stores, with little resistance, there came a flood of publications devote to submission with the emphasis on female domination. Featured titles: The Iron Mistress, Bizarre London, Daughters of DeSade and Bondage Pictorial

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Optical Toy: PHENAKISTOSCOPE 1840's Joseph Plateau

Moving images from the amazing optical toy, the Phenakistoscope, created in Belgium, circa 1841 by Joseph Plateau.  Exceptional bizarre and surreal images created by a device that was a precursor to the modern moving image at the turn-of-the-century, film and the cinema. A relatively simple looking device that depends on the spinning of a flat plate covered with images and the connection between the eye and the brain: the persistence of vision. More here.

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