Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to invite you to the exhibition ALEKSANDRA MIR: A Retrospective of Printed Matter.
The exhibition presents a survey of the artist’s publications, multiples, posters, invitation cards and other printed ephemera selected by the artist.
For the occasion, Printed Matter is publishing Mir’s book, LA: A GEOGRAPHY OF MODERN ART with photography by Justin Beal. The publication is based on “Tenth Street: A Geography of Modern Art” by Harold Rosenberg, published in Art News Annual in 1959.
Challenging the boundaries of traditional art, Mir’s practice is often removed from the studio and integrated into society at large. From transforming a Dutch beach into a lunar surface and declaring herself the ‘first woman on the moon’, publishing biographies of ‘average’ people, staging a nine-to-five cinema (showing disaster films) for the unemployed, and recreating Stonehenge as a football pitch, Mir confronts ‘what if?’ with grassroots enthusiasm, authoring her own brand of magic within the everyday. In the gallery, using found and plebeian materials, her work engages history, politics and social ideologies to highlight aspects of personal negotiation with an increasingly global existence.
With her background in mass media and communications, media arts and social anthropology, Mir fuses those disciplines seamlessly into her own brand of artmaking. Developing complex collaborative relationships and encouraging public interaction, Mir approaches her practice as visionary experimentation to advocate new ideas of community. Through her thought-provoking humor, Mir offers both critical analysis of, and positive alternatives to, authoritative superstructures.
Independent publishing has been an integral and ongoing part of Aleksandra Mir’s practice and this exhibition offers an overview of her books, posters, multiples and ephemera.