John Williams from The New York Times tweets: "Rare day back in the office meant a rare day in the company of one of the all-time great book covers," with a snapshot of Mariana Cook's Economists (Yale University Press, 2020).
Jorie Graham interviews Mariana Cook in the piece "On Selecting Photographs Among Three Women" for the volume Stories included in Ivorypress's twenty-fifth anniversary series Looking Forward: Ivorypress at Twenty-Five. Edited by Claire Brandon. Madrid: Ivorypress, 2021.
Stories presents the voices of some of the leading figures in the visual arts and, in particular, in the field of artist books. Through dialogue, Stories seeks to unravel the history and current issues surrounding the artist's book, a medium that has historically been embraced by artists and has only recently gained recognition from museums and collectors of contemporary art.
On the morning of the 1st March, during ARCO 2019, the American photographer and artist Mariana Cook presented her new series at a private viewing hosted by Factum Arte: 13 black-and-white images inspired by the fascinating variety of patterns and textures unintentionally thrust upon the tools and objects in use throughout Factum's workshop, ranging from a painter's vest, cast salt, and a butcher's knife.
When Cook visited Factum Arte's workshop in Madrid, she was inspired to photograph the artisans' tools she noticed at the factory. In collaboration with Factum's printing team, a printed portfolio of thirteen images was produced combining aquatint and piezo technology. The physical effect of this invented technique affords a three dimensionality to the images.
Presented alongside the Factum Fetishes series was a collection of large-scale photographs printed on gesso-coated aluminium at Factum Arte.
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