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Perimeter Editions x Bartolomeo Celestino

Bartolomeo Celestino - Surface Phenomena Book Launch & Signing

Saturday May 21, 3pm
Offprint London 2016 TATE Modern, Turbine Hall
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom

Perimeter is thrilled to announce the launch of Bartolomeo Celestino's debut title Surface Phenomena, published by Perimeter Editions, at Perimeter's stand during Offprint London at in the Turbine Hall of the TATE Modern.

Bartolomeo Celestino has been returning to a particular section of Sydney’s coastal fringe – atop an otherwise unremarkable set of cliffs in the eastern suburb of Bronte – day after day, year after year, to undertake the protracted task of setting up his large-format camera and training his lens downward to the fierce waters below.

In the images that populate his debut book Surface Phenomena, the horizon, the land or any other contextual details are absent; the ocean is everything and everywhere. The mass of turbulence and white water and the deft flashes of calm that these photographs describe occupy a fundamentally different formal and conceptual space to the iconography of the Australian coast. His mode of practice might just as proficiently be read through the late Modernist prism of seriality. Without the luxury of context – without foreground and horizon – Celestino’s images become loaded with formal, allegorical and interpretive potential. We can only begin to approach an understanding of the nature of our chosen subject through a process of assiduous repetition.

Surface Phenomena is a significant 112-page publication, featuring an extensive body of work by Celestino and an essay by art critic, writer, editor and publisher Dan Rule. Designed by Narelle Brewer, the book is published by Melbourne-based imprint Perimeter Editions and will be launched at major art publishing fair, Offprint London at Tate Modern, in May 2016, followed by launches in Melbourne and Sydney. The book will be distributed by Perimeter Distribution (Australia/New Zealand) and Idea Books (Europe, North America, Asia).

Saturday May 21, 3pm
Offprint London 2016, TATE Modern, Turbine Hall
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom

Australian launches to be announced.

Special Edition Pre-Order
Perimeter Editions and the artist are producing a special edition 
of 30 copies amongst a wider print run of 500 copies. The special edition will be signed and numbered by the artist and include a signed and editioned 20 x 30-inch of a key image (view here) that appears in the Surface Phenomena book. The special editions are available for pre-order in direct support of the raw printing costs of the project.