Jean-Claude Loubières ~ France

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Jean-Claude Loubières was originally a sculptor but now favors the medium of the book.
   
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By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2012. Edition of 30.

13.5 x 7"; 73 pages. Inkjet and silkscreen printed. Codex bound. Paper-covered illustrated boards. Bilingual text: French and English. Numbered.

Jean-Claude Loubières: "Confidences one exchanges round the table accompanying 9 panoramic photos treated in such a fashion to recall the first images in history by Nicephore Niepce. The images are printed in sérgraphie. Each image only reveals itself in raising the flip page that hides it. "
$190

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panoramiquamericains
americanpanorapics

By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2012. Edition of 50.

13.75 x 4"; 34 leaves. Photos taken by the artist. Codex bound. Paper-covered illustrated boards. Numbered.

Colophon: "28 panoramic pictures of 28 days spent in Evanston a north Chicago suburb, close to Lake Michigan in January 2012. Most of the pictures have been shot in Evanston, some in down town Chicago."

Jean-Claude Loubières: "Here it’s not the vertical in the foreground but rather the horizontal, accentuated by 180 degree views. "
$100

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REMISE EN FORME
TO GET IN SHAPE

By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2012. Edition of 30.

9.5 x 13"; 36 pages. Silk screen printed. Codex bound. Numbered.

Jean-Claude Loubières : "Kitchen utensils have been scanned and reproduced, enlarged, and deformed. They take on another aspect, another identity. A single color is used: red. The impression is made in sérigraphie [serigraphy or screen print]. This is the first of a collection printed with this process."

$190

 


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Labyrinth
By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2009. Edition of 50.

10 x 9.25"; 28 pages. Handmade paper with inclusions. Bound in paper-covered boards with red grid pattern. Back pastedown of reflective material.

Jean-Claude Loubières: "The starting point is thick recycled paper that includes within it small written fragments – some words are still readable – as are fragments of images. The idea is to tell the story of the Minotaur, of Theseus and Ariadne, in showing only fragments of the narrative, fragments which make one think that they are part of the structure of the paper. In addition the red [string] guides [both] the reader and Theseus…. The final page is a mirror so that one may think that the progression through the labyrinth approximates the quest for our hidden self .The justification for the printing can only be in the mirror inviting the reader to proceed to the exit."
$270

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Pantheon
By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2008. Edition of 50.

10 x 9.25"; 42 pages. Photo facsimile (8.8 x 37.8" open) included. Pictorial paper wraps.

Jean-Claude Loubières: "The starting point is a group photo in black and white (23 x126 cm) dated September 1936 in Brussels. Certain chosen people are separated off, carrying names of gods from the Greek Pantheon. The book contains a facsimile of the first photo where one can if so wishing find Zeus or Aphrodite or Ganymede."

Pantheon
uses a panoramic photograph of an unspecified group posed in a city square of pre-war Brussels as an intriguing investigation into the power of naming and our predilection to stereotype. Loubières isolates individuals by framing their heads in cutout windows and gives them names from Greek mythology. Starting with Zeus, otherwise anonymous individuals take on the monikers if not the mantles of Greek gods, goddess, and muses. The choice is random – or is it?
$250


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Mes Cieux
My Skies

By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2006. Edition of 60.

5 x 6.75 x 1.5"; 16 pages. Accordion structure. Housed in a lidded box. First and last pages of the accordion are pasted to the lid and bottom of box.

Jean-Claude Loubières: "[This book is] a selection of photos of the sky taken by Madeleine Van Doren from the same window in her apartment with the same aspect at different times of the year and of the day. A false metrological bulletin shows the date and time for each view. The moon in the final photo is replaced with a hole that evokes the lens of a camera, reinforced by a black box, metaphor for the dark room."
$180

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Sarab
Text by Emmanuel Adely
Design and production by Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubières, 2006. Edition of 60.

9.25 x 12.75"; 92 pages. Sewn in stiff wraps with wraparound dust jacket. Text in French and English (English translation by P. E. Smith). Slipped in pocket of back pastedown is an audio CD of Adely reading his French text and Karen Weigert reading the English version.

Sarab (mirage in Persian) explores the confrontation when preconceptions meet reality. Using mythical cites – Alexandria, Syracuse, Samarkand , sites that take form in our imagination – as the controlling metaphor, the text finds reality wanting: "one should keep ideas in their spirit and not confront them with reality." It concludes: "Everyone is his own land."

The imagery includes maps and x-rays of human bodies. Both suggest the need to find oneself and the corresponding surety of failure.
$180

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Callitriche Stagnalis
By Jean-Claude Loubières
Calés, France: Jean-Claude Loubiéres, 2003. Edition of 12.

6.75 x 9.75"; 70 pages. Bound in bookboard with cloth spine. Dust jacket printed with title and author on front and spine. Photographs with single letters and spaces forming an English text.

Jean-Claude Loubières: "The content involves a written text with photos of letters drawn with a finger in a form of water lentil that floats in marshes and pools and whose botanic name is simply Callitriche stagnalis (this is from the Greek, kallos: beautiful – thrix: hair) [common name pond water starwort]. Each page was dipped in paraffin which gives a mysterious effect."
$270

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