Thomas Hirschhorn PREPARATORY DRAWINGS FOR “CRYSTAL OF RESISTANCE”
Published Summer 2012
Concept and design: Thomas Hirschhorn
Edition of twenty-nine, each housed in a cardboard box containing eighty-eight facsimiles and three original drawings in variable sizes.
This publication of facsimiles reunited in a fitted box with three original sketches is a rare peek into the working process of Swiss artist, Thomas Hirschhorn. It is a follow-up to “Crystal of Resistance”, the artist’s large-scale work for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennial and one of the few artist’s notes which remain after the exhibition. This series of collages and preliminary sketches published by Three Star Books constitutes the preparatory drawings for the artist’s monumental sculptural work and shows his thoughts, logic and guidelines with the immediacy of the time of conception. These sketches, which Hirschhorn taped to the walls of his studio and used as reference while working on the set-up in Venice, reveal a fragment of his world vision, in the process of giving form and following the motif of the fractal-like nature of crystals. Through his collages, large and small issues are confronted in kaleidoscopic configurations, blurring the customary distinctions between architecture, drawing, sculpture, painting, and printed book-matter. Three Star Books has created a limited edition of facsimiles of eighty-eight drawings, printed in offset on both sides and assembled in a cardboard box. Each box is hand-labelled by the artist and contains three original preparatory drawings from the “Crystal of Resistance” work sketches. This exceptional project totalises through its eighty-eight folios the artist’s will to give form and his questioning of aesthetics, natural history, philosophy, love, politics, and above all, how to do art today.