This catalogue for artist Omer Fast subverts the laudatory aspirations of typical monographs by introducing irony, humor, and self-referentiality at the level of text, image, and graphic form. Commissioned essays and interviews in German and English are annotated in a nearly Talmudic fashion by the artist’s own funny and sometimes fictional commentary. Project imagery, when described, forces its way into the text. Faux-letterpress typography mixes with an email-like monospace as the central text’s authority is tested, teased, and questioned. With a classical format and binding, the catalogue suggests a religious text — an expectation which is progressively undermined by the book’s own internal twists.
This is an experimental book to consider the meaning and the shape of the Chinese characters Kanjis. I disjointed Kanjis and extracted the smallest elements, then placed them in a common scene to link them. These continuing scenes with Kanji elements enable you to think about the origins of these characters. Kanji characters are ideograms developed from hieroglyphics; the shapes and combinations of the elements have their own meaning. By placing the elements in a suitable situation, I aimed to visually explain the origin of Kanji.