Paintings Volume I echoes The Drain of Progress, Zander Blom's first publication (2007), in adopting the form of a catalogue raisonné, in this case documenting all Blom's paintings from 2010 to 2012. An essay by art historian Courtney J Martin, 'Modernism's fantasy: Zander Blom's painting till now', contextualises the work, discussing Blom's relationship to modernists including Francis Bacon (with particular reference to the studio environment), Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as the distinctive materiality of Blom's paintings and his emerging lexicon of marks. Martin writes: '[Blom's] process reminds us that here, at the dark edge of the digital age, painterly, expressionist abstraction can be experimental, refreshing, weird even.' The bright yellow linen-covered book features 62 colour plates of selected paintings, 36 colour photographs showing the studio environment with works in progress, and a catalogue documenting all Blom's paintings to the end of 2012. A special edition is available.
Published by Stevenson | 2013
Hardcover, 264 pages | ISBN 978-0620-56383-3 | Price: R500