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An artist's book of altered mass consumption exploring eroticism, anxiety, fear, war, protest and the cosmos.
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Hi! My name is Scott Hug.

I'm a contemporary visual artist living and working in New York City.  Every year I participate in the annual Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair - this year taking place from September 19th - 22nd.  It is my goal to launch my new artist's book project, The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK at this event.  I've decided to make it an offset publication with a limited print run of 400 copies.

Picasso once said, "I show what I have found, not what I am looking for."  My inspiration comes from Dada, Fluxus, Post-conceptualism, Neo-pop, Appropriation, Political art of the 80s, and Relational art of the 90s and early 00s.  My artwork interrogates an apathetic national audience obsessed with newstainment.  I examine the big issues of our times by exaggerating my source material with sometimes disturbing humor and biting analysis.

I make artworks in a variety of mediums including artist's books, paintings, sculptures, collaborations, site-specific installations, and curatorial projects that address current social-political issues.

JFK, digital print on canvas with black mirror and custom corner frame, 2007. Installation view John Connelly Presents, NY
JFK, digital print on canvas with black mirror and custom corner frame, 2007. Installation view John Connelly Presents, NY
In your opinion, is the death penalty imposed: too often, about the right amount, or not often enough?, Benjamin Moore house paint and Lacquer on wood + hardware, 5' x 5", 2009-2012. Installation view Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa
In your opinion, is the death penalty imposed: too often, about the right amount, or not often enough?, Benjamin Moore house paint and Lacquer on wood + hardware, 5' x 5", 2009-2012. Installation view Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa
Do you think spending on the U.S. Space Program should be increased, kept at the present level, reduced, or ended altogether? Color-aid collaged on page from National Geographic magazine, 2009. Installation view Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa
Do you think spending on the U.S. Space Program should be increased, kept at the present level, reduced, or ended altogether? Color-aid collaged on page from National Geographic magazine, 2009. Installation view Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa
Finger Pointing & HELL TO PAY, digital print-on-demand posters, 24 x 18 inches, 2012. Installation view Rawson Projects, NY
Finger Pointing & HELL TO PAY, digital print-on-demand posters, 24 x 18 inches, 2012. Installation view Rawson Projects, NY
Hostage (No. 9), silkscreen on linen, 2008. Installation view John Connelly Presents, NY
Hostage (No. 9), silkscreen on linen, 2008. Installation view John Connelly Presents, NY
K48 Kontinuum, The Last Slice, 2010. The Tate Modern
K48 Kontinuum, The Last Slice, 2010. The Tate Modern
Last minute (Nicki Minaj), silkscreen on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 2011
Last minute (Nicki Minaj), silkscreen on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 2011

My shows have been reviewed in the New York Times and my work is in prominent collections.  I love artist's books and have an extensive knowledge about them and have taught a class, Book as Art at NYU.  From 2000 - 2011, I self-published my famed countercultural collaborative art fanzine, K48 now in the collection of MoMA. www.k48rules.com

K48 megazine issues 1-7
K48 megazine issues 1-7

In 2008 I was selected by artist AA Bronson of Printed Matter to create a unique edition for the New York Art Book Fair.

Untitled (To the Moon: A David R. Scott fantazine), 2008. Phillips de Pury, NYC
Untitled (To the Moon: A David R. Scott fantazine), 2008. Phillips de Pury, NYC

MY PROJECT

I'm working on a new artist's book titled, The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK made from altered found images & texts mined from discarded consumer media.  I love making artist's books.  They are the world's most accessible art objects - inexpensively priced and fun to collect with a panoply of purposes and ideas.  I have predetermined to make my new book an offset publication with a limited print run of 400 copies.  While more expensive than print-on-demand technologies, I believe that offset is superior in quality to digital printing and that the object of the artist's book has more value printed in a finite edition making it more collectable.  The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK will mimic the size and format of a mass-marketed paperback: Pocketbook-sized 6.875 x 4.25 inches, 304 pages, interior black ink on 55# natural, cover: black + 2 Pantone spot fluorescent colors, edition size: 400. Copies of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK will retail for $30 at Printed Matter NYC, OAK Brooklyn, and Art Metropole in Toronto.

spreads from The RISE of..
spreads from The RISE of..

Sequence, juxtaposition and editing are all important to me and help create a unique visual-reading experience.  The mass-marketed paperback form alludes to pulp-fiction, science-fiction, and self-help digests like: How to Manage Your Stress in Today's World, or How to be a Champion, etc..  There will be plenty of mystery and suspense in The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK.  

GOALS

I need to raise $2,800 to cover my printing costs.  I will be ready to go on press the first week of September.  I'm excited to launch my new book at the opening of the NY Art Book fair 9/19 with a book signing on 9/21 - my birthday :-) from 2-5pm.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my art and my new artist's book.  I hope that you will pledge — I have AWESOME rewards :-) 

REWARDS

$5 pledge = Troop K48 Patch, 3.5" (Please add $2 shipping international. No extra shipping within the U.S.)
$5 pledge = Troop K48 Patch, 3.5" (Please add $2 shipping international. No extra shipping within the U.S.)
$15 pledge = HELL TO PAY artist's book printed b/w offset 48 pages + slipcover, 8 x 6 inches,  edition 400, 2012. (Please add $3 U.S. shipping and $7 international shipping)
$15 pledge = HELL TO PAY artist's book printed b/w offset 48 pages + slipcover, 8 x 6 inches, edition 400, 2012. (Please add $3 U.S. shipping and $7 international shipping)
$20 pledge = TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Polaroid magazine, 13.5 x 10.5 inches, full-color offset, 98 pages, edition 1000, 2007. (Please add $5 US shipping and $10 international shipping)
$20 pledge = TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Polaroid magazine, 13.5 x 10.5 inches, full-color offset, 98 pages, edition 1000, 2007. (Please add $5 US shipping and $10 international shipping)
$25 pledge = A copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK, offset b/w interior on natural 55#, color cover, edition 400, 2013. (Please add $4 shipping U.S. and $8 shipping international)
$25 pledge = A copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK, offset b/w interior on natural 55#, color cover, edition 400, 2013. (Please add $4 shipping U.S. and $8 shipping international)
$50 pledge = K48 No. 8 ABRAK48DABRA, 5.5" x 6.25", 4-color offset 196 pages, special die-cuts, inserts, CD + slipcover. And a copy of The RISE of.. (Please add $5 U.S. shipping and $12 shipping international)
$50 pledge = K48 No. 8 ABRAK48DABRA, 5.5" x 6.25", 4-color offset 196 pages, special die-cuts, inserts, CD + slipcover. And a copy of The RISE of.. (Please add $5 U.S. shipping and $12 shipping international)
$100 pledge = A hand-printed Tee your choice of: Gene Simmons "Small is beautiful", Nicki Minaj "Last minute", Hillary Clinton "Network tending", Lydia Hearst "Age of anxiety", or Karl Lagerfeld "Feline passion". + A signed copy of The RISE of..
$100 pledge = A hand-printed Tee your choice of: Gene Simmons "Small is beautiful", Nicki Minaj "Last minute", Hillary Clinton "Network tending", Lydia Hearst "Age of anxiety", or Karl Lagerfeld "Feline passion". + A signed copy of The RISE of..
$500 pledege = A signed mint copy of K48 No. 3 Teenage Rebel (2002) - RARE collectable and almost sold out! + K48 Issues 4-7, a Troop K48 Patch, a signed copy of HELL TO PAY, and a signed copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK.
$500 pledege = A signed mint copy of K48 No. 3 Teenage Rebel (2002) - RARE collectable and almost sold out! + K48 Issues 4-7, a Troop K48 Patch, a signed copy of HELL TO PAY, and a signed copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK.
$1,000 pledge = a pie chart collage (framed). I have 4 to choose from. + A signed copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK also with your name and a special thank you printed inside of the book. Please add $50 for shipping.
$1,000 pledge = a pie chart collage (framed). I have 4 to choose from. + A signed copy of The RISE of the EROTIC FLOWER WRAPPED in BLACK also with your name and a special thank you printed inside of the book. Please add $50 for shipping.

Risks and challenges

I feel confident that my project will be successful. Presently I am 2/3 of the way towards completion of my book. I will be ready to go on press the first week of September and will have 3 weeks for press and shipping time in order to meet my book launch deadline at the New York Art Book Fair on September 19th. I will send out all pledge awards at the end of September to arrive in early October. I don't foresee any set backs. Thank you for your support.

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