About this project
Mystery Spot Books publishes contemporary artist books in small editions that explore geography and geology, cultural and physical. We are preparing to publish our seventh title, Things Boulders Ate by Minnesota based photographer Peter Happel Christian. This book is a photographic mediation that mixes typologies of parking lot boulders and objects of wonder from the artist’s studio shelves. One typology studies the use of boulders as subtle signifiers for Nature as well as physical barriers for automobiles. A second catalogues a random selection of objects from the artist’s personal wunderkammer. Mixed into the two sequences are three seemingly unrelated images. Culled from the artist’s ever-growing archive of photographs, the three outliers disrupt the pattern and rhythm of the book while suggesting connections between disparities. Mingled all together, the typologies and outliers fuse into a singular, but disjointed, archive of weight, wonder and display.
THANK YOU for helping us reach our initial goal! You've been amazing! Now it's time for our stretch goal: $1000 will enable us to print an edition of an even 100 books as well as allow us to pay a few miscellaneous expenses. Once the book is finished, there will be a book launch event at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis. By contributing to this project, you will be supporting a talented contemporary art photographer with a growing reputation nationally and internationally. You will also be helping Mystery Spot Books at a crucial time as it grows into a regional art book publisher.
Peter Happel Christian received his BFA in photography from the University of Iowa in 1999 and his photography MFA from the University of Oregon in 2003. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as internationally. Exhibition highlights include solo shows Ground Truth at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Sword of the Sun at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and group shows Gratuitous Type at KK Outlet, London, UK and the 3rd Minnesota Biennial at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis. His work has been collected by the Midwest Photographer’s Project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, and his previous photobook Half Wild is in the permanent collection of the International Center for Photography Library. He is a past recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Photography. Rumor has it he can also run a six minute mile.
Mystery Spot Books was founded in 2011 in Minneapolis, MN. Things Boulders Ate will be their seventh publication. Previous Mystery Spot Books titles can be found at such shops, galleries and institutions as Printed Matter in New York, The Indie Photobook Library in Washington, DC, The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They have exhibited at the Medium Cool Art Book Fair in Chicago, the Tokyo Art Book Fair in Japan and at Overbooked: A Chapter of the New York Art Book Fair at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
From The Book
Risks and challenges
For small independent publishers like MSB, each new book represents funding and distribution challenges. MSB works hard to make beautiful and challenging publications and we believe implicitly in the artists we choose to work with. Our regional, national and international network of stockists and collecting institutions have grown steadily in the last year and will continue to grow with our reputation as we expand our publishing activities in the years to come. We hope you will enjoy this book as well as our upcoming projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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