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Rachel Stern’s monograph, Slow Morpheus, published by Matte Editions includes over one hundred photographs from the artist’s studio.
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Slow Morpheus, Rachel Stern’s first monograph, will be published by Matte Editions in the spring of 2019. This oversized, softcover, 180 page book designed by Seokhoon Choi is being printed in the Netherlands on beautiful paper with spot gloss and a cover window. An overview of Stern’s work from 2012 through her most recent works, the book explores themes from the visual history of literature, art, and politics as filtered through a queer-washed, kitsch, and feminist lens. Slow Morpheus includes an essay by the esteemed filmmaker Tom Kalin which beautifully outlines the themes and contexts of Stern’s work. The essay places her projects within a fluid discourse that synthesizes the social power of myth and the pressing, violent realities of politics through pageantry and pragmatism. We hope you will support this project by pre-ordering a copy of the book. We are also offering additional publications, prints, and objet d’art with gratitude for those who wish to show greater support! 

Rachel and Matt both teach photography and use photobooks as a central part of their curriculum. Being able to hold, own, interact, and touch photographs in the intimate and flexible manner that a book format allows is a powerful experience which they see give meaning to photography in their student’s lives every day. The opportunity to see projects from emerging artists in this format has been the mission of Matte Editions which has given voice to a community of emerging artists for nearly a decade. Thank you for helping make Slow Morpheus the next publication in this project. 

You can learn more about Rachel's work at www.MsRachelStern.com and more about Matte Editions at www.matteeditions.com 

Follow our work @MsRachelStern and @mattelife


Matt Leifheit graduated from RISD BFA Photography in 2011 and Yale MFA Photography in 2017

Rachel Stern graduated from RISD BFA Photography in 2011 and Columbia MFA Visual Arts in 2016

Seokhoon Choi graduated from RISD BFA Graphic Design and 2012 and Yale MFA Graphic Design in 2017


Gifts

Life is Tragic & Love Me Enamel Pins
Life is Tragic & Love Me Enamel Pins
Valentine Zine Set
Valentine Zine Set
Matte Magazine Issues 9 & 23
Matte Magazine Issues 9 & 23
Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt
Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt
Get Lucky - Lucky Coin
Get Lucky - Lucky Coin
Flowers for des Esseintes - 8x10" c-print (edition of 20)
Flowers for des Esseintes - 8x10" c-print (edition of 20)
Vanitas in Red Velvet - 16x20" c-print (edition of 8)
Vanitas in Red Velvet - 16x20" c-print (edition of 8)
The Letter of the Law - 20x28" c-print (edition of 8)
The Letter of the Law - 20x28" c-print (edition of 8)
Still Life 2019 Portfolio (edition of 10)
Still Life 2019 Portfolio (edition of 10)
Still Life 2019 Portfolio
Still Life 2019 Portfolio
The Puppy Love Package, c-prints ranging in size from 5x7" to 16x20"
The Puppy Love Package, c-prints ranging in size from 5x7" to 16x20"

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This is Matte Editions fifth book and while we are a new publishing company we feel we have learned a lot from the process and are excited to put our new resources and strategies together in this project.

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    Life Is Tragic, Enjoy It — Enamel Pin

    "Life Is Tragic, Enjoy It" is a Stern family slogan coined by Rachel's grandfather Fred Stern who escaped Austria after Kristallnacht and dedicated his life to labor organizing, social activism, and the study of literature and poetry.

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    Love Me — Enamel Pin

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    6 Valentine Zine

    Since 2014 Rachel has made a zine for Valentine's Day. This is a collection of all six including 2019!

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    • I'm Wild About You, 2014
    • Crush, 2015
    • Adore Me, 2016
    • Come Closer, 2017
    • Deep Blush, 2018
    • As You Wish, 2019
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    2 Issues of MATTE Magazine

    Get two copies of Matte Magazine featuring Rachel's work! One from 2011 and the second featuring works in collaboration with James Lyman from 2014!

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    • MATTE 9: Rachel Stern, 2011
    • MATTE 23: Rachel Stern & James Lyman, 2014
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    Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book!

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    Life Is Tragic Pin & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book along with the Life Is Tragic pin! "Life Is Tragic, Enjoy It" is a Stern family slogan coined by Rachel's grandfather Fred Stern who escaped Austria after Kristallnacht and dedicated his life to labor organizing, social activism, and the study of literature and poetry.

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
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    Love Me Pin & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book along with a LOVE ME pin! You deserve to be LOVED! Wear a LOVE ME pin!

    1.25" enamel

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
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    Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get a "Fuck Nostalgia" t-shirt. Rachel originally made the shirts for the exhibition "The Tyranny of Common Sense has Reached its Final Stage" Curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu. The shirt responds to the idea of AGAIN in the the "Make America Great Again" slogan. Please indicate the size t-shirt you wear.

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt, 2017
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    6 Valentine Zine & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book along with a collection of six Valentine zines.

    Includes:
    • I'm Wild About You, 2014
    • Crush, 2015
    • Adore Me, 2016
    • Come Closer, 2017
    • Deep Blush, 2018
    • As You Wish, 2019
    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
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    MATTE Magazine & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get two copies of Matte Magazine featuring Rachel's work! One from 2011 and the second featuring works in collaboration with James Lyman from 2014!

    Includes:
    • MATTE 9: Rachel Stern, 2011
    • MATTE 23: Rachel Stern & James Lyman, 2014
    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
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    Get Lucky — Lucky Coin & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get a limited edition Get Lucky — Lucky Coin! Rachel originally made this coin for The Botanica curated by Michael Bühler-Rose and AA Bronson in 2014. It is 1.75 inches cast in brass and depicts a pornographic Roman scene. It is sure to increase your chances of getting lucky!

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Get Lucky — Lucky Coin, 2014
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    des Esseintes Print & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get a limited edition, signed 8x10" c-print of "Flowers for des Esseintes" 2016. Edition of 20.

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Flowers for des Esseintes, signed c-print, 2016
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    Vanitas in Red Velvet & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get a limited edition, signed 16x20" c-print of "Vanitas in Red Velvet" 2017. Edition of 8.

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    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Vanitas in Red Velvet, signed c-print, 2017
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    Letter of The Law Print & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and get a limited edition, signed 20x28" c-print of "The Letter of the Law" 2018. Edition of 8.

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    • The Letter of the Law, signed c-print, 2018
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    Still Life Portfolio & Slow Morpheus

    Pre-order your copy of the book and this limited edition beautiful portfolio of 12 still life c-prints with interleaving and title page. Presented in a custom archival box these 8.5x11" prints can be framed or displayed as a portfolio. Edition of 10.

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    • Still Life 2019 Portfolio
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    Puppy Love Package & Slow Morpheus

    If your heart is just bursting with puppy love Matt and Rachel warmly invite you to come to a dinner for two in New York or Philadelphia! We will cook you a delicious meal and provide the scintillating company of our dogs Ursula and Deb. You will leave well fed, well puppy loved and with a singed copy of Slow Morpheus, the Still Life 2019 portfolio, and a special limited edition of dog portrait c-prints ranging in size from 5x7" to 16x20"!

    Includes:
    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Still Life 2019 Portfolio
    • Dinner Dates of Ursula and Deb the Dogs!
    • Dinner Cooked by Matt & Rachel
    • Sophie, signed c-print, 2014
    • Ursula, signed c-print, 2018
    • Clementine, signed c-print, 2018
    • Ursula with Purple Roses, signed c-print, 2018
    • Ursula & Deb, signed c-print, 2019
    • Deb, signed c-print, 2019
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    Collector Package

    If you gotta have it all this is the gift option for you! Pre-order a copy of the book and get both enamel pins, Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt, Valentine Zine set, two issues of Matte Magazine, Still Life 2019 portfolio, and both The Letter of the Law (20x28"), Vanitas in Red Velvet (16x20"), and The Eye of Providence (8x10") prints.

    Includes:
    • I'm Wild About You, 2014
    • Adore Me, 2016
    • Deep Blush, 2018
    • Crush, 2015
    • Come Closer, 2017
    • As You Wish, 2019
    • Slow Morpheus (signed), 2019
    • Fuck Nostalgia T-Shirt, 2017
    • Life Is Tragic, Enjoy It — Enamel Pin, 2016
    • LOVE ME — Enamel Pin, 2016
    • MATTE 9: Rachel Stern, 2011
    • MATTE 23: Rachel Stern & James Lyman, 2014
    • Flowers for des Esseintes, signed c-print, 2016
    • Vanitas in Red Velvet, signed c-print, 2017
    • The Letter of the Law, signed c-print, 2018
    • Still Life 2019 Portfolio
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