Edition of twenty copies
+ five Artist’s Proofs and five Hors Commerce
All copies are signed and numbered by the artists on the colophon
Format: 49 x 36 cm x 2,5 cm - 19,29 x 14,17 x 0,98 inches
Lacquered wood and metal screws (colors of the binding bar and base come in different combinations)
Please note that due to the nature of the project, the pages including the cover are shuffled differently for each copy of the book
Twenty-one pages digitally printed on polyester satin
Twenty pigment prints on paper
“Peels” is Three Star Books’ version of PEELS - a unique large assemblage of Cheryl Donegan’s paintings all bound together and exhibited for the first time in Houston at David Shelton Gallery in March 2019.
The original PEELS book is a compilation of thirty large paintings on canvas by Donegan kept together together with clips and presented on a custom wood table. By simply binding together her paintings, Donegan has created a book. The “bound” paintings - no different from the ones the artist usually hangs upon the wall - are now presented flat upon a table.
“Peels” in its Three Star Books iteration is the combined work of a visual artist and a poet. Artist Cheryl Donegan and poet Kenneth Goldsmith have been sharing their lives together for over thirty years and agreed to collaborate on a common project at the invitation of Three Star Books.
In the French tradition of the “Livre de Peintre”, distinguished publishers such as Daniel-Henry Khanweiler (or later with Teriade) were happy to match a text - usually a contemporary creation - with visual works by painters of their time; not to be read as commentary or translation the accompanying text serves as a transposition of the images into another language. A successful “Livre de Peintre” contains interlaced texts and images with each medium bearing the same importance as the other.
Donegan’s desire was to recombine the material composing PEELS (the original unique giant book) into a smaller format. Donegan’s painting motifs are mostly new abstract works created by rearranging and digitally recomposing amateur photographs of track suits found on Ebay.
Twenty-one of the thirty paintings from the original giant PEELS book are cropped and reproduced on polyester satin sourced in Italy for this Three Star Books iteration, interwoven with pages of paper printed text compositions by Kenneth Goldsmith.
Goldsmith was inspired by designs from Mémoires by Asger Jorn and Guy Debord (published in 1959) to create new unique typographic compositions with found texts and images sourced from old books bought in 2019 in Paris flea markets and all dating from 1959.
This edition of Three Star Books’ “Peels” is a true collaboration between two unique artists who have found a common through line that connects their individual practices, creating an exceptional volume that opens new fields for better understanding our world and to expand our creative visions.
The publisher and the artists want to thank Valentin Bousquet and Louis Gherardi for their precious help in the production of Peels.