Conversations brings together a broad range of dialogues between author Jan Tumlir and artist Jorge Pardo, which span a period of 20 years, beginning in 1999. They encompass contemporary art, design, publishing, and music, and connect the varied contexts of Los Angeles and Mérida, Mexico, where they took place. The result is a story of a unique intellectual friendship that has defined both of their thinking and practice.
Describing his work as “shaping space” Jorge Pardo has made work that moves freely across the notional disciplines of art, architecture, and design throughout his over thirty-year career. His constructions range from a single light sculpture, to paintings, rooms or an assembly of buildings that combine all the individual elements of his artistic creation in the mode of the Gesamtkunstwerk or “total work of art.” His work contends with distinctions of private and public space, while calling to mind references as diverse as the Light and Space movement, Land art, modernist design and the color, flora and fauna of his home in Mérida, Mexico.
Jan Tumlir is an art writer and teacher, who lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a contributing editor for the art journal X-TRA, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, Aperture, Flash Art, Art Review, and Frieze. Tumlir is a member of the humanities and sciences faculty at Art Center College of Design.
Co-published by Inventory Press and neugerriemschneider
5.25 x 8 inches, 272 pages, softcover