A central work in the artist’s conception of the two exhibitions, “Les Maquettes en blanc (1995-2009)” presents all of Starling’s publications to date in one vitrine and their corresponding blank dummies in a second vitrine next to it. As Starling writes, this piece “mimics a series of other physical and intellectual journeys to be travelled in the exhibitions.” It seemed the logical starting point for the design of the catalog. THEREHERETHENTHERE is made of two volumes, one of which is the blank version of the other one, constituting its “dummy.” The other volume, however, simulates through offset printing the beige color and weave texture of the dummy’s cover and the white sticker on it presenting the paper stock information. These two volumes are held together with a red paper band showing the artist’s name, the title, the publishers’ logos, the bar code, and price. The size of this pair of books is an average calculated from all the books shown in “Les Maquettes en blanc.” Taking the artist’s idea of duality and transition further, the left-hand pages, set in Helvetica, constitute the French version of the book while the right-hand pages, set in Times, constitute the English version.
Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié is an artist and book designer based in Paris.His work often combines photography with a site-specific approach and it is informed by his concurrent practice as a graphic designer. The central themes of his work focus on the reproduction of art works and the context of exhibition as essential conditions to the presentation and knowledge of art. Solo exhibitions include Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris (1996 and 1997), Command-N, Tokyo (1999), Cardenas Bellanger, Paris (2005 and 2007), and MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (2007), Vitry-sur-Seine. As a graphic designer, he specializes in exhibition catalogues and books by artists. He has worked with the following institutions and publishing houses, among others: Book Works, Centre Pompidou, Christophe Daviet-Théry, La Fabrique éditions, JRP : Ringier, Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Le Point du Jour, Revolver, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. He is also one of the founding editors of the independent journal Irrégulomadaire. He has taught at Université de Paris-8 (fine arts and photography departments), Université de Paris-X (curatorial program Arts de l’Exposition), École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy (art department), and for 9 years at École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, where he co-funded the master program in graphic design. He is currently a professor of graphic and publication design at École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié holds a master´s degree in photography from Université de Paris 8 and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.
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