Patrick Carpentier Presents:
The Observer is the Observed
176-page luxury catalog of Guffogg's mid-career survey. The museum tour debuted in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Baku, Azerbaijan, opening February 21, 2017. The hardbound book will be available at each museum on the tour. The catalog features a foreword by Paul Ruscha, lush color images of all the paintings in the exhibition, plus rarely seen photos from inside both of Guffogg’s California studios. A fascinating record of the exhibition and a review of the past 27 years of Guffogg’s career. Essays in English and Russian that offer insight to his paintings and sculpture.
Cover photo by Jim Mc Hugh
Hardcover book 9 X 12 inches
Thoughts and Conversations with Shane Guffogg
Book of Thirteen Essays
2017 - 2019
Presented by: Victoria Chapman
About writing this book with Shane Guffogg
I began designing monthly newsletters for the internationally acclaimed artist in 2015. Over time, I started to ask questions about the things I was noticing in the studio and commenting on the work Guffogg was making. By 2017 more thoughts and inquires began to fountain. Guffogg honored my curiosity and was always willing to listen and engage in deeper conversation. As a graduate of art school and one who has worked in museums and art galleries, there was much to absorb while watching Guffogg work and shape his life within the art world. These 13 essays, engage in an honest approach as a student might work with his/her mentor - I ask specific questions and Guffogg answers these in complete detail. Working as an assistant over time with any artist, a level of understanding comes about. Researching the contents of Guffogg’s artwork has been personally rewarding and insightful to my life’s lessons. The art world has no rules and there is no manual per se on how to operate. I am often challenged by the rest of the art world; asking myself, “Are those artists doing what he is doing? Are they deeply committed to their practice? And are they making art for the right reasons? By the way, what are the right reasons?” Guffogg helps me explore these types of case by case scenarios as the artists work champions history as well as spirituality. By reading this book you will follow me in and out of the studio learning, listening and watching an important contemporary artist. This book is comprised of my better essays written from 2017 to summer 2019. I am still writing today! The beginning of the book starts light as you get to the middle the content and questioning gets deeper, it's a great companion to read at home or on the run. - Victoria Chapman
Paintings / Poems
Poems by Coco Owen Paintings by Shane Guffogg
Paperback, 37 Pages
In Paintings / Poems, poet Coco Owen used paintings by Shane Guffogg as the spring board to write a collection of soaring and thoughtful poems.
Paul Ruscha's Full Moon
July 1, 2006
By Paul Ruscha Foreword by Shane Guffogg
Paul Ruscha is a photographer, calligrapher, and all around character. In 2005 there was an exhibition of his extensive collection of art and curiosities at the famed Pharmaka gallery in Los Angeles, California. "Paul Ruscha's Full Moon", is the book based on the exhibition. The soft bound book is filled with photographs and amusing stories about some of Paul's Ruscha's favorite artists including a chapter dedicated to Shane Guffogg. You will find Ruscha's personal insights into Guffogg's early career and life.
Highly recommended reading. (You will fall in love with Paul Ruscha before your reach the last chapter.)
The Maker of Day
By Shane Guffogg
This hard cover book was produced by Leslie Sack Fine Art in 2008. There are only a few copies floating around out there and worth grabbing if you can find one.