The thirtieth title from Piece of Paper Press is CARNEVIL by Los Angeles-based artist Steven Hull, which has been produced in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies.
In 2014 Hull made the Circus of Death for actor Jack Black’s Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The dark and humorous circus—described by the LA Times as an ‘an art installation like no other [an] artist-designed theme park’—included a spooky train ride that carried passengers through artist-made fantastical worlds such as The Iceberg of Torment, Monster Windmill and Marionette Castle. The circus also featured a handmade monster merry-go-round, creepy puppet shows, large-scale video projections, sculptures and freak-show characters. The selected drawings in CARNEVIL were made in preparation for Circus of Death, and have been re-imagined for this book.
‘Psychologically prickly … its raucous abundance here mostly mixes incoherent chaos with psychedelic fun … The cacophony of opposing artistic styles, from Expressionist vitality to Constructivist logic and Dada subversion, gives Hull’s revelry its punch.’—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
Steven Hull was born in 1967. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Hull has shown internationally and is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles. Hull Is known for book and music projects where he enlists large numbers of artists to work together to create a final art piece. For many years he has run the publishing company Nothing Moments Press and, for three years the non-profit space Las Cienegas Projects in Culver City.
Accompanying the 30th title from Piece of Paper Press is an index of all titles published by the project since its inception in 1994. Printed in an unnumbered limited edition of 200, on 100% recycled, 80gsm, uncoated paper using a Gestetner 320 stencil duplicator from hand-drawn and manually typed stencils, ‘Titles 1994-2015’ is embellished with a stencilled detail from Steven Hull’s CARNEVIL. ‘Titles 1994-2015’ was produced in collaboration with James Pennington of legendary underground publisher Aloes Books at a secret location on the Lower Seven Sisters Road.
Tony White and Steven Hull have collaborated before. Hull’s monumental A Puppet Show commission for the one-night-only digital arts triennial Glow: Santa Monica in 2013 was based on Tony White’s short story ‘A Fragment from the Lives of the Conquistadors’. A vinyl LP by Hull, featuring White’s story with sounds and music by Hull, Gibby Haynes, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden and Anna Huff was released on Nothing Moments in 2014. White also contributed short stories to Hull’s Ab Ovo project in 2005-6, Nothing Moments in 2007 and the 2009 group show Landscape Memory Revisited at Las Cienegas Projects.