Claude Closky, "Blackywall by Sihab Baik"

RRose Editions have released their third publication, "Blackywall by Sihab Baik", an artist’s book by Claude Closky that could appear at first glance as a (twisted) monograph. The book’s 200 spreads appear to show images of Closky’s works. However, the attention is raised by the titles and the sub-texts, which immediately convey a feeling of non-sense. References are made to Claude Monet, Claude Debussy, Christian Dior, Rasputin, Sean Connery, Harley-Davidson or the San Francisco Giants...

There's a story behind it. The book is actually a print-out of a phishing website that has appropriated Claude Closky’s official website images (www.closky.info). As the artist found out, the text « critiques » are algorithmically generated in order to attract Internet audience through a heavy use of keywords. Here comes the non-sense, as these keywords only relate distantly to Closky‘s work. So as to correct the numerous errors and provide the reader with a reliable monograph, the artist inserted a loose page that gives proper infos about the works shown in the book. "Blackywall by Sihab Baik" thus offers a new take on appropriation with a « Printed Web » angle, and a bit of humor.

P-S : No need to look for "Blackywall by Sihab Baik" actual website : it’s full of viruses…