Artist Book | $75
Saddle-stitched. 60 pp, 4.25 x 7.25 in.
Publication Date: 2010
A LIMITED EDITION PUBLICATION
Three booklets packages in a letterpress printed box. Limited to 50.
Signed and numbered by the author with three original prints enclosed.
Drift Drawings | Snow Walks | Ten Till Two
"Unlike days of old when explorers spent most of their time figuring out where they were, we knew exactly where we were at every moment. It was where we were going next and how long it would take to exit the ice that eluded us."
From September 2007 to February 2008 Ellie Ga was the sole artist-in-residence aboard Tara, a two-mast aluminum sailboat locked drifting in the pack ice near the North Pole. Three Arctic Booklets is part of Ellie Ga's multi-media project based on her experience of living in the polar night with nine others on the frozen Arctic ocean with no control over their immediate future.
Three Arctic Booklets represent three ways of mapping the boat's movement. Drift Drawings is a bird's eye view: the meandering path of the boat’s drift over long periods of time. Snow Walks (Log of Limits), made up of charcoal drawings and their progressive xerox degradations, represents the limits of local movement as the ice expands and contracts. Ten Till Two (10:10) is a text made from transcriptions of interviews with the crew as they drew maps of their immediate surroundings, the constantly changing ice around the Tara.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Ellie Ga's projects explore the limits of photographic documentation and span a variety of medium, often incorporating her exploratory writing and culminating in performative lectures, videos and installations. After an artist's residency in the archives of the Explorers Club in New York, she spent the winter of 2007-2008 as the artist-in-residence aboard the Tara, a scientific expedition in the Arctic Ocean. Her work from the expedition has been exhibited recently at Galerie du Jour, Paris, Subject Index at the Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden and Storyteller at Projekt 0047 in Oslo, Norway. She has performed The Fortunetellers at Museo D'Arte Contemporaneo, Palermo, Sicily and in New York City at MOMA/PS1 Contemporary Art and for the Edifying series at The Bruce High Quality Foundation University. Her artist's books are in the collection of MOMA, NYPL and Yale University. Ellie Ga is currently living in Brooklyn.