Paul Chan: Breathers
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
9.5 x 11 inches
Edited with text by Pavel S. Pyś
Foreword by Mary Ceruti
Texts by Vic Brooks, Paul Chan
A handsomely designed overview of Paul Chan’s acclaimed Badlands imprint and his latest sculptural series exploring the metaphor of the “breather," this volume surveys Paul Chan’s publications and works made between 2010 and 2022 following his return to artmaking. The catalog is published on the occasion of Chan's solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center, which takes as its organizing principle the notion of the “breather,” a word that can signify a moment of rest or pause but can also reference a purposeful redirection toward other activities. Chan’s turn to publishing through the founding of his independent press Badlands Unlimited represented a type of “breather.” Badlands for Chan embodied a radical break that seeded new ideas and ways of working. The term is also what Chan titles a recent major body of work. Breathers is an ongoing series of pneumatic sculptures and installations that he considers a new genre of moving-image works.
Tacitly and overtly, the metaphor of the “breather” underscores each of the works in the Walker Art Center exhibition, which, with the artist’s input, is conceived in four sections. The exhibition catalog includes scholarly contributions by Chan; Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center; and Vic Brooks, Senior Curator of Time-based Visual Art at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC).