Personally, I´m Most Interested in the Shapes and Colours
A Script for the Performance of Abstraction

Marking a symbolic hundred years since Malevich painted his iconic Black Square, this publication investigates the continued potential of abstract art as a disruptive, iconoclastic or radical practice.

Taking the form of a pastiche and integrating fictional elements within a theoretical framework, this book offers an experience of "contextual abstraction," while using the specific case of abstract painting today to reflect on the role of narrative constructions in our experience of contemporary art.

Twelve authors and six artists respond to a theoretical proposal put forth by the Belgian artist and curator Ludovik Vermeersch. Vermeersch suggests that in order to allow paintings to successfully "perform" their abstraction, one has to subvert the narrative framework they operate in. The book is a carefully composed attempt – a script, in fact – to do exactly that.

In a lecture performance that accompanies and complements this publication, Vermeersch performs the script that the book embodies, as an effort to revalidate both the spiritual aspirations and the deregulating, ambiguous and irritating qualities of abstraction.

Title: Personally, I´m Most Interested in the Shapes and Colours
Language: English

Editors: Ludovik Vermeersch, with Emily Doucet and Zoë De Luca
Contributors: Sarah Bal, Emily Doucet, Anna Ernst, Sarah Hayden, Marc Holthof, Kristof van Baarle, Charlotte Van Buylaere, Pieter Vermeulen, Aleksey Miroshnichenko, Erik Porath, Jens Presser, Stefan Römer, Rahel Schrohe, Yulia Seghers, Martin Steffens, Ludovik Vermeersch, Radoslaw Kosiada
Featuring the work of: Sarah Bal, Marc Bergson, Anna Ernst, Aleksey Miroshnichenko, Stella Pinson, Jens Presser, and Ludovik Vermeersch
Design: Kato Six and Toon Leën, in conversation with Studio Luc Derycke

Published by: MER. Paper Kunsthalle
304 pages (192 in colour)
Dimensions: 16.5 x 23 cm

This book is the outcome of an artistic research project funded by the University of Antwerp and Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp, which took place in Berlin between 2011 and 2013.