Publisher: Quint Editions
Derek Stroup, Soft Covers includes 45 full color images and essay by Faheem Haider. Stroup’s SOFT COVERS series explores language and form by removing all traces of titles, authors names and descriptions from the front covers of vintage, soft cover paperback books, leaving only abstracted graphics and perplexing images. The lack of words in Stroup’s works also highlight the physical conditions of the used paperbacks, revealing their past histories through abrasions, creases and color loss left by readers, allowing for other possible narratives and references.
Derek Stroup is an artist based in New York. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions including the Brandhorst Museum—Munich, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Contemporary Museum--Honolulu, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kohler Art Center, and elsewhere. He is the author of six artist’s books: Tourmaline (2014) Utilities (2013), Every Instance Removed (2008), Candy (2006), Rope Swing Manifesto (2004), and Field Guide (2002). His artist books are distributed through Printed Matter, Inc. in New York, the Florence Loewy Gallery in Paris and Artphilein in Lugano. Recent publications include photographs in Kalle Lasn’s Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics, Various Small Books (Referencing the Work Of Ed Ruscha) by the MIT Press (Cambridge), CrEATe and Tangible both by Gestalten Press (Berlin). He received his BA from Williams College and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
Faheem Haider is a writer, artist, and political analyst. His writing has appeared in Sculpture magazine, Chronogram, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. He studied at New York University, the London School of Economics, and SUNY New Paltz.