Strange Plants II
Zio Baritaux

Strange Plants II, Zio Baritaux

Strange Plants II, Zio BaritauxStrange Plants II
Zio Baritaux

Contributed to by Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janečková, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang.


Hardcover (two stickers included)
148 Pages
210 × 140 mm
ISBN 9780986396199


Strange Plants II is the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. The book features the work of 30 artists, and explores what these artists think about plants and how they portray them in their work. It includes viscous paintings of drooping flower arrangements: intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies; mixed-media collages that juxtapose the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana with the chaotic energy of vandalism and much more. The book brings together several artists who take a unique approach to incorporating plants into their work: Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janeckova, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang. Schulnik, for example, used her own garden as a character in one of her short films; Stills & Strokes projected colors and geometric shapes onto the leaves of plants in botanical gardens; and DiMattio filled the sculptures in her exhibition with dramatic and unruly flowers. Each artist’s work is accompanied by an insightful article or interview that delves deeper into the relationships between plants and people. The book includes 2 sheets of stickers, allowing the owner to fully customise the cover.

About the Artists
Zio Baritaux is a Los Angeles born, Europe based writer, editor and publisher. She was the managing editor of Swindle magazine, and has since written and/or edited more than a dozen books on art and culture.

Allison Schulnik is an American painter, sculptor and animated film maker. She is known for her heavily textured, impasto oil paintings and her animated short videos.

Misha Hollenbach is one half of the fashion, art and design label and publisher P.A.M (Perks And Mini); the other being Hollenbach’s wife and creative partner Shauna Toohey. Hollenbach’s creative practice extends to and blurs the boundaries of art-making, music, film, publishing and design.

Francesca DiMattio is an American artist born and based in New York City. She makes paintings and ceramic sculpture that weave elements using architectural, design, cultural and historical references.

Zin Taylor is an international artist known for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video.

Katarina Janečková is an artist inspired by the roles of masculinity and femininity, the wide availability of sexual content, and challenging the male gaze through sexual liberation, she uses playful colours and characters to direct and discover the role of sexuality in the modern world.

Stills & Strokes is a photography, illustration, and graphic design studio that works at the intersection of the three disciplines. They combine analogue and digital techniques to create their own surreal worlds. They are Melanie Vorbeck and Stefan Vorbeck.

Ren Hang was a Chinese photographer and poet, known mostly for his nude photographic portraits of his friends. His work is significant for its representation of Chinese sexuality within a heavily censored society.

About the Publisher
Zioxla is a creative agency and independent publishing house founded by Zio Baritaux.

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