Philip Best is a pioneer of power electronics who formed the band Consumer Electronics in 1982 at the age of 14. He joined the group Whitehouse, led by William Bennett, in 1983. After a nine-year hiatus starting in 1984, Best rejoined and remained with the group until departing again in 2008.
In 1998 Best published his doctoral thesis at Durham University entitled "Apocalypticism in the Fiction of William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Thomas Pynchon" and later received a doctorate in English literature.
In 2010 a collection of Best's artwork entitled American Campgrounds was published by Creation Books with a foreword written by Peter Sotos.
Drawing upon Best's extensive collection of lyric and scrapbooks, and further developing the themes of his 2009 gallery show in New York with Peter Sotos, AMERICAN CAMPGROUNDS offers an obsessive compendium of images and tropes that have regularly haunted his challenging yet compelling work. Notoriously reticent concerning his often ambivalent artworks, Best nevertheless positions “Shasta's tale, or Book, as one of hope, redemption and exemplary resistance to black, titanic forces”.
The book also features BODYGUARD, a brand new, 40-page text by Peter Sotos.
AMERICAN CAMPGROUNDS contains 280 full-page artworks, with over 60 pages in full colour, and is printed on high-quality coated paper.
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Exhibition at Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Berlin
February 5, 2011 - March 22, 2011
This came out late last year, but I didn't see a thread about it already. It looks like the Hardcover is sold out and I've been checking for around a month and the paperback has been unavailable for ordering the whole time. Does anyone here have it? I really want it, it looks like it'll be similar to the photo collages he posts on his blog, which I've always been a fan of.
I'm not a huge fan of Best's work but I am a huge fan of Sotos so I was thinking about grabbing it just for that (and maybe something Best does in the book can spark interest). I thought that the A4 photo collages he was selling for $150-$400 was insane. I mean, he doesn't take his own photographs, it's just a collage. I guess I just don't get him, way over my head.
Yeah I was split as to whether to do it in the general section or the philia section. Ended up trying to play it safe. I will definitely agree that its price gouging, I guess I just ignore all that because everything that announces itself as "art" price gouges you. I think the book is fairly priced, especially considering how much these things usually cost. But the A4s were ridiculous. I think these collages are the sort that if you had them on your wall or just looked at them everyday they'd become a lot more valuable to you mentally. A lot of visual art is that way to me, it might have an initial appeal but its only over the long term of being confronted with it that it either works or it doesn't.
IN 2010 FUCKING SOMETHING A PIECE OF SHIT COLLECTION OF BEST'S MOTHERFUCKING ARTWORK FUCKING ENTITLED AMERICAN CAMPGROUNDS WAS PUBLISHED BY CREATION BOOKS WITH A FUCKER, FOREWORD WRITTEN BY PETER SOTOS . FUCKIN