Camouflage of Large Installations
Air Raid Precautions, Handbook No. 11
Camouflage of Large Installations by Charles Stankievech is a rare World War II handbook created by the British Government as a guide for factory owners to implement the then new theories of camouflage in order to protect industrial assets. The handbook is composed of three sections: instructional, advertising by corporations supplying camouflage services and full-page colour swatches. The full-page color swatches are particularly beautiful and when viewed aesthetically are interesting forerunners to the history of monochromes, specifically Yves Klein’s first artwork Peintures (1954): a small portfolio booklet that presents a series of monochromes. Interestingly, Klein had never made these paintings and the booklet was not a representation of work, but actually a deception used to secure his first exhibition in Paris. The contemporary artwork by artist Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, Secrets in the Open Seas, continues the tradition of monochromes and deceptions in bookworks and also completes the trinity of works included in Stankievech's exhibition CounterIntelligence (2013).
A project by Charles Stankievech
A limited edition of 10 books (with 2 artist’s editions) was printed in Berlin, including the camouflage swatches inserted as three color plates hand-painted using cosmetics by Charles Stankievech.The reprint also includes an insert of Charles Baudelaire’s “In Praise of Cosmetics,” a chapter from The Painter of Modern Life, 1863.
52 Pages (40 pages full color & a 12-page textual insert)
Contact the artist at charles[at]stankievech[dot]net directly for a limited edition quote.
Created in May 2014