Another NYC trip purchase, another funny coincidence-
I was in Printed Matter feeling a bit overwhelmed by their large inventory, when all of a sudden for some reason I thought "I know- I'll look at the Nieves books."
Anyone who has been on the interwebs for a while is probably familiar with Nieves Press out of Zurich. I located their section in the store and the first book I picked up was Memoranda- Raffi Kalenderian. I had to laugh (I'm sure the clerks thought I was a bit off my rocker because of all the laughing and smiling to myself that was going on). Just a few months prior I had met Raffi at the LCD show at the Hollywood Bowl through a mutual friend. I knew Raffi was an artist (he is also is a musician and in the band Wounded Lion) but I had no idea that this is what is work was like! I had to purchase this - again not only for the coincidence, but also for all of the marvelous patterns, colors, and textures in his work. I mean, look at that rug depicted in the second image!
Another coincidence: If you are curious, Wounded Lion actually have a show tomorrow night at Pehrspace here in Los Angeles.