**FLYING CONDITIONS: Mostly Sunny**
These three books have been on my wish list for a while. My birthday is at the end of the month, so maybe I'll strongly suggest these to my friends and family. Besides we're at the age where "surprises" usually mean another "object d'art" that we don't have space for.
I always have space for books.
Viggo Mortensen: Coincidence of Memory
In this beautifully illustrated book, the artist combines photographs, paintings, and poems that span his artistic output from 1978 to 2002.
Viggo Mortensen: 45301
Abstract images, fragments and phrases from poems, notes, journals, words/thoughts remembered or imagined as they slip away, come together in 45301 to create a dense, thought-provoking photography book. Many of the photographs were shot during Mortensen's recent travels to Morocco, Cuba, and the northern plains of the United States, but could have been shot in your backyard. Depending on one's point of view, the imagery can be seen as either fighting with light or embracing it, holding time or forgetting it.
Viggo Mortensen: Sign Language
A catalogue that accompanied the "Signlanguage" exhibition at Track 16 Gallery in February, 2002, it features the photography and painting of Viggo Mortensen created primarily during his stay in New Zealand from 1999 to 2001. With an essay by Kevin Power.
All works © Viggo Mortensen