Design by Studio Luc Derycke
The book Alphabet shows Michel Mouffe's early work, assembled in an arbitrary order. Mouffe could be seen as a painter who does not paint. His sculpted paintings are composed of many thin glaze layers, each adding their own meaning and merging into an almost immaterial surface, a barrel full of possibilities. Mouffe creates breathing bodies with subtle bulges emerging from the interior of the cloth. The canvas behaves as skin: at the same time a protective boundary and a vulnerable opening. A skin that contains and protects, but which is also a passage to the outside world.
The title Alphabet sets out the basics of the work as they would also outline the possibilities to all future works. The book is perceived as a conversation. Sometimes a monologue of Michel Mouffe himself, sometimes a dialogue between him and Joel Benzakin. Alongside this conversation, full of silences and pauses, the work is shown on a large scale.