Norwegian Wood

Brook Hsu


American Art Catalogues, 2021. Softcover with slipcase, 76pp., 11 x 9.25 inches


Norwegian Wood takes its form and title from the first edition English printing of Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel. Assembled in three parts, Book I and II, designed as companions to one another, are reflections of themselves that survey a selection of 94 works from 2013 to 2021. The third, a booklet that houses a commissioned essay by Amanda Schmitt, a poem from Alex Jen, and a new text by Hsu.

The three volumes arrive entombed in a stamped slipcase, and are encouraged to be exhumed together, and explored concurrently. Norwegian Wood serves not only as an expansive reference of Hsu’s practice (thus far) as a painter, but as an embodiment of past and future; love and loss, a beginning and an end.

From an edition of 500.