Saturday, January 22, 2022

Nic Wilson | What I Saw

Nic Wilson
What I Saw
Regina, Canada: Gravitron, 2020
38 pp., 6.5 × 4.3 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

"A collection of very short essays about looking, light, grief, photography, and decay. Part historic, part poetic, and part ekphrastic, these essays are immersed in other texts, other beings, and other people, from different times, and different places."
- publisher's blurb

Thursday, January 20, 2022

N.E. Thing Company Ltd | Eye Scream Letterhead

N.E. Thing Company Ltd
Eye Scream Letterhead
Vancouver, Canada: Self-published, 1977
28 x 21.7 cm.
Edition size unknown

In 1977 the N.E.Thing Company (Co-Presidents Iain and Ingrid Baxter) opened Eye Scream, a commercial ice cream restaurant, on West Fourth Avenue in Vancouver. The layout of the store, the dishware, the business cards and letterhead were all designed by the artists. 

"We decided to do the Eye Scream restaurant as a survival technique, because we didn’t have income. But it was also an art project—we showed art there and the menu had all sorts of references to art. It did generate revenue, until it took us under. It looked like we made $20,000 a month, but it cost something like $25,000 to do it. That trauma, in part, led to our split, and Iain and I got divorced soon after."
- Ingrid Baxter, ArtNews

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Larry Clark celebrates his 79th birthday today. 

Larry Miller | Discourse on All & Everything

Larry Miller
Discourse on All & Everything
Easton, USA: Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College
17 x 11" 
Edition size unknown

Poster for a performance at Lafayette College, April 15, 1991. The work is an updated version of a performance Miller gave eleven years prior at The Kitchen, in NYC.

The event was advertised as "the first in a series of performances about coping with the fantasies, fears and paradoxes of everyday existence". The event featured hypnosis, prerecorded audio as well as slide, video and film projection.

Monday, January 17, 2022

TriQuarterly 32: Anti-Object Art

[Charles Newman, ed] 
TriQuarterly 32: Anti-Object Art
Evanston, USA: Northwestern University, 1975
[unpaginated], 23.2 x 14.6 cm., glue-bound
Edition size unknown

TriQuarterly began at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL,  in 1958. The first issue was fifty cents. The current - Issue #160 is digital only, as the journal moved online in 2010. 

Issue 32 was guest edited by Lawrene Levy and John Perreault and concentrates on conceptual and anti-object art. 

The issue documents some classic works like Eleanor Antin's Carving, Joseph Beuys' I Like American and America Likes Me, Gilbert & George's Singing Sculpture, Robert Smithson's Amarillo Ramp (which is a small fold-out poster), etc., etc. 

Other artists featured include Ira Joel Haber, Lawrence Weiner, Christo, Agnes Denes, Marjorie Strider, Douglas Huebler, Gregg Powell, Brenda Miller, John Baldessari, LeAnnn Bartok Wilchusky, Vito Acconci, Hans Haacke, Richard Serra, Will Insley, Phil Berkman, Michael Crane, Michael Kirby, Spephen Zaima, Jan Sullivan, Nancy Holt, Adrian Piper, Robert Barry, Richard Long, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, Joseph Kosuth, Alice Aycock, A. Ribé, Daniel Buren, Rafael Ferrer, Scott Burton, and Les Levine. 

Most notable about the issue is how it tackled the subject matter graphically. The cover is made of corrugated cardboard and contains a pocket that holds "five wallet-size photos of TriQuarterly 32." Featured on the 'cover' is an image of Smithson's Spiral Jetty