Saturday, April 13, 2024

Halifax Art Book Fair

The Halifax Art Book Fair takes place tomorrow, April 12th. We’ll be there with our Nothing Else Press publications, alongside vendors: 

Folly House
Combos Press
Conundrum Press
Copy Shop Books
Dalhousie Art Gallery
Emma Allain
Eyelevel Artist Run Centre & Bookstore
Micah Lexier
Municipal Geographic
Seed & Spark Bookstore Co-operative
Special Characters
SpekWork Studio
Struts Gallery / Owens Art Gallery
Susan Mills Artist Books
Tel # Publishing
Visual Arts News

The event takes place from 7:30 to 8:30pm, April 13th, at the All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street, Halifax. For more information, visit:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Micah Lexier | Collaborative Hole Punch Drawing


At the inaugural Halifax Art Book Fair this Saturday, Micah Lexier will be presenting the fifth iteration of his Collaborative Hole Punch Drawing project. First launched at the Toronto Art Book Fair in 2018
(followed by the Prairie Art Book Fair in 2018, the Esker Foundation Art Bookstore Opening in 2019, and the Unlimited Edition Art Book Fair in Seoul, Korea in 2023), the project consists of a letter-size, letterpress-printed sheet of paper, and a hole-punch. 
"It is a project where people are invited to purchase and participate in the making of a unique artwork,” Lexier writes. "The collaborator makes a pencil mark at any location (or locations) on the page where they want a hole punched. They then add their initials in the spot at the bottom of the page identified as HOLE LOCATOR. I then punch a hole at the location(s) that the collaborator selected. I have a special hole punch that allows me to punch a 5/16” hole anywhere on the 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. I then add my initials and date in the spots at the bottom of the page identified  HOLE PUNCHER and DATE PUNCHED. I charge $10 a hole. The collaborator can purchaser as many holes as they want to pay for.
 The sheet is blank except for the punched hole(s) and information at the bottom of the page. The drawing then get put in a custom rubber-stamped envelope."

The event takes place from 7:30 to 8:30pm, April 13th, at the All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street, Halifax. For more information, visit: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Dave Dyment | The Artist Multiple As Unbound Book


The inaugural edition of the Halifax Art Book Fair (HABF) and conference will take place on April 13th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Admission is free. 

I will be giving at talk at 3:30 pm titled The Artist Multiple as Unbound Book. The PowerPoint presentation will feature a couple hundred images and will trace the origins of Artist Multiple and its relationship to Artists’ Books. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Allen Ruppersberg | The Mystery Of Nobokov's Room and No, Sir, My Library Is Not Yours

Allen Ruppersberg
The Mystery Of Nobokov's Room and No, Sir, My Library Is Not Yours
Los Angles, USA: MoCA LA, 1999
27 x 35.5 x 4 cm.
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies

Allen Ruppersberg’s interest in jigsaw puzzles reportedly began with reading the classic 1978 Georges Perec tour-de-force Life: a User’s Manual (below)

In the novel(s), the protagonist plans to spend his remaining years (and fortune) traveling the world painting ports and transforming his watercolour works into puzzles, which he then disassembles and reassembles. 

From the book’s Preamble: 

“To begin with, the art of jigsaw puzzles seems of little substance, easily exhausted, wholly dealt with by a basic introduction to Gestalt: the perceived object – we may be dealing with a perceptual act, the acquisition of a skill, a physiological system, or, as in the present case, a wooden jigsaw puzzle – is not a sum of elements to be distinguished from each other and analysed discretely, but a pattern, that is to say a form, a structure: the element’s existence does not precede the existence of the whole, it comes neither before nor after it, for the parts do not determine the pattern, but the pattern determines the parts: knowledge of the pattern and of its laws, of the set and its structure, could not possibly be derived from discrete knowledge of the elements that compose it. That means that you can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and shape, and be no further on than when you started. The only thing that counts is the ability to link “this piece to other pieces, and in that sense the art of the jigsaw puzzle has something in common with the art of go. The pieces are readable, take on a sense, only when assembled; in isolation, a puzzle piece means nothing – just an impossible question, an opaque challenge. But as soon as you have succeeded, after minutes of trial and error, or after a prodigious half-second flash of inspiration, in fitting it into one of its neighbours, the piece disappears, ceases to exist as a piece. The intense difficulty preceding this link-up – which the English word puzzle indicates so well – not only loses its raison d’être, it seems never to have had any reason, so obvious does the solution appear. The two pieces so miraculously conjoined are henceforth one, which in its turn will be a source of error, hesitation, dismay, and expectation.”

The puzzle has appeared in Ruppersberg's practice for over thirty years, as has the subject of the library, and collecting. 

Elsewhere on the blog (not hashtagged, sadly) are puzzles by William Anastasi, George Brecht, Dan Graham, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Micah Lexier, Michael Dumontier, Ben Patterson and Dieter Roth. 

“[I]n the exhibition is a jigsaw puzzle, made by Ruppersberg in 1999. Its title is written in two parts, like the two parts of a story, and with two different fonts, A Mystery Of Nobokov's Room and No, Sir, My Library Is Not Yours... On the box’s lid, each of the titles seems to refer to one of the two images below, as a guide for the "player" to reproduce each side of this puzzle.

The first image is the reproduction of a room, of which only the bed is visible, with its bedding matching the wallpaper. The second image reproduces a library. However the experience of the player is disrupted or complicated by the artist, who established a protocol during the production of the work:

The artist bought puzzle boxes of different sizes on a flea market. On each of these boxes lids, he adds a title and two images. He made a double-sided jigsaw puzzle, using shapes that are not the most common with a variation increasing the difficulty of the game. The artist placed each puzzle in a different box and randomly removed some pieces from each boxes...”
- Michèle Didier, Press release

Saturday, April 6, 2024

David Bellingham | These Words Were Made By Printing

David Bellingham
These Words Were Made By Printing
Glasgow, Scotland: Self-published, 2023
21 x 15 cm.
Edition size unknown

A signed greeting card using a typeface that appears to be stencilled but is, in fact (as the text makes clear), printed. Presumably with a nod to Nancy Sinatra. 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Glenfiddich announces 2024 Canadian Artist in Residence: Julie Forgues

Slightly off-topic (though see related editions here, here and here), but earlier this week I was back in Toronto for the announcement of the Glenfiddich Artist In Residency Prize. I was the Artist-in-Residence at the Dufftown, Scotland, distillery in 2008 and I have subsequently served as a ‘consultant’ on the program, mainly helping to administer the jury process. 

The event on Tuesday was held to celebrate the work of Derek Liddington (2023) and to announce Julie Forgues, from Moncton, as the artist who will represent Canada at the international residency this summer, where she will be joined by six other artists from around the globe. 

Forgues has previously participated in residencies for Swatch (in Shanghai) and aboard a boat at the Arctic Circle. 

From the press release: 

The 19th annual Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program in Canada awards one Canadian artist an all-inclusive residency in Dufftown, Scotland.

TORONTO, ON: Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt scotch whisky, proudly names Julie Forgues of Moncton, New Brunswick as the 2024 recipient of the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program. The prestigious residency consists of a three-month all-expenses paid residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Forgues is the 19th Canadian recipient of the annual Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program.
Julie Forgues obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1995, followed by her MFA in Studio Arts – Photography at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She joined the faculty of Université de Moncton in 2000 as Professor of Photography in the Department of Visual Arts and took position as Head of the department in 2016. She has participated in several artist residency programs internationally, including in China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, and the Arctic Circle. She considers her photographic research as an intermediate between a space and a place.
“In the past few years, I have been working on photographic research about how a space can be transformed into a place but can also fluctuate between both states,” articulates Forgues in her proposal. “These in-betweens in landscapes are fluctuating states that I then render into photographic images. At every site I have photographed, I think of what was there, what is there now and what will be there in the future: spaces that are now places, but mostly places-spaces that are in limbo-ing states. My work therefore makes this process of fluctuation visible.”
During her residency at the Glenfiddich distillery, Julie plans to explore spaces and places created by the Glenfiddich craftsmen in and around the historic distillery landscape with photographic image. The project will reflect and pay homage to the people and community of the distillery incorporating the use of cast-off liquids, malt, and other natural elements found at the distillery.
“Julie’s focus on space and place is wholly pertinent to the Glenfiddich Residency, which is itself all about a particular place, the Valley of the Deer. A space made into a place by the founder William Grant in 1887,” comments Andy Fairgrieve, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program Co-ordinator. “I am sure the residency will be a rewarding experience for Julie and I am looking forward to seeing how she engages with the locality this summer.”
The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program is recognized and celebrated in global art communities as one of the world’s most prestigious of artist residencies, receiving hundreds of applications annually. The program transports winning artists from across the globe to the historic Dufftown setting, deep in the Scottish Highlands, to foster the creation of original work directly influenced by the Glenfiddich Distillery grounds, its processes, and its rich environment. Year after year, the artist pieces created during the residency are of unique tone, ambience and medium, and are displayed at the distillery for ongoing years.
"The Glenfiddich Artist in Residency program continues to capture the imagination of artists across the country,” comments Dave Dyment, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Consultant & artist. “This year we had a record number of high-quality applications, and anyone from the shortlist would’ve made a great selection. Julie’s proposal to examine how culture shapes geography will resonate nicely with the opportunities at the residency. It reminds me of a quote from Scottish writer Alasdair Gray: ‘If a city hasn't been used by an artist, not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively’.” 
The 2024 residency marks the 23rd anniversary of the global Glenfiddich Artist in Residence program and the 19th anniversary of the program in Canada.
“Glenfiddich in Canada is honoured to support the Canadian arts community through the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program,” adds Claire May, Senior Brand Manager, Glenfiddich in Canada. “We are excited to award Julie this year’s residency and look forward to viewing the body of work she creates.”
Applications for the 2025 Artists in Residency program are scheduled to open in December 2024.