Thursday, January 17, 2019

Joe Jones | History of the Music Bike and Other Stories

Joe Jones
History of the Music Bike and Other Stories
Verona, Italy: Francesco Conz, 1977
32 x 42.5 x 5 cm., loose leaves
Edition of 40

"In the Asolo period, which goes from about 1973 to 1979, Francesco Conz was the host of numerous neo avant.garde artists, accumulating many documents and giving life to a series of editions and publications henceforth become historical. Many of these were edited in collaboration with Pari & Dispary Editions or with editions of Beppe Morra, even if in these editions the collaboration is not cited in the colophon.

The first Fluxus guest were Joe Jones (who stayed there until 1979), Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman, followed by Al Hansen, Jon and Geoffrey Hendricks and Takako Saito."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham turns 70 today.

Maurizio Nannucci | Parole / Mots / Words / Wörter

Maurizio Nannucci
Parole / Mots / Words / Wörter
Florence, Italy: Recorthings & Zona Archives, 1979
7" vinyl record, 33 ⅓ RPM, 13:30
Edition of 500

As the cover graphic illustrates, Nannucci took the streets like a reporter, with a microphone and recording crew and asked passers-by (outside the International Cultural Centre in Antwerp, on the streets of Florence, etc.) to tell him the first word that came to mind. The words are then isolated out of context, and often posed as a tentative or confused question. The list of words is printed on the inner sleeve.

Later made available in a boxed work with the same name, accompanied by a folded poster, photographs, a bibliography, and other printed materials.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Jackie McAllister | Canadian Club Whisky Painting

Jackie McAllister
Canadian Club Whisky Painting
Toronto, Canada: Shark Editions, 1996
12 x 9"
Edition of 3

Paintings made of pelican ink, food colouring, ginger ale and whiskey, included as part of the exhibition Tools 'n' Shit (Round One), featuring works by Andrew Buszchak, Brennan Kelly, Nestor Kruger, Euan Macdonald, Jackie McAllister, Ella Dawn McGeough, Andrew Reyes and Sally Spath, with a mailer by Brennan Kelly.

The exhibition continues into February, by appointment only, at goodwatercorktown.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hanne Darboven | Bismarckzeit

Hanne Darboven
Köln, Germany: Rheinland-Verlag, 1979
[344] pp., 20 x 26 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hanne Darboven | If Polite why not Peculiar

Hanne Darboven
If Polite why not Peculiar
Germany: Ingrid Burgbacher-Krupka, 1995
32 x 24 cm.
Edition of 50 initialed and numbered copies

An exercise book with C-prints and screenprinted text.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pop Quiz at the Owens Art Gallery

Pop Quiz was conceived of as a bookwork, many years ago, but first began life as a video, out of financial necessity. It was eventually produced in it's intended form by Paul + Wendy Projects, but continued as a growing video archive - first 15 minutes long, and now over four hours.

The video and the book are both included in an exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick, which opens tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.

The piece includes every question from the lyrics of every pop song in my music collection, about two thousand in total. The work functions as a kind of Dada-esque questionnaire and also as a form or self-portrait. The questions appear briefly on the screen to be pondered, but in the areas where my listening habits and those of the viewers intersect, they may leave with gallery with a melody rattling around their heads in the form of earworm.

The exhibition continues until February 20th. For more information, visit the Owens Art Gallery site, here.