Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lauren Fournier & Lee Henderson | Paradox

Lauren Fournier & Lee Henderson
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2016
9.6 x 8 x 12 cm.
Edition of 70 [+2 AP]

Paradox (we cannot afford to be productive/we can afford to not be productive) is a ceramic white classic-style mug with wrap-around black text in Marion font. They will be available (shortly) at Art Metropole, for $20.00 each.

"This work reflects a paradox that those with anti-capitalist leanings face when it comes to productivity and privilege. Tongue in cheek, the work acknowledges the limits of its own idealism while nonetheless maintaining the importance of capitalist critique."
- Lauren Fournier & Lee Henderson 

Henderson's exhibition Never Letting Us Take Breath opens this today at Zalucky Contemporary (3044 Dundas St. West, Toronto). For more information visit the gallery website, here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Art Metropole Spring Sale

Art Metropole's annual Spring Sale began yesterday and continues through to Saturday, April 30th. Older books, zines and periodicals are marked down between 20 and 50%, with hundreds of titles discounted.

Art Metropole is open from noon to 7pm and is located at 1490 Dundas Street West, Toronto. For more information, visit their website, here.

The Artists' Newsstand | The Last Stand

I’ve enjoyed every visit, and every project hosted by the Artists’ Newsstand, but I also think the work is much more than the sum of these parts. I think it’s a brilliant intervention and Jess Dobkin’s unwavering dedication to it is meritorious. It would have been impressive to do for a month, but she took the leap and signed a year-long lease, no doubt underestimating just how much work it would take to keep the project afloat.

The year is up and tonight is the closing party, titled The Last Stand. It’s the final day of Zanette Singh’s installation, and the last chance to stock up on zines, artist multiples, and discounted drinks and confectionary. The booth is open from 3-8pm with the dance party send off (with DJ John Caffrey) running from 5 to 8pm.

Visit the Facebook page here, for more information:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Final selections from the AGO Library display: Pop-ups, Peep-shows, Accordions, and Pretzels

Dan Graham | One

Dan Graham
Brussels, Belgium: Yves Gevaert Editeur, 1991
7.4 x 9 x 0.7 cm
Unlimited Edition

A plastic portable game with only one outcome. A classic multiple still available for 25,00 € from the publisher, here.

Carol June Barton | Tunnel Map

Carol June Barton
Tunnel Map
Rosendale, USA: Women's Studio Workshop, 1988
20 x 20 cm. (extends to 20 x 20 x 25 cm.)
Edition of 150 signed and numbered copies

"Tunnel books", which date back to the mid-18th century, consist of a series of pages held together by two folded concertina strips on each side, to create the illusion of depth and perspective. They are 'read' through a hole in the cover, and were therefore often called "Peep Shows" (as well as "areaoramas", "cosmoramas" and "optiques"). The name “tunnel book” presumably derives from the fact that several of the most widespread examples were produced in the mid-19th century to commemorate the building of the tunnel under the Thames River in London.

Barton's "tunnel book" consists of seven circular pages plus front and back covers show alternating maps of Eastern and Western hemispheres. The layers expand like an accordion.

"Successive layers transport us from one landscape to another as we peer through the cover. The cover contrasts the flatness of the outer world map with actual "topography" depicted in the tunnel."
- The Women's Studio Workshop 

“I started playing around with it and came up with the different drawings of the geographic landscapes and put them together.”
- Carol June Barton