Friday, September 4, 2015

Simon Starling | 27 Homemade Henningsen Lamps

Simon Starling
27 Homemade Henningsen Lamps
Three Star Books, 2011
32 pp., 30 x 40 cm., hardcover
Edition of 70 signed and numbered copies

An additional fifty copies were sold with an aluminium lamp, housed in a hexagonal wood crate for € 6880.

Diane Wakoski | The Magellanic Clouds

Diane Wakoski
The Magellanic Clouds
New York City, USA: The Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968
7" 33 1/3 rpm flexi-disk
Edition of 2000

Diane Wakoski is an American poet who worked as part of the 'deep image' movement that included Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Kelly, and Clayton Eshleman. When studying at the University of California, Berkeley, she met artist/composer La Monte Young and the two moved to New York City together, where they briefly lived together on Bank Street, before breaking up. Their only child, who they put up for adoption at birth, is now working as a bookkeeper near Sacramento.

Wakoski's work has been published in more than twenty collections and her selected poems, Emerald Ice, won the 1989 William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She is best perhaps known for a series of poems collectively known as The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems.

The Magellanic Clouds is a four and a half minute reading of a poem dedicated "for Eleanor who likes to see her name in print". Mounted to a four-page card booklet, inside and on the back of which the complete text of the poem is printed (though Wakoski transposes the order of two words in the reading). The same title was later published as a 150 page book by the Black Sparrow Press in 1975.

The SMS recording (included in SMS #5) can be heard here. The same work, recorded two years later as part of a larger public reading, can be heard here.

It can be purchased from the New Museum shop, for $50.00, here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Robert Watts | Permanent Parking Decal

Robert Watts
Permanent Parking Decal
New York City, USA: The Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968
17.1 x 17.1 cm.
Edition of 2000

Not dissimilar to the decals Watts produced with George Maciunas under the banner name Implosions Inc., this sticker provides the user with violation-free parking, by forever fixing the meter in the 45-minutes-remaining position.

From SMS #4.

Available from the New Museum Shop, here, for $250.00 US.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Jean-Pascal Flavien | statement house (temporary title)

Jean-Pascal Flavien
statement house (temporary title)
Brussels, Belgium: MOREpublishers, 2015
Audio CD, 15:18
Edition of 40 (+10 AP) signed and numbered copies

In March of this year Flavien was commissioned to produce one of his houses for "living, resting and working" at the Royal College of Art in London, his first in the UK. Located outside the RCA’s main entrance, the site-specific structure hosted writers engaged in what he called ‘writing the house’.

MOREpublishers hors série # 55 (which has also included Claude Closky, Jonathan Monk, Robert Barry, Dora Garcia, Allen Ruppersberg and many others) documents the project, with an audio CD (featuring a musical reading by Augustin Maurs) and a set of 11 business cards, housed in a 7" record sleeve.

It's available from the publisher, here, for 120 €.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Book Arts Newsletter #99

Sarah Bodman's Book Arts Newsletter for September - October 2015 is now available to download at:

The issue includes the following:
National and International Exhibitions Pages 1-18
Announcements Pages 18-21
Courses, Conferences, Lectures & Workshops Pages 21-27
Opportunities Pages 27-32
Book Fairs and Events Pages 32-36
Internet News Pages 36-37
New Publications Pages 37-47
Reports & Reviews Pages 47-54
Stop Press! Page 54

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mieko Shiomi | Spatial Poem No. 3 "Falling Event"

Mieko Shiomi
Spatial Poem No. 3  "Falling Event"
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1966
15.5 x 12.5 x 3 cm.
Edition size unknown

Beginning in 1965, Mieko Shiomi conducted a series of nine events that she called Spatial Poems. Each began with an invitation to friends and colleagues from around the globe to respond to a simple instruction via the mail. The responses she received would then constitute the work.

The third Spatial Poem was on the subject of falling: "The phenomenon of a fall is actually a segment of a movement toward the centre of the earth. This very moment countless objects are falling. Let's take part in this centripetal event," she wrote in her invitation, "Spatial Poem No. 3 will be the record of your intentional effort to make something fall, occurring as it would, simultaneous with all the countless and incessant falling events".

Participants included George Brecht, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Geoffrey Hendricks, Philip Kaplan, David Mayor, Carolee Schneemann and many others.

The wooden box containing the printed cards is designed by George Maciunas, who also produced a wall calendar version in 1968, which can be seen here.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Anne Collier talk and exhibition

I'll be out of town and sad to miss this:

Anne Collier and curator Michael Darling will be in conversation for a free talk on the night of Collier's exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Jackman Hall on Wednesday, September 23. The opening runs from 6 to 8:30 pm, with remarks at 7:00.

For more information, visit the AGO website, here.