Friday, July 31, 2015

Franz Erhard Walther | The Body Decides

Franz Erhard Walther
The Body Decides
Brussels, Belgium: WIELS-CAPC, 2014
116 pp., 18 x 22 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

"A pop up book for adults, this catalogue on the work of Franz Erhard Walther sought its inspiration in the artist’s work in order to determine the publication-form that might most appropriately convey the centrality of action to the artist’s oeuvre. The performativity at the heart of Walther’s more than a half century long practice is underscored through the appearance of six brightly coloured elementary pop up forms spread throughout the book."

Available for €50.00 from the publisher, here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bruce Naumann | Walk with Contrapposto

Bruce Naumann
Walk with Contrapposto
Berlin, Germany: Edition Deutsche Guggenheim, 2003
15 x 15 x 2 cm
Edition of 20 of signed and numbered copies

In this sixty-minute video from 1968, Nauman attempts to maintain the contrapposto pose (counterpose) associated with classical sculpture, while walking down a long, narrow corridor of his own making. In the position, the figure stands with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs.

The video was issued on DVD for the first time by the Deutsche Guggenheim to coincide with their exhibition Bruce Nauman: Theaters of Experience in 2003. It was housed between two pieces of embossed wood and priced at € 540.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jenny Holzer | Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

Jenny Holzer
Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise
Halifax, Canada: The Press of The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1983
[136] pp., 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.5", softcover
Edition size unknown

An early artist book by Holzer, whose full title is Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise - Truisms and Essays, featuring texts in English, French, German and Spanish.

Holzer celebrates her 65th birthday today.

Volumes Book Launch tonight

In 2003, Catherine Crowston and Barbara Fischer co-curated an exhibition called Re-Play that featured myself, David Armstrong Six, Joanne Bristol, Stan Douglas, Raymond Gervais, Rodney Graham, Pascal Grandmaison, Instant Coffee, Tim Lee, Ian Murray, Shannon Oksanen, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Kevin Schmidt, Steven Shearer, Zin Taylor, Ron Terada, Althea Thauberger, and Holly Ward. Re-Play was part of a larger touring exhibition of sound art shows called Sounstracks, that also included Come a Singin' (curated by Andrew Hunter), See Hear! (by Timothy Long and Ben Portis), and Video Heroes (curated by Sylvie Gilbert).

A catalogue for the Soundtracks exhibitions has been in the works every since.

A decade later Christof Migone curated an exhibition called Volume: Hear Here. It featured myself, Alexis O'Hara, Darsha Hewitt, John Oswald, Ian Skedd, Charles Stankievech, Mitchell Akiyama, crys cole, Marla Hlady, Neil Klassen, David Lieberman, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sylvia Matas,
David Merritt, Ryan Park, Juliana Pivato, Alexandre St-Onge, Chiyoko Szlavnics and John Wynne.

Part of the impetus of the second show was to renew efforts to complete the original catalogue, which would now serve as a document of both. It launches tonight at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus, University of Toronto) from 5 to 8pm. The book (and accompanying 10" vinyl record" is available for sale for $50, and the launch will feature DJ sets by Martin Arnold, Marc Couroux, Mitchell Akiyama.

If you're coming by car, please note the Pan Am games have closed off sections of Harbord Street. For more information, visit the facebook page here:

The Last Days of Kathy Acker

An excerpt from Jason McBride's forthcoming biography Kathy Acker: Her Revolutionary Life and Work can be read at Penguin/Random House, here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MEDALLION: A portfolio in honour of Jeannie Thib

Jeannie Thib died in Toronto, on Oct. 26, 2013, of cancer, aged 58. The Medallion portfolio, published by Katzman Contemporary, is inspired by an incomplete piece that Thib was working on at the time of her death. It features a collection of editioned multiples by thirteen of Thib’s close friends, - artists from Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. Produced in an edition of 50, the handmade solander box includes 8" x 8" work, each printed on archival materials ranging from rag paper to wood veneer. Techniques include: digital print, screen print, laser etch, drawing, embossment, and photography.

The contributing artists to Medallion are:
Alison Alder
Millie Chen
Allyson Clay
Noëlle Cuppens
Doug Guildford
Libby Hague
Patrick Mahon
David Merritt
Olaf Mooij
Ed Pien
Penelope Stewart
Joy Walker
Johannes Zits

"As Thib’s practice was informed by her love of pattern, ornament, and architecture, the multiple was an integral part of her aesthetic, and thus is fitting as the theme for this collection."

Proceeds from the sale of MEDALLION: a portfolio in honour of Jeannie Thib will go to the Open Studio Jeannie Thib Memorial Fund. Purchase a box here, or donate here.

Bas Jan Ader | Fall

Bas Jan Ader
Los Angeles, USA: Self-published, 1970
[48] pp., 19 x 19 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

An artist book with no text, Fall contains two photographic sequences, composed of 11 images each, from the artist's films Fall 1, Los Angeles, and Fall 2, Amsterdam. The former begins with Ader seated in a straight-backed chair on the roof of his house and the latter sees the artist cycling into the canal in one of his most recognizable actions.

The rare title is available here, for US$ 1,518.04.