Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dick Higgins | Invocations of Canyons and Boulders











Dick Higgins
Invocations of Canyons and Boulders
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1965
9.3 x 12 x 2.9 cm
Clear plastic box with 16mm film loop
Edition size unknown

Dedicated to Stan Brakhage, Higgins' film loop (a close-up on a mouth) was featured in several Fluxus newspapers and price lists, and several different packagings of the work exist, though none contain a label by George Maciunas designed specifically for the work. The below version features an ill-fitting 'monogram' by Maciunas, and some versions have what appear to be film stills as the box cover.

A VHS version in the Silverman collection is listed as being 5 minutes long, but the multiple version is more likely to have been the length of the loop shown here.





Wednesday, February 27, 2013

OCAD Library Used Book Sale




OCAD Library is hosting a used book sale fundraiser this week in the lobby of the school, at 100  McCaul Street, Toronto. It began yesterday and runs until Friday, March 1st, from 9am to 5pm.

"Amazing art and design books at amazing prices" promises the website, with books that "are mostly duplicate copies of titles in the OCAD U Library, donated by alumni, faculty and friends."

Lots of AGO and Power Plant catalogues, I'm told, and "and a couple of old precious things".


Monday, February 25, 2013

Aaron Carpenter | Exercises in Kinesthetic Drawing and Other Drawing







Aaron Carpenter
Exercises in Kinesthetic Drawing and Other Drawing
Vancouver, Canada: Or Gallery, 2012
[unpaginated], 22 x 17 x 1.5 cm., hardcover
Edited by Jonathan Middleton, designed by Information Office.
$25.00

Launched in mid-December of last year, the title is available from the publishers, here.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Karen Azoulay | Down With Liberty







Karen Azoulay
Down With Liberty
Toronto, Canada: The Nothing Else Press, 2013
218 pp., 18 x 18 x 2 cm., clothbound
Edition of 15
$225.00 CDN

Down With Liberty, a three-thousand word account of the artist's fascination and fear of the Statue of Liberty, accompanied by 200 images of the monument being destroyed in pop culture, is available in a limited edition of 15 signed and numbered copies, each with a unique hand-painted cover and collaged postcard.

Join us at Gallery TPW on Saturday March 2nd for a book launch and performative lecture. Azoulay will present a slide show of approximately 200 images from her larger collection, speak about her personal phobia of Lady Liberty and read from the book. Earlier versions of this ongoing project have been presented at Deitch Projects in New York, and Concordia University in Montreal.

8pm, 1256 Dundas Street West.


Karen Azoulay is a Canadian artist based in Brooklyn. Visit her website at

http://www.karenazoulay.com


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jonathan Monk | Egg





Jonathan Monk
Soft Boiled Egg(s)
Genève, Switzerland: Centre d’édition contemporaine, 2013
Super 8 film, DVD transfer, artists' book
Edition of 10, signed, numbered and dated (each unique)

Packaged in a hand-painted black cardboard box, with a signed certificate of authenticity, the Super 8 films Soft Boiled Egg(s) are based on the duration of a Super 8 film cartridge and on the time it takes to cook an egg. In a same pan, Monk adds an egg every two and a half minutes. The first film in the edition documents the single egg, for the second film another egg is added. Edition number 10/10 features all ten eggs cooking.

«I like boiled eggs and I couldn't escape from them! - for me they represented the beginning of something... in this case the egg and not the chicken» - Jonathan Monk

An accompanying exhibition called Egg, runs until April 17th at the Centre d’édition contemporaine.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Scott McCarney | Alphabook 3







Scott McCarney
Alphabook 3
Rochester, USA: Self-published, 1986
Two volume set.
26 pp., 4 x 6", softcover
Edition of 300

A two volume (A-M and N-Z) set of accordion-folds, die-cut and hand assembled bookworks, produced as part of a series of books where the letterforms are dependent upon the physicality of the book's space. An additional fifty copies were produced in hardcover, signed by the artist.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Artist Poster Show










The Artist Poster Show opened a few Fridays ago (February 8th) at the Burnaby Art Gallery in British Columbia, and continues until April 7th.

The show, drawn primarily from the gallery's permanent collection, features exhibition posters by artists such as Rodney Graham, Guerrilla Girls, Laurel Woodcock, Bruce Nauman, Michael Drebert and Ian Wallace (pictured above), as well as Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Gilbert & George, Lawrence Weiner, N.E.Thing Co.,  Gordon Matta-Clark and many others. The exhibition includes a new commissioned series of twelve posters by Sonny Assu and a contemporary selection of artist posters from Vancouver artist-run centres like Artspeak, Or Gallery and Western Front.



Ian Wallace
At Work
Or Gallery
1983

Rodney Graham
Vexation Island
Canada XLVII Biennale di Venezia
1997

Michael Drebert
Available Light
Artspeak
2008
Offset print on paper

Guerrilla Girls
Guerrilla Girls Identities Exposed!
c. 1990
lithograph on paper

Bruce Naumann
Body Pressure
1974
Offset print on paper

Laurel Woodcock
Playlist for Bas Jan Ader
Mercer Union
2008
Foil-stamped poster


Visit here for more information.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Michael Dumontier | Sock


The Nothing Else Press is very pleased to announce a new edition by
Michael Dumontier








Michael Dumontier
Sock
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2013
Powder-coated cast iron
21.5 x 18 x 2 cm
Edition of 6
$500 CDN

A gorgeous magnet-red sculptural edition, designed to lay flat or lean against a wall, where it may come in contact with other stray socks or dirty laundry.

(some copies pre-sold, so only three two one left!)

Contact us at nothingelsepress@rogers.com for more information.



Dumontier is represented by MKG127 in Toronto:

http://www.mkg127.com/past/dumontier/middle-air/middle-air.html

He was a founding member of the Royal Art Lodge (1996 - 2008). Visit their site here:

http://www.royalartlodge.com/

He continues to collaborate with Neil Farber. Their work can be seen here:

http://personalmessageblog.blogspot.ca

Dumontier's excellent Stopping Off Place blog can be read here:

http://stoppingoffplace.blogspot.ca




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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Yoko Ono turns 80




Yoko Ono turns eighty years old tomorrow, and celebrated tonight with a performance at the Volksbühne in Berlin. Two days prior her Half-A-Wind retrospective opened at the Schirn Kuntshalle in Frankfurt. The show has plans to travel Europe through 2014.

The birthday performance featured Sean Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band with guest performances by Peaches, Michael Stipe, Robyn Hitchcock and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Edward Ruscha (Ed-werd Rew-shay) Young Artist










Ed Ruscha
Edward Ruscha (Ed-werd Rew-shay) Young Artist
Minneapolis, USA: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1972.
[400 approx] pp., 3.8 x 9.5 x 11.4 cm., perfect-bound, thin card covers
Edition of 2000.

Published to accompany an exhibition of prints, drawings, and books held in Minneapolis from April 18 to May 28, 1972. Includes a bibliography of the artist's photobooks and prints. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs. Final quarter of the book is blank.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Judson Church Poster: WHAT HAPPENED / A LOOK BACK




George Maciunas (design)
WHAT HAPPENED / A LOOK BACK
Exhibition Flyer Judson Arts Program Archive.
New York City, USA: Judson Church, 1975
28 x 22cm
Designed by George Maciunas.
Edition size unknown.



A poster advertising an exhibition of Sound and Visual material from the Judson Arts Program Archive 1958 - 1875, curated by Jon Hendricks, titled "What Happened/A Look Back" and a benefit sale with works donated by George Brecht, Remy Charlip, Christo, Jime Dine Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Carol Lee Schneemann, Tom Wesselmann and others.




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sophie Calle | l' Hotel











Sophie Calle
l' Hotel
Paris, France: Editions de l'étoile, 1984
[unpaginated], 21 x 18 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

In 1981 Calle found work as a chambermaid for three weeks, in a Venice hotel, in order to  construct narratives about the lives of the guests that stayed there. With access to their rooms, she examined, itemized and photographed their belongings, read their personal writings and documented the condition that they left the rooms in. Released three years later, the book contains her observations in the form of a surveillance log, accompanied by her photographs.




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fiona Banner | The Nam














Fiona Banner
The Nam
London, UK: Frith Street Books, 1997
[1000] pp., 28 x 21cm., softcover
Edition of 1000, 100 of which were bound in hardcover

The Nam is a thousand pages of continuous, undivided text (280,000 words) in which the artist describes six Vietnam War movies simultaneously: Apocalypse Now, Born on the Fourth of July, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, and Platoon. After a proofreaderconcluded that the book was unreadable Banner had posters printed declaring it as such.



"This is not just an artist’s book but a multiple. It is insistently an object: its 1,000 leaves on 80 gsm Redwood Part Mechanical paper, in an intimidating pave 28 x 21 x6 cm format, weighs 2.388 kg. It defies traditional assumptions about the book and text; it is un-paragraphed, un-paginated and un-chaptered. It could be a flip book but it fails to generate the main characteristic of that format since any kinetic qualities are dulled by the almost constant appearance of the page. The heavy 16/17 point Helvetica typeface hammers out an unrelenting, breathless present – we are there too, but not there, can never be there, trapped in a simulation of a simulation.

If the artist’s task is to take us see the world around us differently, Fiona Banner’s The Nam, like Douglas Gordon’s slowed films, interrogates the nature of film (or is it video? One suspects the text might have been generated from the freezed frames of that medium) and our experience of it. What is cinema? What isn’t? Does the audience constantly remake the film it watches? How does the written text relate to sound (further problematized by the taped pieces of the installation) and vision? This audience, at least, remains spellbound."

- Stephen Bury, Art Monthly, 1997


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Talk at NSCAD



If you're in Halifax, I'm presenting a talk on my work at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design on Thursday February 14th, Granville Campus Room D440, at 1:30 pm.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Two new editions by Micah Lexier, available now


The Nothing Else Press is very pleased to announce the publication of  two new editions
by Micah Lexier.



Micah Lexier
Envelope Sculptures
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2012
15 x 20 x 0.2 cm.
Edition of 50 (each design) signed and numbered copies
$30 each, or both for $50

A cardstock envelope printed with a set of instructions for making a sculpture using the 6 letterpressed, glueless envelopes enclosed. Star and Hexagon versions are available.




Micah Lexier
This Box, This Piece of Paper
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2012
23 x 15 x 2 cm.
Edition of 25, signed and numbered copies
$65.00

A simple and elegant tautological loop.




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Hans-Peter Feldmann | All the Clothes of a Woman


















Hans-Peter Feldmann
All the Clothes of a Woman
Dusseldorf, Germany / Toronto, Canada : Feldmann Verlag / Art Metropole, 1999
[44] pp., 19 x 11 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

"The photographs in this book, taken in 1974, show one woman's entire wardrobe."

A special edition of 30 copies included an additional image tipped into the title page.




Mikkel Carl: I guess Alle Kleider eine Frau wasn’t all her clothes, so I would much like to know how your logic of selection works, here and in general?

Hans-Peter Feldmann: It actually was all her clothes. Forty years ago it was a different story, people didn’t have all that much. She actually had step into another room and change, while I was doing the photography.

MC: All right, I’ll put it in another way: “Could it have been any woman?”

HPF: No, the work was about this woman. If I had come on to her in the streets, or somewhere else, she would probably have slapped me in the face, whereas with this approach it was all a bit more sophisticated. I got really close to her; do you know what I mean? Alle Kleider eine Frau was all about the woman, not the clothes. Anyway, I take things, I arrange them in a certain way, and that’s it. For instance, I go and put two spoons in a soup plate. You can call it what you want, but I call it “two spoons in a soup plate”. There’s no need for any other name, since we’re all quite familiar with the concept of one spoon. Making art is like eating a tomato, either you fancy its taste, or you don’t.