Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Recommendation Guest Post: Ian McMurrich

Object Catering
Toronto, Canada: JMS Press, 2016
24 pp., 25 x 14 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

JMS Press’ Object Catering Toronto Menu is an artists’ book, catalogue, object of objects, and menu all rolled into one 24 page, full colour, risograph printed publication. It documents a selection of “unaltered, street level objects” found in Toronto by an anonymous, formerly Toronto-now-Los Angeles-based artist that are offered for sale at intentionally affordable prices ranging from $4.99 to $9.99. Purchasers of the $15.00 menu are invited to order an object of their choice for pick up or delivery.

The menu was my must-have acquisition of this past October’s 1/Edition Art Book Fair in Toronto. It ingeniously critiques the economic aggrandizement of the found object that occurs through the commodification and collecting of contemporary art while it simultaneously strives to correct that trajectory to a more democratic end. Object Catering serves as the perfect antidote to the holiday peak season of commodity fetishism and the ideal gift for the art object, or just plain object, lover in your life.

Look for a future Object Catering Menu of items selected from the everyday of Los Angeles. And while you’re at it, JMS Press’ eight artists’ publications issued this year are equal parts eye and brain candy.

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The Object Catering project can be followed at

Ian McMurrich is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, time-based media, and the production of multiples. He received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and his BFA from OCAD University in 2006. He currently lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario.

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