Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dick Higgins | Nova Broadcast No. 3

Dick Higgins
Nova Broadcast No. 3 : A Book About Love & War & Death
San Francisco, USA: The Nova Broadcast Press, 1969
[unpaginated], 20 x 11.5 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

In 1967 Dick Higgins self-published Canto 1 of A Book About Love & War & Death as part of his Something Else Press’ Great Bear Pamphlet series (which also included George Brecht, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Al Hansen, Diter Rot, Wolf Vostell and others).

Cantos 2 and 3 are presented here, as part of a similar series of booklets called Nova Broadcast, published by Jan Herman (who Higgins later hired as the editor of the Something Else Press, from September 1972 - November 1974). Other titles in the series of six publications include Miss Vietnam by Wolf Vostell, and The Dead Star by William Burroughs.

Higgins published the complete A Book About Love & War & Death in 1972.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Laurie Simmons | Water Ballet/Family Collision

Laurie Simmons
Water Ballet/Family Collision
Minneapolis, USA: Walker Art Center, 1987
8 pp., 16 x 24 cm., stiff boards
Edition size unknown

The artist's third book features five full-bleed black and white images of dolls floating in pools and five colour photographs of nude women in various pools and the clear waters of the Caribbean. Designed by Yolanda Cuomo, the cardboard pages are laminated and the synthetic cover simulates  the surface of a swimming pool.

"For her series Water Ballet (1980-1981), the legendary American photographer staged an underwater choreography with her friends, including Cindy Sherman, in direct reference to the Post-War Hollywood water ballets."
- Time Out

When I shot underwater, I obviously had to go to swimming pools. But then after that, I started dropping little toys in tanks of water in my own house. There are times when I really need to go somewhere to shoot, but it never feels right. And I never wanted to be that person who I would see out on the street with their cameras, and they looked really strong and cool and tough, but I just kept thinking, “I’m not that person.” It felt like the actual act of shooting was a kind of performance.

- Laurie Simmons, interviewed by Sheila Heti, for Interview magazine

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ricky Swallow | Gameboy

Ricky Swallow
Sydney, Australia: Self-published, 2001
15.2 x 9.5 x 3.8 cm.
Edition of 5 signed, numbered and dated copies

A barnacled Gameboy made of pigmented and moulded resin. Valued at $3000 US.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

David Shrigley | Wall-Mounted Ear

David Shrigley
Wall-Mounted Ear
Berlin, Germany: Little and Large Editions, 2011
ear: 8.5 x 5.4 x 2 cm., box: 8.8 x 14.3 x 18.1 cm.
Edition of 40 [+ 10 AP]

A bronze ear (with hole for earring) boxed with a white glove for handling. The edition sold out quickly and the works are currently valued at around $1500 US.

"My ear is made of polished bronze. It affixes nicely to the wall. If it is affixed properly it will remain there, impervious to all manner of vibrations.

My ear is part ornament, part warning sign. My ear is ornament in that it is desirable and nice to look at and may catch the the light in an interesting and/or beautiful way. My ear is a warning sign in that it should remind us that we may be being eavesdropped-upon by the authorities who will not tolerate dissent. My ear warns us that if we are the authors of dissent then the authorities will rain-down all manner of shit upon us; they may have us rendered and tortured and thrown into a dungeon to die, like they are going to do with that guy from Wikileaks."

- David Shrigley

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gillian Kloet | I’m Too Sad To Fuck You

Gillian Kloet
I’m Too Sad To Fuck You
Guelph, Canada: Self-published, 2018
9 x 5 cm.
Edition of 100

A business card conflation of Bas Jan Ader’s I’m Too Sad To Tell You postcard from 1970, and Adrian Piper’s My Calling Card #2, from 1986 (below).

Monday, December 3, 2018

Vanessa Maltese | Poodle Cloud

Vanessa Maltese
Poodle Cloud
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2018
20 x 12 cm.
Edition of 200 signed, titled and numbered copies

A risograph print made as a kind of companion to Maltese's recent bookwork, CLUES, released last month. Both works involve "peculiar cloud formations and subsequent overlaid drawings" and came about during a three-month residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Maltese created a body of work that investigated the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia, a type of apophenia, in which patterns are seen in random data (Jesus in your toast, an image of a man on the surface of the moon, etc.).

Maltese's exhibition "How Long Is A Piece Of String" opened yesterday at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and continues until January 19th. For more information, visit the gallery website, here.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ray Fenwick | La Moat Juice

[Ray Fenwick]
La Moat Juice
Sackville, Canada: Owens Art Gallery, 2016
[8] pp., 23 x 15 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

Published on the occasion of Fenwick's Atlantic performance tour, which visited the Owens Art Gallery at the Mount Allison University, the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD, the Galerie d'art at the University of Moncton and the Grenfall Campus Art Gallery at Memorial University, between the months of February and March, 2016. Featuring a short text by John Murchie and design by Robert Tombs.