Friday, August 16, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon, Otherwise Studios - ran by Abby Nowakowski and Ahmri Vandeborne - will play host to Pop-Up Shop, a market of artists' multiples and editions.

Otherwise is located at 490 York Rd, Building I Suite 201, in Guelph, Ontario. The event runs from 2 to 5 pm. Admission is PWYC.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Takis |Signal No. 20

Signal No. 20  - Série 1
Peyrat-la-Nonière, France: Société Branger Lajoix, 1974
201 x 21 x 24.2 cm
Edition size unknown, titled and dated

A floor-standing electric multiple comprised of metal casing with textured black finish, a blue Plexiglas light filter, a metal rod support and a beige painted metal base.

Takis died this week, at the age of 93. His work is currently the subject of a major survey at the Tate Modern in London, on view through October 27, 2019.

The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden

In late April, the Art Production Fund and White Columns launched a joint venture called “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden”, featuring benches by Laurie Anderson, Judith Bernstein, Barbara Bloom, Rafael Ferrer, John Giorno, Hans Haacke, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Glenn Ligon, Zoe Leonard, Jonas Mekas, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner and others.

Based on a curatorial initiative of Matthew Higgs, “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” is an extension of an existing NYC Parks “Adopt-A-Bench” program, which allows individuals to create a personal memorial for a loved one in a public space. Thirty-four New York- based artists were invited to dedicate a park bench to a person – or an entity – of their choosing.

The subjects of the dedications include author and activist James Baldwin, filmmaker Maya Deren, musician Alice Coltrane and art historian Linda Nochlin. Martha Rosler dedicated hers to David Antin, whom she describes as "Poet, mentor, friend, foe".

The benches are located in Jackson Square Park, open from 6am to 1am daily, and on view for the next ten years.

Monday, August 12, 2019

GuyGuyGuy | Esker Bookshop Pin

Esker Bookshop Pin
Calgary, Canada: Esker Foundation, 2019
Edition of 250

A silver and magenta hard enamel pin designed by GuyGuyGuy on the occasion of Esker Foundation’s Bookshop launch. Available for $5.00 from the publisher, here.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sound Journal Do-Nothing

[Various Artists]
Sound Journal Do-Nothing
Japan/Canada: Slow Editions, 2018
Audio cassete, 37:31
Edition of 260

Released in September of last year, the inaugural issue of Sound Journal, curated by Masahiro Takahashi, features six ambient musicians from Belgium and Japan responding to the theme of  "music you listen to when you don’t want to do anything".

A1 –夕方の犬(u ・ェ・) Feel Good 4:41
A2 –H. Takahashi Water Lily 9:15
A3 –Hegira Moya Efflux 4:39
B1 –Takao Good Times 3:49
B2 –Endurance (6) One Summer 5:56
B3 –Lieven Martens The Garden Gnome (Draft Version) 9:11

Available from the publisher, here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Scott Blake | Hole Punch Flipbook #4

Scott Blake
Hole Punch Flipbook #4
Omaha, USA: Self-published, 2015
[36] pp., 13.5 x 13.5 cm., screw binding
Edition of 33 signed copies

Available from Printed Matter, for $60 US, here.

Friday, August 9, 2019

George Maciunas | Mask of John Lennon

George Maciunas
Mask of John Lennon
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1970
28 x 21.6 cm.
Edition size unknown

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Carolee Schneemann | Ice Naked Skating

Carolee Schneemann
Ice Naked Skating
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Francesco Conz, 1988
100 × 71 cm.
Edition of 60 signed and numbered copies [+ 4 AP]

A cardboard portfolio containing a cover page, a silkscreened colophon and 6 silkscreens images of the artist skating naked. She was living in London at the time and homesick for New York City winters.

Available here, for £ 10,000.00 + VAT.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Simon Cutts | Quelques Pianos

Simon Cutts
Quelques Pianos
Kendall, UK: Jargon Society, 1976
[24] pp., 16 x 21 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

Fifteen short poems on the theme of pianos, with references to Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, etc.

"The book's power was to throw the reader's mind into relief with each reading. One looked and saw clearly; each moment being like the instant when a difficult problem suddenly resolves itself"
-William Oxley

Available here, for $15.00.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Queer Publishing - A Family Tree

Berhard Cella, Orlando Pescatore [Eds]
Queer Publishing - A Family Tree
Vienna, Austria: Salon für Kunstbuch, 2019
94 pp., 19 x 13 cm
Edition size unknown

The Queer Tree of Life maps the international landscape of LGBTQ publishing from the present and back almost a hundred and fifty years, much of it clandestine out of legal necessity. The over-four hundred examples of artists' books, zines, academia and porn focus on identity and "image constructions of queer lifestyles."

Released in June of this year, the title is available from Motto Distribution for €19.50, here. A poster version, produced in an edition of 500, is also available,  for €2.00, here.

Richard Prince celebrates his 70th birthday today

Monday, August 5, 2019

Frederic Lieberman | Divertevents One

Frederic Lieberman
Divertevents One
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1968
10.2 × 12 × 1 cm.
Edition size unknown

Plastic box containing ten offset cards, featuring nine 'connect the dots' games, most of which reveal a straight line or simple geometric shape. The tenth card is George Maciunas' "name card" for Lieberman, who only produced this single multiple for Fluxus.

According to Jon Hendricks' Fluxus Codex, the work was never offered as an individual work, but was instead included in the collective work Flux Year Box 2, typically in a manilla envelope. It is unclear if the plastic box versions are only the Reflux versions produced by Barbara Moore after Maciunas' death.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Gabor Toth | I would like to be

Gabor Toth
I would like to be
Budapest, Hungary: Ogna Press, 1983
[unpaginated], 13 x 9.7 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

A printed version of the handmade booklet made by Toth in 1980 in which each page is a variation of the text "I would like to be". Also includes an "I would like to be" card insert.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Guest Post: Lauren Fournier's photos from the Kathy Acker ICA exhibition

Knowing I was going to neglect the blog for at least a month while moving, I asked my friend Lauren Fournier if she would share her thoughts on I, I, I, I, I, I, I: Kathy Acker at the ICA, which she visited earlier this summer. She will be publishing a full review of the show in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, edited by Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick, but below are some of her images of the exhibition, which closes tomorrow.

I, I, I, I, I, I, I: Kathy Acker is the first UK exhibition dedicated solely to Kathy Acker and her work. The exhibition is rooted fervently in publication. The grounding wall at the entrance of the first floor depicts a chronology of Acker’s publications, from self-published and professionally-published monograms to her contributions in edited collections. Web-like spiral lines of black vinyl connect the publications—a nod, perhaps, to Acker’s The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula by the Black Tarantula (1978).

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and artist from Treaty 4 lands, Saskatchewan who currently lives and works in Toronto. She is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto, and teaches sessionally in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. She regularly contributes to publications like Canadian Art and C Magazine.