Thursday, April 30, 2015

Adam David Brown | Play By Trust

Adam David Brown
Play By Trust
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2005
6.4 × 8.9 cm.
Edition size unknown

A deck of cards produced on acetate, forcing a literal transparency onto the game. A nice variation on Yoko Ono's all white chess set, with which the work shares a name.

Jimmy Limit | Spring/Summer 2012

Jimmy Limit
Spring/Summer 2012
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2012
98 pp., 28 x 21 x .5 cm., softcover
Numbered edition of 50.

Taking the format of an Uline catalogue, this artists' book consists of a series of ephemeral sculptures performed for the camera.

Limit's exhibition Surplus opens tonight at Clint Roenisch at 6pm.

Clint Roenisch
190 Saint Helens Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6H4A2
(416) 516 8593

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pierre Huyghe | Block Party

Pierre Huyghe
Block Party
New York City, USA: Edition Schellmann, 2002
sleeve: 31.5 x 31.5 cm. box: 41 x 41 3.5 cm
Printed record sleeve (polaroids on cardboard, silkscreen) in plexi box
Edition of 30 signed and numbered copies (+10 artists' proofs)

A companion to Huyghe's 2002 documentary on the early days of Hip Hop.

The latest issue of New York magazine features a cover design by Lawrence Weiner. It is on newsstands now.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mark Gonzales | Non stop poetry

Mark Gonzales
Non stop poetry: Gray Tooth Smile
Los Angeles, USA: Self-published, 1994
Edition size unknown

From the Banff Centre Library tumblr, here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

C Magazine Posters

Earlier in the year, as part of the Villa Project, C Magazine produced a series of Risograph posters and distributed them free inside Union Train Station.

Pictured above are the complete set, on display at The Reading Room in the archives of the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa.

1. Dave Dyment, Los Angeles as Toronto as Chicago, 2014. Risograph on paper, front and back views, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Images courtesy Dave Dyment and MKG127.

2. Elizabeth Zvonar, Join The Resistance, 2014. Digital print on paper, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Image courtesy the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery

3. Kelly Mark, Thanks, 2014. Risograph on paper, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Image courtesy the artist and Diaz Contemporary

4. Vanessa Maltese, Drawing no. 23 2014. Risograph on paper, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Image courtesy the artist and Cooper Cole Gallery

5. Niall McClelland, Fuck It, 2014. Risograph on paper, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Image courtesy the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery

6. Brad Phillips, Nuance or Nothing, 2014. Risograph on paper, 15 x 10 in. Published by C Magazine /C The Visual Arts Foundation, 2014 (Toronto). Image courtesy the artist and Jessica Bradley Gallery

John Murphy | What is Past is Prologue

John Murphy
What is Past is Prologue
Brussels, Belgium: Gevaert Editions, 2015
53 x 34.5 cm
Edition of 7 signed and numbered copies

Last Friday Gevaert Editions launched a new work by John Murphy, titled after a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. The triptych includes an inkjet print with handwritten annotation, a bookwork and four minute film.

The work is available from the publisher, here, for 5.000 euros.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fluxus Digital Collection

Last week the University of Iowa announced the launch of the The Fluxus Digital
Collection, an online archive of Fluxus works, many of which are Artists' Editions. The site features multiple views of classic Fluxkits such as Flux Snow by George Maciunas, Events and Games by Mieko Chiomi, Deck and Games and Puzzles by George Brecht,  Flux Time Kit by Robert Watts, Instruction No.2 by Ben Patterson, Flux Dust by Robert Filliou and the Flux Year Box 2.

The archive also includes bookworks, drawings, objects, correspondence, sculptures, invitations and posters by John Cage, Dick Higgins, Ken Friedman, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Milan Knížák, Nam June Paik, Shigeko Kubota, James Riddle, Alison Knowles, Dieter Roth, Eric Andersen, Takehisa Kosugi, Ay-O and many others. These range from the well-known (Ben Vautier's Postman's Choice card) to works that I was not familiar with at all, such as American Flag Samurai Hood by George Maciunas (here).

The collection is not beholden to any (apparent) strict criteria, so in addition to Fluxus works, there are multiples published by Vice-Versand and Hundertmark Editions by artists not involved with the group, such as Andre Thompkins, Mauricio Kagel and Gaybor Altorjay.

The works are part of the University's Special Collections, and were donated by artist Ken Friedman, who noted: “Video pioneer Nam June Paik organized the first art exhibition on the World Wide Web in 1994. Since then, Fluxus artists and composers have had a durable presence of event scores, images, documents, web sites, exhibitions, publications, and more. Some vanished when links broke and web sites disappeared. Others continue to overcome the limits of fragile artifacts that museums preserve by protecting them from people. The Fluxus Digital Collection brings works back to life, returning them to the world where they belong with a future as lively as the past.”

In addition to well-documented editions, the site includes PDF downloads and a bibliography of publications about Fluxus. The press release also promises that the site will continue to grow, with more artworks, writings and correspondence to come.

Perhaps the most intriguing inclusions are the works (or objects) not attributed to an artist, but listed as 'unknown'. Examples of these items are pictured above.

Visit the site, here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

AA Bronson | 'Ex Libris’ Bookplate

AA Bronson 
'Ex Libris’ Bookplate
London, UK: Tenderbooks, 2015
9 x 12 cm
Edition of 500

A set of five letterpress on cairn board with silver block bookplates, published by Tenderbooks to coincide with their exhibition of bookworks by Bronson and General Idea (see below post). The design of a silver 7-pointed star borrows the insignia of A∴A∴, a secret spiritual organization founded by Aleister Crowley. 

The bookplates are available to purchase for £15. Orders can be placed through 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Books, Pamphlets and Zines by AA Bronson and General Idea

AA Bronson's contributions to artists' books and multiples can hardly be over-stated. He has been the director of both Printed Matter and Art Metropole, and founded the latter with the trio General Idea, in 1974. He has produced countless bookworks, multiples, editions and other publications, both with the collective (who were active from 1969 to 1994) and as a solo artist.

General Idea produced 26 issues of their legendary FILE Megazine between the years of 1972 and 1989. It is considered one of the most important artists' periodicals ever published. Bronson also founded and directed both the NY Art Book Fair (2005 to present) and the LA Art Book Fair  (2013 to present).

A selection of book works by Bronson and General Idea is currently on display at Tenderbooks, at 6 Cecil Court, in London. Alongside monographs and artists' books are rare pamphlets and zines from Bronson's personal archives, with many available to read or purchase.

The exhibition runs from the 17th of April until Mary 23rd, and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 to 6pm. For more information, visit the website, here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Curves of the Needle

Timed to coincide with Record Store Day today, at the Baltic 39 Project Space in Newcastle is hosting an exhibition of work which explores the vinyl record. The Curves of the Needle explores album artwork, the engraved groove, and the cultural significance of the record collection.

Titled after an Adorno essay from 1929 (or the Field Music song that borrows its name), the show features work by Sam Belinfante, Ralf Brög, Rutherford Chang, Graham Dolphin, Rodney Graham, Bruce Haack, Jandek, Philip Jeck/Lol Sargent, Jim Lambie, Christian Marclay, Jonathan Monk, Elizabeth Price, Eliane Radigue, Sun Ra, Jonty Semper, David Toop, and many others.

The exhibition opened on April 3rd and culminates in an evening of events for The Late Shows on Saturday 16 May 2015. Details for related talks, events and performances programme can be found at

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Bookmobile Book

The Bookmobile Book launches tonight at Art Metropole, with a conversation between The Bookmobile Book editor Leila Pourtavaf and contributor Jon Davies.

Over a decade ago the book mobile traveled the continent displaying artists' books and zines and hosting workshops, talks and events at their various stops along the way.

With texts by Davies, Andy Cornell & Lauren Jade Martin, Isabelle St. Amand, Catherine St. Amand, and Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann, the book tells the story of the road trip.

The launch runs from 6 to 8pm tonight (Thursday April 23rd) at Art Metropole (1490 Dundas St W).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rafaël Rozendaal | Haiku

Rafaël Rozendaal
Eindhoven, The Netherlands: MU, 2015
168 pp., silver cover
Edition of 150 signed and numbered copies

Available for € 20 from the publisher, here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mark Dion | Carnivore (Bag of Bones)

Mark Dion
Carnivore (Bag of Bones)
Port Colborne, Canada: Bywater Bros. Editions, 2015
36 x 23 x 11.5 cm
Edition of 5 signed and numbered copies (+ 2 AP)

Launched today, and available for $5000 from the publisher, here.

Or come see the work in person, at Pop Up Shop, a mini-exhibition and sale of work published by Bywater Bros., Nothing Else Press, Paul + Wendy Projects and Slow Editions that takes place this weekend at G Gallery.

Saturday April 18 & Sunday April 19, Noon - 6:00pm
Opening Party: Friday April 17 - 7:00pm

G Gallery
134 Ossington St, Toronto, Ontario (entrance on Foxley Street, rear of building)

Cary Leibowitz | Another Dish from the Candyass Kitchen (Top Secret)

Cary Leibowitz
Another Dish from the Candyass Kitchen (Top Secret)
New York, USA: Self-published, 1990
9.25 x 9.25 inches
Edition size unknown

Signed glazed ceramic plates with floral prints, text, and gold luster trim.

Available here, for $600 US. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yann Sérandour | Barrel Shaped Cactus With Flower

Yann Sérandour
Barrel Shaped Cactus With Flower
Brussels, Belgium: MOREpublishers, 2015
A1 double sided offset print folded to A4 booklet
bound together with yellow elastic band
Edition of 100 (+7 APs) signed and numbered copies

Sunday Edition #35 was released today and is available from the publisher, for 60€, here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Philip Corner | Playing With The Elements

Philip Corner
Playing With The Elements
Bruxelles-Hamburg, Germany: Lebeer Hossmann, 1985
31.2 x 31.4 x 3 cm
Edition of 100 signed copies

A cardboard box containing:

"Terra cotta (Heated Stone)",
cotton bag and stone, 15.5 x 10 cm.

"Boiling Water",
drawing, blue serigraphy on white paper, 21 x 17 cm.

"Breath Rubbing Rock",
rubbed paper printed black

33 RPM vinyl record with "Breath Rubbing Rock", 1982, "Boiling Water", 1970, and"Terra cotta (Heated Stone)", 1982.

Corner celebrates his 82nd birthday today.