Sunday, February 26, 2023

Dorothy Iannone | First recording

Dorothy Iannone
First recording | Lieber Uecker
Berling, Germany: Wiens Verlag, 1993
11 × 7 × 1.5 cm.
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

An audio cassette consisting of "First Recording 1969" on the a-side, backed with "Lieber Uecker 1972". Each copy features a different original b/w photo of the artist attached to the front of the j-card insert.

The work is available for €500, here

Iannone died two months ago today, on December 26th, 2022. 

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Paul McCarthy | Fake Shit

Paul McCarthy
Fake Shit
Los Angeles, USA: Brain Multiples, 1992
22.2 x 15.9 x 7.6 cm.
Edition of 10 [+3AP] signed and numbered copies

Enamel on cast aluminum. 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Imin Yeh | Studio Snack Sculpture

Imin Yeh
Studio Snack Sculpture
Minneapolis, USA: Self-published, 2021
Sizes vary
Edition size unknown

Watercolor and acrylic paint on paper, yupo, tracing paper salt, glue, gloss medium.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Jerry Ropson | This Is A Record of Every Time There Were Tears

Jerry Ropson
This Is A Record of Every Time There Were Tears
Cornerbrook, Canada: Self-published, 2012
9.2 x 5.6 cm.
Edition size unknown
From a series of miniature cardboard LPs, each unique. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Jonathan Monk | My Height In HB Pencil

Jonathan Monk
My Height In HB Pencil
Toronto, Canada: Art Metropole, 2002
10.5 x 15 cm.
Edition of 200 unsigned copies

A hand-drawn line on the front of the card with the verso containing the instructions: 

“Install this postcard on any wall with the pencil line six feet above the floor. "

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Ay-O | Fingerbox

New York City, USA: Fluxus, c1964
10.2 × 45.7 × 30.5 cm.
Edition size unknown

A black vinyl attache case containing fifteen wood finger boxes, each 8.2 x 8.2 x 8.2 cm. The case features three labels designed by George Maciunas. 

Each box includes a circular hole into it, lined with a rubber membrane so that the viewer can insert a finger to feel the contents inside. 

The below list of contents is from a variation of the work (in the 1977 FluxCabinet) but gives a sense of the type of items found inside the fingerboxes: vaseline, water, rubber, foam, bristle brushes, bells, rice, beads, feather, etc. Other contents may include the smooth interior of a glass tube, a piece of stone, coins, sugar, salt, rubber balls, and so on. 

Maciunas described the work in a letter as including items ranging from "nylon stockings, feathers or even thumb tacks – are you willing to take the risk?”

Monday, February 20, 2023

Tom Friedman | Zombie

Tom Friedman 
New York City, USA: Rodney Hill Editions, 1997
16 × 16 × 16 cm.
Edition of 15 signed and numbered copies [+ 3 APs]

A painted wood plinth with a motorized kid's toy wheel at the base, allowing it to roam freely. 

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Eno / Wobble | Spinner

Eno / Wobble
London, UK: All Saints, 2020
12" vinyl LP, 51:00
Edition size unknown

I found this record on vinyl last week at a mall in Moncton, of all places. Originally released in 1995, the disk was reissued in 2020, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. 

It is the first and only collaboration between composer, artist and producer Brian Eno and bass player Jah Wobble. Wobble first came to prominence when he cofounded Public Image Limited with John Lydon, over their shared love of reggae and international music. He was summarily fired from the band after two albums, for using PIL backing tracks in his solo work. 

He was infamously working as a ticket collector for the London subway system in 1991, when he mounted his comeback with the band Invaders of the Heart, featuring vocals by Sinéad O'Connor (Wobble had previously played bass on "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance", from O'Connor's breakthrough album from the year prior). Other collaborations include Björk, Holger Czukay, Bill Laswell, Baaba Maal, Massive Attack, Adrian Sherwood, and many others. 

Spinner is a mixed bag at best, but it represents a kind of collaborative ideal for me. Apparently Brian Eno handed over some tracks intended for a Derek Jarman soundtrack to PIL bassist Jah Wobble and told him to do as he wished with them. Wobble then played alongside a third of the tracks, gutted and transformed a third, and left the final third more or less as is. 

It reminds me of John Lennon’s contribution to the Beatles’ song "Hey Jude". McCartney presented it nearly finished and told Lennon that the line “the movement you need is on your shoulders” was a stand-in. Lennon told him not to change a thing, and that the song was perfect as is. 

The Spinner reissue includes a printed inner sleeve with notes from both artists, and a download card for the full album plus two bonus tracks ("Stravinsky" and "Lockdown"). 

"This music originated as a soundtrack for Derek Jarman's last film Glitterbug, which was released shortly after his death in 1994. He never saw it finished. 

I made most of the music in my studio in Kilburn, working directly onto digital stereo, alone at night. I hardly watched the film, which, being made up of pieces of Super-8 footage shot by Derek over the twenty years between the late sixties and late eighties, became more and more poignant as his life drew to its close. 

I had intended to collect the music as a soundtrack record, but in the end a lot of it didn't make much sense without the film. So I cut that connection and placed myself instead in the hands of Jah. He received from me a number of stereo tapes and did what he does - spanning the gamut from leaving them completely alone (such as 'Garden Recalled'), playing along (such as 'Like Organza'), or using them as atmospheres for entirely new compositions (such as 'Steam'). 

He told me that after he finished working on this, he walked along the Grand Union Canal from Bethnal Green and up through the Lea Valley listening on headphones. He assures me that the music proved a very satisfactory companion, which opinion I pass on for any others considering the same walk."
- Brian Eno, 1995

Felix Droese turns 73 today. 

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Yoko Ono turns 90 today.

Wallace Berman

Wallace Berman was born on this day in 1926, and died on this day in 1976. He reportedly told his mother as a child that he would die on his 50th birthday. On the day he turned fifty a drunk driver crashed into his car, killing him instantly.