Saturday, November 29, 2014

John Cage | Other People Think

John Cage
Other People Think
Red Hook, USA: John Cage Trust, 2012
13 pp., 18 x 18 cm., softcover
Edition of 1000 copies.

Organized by Alfredo Jaar to be published on the centennial of Cage's birth, this slim volume presents one of the earliest examples of the composer's writings. The text, an essay about the power relationships between North and South America, was presented in 1927 at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheatre. Cage, representing Los Angeles High School, won first prize at the South California Oratorical Contest. He was fifteen years old.

U of T Holiday Art Book Sale

From December 2nd to the 6th (Tuesday through Saturday of next week) the University of Toronto Art Centre is hosting a hosting a holiday book sale with publications from Blackwood Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Books, postcards, and multiples will be offered for up to 50% off, including new releases A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection, David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup, and the reprint of Art Metropole's Sound by Artists. Other available publications include Michael Snow’s 2 Radio Solos CD, Funkaesthetics, Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War, Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions and Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound. 

"Printed matter artists projects" by Charles Stankievech, Paige Sarlin, Kika Thorne, Dylan Miner, Abbas Akhavan, Scott Sørli, and Ron Terada will be made available for free.

December 2 – 6: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 3: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

Friday, November 28, 2014

TPW Photorama

Gallery TPW is currently hosting their 28th annual Photorama event. The collector's preview was last night, and the opening proper is tonight, from 6 to 9 pm. The show and sale continues through to the 6th of December. Sophie Hackett offers a tour of the works on Wednesday night (December 3rd) at 7pm.

More than 80 artists are participating, including Ed Burtynsky, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Chris Curreri, Robyn Cumming, Lee Henderson, Lili Huston-Herterich, Laurie Kang, Parker Kay, Jean Paul Kelly, Karen Kraven, Guntar Kravis, Tiziana La Melia, Annie MacDonell, Ryan Park, Liss Platt, Geoffrey Pugen, Callum Schuster, Chris Shepherd, Miles Stemp and Diana Thorneycroft.

The sale is a fundraiser for the gallery, currently in the throes of renovating their new space on St. Helens Avenue (alongside Clint Roenisch, Scrap Metal and Daniel Faria galleries).

My contribution is above, an untitled 14 x 11 ink jet print produced in an edition of 25 copies.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds

Paul Sharits, Bob Grimes, Greg Sharits, David Thompson
Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1969
13.5 × 18 × 4.8 cm., hinged plastic box
Edition size unknown

The contents of Flu Paper Games were printed by Paul Sharits and Dave Thompson, and mailed to George Maciunas, who designed the label (and at least one other unused design) and housed them in boxes. Maciunas wrote to Sharits in the fall of 1966 and called the materials "Absolutely Superb, first rate" and offered to produce wooden boxes for them.

There may be some of these floating around (like the one below, a unique work in the collection of Galerie A in Amsterdam) but most were distributed in Canal Street plastic boxes. A version in a jar was also announced in a newsletter. The Fondazione Bonotto collection has another, in a cardboard box, without a Maciunas label (bottom). It is unclear if this is how the work was intended. Some of the contents of the box also appeared in the FluxYearBox 2.

As with most Fluxus editions, the contents could vary, but typically included:

Sound Fold by Paul Sharits
Unrolling Screen Piece by Paul Sharits
Pull/Glue by Paul Sharits
Bag Trick by Gregg Sharits
Roll Fold by Gregg Sharits
Roll Trick by Gregg Sharits
Un Roll by David Thompson
Pull Fold by Bob Grimes

Paul Sharits, Bob Grimes, Greg Sharits, David Thompson
Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1969
8.7 x 25.8 x 18 cm., wooden box

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jason De Haan | Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly

[Jason De Haan]
Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly
Halifax/Lethbridge, Kitchener, Canada: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2014
176 pp., 24.9 x 17.3 x 2.3 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

A comprehensive and beautifully designed monograph on the work of Calgary-based artist Jason de Haan.

The publication’s title is the Middle English version of the phrase “Nowhere Bodily is Everywhere Ghostly” and is drawn from The Cloude of Unknowyng, an anonymous 14th century text of theological mysticism whose main proposition is to surrender one’s mind to a realm of “unknowingness”. The book featuring contributions by Nicholas Brown, David Diviney, Ryan Doherty, Candice Hopkins, Crystal Mowry, Richard Rhodes, and Gustaf Sobin

The travelling exhibition is currently on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, where it remains until January 4th, 2015. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jimmy Limit | Rainbows

Jimmy Limit
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2014
10 pp., 15 x 20 x 0.2 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 100 numbered copies

The Nothing Else Press is pleased to announce their sixteenth edition, a bookwork by Jimmy Limit. In 2007 Limit created a 'zine consisting of photographs he took while driving past Niagara Falls. They were reproduced as black & white photocopies, removing the colour from the rainbows. Only a small number of these 'zines were distributed. This facsimile reprint is housed in a foil-stamped card stock envelope, and is available in an edition of 100 numbered copies.

It can be purchased, for $12.00 CDN, here.

Jimmy Limit is a photo based artist living in St Catharines Ontario.  His show Recent Advancements at Rodman Hall won the OAAG Award for Best Monographic Solo Show under $20,000 in 2014.  Other notable recent exhibits include Show Room at Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto, The Time Machine at Frutta Gallery in Rome.  His work has appeared on the covers of C Magazine and cura.

Read an interview with Limit, here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Athena Tacha | Little Habits

Athena Tacha
Little Habits
New York City, USA: Self-published, 1980
8 pp., 14 x 6 cm., accordion fold
Edition size unknown

Small folded booklet in a plastic slipcase, available from Printed Matter, here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portrait and Landscape

Portrait and Landscape is the name given by Mitch Robertson's framing company Superframe, to the (pre-existing) double-sided horizontal and vertical signs that hang out front of the store. Superframe invites two artists a year to present a new work in the outdoor space. The first was Vanessa Maltese, and the most recent (launched last week) is by Derek Sullivan.

Sullivan's project consists of four compositions made from books taken from his bookshelf, which have been scanned, layered, arranged, enlarged, obscured and flattened into new forms.

"The publishing of any book establishes a landscape as each copy seeds itself in the world. Each book finds a new home, a new reader, gets lined up on a shelf. Every bookshelf can also be read a portrait of-sorts of the person who assembled it: an individual imagined through the residue of their reading; an individual imagined in the gaps between."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Aram Saroyan | Complete Minimal Poems (Limited Edition)

Aram Saroyan
Complete Minimal Poems (Limited Edition)
New York City, USA: Primary Information/Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014
288 pp., 6 x 8”, softcover
Edition of 11 signed copies

Several copies of the recent second edition of Aram Saroyan's Complete Minimal Poems arrived from the printers accidentally bound with blank covers. The publishers took the opportunity to create a limited edition version of the book, each with unique hand drawn covers by Saroyan.