Monday, October 23, 2017

Marc Fischer and Public Collectors | Library Excavations #4: Suspect Methodology

Marc Fischer and Public Collectors
Library Excavations #4: Suspect Methodology
Chicago, USA, Public Collectors, 2016
32 pp., 5.5 x 8.5”, staplebound
Edition of 501

"The images in this booklet are reproduced (without permission) from a study on personal appearance identification within a law enforcement environment. The study was published in 1972. In 2016 I found a copy of it in a reference section at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The authors of the study obtained mug shots from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in New York, and used them in tests with Buffalo State College students as subjects. Who are the people in these mug shots? Did they consent to this? Some of these people appear to be in a state of distress. Were the people in these mug shots guilty of anything? Does it matter if they were?

This booklet highlights the violence of the researchers’ methodology. The people in these photos were turned into a collection of parts—scalped, fragmented, beheaded, and sorted by race and gender. The study’s aim was to help witnesses identify suspects more accurately, and help law enforcement personnel do a better job eliciting information from witnesses. Over forty years later, fear-based and prejudicial eyewitness accounts have produced thousands of false arrests, wrongful convictions, and deaths at the hands of police. I support activists who are calling for the end of both police violence and law enforcement used for social control. We need community solutions for transformative justice, not more police."
— Marc Fischer

Available at the Edition Toronto Art Fair, from Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

Kimberly Maher | Prompt Press 2

Kimberly Maher
Prompt Press 2
Iowa City, IA: Prompt Press, 2014
5.75” x 8.25”
Edition of 75 numbered copies

"This second issue of Prompt was designed and created by Kimberly Maher. The booklet was digitally printed by PIP. The cover was letterpress printed by the Following Moon Press in Iowa City. The spine design is Hedi Kyle's Blizzard book invention. The repetition of unfolding and folding pages symbolizes the unyielding yearning present in Still"
- colophon

For more information, visit Prompt Press at and the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair.

Karen Azoulay | YES / NO / MAYBE Scarf

Karen Azoulay in collaboration with M-82
YES / NO / MAYBE Scarf
Brooklyn, USA: M-82, 2017
7 x 63”
Edition of 25

Available for $100.00 from Karen Azoulay at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.

JP King | The Dictionary of Making / Thinking

JP King
The Dictionary of Making / Thinking
Toronto, Canada: Paper Pusher, 2017
200 pp, 5" x 8", Perfect Bound
Open Edition

Available for $20.00 from Paper Pusher, at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.

Brad Phillips | Mother Nature Mother Creature

Brad Phillips
Mother Nature Mother Creature
Toronto, Canada: Perish Publishing, 2014
[84] pp., 26.5 x 19 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

"Brad Phillips is best known for his paintings which are frequently sourced from his own photographs. This is his first work to present solely original photographs. In a mocking nod to the prevalent imagery of naked women, usually models, in fashion editorials and advertising campaigns, as well as vintage pornography that fell under the rubric of ‘studying naturalism’, Phillips present a series of female nudes. He follows two tattooed woman as they undress, walk through a west-cost Canadian forest, and then dress. Feeling like the outtakes from a cult photo album, the images play with a notion raised by Elizabeth Barret Browning that the naked human body is sexual only a fraction of the time."

Available from the publisher for $30 CDN here, or at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair later this week.

Martha Street Studio

Simon Hughes
John Graham's Mural 'Northern Lights' (1963, mosaic tile, aluminum and acrylic) at the Winnipeg International Airport (now destroyed)
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2017
20.5 x 57.75”
Edition of 15 signed copies

Erica Eyres
Lonely Girls 
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2008
Folio of 4 intaglio prints with handwork printed by Jeannette Johns
20.25 x15”
Edition of 10 signed copies
$1000 CDN

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber
God’s Little Weirdo 
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2012
21 x 26” screenprints on Stonehenge paper, printed by Andrew Lodwick
Edition of 50 signed copies
$450 CDN

"Martha Street Studio, incorporated in 1988 as Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc, is a dynamic not-for-profit, artist-run centre located in the East Exchange District, that both preserves and advances the print arts. Our 4,000 square foot production space, sales area, and gallery occupy a fully–renovated and accessible heritage building. Through production, education, exhibitions and sales, we are a significant contributor to the progression of printmaking and to Winnipeg's cultural landscape. Martha Street Studio supports professional artists working within and on the periphery of traditional printmaking and cultivates new and emerging artists. Martha Street Studio also engages and connects communities through our programs and exhibitions and builds audiences and interest in printmaking."

Carrying Root Collective

Carrying Root Collective
A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust
Montreal, Canada: Self-published, 2017
48 pp., 8 x 10", softcover
Edition of 80

Carrying Root Collective
A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust volume 2
Montreal, Canada: Self-published, 2017
48 pp., 8 x 10 inches, artist book
Limited edition of 50

Carrying Root Collective
Spore Prints
Montreal, Canada: 2016
Variable dimensions
Edition of 20, each one unique (made from the spores of individual fungi)

The Carrying Root Collective is a project of Montréal-based artists Allison Henry and Kelly Zantingh rooted in drawing, printmaking, video and photography. Their work explores the industry surrounding the production of raw materials, often referencing their experience of tree planting in remote areas of Canada. They collaborate with other artists and communities as a means to increase the accessibility of art and to reach a larger public.

Visit their site, here, or at the Edition Toronto Art Fair this weekend.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber | We all have to learn to live with what's inside of us

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber
We all have to learn to live with what's inside of us
Toronto, Canada: Paul + Wendy Projects, 2017
3 x 3 x 2.75”
Edition of 10 signed and numbered copies.

This limited edition rubber stamp ($125, while they last) launches Thursday night at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair. 

Karen Asher | Blanket

Karen Asher
Winnipeg, Canada: Platform, 2015
14 x 14” c-print
Edition of 31

Available from Platform Gallery. Visit their site here, or at the Edition Toronto Art Fair next weekend.

Arts + Letters Press

Jenn Law
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2014
11 x 7.75 x 1.12"
Edition of 2

Jenn Law
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2015
3D printed bottles, hand-made ink made from book ash, lithographed labels
Edition of 100

Penelope Stewart
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2000
108 pp., 11 x 14”, hardcover
Edition of one [signed and numbered]

Penelope Stewart
Ruin Gazing (open framed edition of 36 stereoscopic cards)
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2014.
5 x 9”
Edition of 4 signed and dated copies

Arts+Letters Press is "an independent, not-for-profit publishing platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration, exchange, and experimentation." Established earlier this year by artists Jenn Law and Penelope Stewart, Arts+Letters Press focuses on the production,  promotion and distribution of short-run artist books, multiples, editioned prints, monographs, catalogues, and the forthcoming biannual journal  Art+Reading.

Visit them on Facebook here, at their website, here, or at the forthcoming Edition Toronto Art Book Fair. 

The Site Magazine

"The Site Magazine is actively collecting specific, localized, and unique community perspectives from across the country to pursue a national outlook on global issues that can be asserted within international discussions. The Site Magazine has maintained itself as an unbiased, independent forum for the breadth of work and ideas happening in Canada. It has upheld an editorial stance that prioritizes a curatorial approach over traditional editing, facilitating cohesive discussion, critical debate, and an inclusive celebration of the variety within the Canadian built environment. At its core, it is interested in language, leveraging rhetoric and narrative to increase the ability of the city and architecture to speak to its inhabitants."

Visit The Site Magazine at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair next weekend. 

Swimmers Group

Alex Bierk & Derek McCormack
Toronto: Canada: Swimmers Group, 2017
154 pp.,  7.5 x 9", softcover
Edition of 350 numbered copies

Nicholas Pye, Faye Mullen, & Skye Goodden
Rise and Fall
Toronto: Canada: Swimmers Group, 2015
58 pp., 8.75 x 11.75", softcover
Edition of 350 numbered copies

Tony Jeffries aka Tonetta
Free As A Bird
Toronto: Canada: Swimmers Group, 2014
276 pp.,  7 x 9", softcover
Edition of 60

Founded by Sebastian Frye in 2014, Swimmers Group produces poetry, comics, and artist books by Mark Laliberte, Geoffrey Pugen, Sarah Sands Phillips, Ami Xherro and many others. Visit Swimmers Group at their site, here, or next weekend at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair.

Dave Heath | Washington Square

Dave Heath
Washington Square
London, UK: Stanley / Barker, 2016.
104 pp., 21.5 x 27.5 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

"In the late 50s, New York’s Washington Square was a place of rebellion, nicknamed junkie row and described by Simone de Beauvoir as “A cosmopolitan chorus of tourists, ‘intellectuals’, students and a dubious collection of beatniks, hippies and bohemians who gather while in the dimly lit night clubs and coffee houses, blues and folk singers perform.”

As a young man, the American photographer Dave Heath, created deeply expressive, candid portraits of the young people who populated the square, as well as venturing into the 7 Arts Coffee Gallery, where the infamous Beat poets: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac (who appear in the book), spent their nights giving readings of their latest works such as Ginsberg’s influential poem Howl, which is included as an introduction to the book."

Available for £35.00 in the UK from Ti Pin Tin, and $50.00 CDN from Stephen Bulger Gallery at Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.

2 ⁄ edition Art Book Fair

The second annual Edition Toronto Art Fair (2 ⁄ edition) takes place next weekend, running from Friday, October 27 to Monday, October 30, 2017 in conjunction with Canada’s international art fair, Art Toronto. This year sees an expanded roster of vendors and public programming that includes talks, performances and book launches. Featured guests include World Tea Party, V. Vale (of the incredible RE/Search Publications, Joseph Del Pesco, Dushko Petrovich, Bopha Chhay + Steffanie Ling, Paola Melchiori, Jim Shedden, Kristin Nelson and many others.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Between now and opening I will be posting items available from the various participating exhibitors, a list of which can be seen here.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Genesis P-Orridge | G.P.O. v G.P-O: Mail Action

Genesis P-Orridge
G.P.O. v G.P-O: Mail Action 
Toronto, Canada: Art Metropole, 2002
105 pp., 21.5 × 28 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

G.P.O. v G.P-O: Mail Action was the 2nd in a series of Art Metropole "bootleg" publications (made in collaboration with the artists) that also included Sonic Youth, Dave Allen and Scott Trelevan. The xeroxed book is a facsimile reprint of a long-out-of-print title published by Ecart Publications in Geneva, in 1976.

In the spring of that year P-Orridge was charged by the General Post Office of Great Britain with disseminating “indecent and offensive material” through the post the year prior. His mail art at the time featured postcards collaged with pornographic imagery, erotic texts, and "confrontational" images of the Queen.

P-Orridge took the trial as an opportunity to turn the case into another performance. The contents of the book reprint the artist’s collection of official investigation documents from the post office, the police, the courts, and correspondence from artists, writers, lawyers, and friends, such as author William S. Burroughs.

The title was available in an edition of a hundred (I seem to recall), 23 of which were signed and numbered and included colour copies of the artist’s postcards, and a rubber stamp bearing the text “UNSOLICITED PORNOGRAPHY”.

Primary Information released a third iteration of the book in 2013 [below], which is now also no-longer-available.

Yesterday it was announced that Psychic TV’s upcoming tour dates in Europe have been postponed because Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

“We kept hoping we’d be OK but today heard the illness has got worse this week. My sincere, oh so sad apologies for all of you who bought tickets,” P-Orridge wrote on Facebook. “We are heartbroken to have seen the insane amount of work Matski and Edley [ODowd] have put in to set all this up only to have my old 67 year body say it needs a rest. We’ve been touring for about 50 years now. It’s the first time we have had to do this. We hope it will not be necessary again.”