Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cut Up or Shut Up

[Jan Herman, editor]
Cut Up or Shut Up
Paris, France: Editions Agentzia, 1972
80 pp., 12 x 30 cm., soft cover
Edition size unknown

Edited by Jan Herman (editor of the Nova Broadcast Press and the later years of the Something Else Press) this collection features essays on culture, media, and the future of creativity by Herman, Jurgen Ploog, and Carl Weissner with commentary by William S. Burroughs in the form of a ‘Tickertape’ which runs at the top of each page throughout the book. A dust jacket (not available on all issues?) by Wolf Vostell features a Décollage from the Tour de Vanves series from 1956.

A copy signed and dated by Jan Herman is available for $80.00, here, or signed by William Burroughs, here, for 175 GBP.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Five on Fiche

[Richard Truhlar, ed]
Five on Fiche
Toronto, Canada: Underwhich Editions, 1980
6 x 4 1/8"
Edition of 250

"the contributors are Michael Dean, Brian Dedora, John Riddell, Steven Smith & Truhlar. anyone with an old 'fiche reader stashed in their walk-in closet? excited by the low cost of production of a single microprint acetate rather than an 84pp book, Truhlar plotted a series of such anthologies (it was to've been followed by Langscapes, an anthology of concrete/visual poetry coëdited with Riddell) but the idea petered out in the face of sparse orders: if people were going to have to go to a library to read it, let the library order it (few did)."

Niki de Saint Phalle | Nana

Niki de Saint Phalle
New York City, USA: Marlo Plastics, 1968
109.98 x 100.08 cm.
Edition size unknown

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Closer Things Are

Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson
The Closer Things Are
Waterloo/Sackville/Halifax/Lethbridge, Canada: UWAG, Owen's Art Gallery, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 2017
62 pp., 21.5 x 15 cm, softcover
Edition size unknown

Edited by Shannon Anderson and beautifully designed by Jay Wilson, this slim volume documents their co-curatorial project, which debuted in September at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery and travels to three other venues over the next year.

The exhibition features projects by Kathleen Hearn, Ève K. Tremblay, Laura Letinsky, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Luke Painter, Chris Kline, Roula Partheniou as well as Micah Lexier in collaboration with both Partheniou and myself (separately).

"The Closer Together Things Are explores the space between difference and similarity that arises from intense observation and consideration. It focuses on the proximity of time, heredity, frottage, palette, concept and presentation. Under close scrutiny, the most mundane objects and situations can compel us, drawing our full attention. The more we look, the more variations surface; differences arise from things that once seemed identical, and sameness arises from things that once seemed unrelated. This exploration of nearness guides how the artworks interact with one another through proximity, mirroring, repetition and reinterpretation. Strange bedfellows are made and unforeseen connections arise. The Closer Together Things Are takes stock of how little we need to see in order to feel like we’ve seen these things before, only this time more clearly."
- Press release

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yoko Ono | COLOR, FLY, SKY

Yoko Ono, Jon Hendricks
Roskilde, Denmark: Museet for Samtidskunst, 1992.
[47] pp., 20.5 x 21 x 3 cm., boxed loose leaves
Edition size unknown

Edited by curator Jon Hendricks on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, this boxed work contains forty-five cardboard sheets and two pamphlets. These reproduce texts, scores and conceptual works by Ono, as well as photographic stills from her 1970 film Fly.

In 2011, the work sold at auction for €190.00, against an estimate of between €100.00 and €150.00.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mike Nelson | Cloak

Mike Nelson
Rome, Italy: Nero Publishing, 2016
168 pp., 17 x 22.5 cm., hardcover
Edition of 500

The deep blue colour Ultramarine is a pigment originally made by grinding the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli into a powder. It was the most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters, frequently employed for the robes of the Virgin Mary, in works by Masaccio, Pietro Perugino and others. Vermeer also made extensive use of ultramarine in his paintings, perhaps most notably in Girl with a Pearl Earring. 

Last year Mike Nelson painted every single room in the United Bank of Switzerland in Monaco using (presumably the newer synthetic) Ultramarine. The UBS building (2 Avenue de Grande Bretagne) was closed for renovation at the time, allowing Nelson access to all seven floors. Every detail was covered in the pigment that was once more valuable than gold.

Presented by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Nelson's project explored notions of economic value and luxury goods, both of which are closely associated with the city-state of Monaco.   The work also nods to Yves Klein (whose International Klein Blue is very close to ultramarine) and David Hammons' Concerto in Black and Blue (which used blue light to similar effect).

Visitors entered the immersive environment and were led through the rooms up to the sun-bleached rooftop terrace, where they were offered a respite from the hallucinogenic claustraphobic blue rooms, before being reimmersed for the trip back down.

Nero Publishing's elegant document of the project is printed with a custom offset plates separation (cyan+black+reflex blue) that beautifully translates the ultramarine blue used by Nelson in the installation. The only instances of non-blue in the book (which features an all-blue dust jacket) are presented as fold out pages.

Cloak is available from the publishers, here. It is also available in the UK at Amazon.co.uk and at Tender Books.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Roula Partheniou | Desk Set

Roula Partheniou
Desk Set
Toronto, Canada: Paul + Wendy Projects, 2014
3.75 x 5.5 x 1.25" (stacked)
Edition of 25 signed and numbered copies

A wooden eraser sits atop a wooden stack of post-it notes which sits atop a wooden notebook. The edition has sold out but a variation is currently being produced as part of the special edition of Partheniou's forthcoming monograph, Inventory (Black Dog Books, 2018).

Listen to Partheniou discuss objects and the replica (alongside Hito Steyerl and Helen Hester) in a podcast from the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, here.