Cillit Bang, Dash, Omo and Friends

Beni Bischof, Cillit Bang, Dash, Omo and Friends

Beni Bischof, Cillit Bang, Dash, Omo and Friends
Softcover, 112 pp., offset 1/1, 195 x 255 mm
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-3-905714-97-5
Published by Nieves

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Beni Boschof draws wild and intuitive on everything within reach of his hands. In this manner he compiled several thick books, all unique, each page an original. Mysterious structures, cross-eyed figures and words, that somehow sound strangly familiar… Cillit Bang, Dash, Omo and Friends combines a selection from the original books into a singular new publication.

On Vient Quand Même!

Gil Pellaton, On Vient Quand Même!

Gil Pellaton, On Vient Quand Même!
Softcover, 20 pp., offset 4/4, 195 x 255 mm
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-3-905714-99-9
Published by Nieves

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Table bombs, ice cream and balls of lights in nebulous doom and gloom: Artist Gil Pellaton places his grotesquely twisted figures in imaginary scenes that hover between scenery-like reality and bizarre exaggeration. The large-scale oil paintings are dynamic and as specific as dreamlike worlds can be. On Vient Quand Meme! is his inaugural publication, combining his most recent works in a small but mighty volume.

Hop Step Jump

Keiichi Tanaami, Hop Step Jump

Keiichi Tanaami, Hop Step Jump
Softcover, 32 pp., offset 4/4, 195 x 255 mm
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-3-905999-02-0
Published by Nieves

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Hop Step Jump brings together portraits of colorful, eccentric figures that interpret “Life and Hereafter”, essential truth and source of inspiration to Keiichi Tanaami. Tanaami’s vivid and highly surreal drawings are often considered psychedelic. However, a closer look reveals that his drawings go far beyond psychedelic trops. They have their roots in his tense personal recollections: memories, dreams and nightmares.

The Book Trust Prospectus

The Book Trust Prospectus

The Book Trust Prospectus
Edited by Benjamin Critton, Harry Gassel, Brendan Griffiths, Zak Klauck and Mylinh Nguyen
Softcover, 160 pp., offset 1/1, 4.25 x 7 inches
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-1-928570-15-8
Published by IFS, Ltd.

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The Book Trust, a site-specific publication and installation, was originally presented at the NY Art Book Fair, 5–7 November, 2010. During those days, the semi-fictional Investment Futures Strategy, Ltd., comprised of five graduate students from the Department of Graphic Design at the Yale University School of Art, offered an original publication for trade in a series of barters executed by its authors.

The Trust and the accompanying Book Trust Prospectus address matters of micro-economy and distribution, as well as prescribed versus perceived value. The project suggests a new currency specific to the setting of the Book Fair, a context in which a distinct set of commodities is exchanged by like-minded vendors in a finite space and time. It is only in this setting that a book could be posited as capital — a literal stand-in for the money that commonly exchanges hands at the Fair. Perceived worth is thus no longer dictated by edition or price, but instead by a trader’s subjective notion of the values they assign each book.

Over the three days of the Fair, the book, produced in a fixed quantity of 500, varied in value as each negotiation determined and redetermined its worth in the marketplace. With each transaction, the Prospectus assumed the value of the book for which it was exchanged. The traded commodities now comprise The Book Trust — a value-appreciating book bank. By trading with IFS, Ltd., participants acquired a single theoretical share of the bank, the Prospectus acting as a document of that transaction. In framing the project in a format similar to that of a stock exchange, IFS, Ltd. hopes that the Trust emphasizes the tenuous, abstract value of the book: as a designed object, as a medium for content, as a traded commodity, and as a symbol of participation in the project itself.

The Book Trust Prospectus is, in non-equal parts: a local currency, a stock prospectus for The Book Trust, an exploration into the nature of small-scale publishing and its presence at the NY Art Book Fair (R. Giampietro), a survey of precedented alternative currencies (B. Critton), a platform for hyperbolic re-representations of anonymous fiat money (R. Rozendaal), a foray into corporate branding and rebranding (Metahaven et al.), a proposal for a time-based repurposing of existing banknotes (N. Hirsch & Z. Kyes), an analysis of the current state of [art] book-publishing and -design (L. v. Deursen et al.), a venue for research into non-essential commodity futures like tulips and Beanie Babies™ (H. Gassel), a profile of independent art book vendors (Golden Age), and a podium for experimentation with anti-counterfeiting guilloché renderings (B. Griffiths & Z. Klauck). It is the story of its own making and financing as well as an evaluation of the context in which it was made and financed. The Prospectus is a 160-page, perfect-bound, one-colour book, offset-printed in an edition of five hundred by GHP printing in West Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Arthur Pollock

Arthur Pollock, Arthur PollockArthur Pollock, Arthur Pollock

Arthur Pollock, Arthur Pollock
Hardcover with dust jacket, 184 pp., offset 1/1, 9 x 11 inches
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-0-983-66980-7
Published by Unpiano Books

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Arthur Pollock has worked as a photojournalist for over fifty years, both freelance and on staff for several major news outlets. His professional career began in Hammond, IN and Lowell, MA in the nineteen sixties as he documented day-to-day street level stories of the time, and cut his teeth in those towns in the midst of an economic downturn and a cultural revolution. Hired on staff at the Boston Herald in the early nineteen eighties, he worked in the field for over ten years on many important features and was the recipient of numerous awards before becoming Assistant Photo Editor at the end of the decade.

This monograph is the first attempt at chronicling his enormous body of work and contains a cross-section of material from his early days on the streets, all the way up until the early nineteen nineties.

While he may echo the understatement of a news scribe, Pollock’s work clearly pays special homage to the artistry of those iconic shutter artists, Diane Arbus and the legendary New York street lensman of the 30s and 40s, Weegee. Indeed, every picture does tell a story. And in this unique collection, there are hundreds of stories… wonderfully told.

— Peter Gelzinis


Brendan Fowler, CancelledBrendan Fowler, Cancelled

Brendan Fowler, Cancelled
Softcover, 60 pp., offset 4/1, 7 x 10 inches
Edition of 1000
Published by 100% Biz

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Cancellation for me is this dynamic act: it is at once violent, an attack, an endgame to a struggle, but at the same time the mega opener. In the place of something cancelled there is only opportunity, only potential… For example, an event is cancelled, you have the night free; tour is cancelled, you have two weks to stay at home and work in your studio and sleep in your own bed and not lose money; exhibition is cancelled, now look at all of this time and material you have floating around… The bottom line is canceling as negating, as a way to remove to create potential, to create space. So after working for a while with the graphice of a literal “CANCELLED” stencil image, it was like, how do you cancel that? How does that get further negated?

— Brendan Fowler

Outpost Journal 1

Outpost Journal 1, Pittsburgh

Outpost Journal 1, Pittsburgh
Softcover, 64 pp., offset 4/1, 9 x 12 inches
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-0-9836082-0-2
Published by Outpost Journal

$15.00 · out of stock

Outpost is an annual print publication on art, design and community action from cities that have been traditionally underexposed beyond their local contexts. Each beautifully produced and visually engaging issue of Outpost focuses on a single urban location and comes packaged with a limited edition print by an artist from the featured city. Outpost is a journey into the creative heart of a place, and via features like “Secretly Famous” (profiles of the most infamous artsy locals), guerrilla engagements with tourist attractions, historical explorations, mapping projects, and deep dives into artist collectives and organizations, Outpost exposes the myriad ways in which unique local communities arise through creative collaboration and production.

Exploratory and playful, critical with a sense of levity, and inspired by hand-drawn maps, flags, totem poles, poorly pixelated iPhone photos, moody landscapes, and the spirit of adventure, Outpost is dedicated to strengthening ties between communities and spreading new ideas about how creative culture can change our world.

Footnote to a Project*

Sharmini Pereira, Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath, Footnote to a Project*

Sharmini Pereira, Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath, Footnote to a Project*
Softcover, 536 pp., offset 4/1, 210 x 310 x 35 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-0-9560704-5-6
Published by Abraaj Capital Art Prize

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Conceived in collaboration with curator Sharmini Pereira design studio OK-RM and published on the occasion of the 2011 Abraaj Capital Art prize, Footnote to a Project* is a collection of images, citations and references that support and inform the creation of the five selected artworks. Informed by the book’s title, the headline concept was to express the historical traditions of footnoting and its relationship with reading and writing. The designers adopted the use of a variety of typographic symbols traditionally used by type setters to indicate footnotes. The book takes the form of an enlarged paper back and is split into 5 equal parts — one for each artist — providing an in-depth documentation of the works through images and extended captions. The book is accompanied by two book marks intended to facilitate navigation between image and text.

Temporary Storages

Joo Hwang, Temporary Storages

Joo Hwang, Temporary Storages
Softcover, 96 pp., offset 4/4, 180 x 240 mm
English and Korean
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-89-94027-17-3
Published by mediabus

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Temporary Storage (2009-2010) is a record of buildings that appear in and disappear from our landscape. The project Temporary Storage asks “what do buildings mean to us?” Buildings are never merely tools; they themselves become the environment we live in having significant influences on the way we form relationships with our surroundings. The temporary storage has become a part of landscape and acts as more than the functions they serve. Often perceived as hostile intruders to the surrounding environment, through them we see perversion and severance of the relation between men and the structures. Such phenomena are caused by the intensification of the separation of man and nature, man and civilization, and man and his fellows that began with the industrial contest.

— Joo Hwang

In her latest work, Joo Hwang examines the prefabricated temporary storage facilities that cluster alongside fields or in the shadow of newly erected residential towers on the urban edges. As presented here, these are some of the most mysterious albeit unremarkable structures on the road of commodity circulation. Her methodology appears simple: a simple cataloging of structures and site. She uses photography’s capacity for sustained description and accumulation, however, to build, over time, a document with considerable analytic force.

— Robert Sember

Art & Seoul Magazine 2

Art & Seoul Magazine 2

Art & Seoul Magazine 2
Softcover, 36 pp., offset 4/4, 210 x 275 mm
Insert: booklet, 20 pp., offset 4/4, 148 x 210 mm
English and Korean
Edition of 1000
Published by Art & Seoul

$10.00 · out of stock

Art & Seoul is a biannual, bilingual, arts and culture magazine which highlights the work of artists and designers from Korea through interviews, essays, profiles, and various collaborative projects.

C Magazine 111

C Magazine 111, Libraries

C Magazine 111, Libraries
Softcover, 60 pp., offset 4/1, 210 x 295 mm
Edition of 2200
ISSN 1480-5472
Published by C Magazine

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Issue 111 Libraries includes features by Adam Lauder on Performing the Library; Jen Hutton on Dexter Sinister; David Senior on the Whole Earth Catalogue; Randy Lee Cutler on Reading; Pandora Syperek on ILLUMINnations: the 54th Venice Biennale; Jenifer Papararo on Frances Stark: I’ve Had it and a Half at The Hammer Museum, and an artist project by Read-in. Issue 111 also includes reviews of: Rabih Mroué: The Inhabitants of Images at Prefix ICA; Song Dong: Waste Not at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Gina Badger: Mongrels at Issue Project Room; Adel Abdessemed: The Future of Décor at OCAD Professional Gallery; Chris Curreri: Something Something at University of Toronto Art Centre; The Birds and the Bees at Oakville Galleries; The Domestic Queens Project at FOFA Gallery, Concordia, and Wim Botha: All Around at Galerie Jette Rudolf. Also included is a review by the 2011 C New Critics Competition winner Kari Cwynar on Models for Taking Part at Presentation House Gallery.

No More Reality (the poster)

Jonathan Maghen, No More Reality (the poster)Jonathan Maghen, No More Reality (the poster)

Jonathan Maghen, No More Reality (the poster)
Silkscreen poster/print, 1/0, 19 x 35 inches
Printed on archival Kromekote ultra high-gloss 14 pt cover stock
Edition of 25 + 2 proofs, unnumbered
Published by Textfield

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The poster/print, No More Reality (the poster), was produced for the temporary bookshop and exhibition No More Reality, July 21 — August 25, 2011, which featured the works of Phil Chang, Arthur Ou, Eduardo Sarabia, and Anna Sew Hoy.

The bookshop and exhibition (and poster) title have been appropriated from the Philippe Parreno work, No More Reality (the demonstration), 1991, which is a four-minute video of children demonstrating, and chanting the slogan and title (“No More Reality”). The poster, illustrated by Darius Maghen, is based on a sign held by one of the children in the original Parreno work.

MS Sans

MacGregor Harp and Victor Hu, MS Sans

MacGregor Harp and Victor Hu, MS Sans
Softcover, 84 pp., offset 1/1, 6 x 8 inches
Edition of 500
Published by Cheap Art America

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A celebration of the mundane. MS Sans invites thirteen contributors to explore the potential of the typeface Microsoft Sans.

“Each glyph feels as if constructed from rigid individual bits expressing no empathy for the bows and straights of the other. Compare these letterforms to the negative spaces of its progenitor Helvetica; whence MS Sans borrowed its original file name, helv.tff. Inspect closely how the stems of the lowercase b, d, g, p, and q bend not to their respective bowls. O, daughters and sons of the New House what brother of Arial is this? What absent father’s nose is present in this numeral 1? And to whose crooked grandmother do we blame thine unspinely 8? Yet take no offense. Similar results manifest when a gaze is exercised on your humble narrator.”

— Stewart Smith