Illustrator, musician and self-described “comic stripper” Brian Blomerth @pupsintrouble has spent years combining classic underground art styles with his bitingly irreverent visual wit in zines, comics, and album covers. With Bicycle Day, the artist has produced his most ambitious work to date: a historical account of the events of April 19, 1943, when Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann ingested an experimental dose of a new compound known as lysergic acid diethylamide and embarked on the world’s first acid trip. Featuring an introduction from renowned ethnopharmacologist, Dennis McKenna, Brian Blomerth’s Bicycle Day combines an extraordinary true story told in journalistic detail with the artist’s gritty, timelessly Technicolor comix style that is a testament to mind expansion, and a stunningly original visual history. Beautifully published by @anthology (Brooklyn). Link in bio, $30.
Mon Rêve: A Visual Record of Haiti Since the Departure of the Duvaliers Photographs, paintings, sculpture, and video about Haiti from over fifty artists are the visual components to this show, but the essays included in the catalog (which are not about the work) are an equally important component to this informative presentation of the political and cultural situation in Haiti from 1986 - 1989. Essays by Geno Rodriguez, Jay Murphy, Randall S. Morris, Father Raynald Clerismè, Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Amy Wilentz, Josh DeWind & David Kinley III, Anne Fuller, Russell Banks, David Korb and Jean-Claude Martineau. Published by The Alternative Museum, 1989 $7 ID73203 Link in bio
April Dawn Alison by Erin O’Toole Made over the course of some thirty years, the photographs in this book depict the many faces of April Dawn Alison, the female persona of an Oakland, California based photographer who lived in the world as a man. This previously unseen body of self-portraits, which was given to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017, begins tentatively in 1970s black-and-white, and evolves in the 80s into an exuberant, wildly colorful, and obsessive practice inspired by representations of women in classic film, BDSM pornography and advertising. A singular, long-term exploration of a non-public self, the archive contains photographs that are beautiful, hilarious, enigmatic, and heartbreakingly sad, sometimes all at once. With essays by Hilton Als (American writer and theater critic for The New Yorker), Zackary Drucker (American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and producer of smash Amazon series Transparent) and Erin O’Toole (associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). ... Published by @mack_books 2019 $45 ID115631 Link in bio (or stop by our shop in Chelsea to grab a copy! 12-6PM today)
Museum of Modern Art/Yoko Ono-One woman show is a catalog from Ono’s unauthorized “exhibition” and performance of 1971 documents the various flights and landing patterns of 138 flies released out of a perfume bottle from the center of the museum. A photographer was commissioned to scour NYC by nose, searching for the flies, perfumed like Ono, and document where they wound up. *Front and back cover separated at spine, chips and tears along edges, some interior foxing and wear, otherwise interior is in good condition* $350, 106091. Link in bio.
Shelf-Life, by Jim Kwang Kim. Drawing on the theories of linguistic, epistemological and aesthetic philosophy, Jin Kwang Kim collects a variety of written and visual pieces on the notion of spirituality and spiritualism. The writing ranges from academic reflections on Nietzsche to personal letters written to fictional figures, with contributions from Paul Elliman. Set in the middle of this edition, a photographed series of crockery and secondhand trinkets tampers with temporality, and suggest the depth of experience in ordinary objects repurposed for new life. Published by Werkplaats Typografie, $25, link in bio. 🧩We are here today 11-7🧩
Consciousness is the first survey of Lex Brown’s expansive practice in video and performance. Spanning eight years and 47 works, this book includes never-before-seen photos and lyrics from her humorous, allegorical, and sobering compositions. Published by GenderFail Press in an edition of 250. $45, ID 115593. Link in bio!
Cinematic Graphics Manual Volume 1 is an attempt to create branding guidelines for fictitious corporate entities in some of our favorite science fiction films. This volume is designed to mimic the Standard Graphics Manuals of companies such as NASA, IBM and the EPA. Featuring Omni Consumer Products, Weyland-Yutani, Cyberdyne Systems, Rekall, Spectacular Optical and Antenna Research. Published by @colpapress (San Francisco). Stock ID 115594. Link in bio, $45.
Cosmic Cavern by Leslie Lasiter, Risograph Printed, edition of 100. $15, ID 115585. Link in bio! 💫✨
Bookplate by Faith Ringgold, 1992 Fundraising Edition for Printed Matter. These Ex Libris bookplates are printed on acid-free paper and come in an archival document box. There are 250 plates in each box including one that is signed and numbered. Stock ID 6278. Published in an edition of 100. Link in bio, $175.
Silk scarf by Nontsikelelo Mutiti as part of her exhibition Everything is where it is expected, which develops the artist’s ongoing research into overlapping notions of design, publishing practice and hair braiding. For Everything is where it is expected, Mutiti looks to the Hair Braiding Salon of the African diaspora as a communal space and meeting point; a place for discussion, hearsay, experimentation and visual spectacle, and one that can open up new paths for thinking about black histories and futures. Through prints, publications, artwork and objects, Mutiti adapts these spaces of beauty and knowledge production into a bookstore/gallery setting, investigating braiding technique as a process analogous to language-making and as a broader metaphor for identity, migration and global culture. Across letterpress prints, floor tiles, book-objects, and the artist’s various collections of beauty store supplies, Mutiti explores typographic articulations informed by the box braid and other hair braiding systems. Borrowing from product names found throughout a salon, her work reimagines fonts, letterforms and short phrases with a simple plait patterning as a way to reinforce the established visual language persisting within the African diaspora. ID 115180, $75. Link in bio.
Tonight at Printed Matter St Marks! 📕 David Sandlin launch and signing at 6pm 📕 featuring an array of new and old titles and prints 📕
Tomorrow 6-8pm! 🍑APRICOTA launches their second issue On Cults, Communes, and Collectives, edited by Andrianna Campbell and Joanna Fiduccia. Please join us for readings from contributors Rob Hult, Chloe Wyma and Jeff Dolven. APRICOTA issue 2 focuses on cults, communes, and collectives and it tackles the primary question: Why do individuals choose to seclude themselves into utopian enclaves? Amid the calls for solidarity and engagement that sounded in the public sphere this past year, we sought, instead, to examine the fray, offered alternatives to mainstream governance. In cults, communes, and collectives, we reasoned, were models of living that could offer strategies in the face of our present political crisis. Published by Secretary Press. Contributors include Marina Adams, Lita Barrie, Kris Cohen, Norma Cole, Akina Cox, Jeff Dolven, Megan Driscoll, Robert Hult, Cat Kron, Jennifer Nelson, Julia Ramirez Blanco, Gemma Sharpe, Rebecca Solnit, Phil Taylor, Carmen Winant, and Chloe Wyma.
"Dog Dykes is a zine collaboration between mixedgreens and the individuals that populate its pages. With huge gratitude, we share the stories and photographs of LBTQIA+ people (and their dogs) who have elected to be part of this project via online submissions to: www.dogdykes.com and in doing so, help to create a new queer space in the pages of this publication. It's time to queer the history of man's best friend!" Published by @mixedgreensla in 2019. Stock ID 115566. Link in bio, $25.
Birds is a limited edition book featuring the first appearance of Margaret Atwood's conservationist essay, 'Birds', accompanied by the striking ink drawings of Billy Sullivan, chronicling the social goings-on of the birdlife in his East End backyard. Billy Sullivan lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, NY. Sullivan has been documenting the avian activity in his wooded backyard from his East Hampton dining room table since 1990. In these drawings, Sullivan captures the social goings-on of East End birds in much the same way he has chronicled family and friends in his paintings. Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. An avid birder and respected conservationist, Atwood is co-honoary president -- with her partner Graeme Gibson -- of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International. $75, ID 107792. Link in bio 🦅
Windowpane is a one-man-anthology of critically acclaimed narrative and experimental comics by London-based artist, Joe Kessler, @joebaskervillekessler. The book contains new work, and reprints of Windowpane 3 and 4. Four stories told with elastic style. A mouth-watering, dizzying feast for the eyes. Characters yanked from one panel to the next through relentless tall tales of magic and death, domestic bliss, and sudden wealth. As Joe builds his layers of movement and colour your mind starts to melt and believes it's discovered an unparalleled work of cartooning genius. Published by @breakdownpress (London). Stock ID 115561. Link in bio. $30.
Mediums by Damien Tran and Marion Jdanoff is a screen printed box containing 7 risograph-printed publications. This box was published for the exhibition “Je prends tes yeux pour voir et on n'y comprends rien” at Slow Gallery (Paris) in June 2017. - Palefroi. $93, ID 110743. Link in bio!
$ is an artist book by Oswaldo García published by Gold Rain Books in November 2018. In this book, García has collected and compiled various advertisements for money from the streets of Querétaro, Mexico during 2017 and 2018. The urgent tone of the collected advertisements is apparent as they accumulate in this publication. The book prompts the reader to investigate the source of financial anxiety. This limited edition book is risograph printed in black ink on multiple colors of paper. This artist book is in Spanish. Gold Rain Books is the publishing imprint of Da Substanz, an artist-run space and gallery based in Querétaro, Mexico. Gold Rain Books works closely with artists to produce limited or spontaneous editions with local and national artists. $20, ID 115421. Link in bio 💸
Spellbook for the Moral Universe is a collaborative, inclusive guidebook focused on providing introductory information to anyone interested in learning about the practice of magick. It is intended to be the first of several editions. Edited and self-published by Lauren Rucker, Caroline Cronin, and Sylass Nunn in Nashville, TN. Stock ID 115547. Link in bio, $13.
"Psyche is a mental health and socio political magazine that aims to engage and provoke discussion. We embrace the therapeutic and transformative nature of story telling and human expression. In this CONFRONTATIONS issue we have 28 pieces by writers, poets, an environmental collective, social workers, actors, singer songwriters, fashion designers, librarians, baristas, art students and copy writers and more sharing their perspectives. We tackle subject matter ranging from mental health, to fat-phobia, eco-anxiety, police brutality, Brexit, the political climate in Nothern Ireland, benefits, sexism, personal relationships and more; each one a unique interpretation of confrontation. Our desire is to create a platform for a broad range of sociopolitical themes to be discussed, with an open submission policy in place to ensure that content is relevant and current. Working within the framework of ‘the psyche’ we are keen to explore creativity and its relationship with everyday experiences and current affairs. That focus has lead us to the intersection of the mind, mental health, philosophy and politics." @psychepublication. Edited by Juliette Fitzgerald Duffy & Lucy Grainge. Stock ID 1155442. Link in bio, $20.
Portalways and Loopholes - In this publication, artist Charlotte Kohlmann has selected a series of stills from a black-and-white Super 8 film she made, re-creating the narrative through what she terms “distilled parts of a moving whole.” Sections of Kohlmann’s two-minute film are shot through a hole in a lens barrier, therefore allowing partial sight, but hyper-focus, on a single aspect of her chosen subject matter: the face of a classical statue; the view through a bus window; a couple embracing. This cinematographic technique makes reference to the publication’s title, Portalways and Loopholes, and highlights Kohlmann’s interest in the hole as a means through which discovery, viewership, and escape are enabled. Stock ID 115537. $10. #charlottekohlmann
HEAD PROP studies 2013-2016 by Tomihiro Kono + Special Head prop designed for Junya Watanabe / Comme des Garçons 2015 SS. Edition of 10 (we just have the 1 😊). Tomihiro Kono is an established hair stylist and Head Prop Artist, whose innovations gave way to a new form of expression and wearable art forms. Head Prop carefully deconstructs Kono’s creative process, offering readers a rare glimpse into the technical finesse autonomous questioning and refinement that encourages careers like Kono’s to reach such a caliber of notoriety. Mechanical drawings and three-dimensional sketches fill the pages of Head Prop, establishing the significance of process-oriented evolution through design ideas and iterations. Kono’s props are at once completely sculptural and utilitarian; they provide their wearers with an entirely separate characterization from the one available to them on a daily basis. Stock ID 115540. Link in Bio. ❤️❤️❤️
As a visual artist whose work stems largely from the image, Carmen Winant’s publication Movement Photographs is representative of the medium with which she is most often associated. There are, however, no photographs in Movement Photographs—the content stems from the description of images, not their visual reproduction. Using images from the Bettye Lane Gay Rights Movement Photographs in the New York Public Library archive, Winant has taken the detailed descriptions of these works given by the institution and formatted them on the page in a way that resembles fragmented verse. They are spaced according to the category of information outlined on the publication’s cover: Box; Binder; Date; Photograph; Negative; Notes. In this way, the layout, and final product, of Winant’s work remains in constant reference to the form and practice of the archive from which the original works are drawn. Although the physical images are not present in the publication, elements of their content are conjured through descriptions of place, gesture, action, composition, and the historical figures and events they concern. Each edition of Movement Photographs comes with a risograph poster of the language from every sign captured in the Bettye Lane archive. Published by @hottakepress (Cincinnati) in an edition of 50. Link in bio, $45.
Printed Matter's 2019 Membership Drive is hosted by Barbara Kruger and features new premiums by the artist. Join us as a Supporter-level Member and receive a newly produced 3-color tote bag featuring Kruger's classic and still timely (Untitled) Business as Usual artwork. The support of our Members is an important part of our annual budget and helps Printed Matter continue to deliver high-quality nonprofit programs and services to expanding audiences worldwide, while supporting growing communities of artists working in book form. Members at every level receive a complimentary publication or editioned artwork, as well as a 10% discount on most purchases in-store and online! All Members also receive special benefits, including free entry to NY and LA Art Book Fair previews, invitations to special events, and joint benefits with cultural partners New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. We're also very pleased to announce a new Membership level for libraries and institutions. Institutional Members receive an annual subscription to all new Printed Matter publications, typically 6–8 titles per year, along with the discounts and special benefits mentioned above. We hope to welcome you as a Printed Matter Member in 2019—if you're already a Member, thank you for your support! Link in Bio! 💫
LEARN TO READ ART, 2019 Fundraising Edition by Lawrence Weiner. 2-color screenprint on cloth napkin. Published in a numbered edition of 300, $75. Signed napkins are still available. Proceeds from the sales of this work support Printed Matter’s year-round work of fostering the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and publications 📖 🙂. Link in bio.
Telepathy, by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas. “The hyper-competition of neoliberalism is a construction that is sold as a fact of nature, purely a matter of biology, genetics, basic psychology, and particle physics, etc. The priests, cardinals, and popes of advanced neoliberal capitalism credit all human advancements to competition. Fields such as art, science, and education are antithetical to the goals of neoliberal quantification, gamification, and resulting private appropriation of everything. However, even these fields are forced to comply and compete, to great detriment of the independent goals of these fields, through coerced competition for resources via constant demands for performance metrics. For most of us it is impossible to step outside the legislated competitions of neoliberalism and so individuals must be well adjusted within the system, enabled by realist-conformist postures. The rhetoric of competition has been cleverly transferred to a general system of governance, and forms relations between people, and between people and their professions. In this way, competition serves both as a discourse of legitimation, and as legal framework of extreme control. It takes armies of technocrats working tirelessly, endlessly, in order to enforce the myth of competition and thus hardly “natural” in the way it is marketed.” Published by INCA Press, $17, link in bio. ❣️We are here today 11-7❣️
Summer Alight, by Helen Douglas. “Plants and insects take center stage against the white pages of this book. Alight in summer sun, flowers and grasses cast their shadows and airborne insects come to alight on stalks and grasses, and the open pages. The book in movement and rhythm, in light, line and color expresses something of the joy of summer and being in nature at a poignant time in our destructive relationship with the natural world.” Edition of 250, $40. Link in bio. 🌿🌿🌿We are here today 11-7👒👒👒.
63 E. 9th Street - In 1975 Tom Bianchi moved to New York City, working at Columbia Pictures as in-house counsel. Columbia gave Bianchi a Polaroid SX – 70 camera, which he took to the Pines on summer weekends; those pictures became the 2013 book Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975–1983. Now, some 44 years later, we get a first look at another extraordinary collection of Bianchi’s Polaroids, taken in his East 9th St apartment. Whereas Fire Island offers an expansive communal experience situated on a sunny sand bar out in the Atlantic under huge open skies, Bianchi’s New York apartment was an intimate, track-lit den, a safe stage where he and his friends played out erotic night games. Playful, nostalgic and sexy, Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street is an essential companion book to Fire Island Pines and an important document of urban gay life. Stock ID 115473. $55. Link in Bio.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Spring Dinner Party last week, held in honor of artist Paul Chan! It was wonderful to have so many friends in the room. Amanny Ahmad served a fantastic Palestinian meal, Aruna D'Souza offered introductory remarks in recognition of Paul, and Yvonne Rainer staged a rare and captivating performance of her iconic Trio A with Flags, first presented in the historic Judson Memorial Church nearly 50 years ago. It was truly a special night! Special thanks to our Co-Chairs, Honorary Committee and Benefit Committee. For more information about the event and a full list of supporters please visit printedmatter.org/support/benefit2019 Photos by @megancmack
TONIGHT - 6-8P - Join publisher Brandon Johnson for a talk and visual presentation followed by a Q&A centered around his new book Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1960s & 1970s. Back due to popular demand, with the same format but all new content including a selection of older and rarer Chicago gang compliment cards from the North and West Sides made during the 1960s & (mostly) 1970s. This book documents a collection of historical ephemera from a period of time in which city-orchestrated displacement, the loss of industry, and racial antagonism created socioeconomic conditions that led to the formation and expansion of gangs in the streets, parks, and schools of Chicago. Once again, 70+ enlarged reproductions of original compliment cards listing members, territories, slogans, and declarations of loyalty/animosity, are brought to the forefront for examination and interpretation. Brandon Johnson is a New York-based writer, editor, and historian. He is author of Far From the Madding Crowd: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Dan Asher and Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1970s & 1980s. Originally from Chicagoland, Brandon is founder/publisher of Almighty & Insane Books. Almighty & Insane Books is a platform to examine/preserve history and culture from the city of Chicago through the medium of printed publications.
The work of photographer Michael Bailey-Gates is the subject of this issue of MATTE Magazine, a periodical with a specific interest in queer issues, and often dedicated to one artist per publication. @michaelbaileygates, an American artist, presents a body of work composed of single and group portraits, as well as staged shots, in both black-and-white and color, which, as Horace D. Ballard, Ph.D., writes in his introductory essay to this issue, “don’t so much interrogate gender as bypass it,” an analysis that suits the Bailey-Gates’ own position that “Gender isn’t real. I want photography to support this fact. I want to challenge binary systems of thinking and overcome them.” Bailey-Gates’ photographs are intimate and joyous celebrations, at once introspective and playful, drawing on influences ranging from classical portraiture to Robert Mapplethorpe, Marc Jacobs, and Nan Goldin. Within this collection of photographs, the artist presents himself as subject as much as image creator. MATTE Magazine is a platform for new ideas in photography edited and published since 2010 by Matthew Leifheit @mattelife. Stock ID 115491. Link in bio, $20.
Musas Muxe by Nelson Morales addresses the Muxes in an exploration of the cultural, sexual and personal identity of the author and of this community in Oaxaca, México. Since pre-Hispanic times the Zapotec culture accepts homosexuality, gives it an active role and an open position within society, much more relevant than anywhere else in Latin America. The Muxes are organically integrated into the social and economic net of the community, commenting on the duality as a deeply rooted feature in this country. Nelson Morales has developed this project for almost eight years, in which he has photographed in his own community on the Isthmus of Oaxaca. Muses Muxe, as in a movie, is built from the process of creating the work in itself. Throughout the time, Nelson Morales tackles the subject, the photographic medium and the way of relating to the Muxes in different ways, creating and recreating the imaginary of the portrayed ones and the author himself from changing perspectives that go deeper and deeper into the multiple layers of the Zapotec culture. Sexuality, identity, and gender as key issues in society. Musas Muxe is the author’s quest to glimpse the complexity of the Muxes in the transit of the search for their own identity, confronting themselves in the sensual space, overflowing and disturbing, the Muxe space. — Inframundo. $50, ID 115457
Accidentally Sneezing With A Mouthful of Raisin Bran by @logan_fitzpatrick is a series of ruminations on topics ranging from latte art to wet doorknobs. The project overall has been described by the artist as “kind of a toilet book when you think about it.” Published by @txtbooks (NY) in a second edition of 150. Stock ID 111576. Link in bio, $15.
Winter Clothing Issue 1 by Erica Christmas features interviews with Sara Sutterlin, La Carne, Marceline Mandeng and Suzanna Zak with a cover design by Maren Karlson. ID 115164, $30. Link in bio!
Tour Sketch Journos by Tunde Adebimpe. “Making this book was a great opportunity to give all of these drawings and doodles a home. A lot of these were made in haste in hotel rooms or busses (or wherever) as the foundation for bigger ideas to be rounded out when I was more stationary and had the time, but looking at something you sketched out very quickly 10 years, 5 years, or one year ago is a lot like looking at something a stranger made. It was great to be able to pick through and shuffle up the timeline of all these past notions, and really satisfying to see them in one spot, done up so nicely.” Screenprinted in an edition of 250 by @kayrockscreenprinting (NY) in 2015. Link in bio, $60.
NAT vs CIV by Veronica Graham is a series of comic storyboards for a walking simulator game. Readers are taken on a narrated journey through an arena room, where Nature and Civilization are locked in an endless battle. Published by Most Ancient / @vagraham (Oakland). Stock ID 115206. Link in bio, $20.
Playa Cero, by Alfredo Blásquez: “In a culture in which consumerism is an essential part of our lives, we use and throw single use plastic products that paradoxically are made of indestructible materials, which do not disappear when we throw them away, but continue to exist while they decompose, fragment and transform. Only a small percentage is recovered, separated, recycled and reused, while a large part of our waste finds its way to reach the oceans, where they navigate through the marine currents to be then washed up on different beaches and coasts of the world. The objects that appear in the book were found in beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, during a period of five years (2013 to 2017) in various projects related to campaigns and programs of beach cleaning, environmental education, scientific exploration, separation and recycling of recovered materials, some of which were transformed into raw material for durable fabric and plastic products.” Published by Inframundo, $40, link in bio. We are here today 12-6 today.
… In that Empire by Sable Elyse Smith and Cal Siegel is a conversation, an experimental cartography bound by each initial decision. Jorge Luis Borges’ story “On Exactitude in Science” frames the encounter: each “L” and “R” within the text creates a list of sixty-one positions. Using these directionals, the artists took sixty-one photos in West Newbury, Massachusetts and Harlem, New York, respectively. The reader is invited to access the book through multiple entry points, from front to back, in any order. No matter the beginning, a turn of the page becomes an act of continuing the conversation of experimental cartography established in the making of this book. Edition of 300. $60, ID 115411. Link in bio.
Raumordnung, by Michael Blaser. “since one would expect the topic of urban sprawl to be rendered in landscape format, like Robert Adams did in the 1970s to depict the growth of the city Denver. The horizon, however, would offer more open space and room for eye, which Blaser tries to avoid, favoring a sense of oppression instead. The compressed, taut compositions heighten this tightness. Blaser’s use of the telelens brings the miscellany of dwellings into sharp focus, regardless of their relative distance from one another. This graphic flatness and focus, allowing for comparison of the various architectural styles and buildings climb, has led some people, as Blaser told me, to compare these images to photomontages or cubist painting”-text by Taco Hidde Bakker. Published by @artpapereditions, $33.50, link in bio. 🏭🏢🏣We are here 11-7🏤🏬🏥.
Charm and Hex, a 9 color screen printed edition of 30 by Cauleen Smith referencing her hand stitched banner designs and past installation at MASS MoCA, the text pulling from NASA’s description of the light produced by the eclipse of a super moon. Proceeds from the sales of this work support Printed Matter’s year-round work of fostering the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and publications. $500, ID 115385. Link in bio. #cauleensmith
Wayne by Aïda Bruyère and Julien Sirjacq. “Wayne” exists as both an inanimate and animate figure. It is at once Wayne State University, an American university in Detroit, Michigan, and the love interest of this notebook’s author. Complete with monochrome images of Wayne State University campus, apparel, and students pasted onto lined paper, Bruyère and Sirjacq create a narrative of removed obsession, which details the evolution of the author’s interest and eventual disillusionment with Wayne when it is discovered he has a girlfriend. From that point on, the messages of romantic and sexual interest in Wayne turn into a diatribe against his new relationship, complete with graffitied images of Instagram screenshots on partially destroyed paper. Each edition of Wayne comes with a sheet of emoji stickers. �Stock ID 115399. Link in bio, $16.
NYC artists: Today is the last day to submit to the Emerging Artists Publication Series! Send us your proposals for artists’ books by midnight - selected artists receive publication and an artists fee of $1,500. 📖 See the full details at Printedmatter.org or apply at https://printedmatterinc.submittable.com/submit/139495/emerging-artists-publication-series-2019 #printedmatter #emergingartist #artistsbooks
Become a member today! During our 2019 Membership Drive, Friend-level Members receive a new deluxe photoscreen pin featuring Barbara Kruger's iconic (Untitled) Business as Usual artwork. We encourage you to join today in support of Printed Matter's many nonprofit programs and services that bring artists' books to the public, while providing an important platform for artists' working in book form. Members receive 10% off most purchases in-store and online! All Members also receive special benefits, including free entry to NY and LA Art Book Fair previews, invitations to special events, and joint benefits with our cultural partners, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Please consider becoming a Printed Matter Member. Our Members provide vital support to our annual operating budget making our work possible! If you're already a Member, we thank you for your support.
Cloud Watchers by Extra Vitamins, published by Can Can Press. Edition of 100. Link in bio ☁️
Rumored to be part of the 2012 “sausage coup on the contemporary art world,” Kerstin Brätsch’s limited edition Ham and Pearls features a series of rich, visceral textures. Color xerox booklet with translucent plastic sleeve and metal grommet. Published by @paper.monument. Stock ID 96045. Link in bio, $150.
Sangre by Leslie Spak. Five years ago Leslie Spak found a photo file of her maternal grandmother and took it to her workshop to scan and manipulated the photos with photoshop. Altering the photos that her grandmother kept allowed her to enter situations prior to her life, as if she had participated in them. Cloned faces and multiplied features driven by curiosity modify the behaviors of origin, turning them into others and focusing on a new dimension, until those roles known to her undergo a transformation. From Lima, and of Jewish descent Leslie defines her family as a matriarchy - where her great grandmother dominated her grandmother, her grandmother dominated her mother and her mother tries to dominate her - and says: ... this has created a link of projections and very hard expectations of both parties, which has been cause of headaches, tantrums and years of therapy. Operating with the photo album served to soften tense and conservative structures, attenuate them and release pressures. The contact with the book Sangre produces a curious phenomenon: certain images have the power to produce laughter, while others cause an impression similar to terror. - Andrea Knight. $50, ID 115341. Link in bio!
Waiting by Adriana Lozano. Published in 2018 by Amsterdam based independent publishing house @terry.bleu, Waiting is a reflection on interim moments. Figures, often drawn alone in interior spaces, are portrayed with a sense of familiar discomfort. Repetition of details, such as a tattoo of the name “Lola” and a crimson floral pattern on a rug, weave seemingly disparate figures together in unexpected ways. Lozano writes, “Waiting is a series of portraits. All the characters in this series are related to a permanent uncomfortable field, as if we were under the effects of an invisible disturbance, linked more than anything to the emotional dimension.” @adriana_lozano_roman. Stock ID 115236. Link in bio, $23.
The repetition of images, visual sequences, accidental similarities and free associations form the alphabet of a mysterious language. Starting from her archive, Ruth van Beek makes collages and books. The images from this archive are constantly conversing with one another. A large part of the image archive finds its origin in old manuals. Books that are made as a tool, as an advisor for everyday occupations. The images mainly show hands that demonstrate how something is supposed to be done. Hands that dig in the earth, that make dolls, that arrange flowers, that cook. All sorts of daily actions pass by. By focusing on the action and detaching from the original context, van Beek encourages imagination, thereby provoking un-comfortable and uneasy feelings: passive human hands become animated, objects become characters and abstract shapes come to life. Hundreds of images and tests from van Beeks image archive come together. They show a method and create, in turn, a manual for creating new work. - Art Paper Editions How To Do The Flowers by Ruth Van Beek. $45, ID 113825. Link in bio 🌷
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*A Reminder That We Will Be Open Tomorrow, Memorial Day, from 11-7!!!**** Utility Writers by Mrka [$50—Hand spray-painted cover] “A study of symbols written by construction workers on the asphalt and sidewalks of NYC between 2016 and 2018.”