Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jeannie Meejin Yoon | Absence











Jeannie Meejin Yoon
Absence
New York City, USA: Printed Matter,
[unpaginated], 12.5 x 10 x 7 cm., board binding
Edition of 2000


Absence is a two-pound die-cut book sculpture memorial for the twin towers, by architect and designer Jeannie Meejin Yoon.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Julio Le Parc | Jeu Visuel formes en mouvement



Julio Le Parc
Jeu Visuel formes en mouvement
Paris, France: Edition Denise René, 1966
57 x 57 x 14 cm
Edition of 100

Subtitled Multiple No. 9, this electrical kinetic object is housed in a wooden box and accompanied by an "edition label".


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ian Hamilton Finlay | 1794/1994


Ian Hamilton Finlay
1794/1994
[no publisher listed], 1994
6 cm diameter
Edition size unknown

A plastic pin/button/badge.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Richard Hamilton | Carafe



Richard Hamilton
Carafe
Cadaqués, Spain: Galerie Cadaqués, 1978
19.7 x 9 x 6.4 cm.
Edition of 36 [+ 3 APs]


Glass opalex carafe with enamel paint. Incised signature. Recent auction price: £6,875.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Micah Lexier | This Box, This Piece of Paper



Micah Lexier
This Box, This Piece of Paper
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2012
foil stamped cardboard box & paper
6" x 9" x 1/2"
Edition of 25 signed and numbered copies


It was announced today that Lexier will be one of 8 recipients of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Don DeLillo & Richard Prince | The Word for Snow





Don DeLillo & Richard Prince
The Word for Snow
New York City, USA: Karma, 2014
62 pp., 28 x 22 cm., softcover
Edition of 875


A previously unpublished one act play by Don DeLillo (White Noise, Underworld, etc), illustrated with photographs by Richard Prince. The title was also initially available in grey cloth bound version, signed by both DeLillo and Prince, in an edition of 125 copies.

Available from Tender Books, for £17.00, here.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jess Dobkin | Newsstand at Chester Station




Last month artist Jess Dobkin asked me to join a loose collective of artists to assist with her brilliant plan to reactive a Gateway Newsstand at Chester subway station. The venue is built into the architecture of the station (meaning it can't realistically be torn down) but has been dormant for over six years.

Jess plans to operate it as a Gateway franchisee (without the the need to re-brand it as an 'artwork', which I think is an important distinction), and will sell confectionary, drinks, and magazines. But the curated displays will also sell artists' books, zines and multiples.  Additionally, the space will serve as a venue for any number of artists interventions, projects, performances, screenings, etc. The kiosk is at ground level and accessible 24 hours a day.

It will be manned by artists, providing them an additional source of income, and money raised through sales, grants and the below kickstarter campaign, will go towards artist fees and production costs for a variety of projects.

There's a rich history of artist-as-salesperson, including projects such as Rob Pruitt's Flea Market, Martha Rosler's Garage Sale, Jens Hanning's Super Discount, and David Hammons' Bliz-aard Ball Sale (in which the artist sold snowballs on the streets of New York City). Fluxus, General Idea, Tom Sachs, Bob & Roberta Smith, Ross Sinclair, and countless others have set up kiosks, portable displays, mail-order businesses and market stalls through which to hawk their wares.  

Dobkin's Newsstand, though, is not a pop-up shop or short-term intervention project - a lease has been signed for a full year. If viable, it will continue after this. This places the project into a continuum of longer-term artists' retail projects such as Claes Oldenburg's The Store, George Brecht and Robert Filliou's The Cédille, The Shop by Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas, The Pop Shop by Keith Haring, etc. etc.

The stand will be open standard weekday business hours, with additional scheduled special events (book launches? performances? puppet shows? political protests?) on evenings and weekends. The newsstand opens for business with a May Day celebration on May 1, 2015.

Sometime this summer I will be be producing a broadsheet newspaper with a text about Lower Bay Station, accompanied by some photographs Lee Henderson and I took there last month. Lower Bay is an abandoned subway station that was operational for only 6 months, fifty years ago. Copies will be distributed free of charge to commuters at Chester. It's a continuation of the poster I made for C Magazine's Union Station Villa project in January, and a larger film I'm working on called Substitute City.

A number of the planned projects will "address issues of transit, accessibility, mobility and city life, and consider questions about media and how information is transmitted in our times".

To learn more about Newsstand or donate, visit kickstarter, here.

The above images were taken on a site visit a few weeks ago, on a particularly cold day (too cold to turn off the b&w filter that my phone was somehow set to).