Monday, October 20, 2014

Timeline edition

I'm en route to Montreal now, via a wifi-outfitted train, which is considerably more civilized than driving. Unlike every drive or plane ride I've ever taken, I almost wish it were longer. 

A panel discussion in advance of the Montreal Biennale opening happens tonight at 8pm, at the McCord Museum. Curators Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt, will be moderated by Executive and Artistic Director Sylvie Fortin. The Benefit Preview is tomorrow night at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, from 7pm. A few tickets remain to the Cocktail reception, which features a 'soundscape' by DJ Xarah Dion. They can be purchased for $150, here

In addition to A Drink To Us [When We're Both Dead], below, I am showing a video work called Timeline at the Arsenal. A 45 minute version was shown in 2011 as part of Earl Miller's Queen West section of Nuit Blanche, and last November Eleanor King showed a 60 minute version in Halifax as a part of Nocturne. The current, and presumably final version, is 76 minutes long and is now packaged in an edition of 5, available at MKG127

A foil-stamped linen box houses the film on DVD, on a portable hard drive and also includes a print and the bookwork Alternate 20th Century. An additional bookwork, Alternate Timeline, is included on the drive as an epub. 

For more information, visit my mostly-ready-to-relaunch site, here

16 Pages: Digitally Crafted Chapbooks

Curated by Poetry is Dead magazine founder Daniel Zomparelli, 16 Pages is a series of sixteen-page digital chapbooks that can be viewed using a smartphone or tablet.

Chicken Scratch by Robert Swereda
The Cosmic Bend by Craig Dodman
Exi[s]t by Isa Lausas
I Don't Need This Anymore by Trystan Carter and
Noise and Silence by Christine Walde

can be downloaded for free from the Poetry is Dead site, here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yoko Ono | Infinite Universe At Dawn

Yoko Ono's Infinite Universe At Dawn is currently being bound in Italy, and will begin shipping next month. The book is billed as "her first curated selection of her seminal art and activism across eight decades", which both ignores previous monographs such as Yes Yoko Ono and suggests the book will include activism works from Ono's childhood, but the 340 page leather-bound book certainly seems extravagant. Housed in a leather and buckram slipcase, the title features tipped in postcards, trace pages, a piece of the sky puzzle piece and a mirrored 'Smile' card. The cover features a die-cut 'Hole To See The Sky'.

I'm also unclear how many different editions exist, as the site refers to a limited edition (they're all limited, to 1500 copies), an 'intricate edition' and a 'collector edition' (only 1,150 books numbered 351 to 1,500). I'm not sure if these are all different, as the ordering page doesn't specify, and the only price listed is £325.00 ($524 US, $591 CDN).

The title can be pre-ordered now, at

"It is more like a conceptual sculpture than a book."

- Yoko Ono

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Montreal Biennale

The Montreal Biennale opens next week, at various locations throughout the city. Titled Looking Forward, it is curated by Gregory Burke and Peggy Gale and "examines the relationship of contemporary art practices to speculation, futurity and its history, as well as the currency of projecting into the future."

The artists include Abbas Akhavan, Nicolas Baier, Taysir Batniji, Raymond Boisjoly, Ryan Gander, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Isabelle Hayeur, Thomas Hirschhorn, Emmanuelle Léonard, Basim Magdy, Lynne Marsh, John Massey, Kelly Richardson, Kevin Schmidt, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, David Tomas, Lawrence Weiner and many others.

I have two works in the show, one at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the other at Arsenal. One is an edition and the other is a video about to be editioned (I'm putting the final touches on the packaging this week).

A Drink To Us [When We're Both Dead] is a barrel of scotch whiskey buried six years ago, which will remain underground for another ninety-four. The spirit is available for sale now. Buyers receive a foil-stamped linen box which contains an empty wooden box, with the whiskey unavailable until 2108. The box includes a map to the unmarked site in the Glenfiddich warehouse in Dufftown, Scotland, a contract outlining the terms and conditions and a "100 Year Diary", featuring relevant excerpts from the blog I kept for the three months I was there (here).

Any buyer old enough to purchase it now will be long dead when the scotch is available, so the work must be passed on to a descendent.

More images and information here.

For more information about the Biennale, visit the site, here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp hosts its first annual art book fair this weekend.  More than 60 exhibitors from Belgium, Holland, Germany and France offer art books, artist's books, photo books, exhibition catalogues, art magazines and related printed matter.

The fair promises a both antiquarian publications and contemporary artists books, with booths by dealers and students alike.

The fair takes place on Saturday the 18th of October and is free of charge from 10 am till 17 pm.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Guy Maddin | My Winnipeg

The Criterion Collection has just announced its January releases, which includes Guy Maddin's 2007 "love letter to his home town", My Winnipeg. Previously, Maddin was represented in the collection by Brand Upon the Brain, from 2006.

The "Director Approved Special Edition" will feature a new high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. The extras include a conversation between Maddin and art critic Robert Enright, a 2008 featurette called “My Winnipeg” Live in Toronto, three short films by Maddin (Spanky: To the Pier and Back, Sinclair, and Only Dream Things), deleted scenes and the original trailer.

The cover features a new design by Marcel Dzama.

Ray Johnson and Friends: Exhibition Posters and Ephemera

Yesterday Printed Matter opened the exhibition Ray Johnson and Friends: Exhibition Posters and Ephemera from the Collections of William Wilson and the Estate of Ray Johnson, a selection of rare posters and ephemera from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s.  Alongside these invitations and posters, are selections from Johnson’s contemporaries, many of them close friends and collaborators, including Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Bridget Riley, Robert Smithson, and Ben Vautier will be on view.

All of the items are for sale.

The exhibit will run from October 15th to November 15th.