Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2013
Inkjet on archival paper
30.5” x 31”
Signed & numbered edition of 20
The 11th edition (following Jonathan Monk, David Shrigley, Micah Lexier, Michael Dumontier, Karen Azoulay, etc) from the Nothing Else Press is the first available print edition of the artist’s ongoing series of works made entirely with dry transfer rub-on letters and symbols. Mark's Letraset drawings began in 2001 and have remained at the centre of her practice, evolving from intimate sized compositions to sprawling works, with one (recently purchased by the National Gallery of Canada), being over thirty-three feet long.
The results are complex renderings of text as image which evoke Concrete poetry, Constructivism, Dada, Futurism, imaginary landscapes and machinery.
Available here: http://www.nothingelsepress.com
Monday, December 9, 2013
Paper Rehabilitation Project
Detroit, USA: I.T.U., 2013
19 x 9.5 cm
Edition size unknown
The Paper Rehabilitation Project is a collaboration between the I.T.U. (Daniel Aubert and Lana Cavar) and Maia Asshaq, Harry Burstyn and Pete Janutulan, that attempts to collect, archive and make use of scrap paper. Their projects consist of locating warehouses stocking excess, rejected or damaged paper, purchasing it at a deep discount, and repurposing it.
Series 1 and 3 are blank books and Series 2 is the above Security-Pattern Letter Sets. The window envelopes were purchased from a paper distributor in Detroit who had acquired them from a manufacturer no longer in business. Using other reclaimed paper the group designed letter paper to match the original envelope.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Piece for George Maciunas Who Can't Distinguish Between These Colors
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1971
12 x 24 x 2.5 cm.
Edition size unknown (only prototypes may exist)
Little is known about this work. It was never advertised in any of the Fluxus newsletters or mentioned in Maciunas' prolific correspondence (unlike countless other editions which were proposed but never materialized). However at least two copies exist: one in the Getty collection and other in the legendary Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus collection.
The work is proposed as a gift to Maciunas (who was colour blind) but the typewritten card displays the hallmarks of his design, suggesting it was intended as a Fluxus edition.
Lennon was shot dead in front of his NYC apartment 33 years ago today.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
"As I thought of a message about AIDS to be carried around on a tote bag, it was important to me to express, within a verbal micro universe of a few bold words, that AIDS is far from over. Because of the great strides in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and the increasing awareness and prevention of it, we are tempted to be complacent and to think of it without the urgency that we used to. However HIV/AIDS is On Going, as the bag says. Fortunately individuals and groups, such as the great Visual AIDS, continue to confront it. There is a symmetry to On Going and Going On. The inverted position of two words makes all the difference between the persistent presence of the disease, On Going, and Going On, the equally persistent efforts to fight and overcome it."
- Kay Rosen
Available with any donation of $100 or more to Visual Aids, an organization that "utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over." Visit their site, here.
Labels: Kay Rosen
Friday, December 6, 2013
Art Metropole's annual Gifts by Artists event (this year titled GRID SYSTEMS) opened last night and continues until December 24th. The works are available for viewing 24 hours a day, in the modular window store display. Participating artists include Nadia Belerique, Alan Belcher, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Jay Dart, Janis Demkiw, Zoe Downie-Ross, Laurie Kang, Jp King, Shane Krepakevich, Elle Kurancid, Eunice Luk, Kelly Mark, Fraser McCallum, Sarah Nasby, Nathalie Quagliotto, Callum Schuster, Jessica Vallentin and many more. The titles available include artists' books, multiples, and unique works.
For more information, including prices, store hours, delivery cut-off dates and more, visit Art Metropole's GRID SYSTEMS page, here.
Thursday, December 5, 2013