Art Has Never Been So Public: We Think Alone and the directions of Net Art
by Chelsea Rooney
On July 1, 2013, I opened my inbox and read the personal emails of actresses Lena Dunham and Kirsten Dunst. Writers Sheila Heti and Etgar Keret. Geniuses Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The subject? Money. A week later, another batch of celebrity emails, this time on the topic of advice.
These emails, of course, weren’t addressed to me. They’d been addressed to mysterious initials, like “J” and “P” and “S.” They’d been chosen from the Sent folders (all emails composed prior to the project’s start date) of a few of Miranda July’s famous friends, and comprised the weekly installations of her sixteen-part email-art exhibit, We Think Alone.
July didn’t conceptualize this project (and 104,897 readers from 170 countries didn’t sign up as viewers) to receive a series of reminders that celebrities and geniuses are just like us. We’re pretty sophisticated, here. We already knew that.
Review: Gelatology by Studio Fludd
by Sarah Davidson
What do geology and dessert have in common? Very appealing textures, according to Gelatology, a collaborative book by Studio Fludd. Gelatology “explores visual and conceptual analogies between ice-cream and geology.” The book is a strange and tasty concoction, which samples from a couple of my favourite trends in art making, notably: paper-based art, collaborative collage, the natural world and hideous kitsch.
Gelatology borrows text from a geology text written in 1830, and was put together as a series of collages by Matteo Baratto, Caterina Gabelli, Sara Maragotto and Valeria Sanguin, the four designers behind Studio Fludd. To their surprise, it was selected by The Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This is mostly surprising because, unlike a normal children’s book, it lacks any real narrative.
The loose science analogy of Studio Fludd, more of a pretext really, reminded me of collages by the artist Carter. Carter uses marbled paper to a similar end. A write-up on the Saatchi Gallery website characterizes Carter’s untitled collage from 2005: “Collaged onto a marble textured base, Carter combines animal-mineral-vegetable in pseudo-scientific experimentation.”
Poetry Is Dead‘s Humour Issue Variety Show
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets $20 (includes the new issue and a subscription)
Image: Perish Plains Vol. 1 by Patrick Kyle & Michael Deforge
Artist Series: Alex Durlak, Ryan Dodgson & Jayme Keith, Perish Publishing (Toronto)
by Asia Harvey
Perish Publishing is a Toronto-based artist publisher that launched at the New York Art Book Fair in the fall of 2013. It is an imprint of Toronto’s Standard Form print shop, which recently branched out with Perish and two additional record imprints, Idée Fixe Records and Komino Records. Perish Publishing participated in this winter’s LA Art Book Fair.
Ryan Dodgson, Jayme Keith & Alex Durlak. Photo by Jay Shuster.
Project Space: Who is Perish Publishing? Your members come from music and arts backgrounds; how did you find your way to art book publishing?
Perish Publishing: Perish Publishing is Alex Durlak (Publisher), Ryan Dodgson (Editor), and Jayme Keith (Editor). Alex owns Standard Form, a print shop in Toronto, and has both an artistic and a music practice, having played in various bands and releasing solo electronic albums. Ryan is a published illustrator and has self-published a number of books and zines. Jayme is an avid book collector, drawer and occasionally works in the bindery at SF. We found our way into publishing through a series of conversations with one another over the past year or two.
Call for Board Members
Deadline to apply: March 6, 2014
Send applications to: Kristin Cheung, email@example.com
Project Space (registered as the non-profit OCW Arts & Publishing Foundation) is currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic new members for its Board of Directors. The role of Board Members is to provide stewardship, assistance and direction for the Foundation’s activities; key areas where support will be required are fundraising, strategic planning, community development and visibility. Participating in Board activities is a rewarding experience and provides an opportunity to develop new skills and contribute to an emerging community of artists, writers and designers interested in publication.
Invisible City Press Inaugural Party, Book Launch & Reading(s)
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9pm
Merge, NE Corner of Powell and Clarke St, Vancouver
Pizza Punks Collection Zine Release Party
Friday, Febuary 21, 2014 from 7–10pm
The Couch Gallery, 30 East 6th Ave, Vancouver
Deadline to apply to participate: April 25, 2014
Artists, collectives, publishers, artist-run centres and art book distributors are welcome to apply to participate. Simply send a brief email introducing yourself and your publishing activities to our Exhibitors Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.
Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.
Redesign: Jaz Halloran, Discorder magazine
A lo-fi, DIY, screen-age, newsprint magazine
by Jaz Halloran
Though some of you may know me as Project Space’s Art Director (and Co-Director of our former bookshop/gallery at 222 E Georgia St), since November 2011 I have also been the Art Director of Discorder, a Vancouver-based music magazine published by CiTR radio that readers can pick up for free around the city.
After about a year of research, pitches and meetings with the rest of the staff, I was recently given the opportunity to redesign the magazine and the February 2014 issue is the first of the new format. Normally I wouldn’t have a chance to “speak” in an issue—other than, of course, through the layouts I design and the artworks I commission—but in this issue I also wrote a letter from the Art Director explaining some of my choices.
Making readers aware of the often unnoticed exchange that occurs between designer and viewer is important to me and is something I’ve been exploring for years in such projects as the 2011 exhibition and publication OCW 6.1/#20: Material Arrangement I co-curated with Tracy Stefanucci and art directed, as well as the panel I moderated at the 2012 Vancouver Art/Book Fair, Thinking in Form.
Although it’s unusual for an art director to have a voice beyond that of shaping the visual content of a publication, it isn’t new. In 1967, a book was published called The Medium Is the Massage (yes—Massage), a so-called “electric information age” book that was part of a subculture-oriented genre of publishing popular from 1967 to 1975. The book was “authored” by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, who was a graphic designer. It wasn’t “written” by both McLuhan and Fiore, but it was definitely shaped and made visual by Fiore, an “author” of the book’s visual content (a.k.a. the design itself).
Image: Interior spread of The Medium is the Massage
Launch of Notes from Gethsemani by Phil Hall
February 11, 7pm @ The Apartment Gallery, 119B E Pender St
free and open to the public