Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jon Sasaki | In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock on the morning

Jon Sasaki
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock on the morning
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2014
9 x 7 x 3 cm
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies.

Two potatoes wired to power a science toy clock broadcast a distressing message.

Packaged in a clear plastic box, the work includes the altered clock (a wired LCD screen, copper and zinc electrodes), extra nails and an instruction sheet. Potatoes are not included. The piece can be set up in under two minutes (unpacking video to follow shortly).

“[The buyer] becomes complicit: they have to stab these two potatoes with electrodes and watch the system run itself down. It’s tragedy, but really only tragicomedy. If it were a sentient being it would be tragedy. It’s comedy because it’s just a potato. There’s something heartbreaking and funny about empathizing with an inanimate object.”

- Jon Sasaki, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2014

Launching later this month at the London Art Book Fair and available now from for $95.00 CDN.


"Jon Sasaki’s multidisciplinary art practice brings performance, video, object and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome never align, generating a simultaneous sense of pathos and fun. His work employs reason-based approaches reminiscent of conceptual art while investigating romantic subjects; in this juxtaposition, Sasaki creates humorous, self-exhaustive systems caught in cycles of trial and error. Throughout his performance-for-video works, Sasaki assumes the role of a somewhat naive everyman, performing Sisyphean tasks with a mildly uncomfortable, self-effacing positivism. Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and he was an active member of Toronto/Vancouver–based collective Instant Coffee from 2002 to 2007. Sasaki has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Galerie Clark, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Latitude 53."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

London Art Book Fair event: Pablo Bronstein, Jeremy Deller and Ruth Ewan

At noon on Saturday September 27th, the London Art Book Fair features a panel discussion with Pablo Bronstein, Jeremy Deller and Ruth Ewan. Critic and writer Ossian Ward moderates a conversation with the artists on the topic of how to navigate, look at and experience contemporary works of art.

Titled Ways of Looking, the event is £5/£3 conc.

For more information, visit the gallery website, here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vanessa Maltese | Ornament Swatch

Vanessa Maltese
Ornament Swatch
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2014
18.2 x 6 x 4 cm (closed), 1.8 x 4 x 55.5 cm (extended)
Acrylic on wood, hinges
Edition of 15 signed and numbered copies
$550.00 CDN

Drawing on motifs that have cycled through her recent body of work, Maltese likens this hinged sculptural edition to “samples you might flip through if you were interested in ginger-breading the roof of your house or something. It’s reminiscent of a kids toy, which I am into, as it is a rather useless object at the end of the day."


Vanessa Maltese was born in 1988. Currently based in Toronto, she holds a BFA from OCAD University. She is the recipient of the Drawing and Painting Medal from OCAD U in 2010 and the winner of the RBC Painting Competition in 2012. Maltese is represented in Toronto by Cooper Cole.

Visit her website here, and the Cooper Cole site, here

Friday, September 12, 2014

London Art Book Fair event: Antonia Hirsch: In Conversation

On Saturday September 27th, from noon to 1:30 pm, artist Antonia Hirsch will speak about her practice at the London Art Book Fair. She will be joined in conversation by the co-founder of the project Care of Editions, artist Gerhard Schultz, to discuss their overlapping interests in the economies of distribution, both in relation to books and music.

Tickets are limited and advance book is suggested.

£5.00/£3.00 concession (£2.50 Whitechapel Gallery Members)

For more information, visit the Whitechapel Gallery site, here.

Micah Lexier | Envelope Sculpture

Micah Lexier
Envelope Sculpture
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2012
15 x 20 x 0.2 cm
Edition of 50 signed and numbered

The 7th Nothing Else Press edition (and Lexier's second) is a cardstock envelope printed with a set of instructions for making a sculpture using the six letterpressed, glueless envelopes enclosed. Star and Hexagon versions are available, each in an edition of fifty copies.

The works are available for $30.00 CDN each, or both for $50.00, from or at the London Art Book Fair in two weeks time.


"Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based multimedia artist whose many-tiered practice includes sculpture, installation, photography and text-based work, as well as curation. Lexier graduated with an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1984. His practice is consonant with the sensibility of that institution, revolving largely around conceptual acts of enumeration and demarcation.  A well-known photographic work of Lexier’s, David: Then and Now (2005), reworks his Portrait of David (1994), spanning 10 years, and showing the effects of aging on 75 men named David, each a different age from one to 75. Lexier has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, participated in some 200 group exhibitions and produced numerous permanent public commissions. Recent publications include Call Ampersand Response, a collaborative bookwork made with Michael Dumontier, which was co-published by Artexte and Nieves in 2012, and I’m Thinking of A Number, a 30-year survey of Lexier’s ephemera, published by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2010."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

London Book Art Fair Presentation: AA Bronson

AA Bronson, founder of the NY Art Book Fair (running simultaneous to London this year, for some reason), founder of Art Metropole (with the other two members of General Idea), and former director of Printed Matter will discuss his life and work as an artist. Joined in conversation by Sam Ashby, founder of the queer 'zine, Little Joe, the pair will look at the history of publishing as a "democratic distribution of contemporary art", queer zines, community, and collaboration.

Titled AA Bronson: In Conversation, the event will be held at the Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery on Friday September 26th from 7 to 8:30pm. Tickets range from £2.50 to £5.00 and booking in advance is essential.

Click here for details.