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.
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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
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
American poet, performance artist and activist John Giorno turns 77 today.
Giorno is known for his performance poetry, for starring in Andy Warhol's durational film Sleep, for his Something Else Press title Cancer in My Left Ball, and for his not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems. Founded in in 1965 in order to connect poetry to new audiences via technology, the organization ran Dial-A-Poem and published a series of compilation LPs that featured artists, writers and musicians.
The series, sought after by both collectors of artists' audio and alternative music, featured William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Hüsker Dü, Philip Glass, Coil, Diamanda Galás, Glenn Branca, Frank Zappa, Sonic Youth, Psychic TV, Lydia Lunch, Meredith Monk, Jim Carroll, Arto Lindsay, John Cage, Debbie Harry, New Order, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Butthole Surfers, The Swans, Henri Chopin, Robert Wilson, and Claes Oldenburg. Many of the covers were designed by artists, including Les Levine, Keith Haring and Robert Williams.
In total, Giorno has produced over 60 LPs, tapes, videos and books. In 2011, he starred in the video to R.E.M.'s final single We All Go Back to Where We Belong.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Important Instructions For Changing the World
Winnipeg, Canada: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2001
144 pp., 20 x 18.2 x 1.2 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown
This catalogue, to accompany an exhibition curated by James Patten in 2001, features a few photographic and video based work, but primarily documents Kelly Mark's early drawings using Letraset dry transferable lettering. For over a decade the artist has been producing abstract visual compositions by applying the Letraset directly onto matte board. Each of the works in the exhibition was the uniform size 28 x 36 cm., but subsequently the drawings have grown into sprawling works, with one (recently purchased by the National Gallery of Canada), being over thirty-three feet long.
Mark's imagery has been reproduced as album cover art, promotional posters, wine bottles, magazine covers and a number of tattoos. Later this week the Nothing Else Press will issue the first editioned print of one of the Letraset Drawings, Frankfurther Five.
"Kelly Mark's Letraset 'drawings' are compositions of meticulously arranged transfer lettering on mount board. The black and white designs are ambiguous and suggest an unseen source material such as aerial mapping, sewing patterns or convoluted text-based bar code. More graphic and formally driven than her other work, they allow her the pleaseure of making and designing in a dynamic and architectural way."
- Terri Whitehead, "Kelly Mark", Art Review Magazine (UK)
"Kelly Mark's work using Letraset seems to represent a dynamic dance and swirl of letters, moving accross page and frame to frame. While the indivivual pieces can stand alone, they are arranged as polyptychs and the line around which the marks are organizes flow from from one panel to the other. There is a dynamic machinery here, and the fontography by its black and white and serifed nature reminds me of the early century's dynamic steam machines, which inspired Duchamp to abandon paintings of traditional subject matter in favour of engineered renderings of chocolate-grinders and the hormonal process of love as if mediated by particles of malic-molded matter."
- Timothy Comeau, "Alphabetics", Blog TO
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