Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds

Paul Sharits, Bob Grimes, Greg Sharits, David Thompson
Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1969
13.5 × 18 × 4.8 cm., hinged plastic box
Edition size unknown

The contents of Flu Paper Games were printed by Paul Sharits and Dave Thompson, and mailed to George Maciunas, who designed the label (and at least one other unused design) and housed them in boxes. Maciunas wrote to Sharits in the fall of 1966 and called the materials "Absolutely Superb, first rate" and offered to produce wooden boxes for them.

There may be some of these floating around (like the one below, a unique work in the collection of Galerie A in Amsterdam) but most were distributed in Canal Street plastic boxes. A version in a jar was also announced in a newsletter. The Fondazione Bonotto collection has another, in a cardboard box, without a Maciunas label (bottom). It is unclear if this is how the work was intended. Some of the contents of the box also appeared in the FluxYearBox 2.

As with most Fluxus editions, the contents could vary, but typically included:

Sound Fold by Paul Sharits
Unrolling Screen Piece by Paul Sharits
Pull/Glue by Paul Sharits
Bag Trick by Gregg Sharits
Roll Fold by Gregg Sharits
Roll Trick by Gregg Sharits
Un Roll by David Thompson
Pull Fold by Bob Grimes

Paul Sharits, Bob Grimes, Greg Sharits, David Thompson
Flux Paper Games: Rolls and Folds
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1969
8.7 x 25.8 x 18 cm., wooden box

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portrait and Landscape

Portrait and Landscape is the name given by Mitch Robertson's framing company Superframe, to the (pre-existing) double-sided horizontal and vertical signs that hang out front of the store. Superframe invites two artists a year to present a new work in the outdoor space. The first was Vanessa Maltese, and the most recent (launched last week) is by Derek Sullivan.

Sullivan's project consists of four compositions made from books taken from his bookshelf, which have been scanned, layered, arranged, enlarged, obscured and flattened into new forms.

"The publishing of any book establishes a landscape as each copy seeds itself in the world. Each book finds a new home, a new reader, gets lined up on a shelf. Every bookshelf can also be read a portrait of-sorts of the person who assembled it: an individual imagined through the residue of their reading; an individual imagined in the gaps between."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Aram Saroyan | Complete Minimal Poems (Limited Edition)

Aram Saroyan
Complete Minimal Poems (Limited Edition)
New York City, USA: Primary Information/Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014
288 pp., 6 x 8”, softcover
Edition of 11 signed copies

Several copies of the recent second edition of Aram Saroyan's Complete Minimal Poems arrived from the printers accidentally bound with blank covers. The publishers took the opportunity to create a limited edition version of the book, each with unique hand drawn covers by Saroyan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

David Tomas | Notes Towards a Photographic Practice

David Tomas
Notes Towards a Photographic Practice
London, Canada: Self-published, 1983
12" clear vinyl LP
Edition size unknown

"In this sound recording, Tomas manipulates his voice and superimposes soundtracks to produce a reading of one of his essays on photography. This text, which considers photography as both process and product while discussing the status of the photographic image in Western culture, is also reproduced on the record sleeve."

Available from Collector's Frenzy, here, for $91.00 US.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sophie Calle | The Dice

Sophie Calle
The Dice
Paris, France: Item Editions, 1999/2001
7 x 7 x 3.5 cm
Edition of 250 (each language)

An ivory dice in a housed in a satin-lined leather box, which contains a text printed in gold:

"I always liked that we decide for me. With B, we had a rule of game": the even days he made the decisions, the odd days it was me. When he left for America, he offered me this dice to replace him."

The English edition of 250 is housed in a red box, with the French (also 250) is in black.

In a June 2009 Phillips auction, this sold for $1250 US, more than twice the high estimate of $400 - $600. Later that year, in November, also at Phillips the estimate was $500 to $700 and it sold for $625.00.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Eric Anderson | In Case of Emergency

Eric Anderson
In Case of Emergency
Köln, Germany: Edition Hundertmark, 1986
8 x 2.5 x 1 cm
Edition of 100


Sold individually, or as part of the Edition Hundertmark Box #100, 1986, a white cardboard box featuring original works by 44 artists affiliated with Fluxus, Actionism, etc.