Monday, August 3, 2015

Ben Vautier | Total Art Matchbox

Ben Vautier
Total Art Matchbox
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1966
1.2 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm
Edition size unknown

A matchbox containing the instruction:


Vautier described the work to Jon Hendricks in 1984 as "A Non Art Anti Art concept and rejoins [Gustav] Metzger etc. in Destruction Art".

Primarily distributed in the Fluxyearbox 2, 1966.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Malia Jensen | Sketch Book for Architects (Port)

Malia Jensen
Sketch Book for Architects (Port)
New York City, USA: Artware, 2010
40 pp., 1½" x 5" x 5"
Edition of 100 in each color

Each notebook is made of 40 white, paper cocktail napkins bound together with a red binding compound. 

Available from the publisher, for $50.00 US, here.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

David Horvitz | The Distance of a Day

David Horvitz
The Distance of a Day
Berlin, Germany: Chert Gallery/Motto Books, 2013
16 × 11 × 0.6 cm.
Edition of 1200

An accordion-fold book with colour photos on one side, and an interview with MoMA curator David Senior on the verso. Working with his mother in Los Angeles, the artist calculated the exact location where he could view the sun rising at the exact same time his mother watched it setting.

"The title, The Distance of a Day, is a reference to the idea of the journey. Originally, journey meant the distance one traveled in a day. Here, the spatial distance that separated my mother and myself was not defined by the distance one could travel in a day, but by the day itself. By the delimitations of a day - where the sun rises and where the sun sets."
- David Horvitz

Available from Art Metropole, here, for $13.00 CDN.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Franz Erhard Walther | The Body Decides

Franz Erhard Walther
The Body Decides
Brussels, Belgium: WIELS-CAPC, 2014
116 pp., 18 x 22 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

"A pop up book for adults, this catalogue on the work of Franz Erhard Walther sought its inspiration in the artist’s work in order to determine the publication-form that might most appropriately convey the centrality of action to the artist’s oeuvre. The performativity at the heart of Walther’s more than a half century long practice is underscored through the appearance of six brightly coloured elementary pop up forms spread throughout the book."

Available for €50.00 from the publisher, here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bruce Naumann | Walk with Contrapposto

Bruce Naumann
Walk with Contrapposto
Berlin, Germany: Edition Deutsche Guggenheim, 2003
15 x 15 x 2 cm
Edition of 20 of signed and numbered copies

In this sixty-minute video from 1968, Nauman attempts to maintain the contrapposto pose (counterpose) associated with classical sculpture, while walking down a long, narrow corridor of his own making. In the position, the figure stands with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs.

The video was issued on DVD for the first time by the Deutsche Guggenheim to coincide with their exhibition Bruce Nauman: Theaters of Experience in 2003. It was housed between two pieces of embossed wood and priced at € 540.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jenny Holzer | Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

Jenny Holzer
Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise
Halifax, Canada: The Press of The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1983
[136] pp., 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.5", softcover
Edition size unknown

An early artist book by Holzer, whose full title is Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise - Truisms and Essays, featuring texts in English, French, German and Spanish.

Holzer celebrates her 65th birthday today.

Volumes Book Launch tonight

In 2003, Catherine Crowston and Barbara Fischer co-curated an exhibition called Re-Play that featured myself, David Armstrong Six, Joanne Bristol, Stan Douglas, Raymond Gervais, Rodney Graham, Pascal Grandmaison, Instant Coffee, Tim Lee, Ian Murray, Shannon Oksanen, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Kevin Schmidt, Steven Shearer, Zin Taylor, Ron Terada, Althea Thauberger, and Holly Ward. Re-Play was part of a larger touring exhibition of sound art shows called Sounstracks, that also included Come a Singin' (curated by Andrew Hunter), See Hear! (by Timothy Long and Ben Portis), and Video Heroes (curated by Sylvie Gilbert).

A catalogue for the Soundtracks exhibitions has been in the works every since.

A decade later Christof Migone curated an exhibition called Volume: Hear Here. It featured myself, Alexis O'Hara, Darsha Hewitt, John Oswald, Ian Skedd, Charles Stankievech, Mitchell Akiyama, crys cole, Marla Hlady, Neil Klassen, David Lieberman, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sylvia Matas,
David Merritt, Ryan Park, Juliana Pivato, Alexandre St-Onge, Chiyoko Szlavnics and John Wynne.

Part of the impetus of the second show was to renew efforts to complete the original catalogue, which would now serve as a document of both. It launches tonight at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus, University of Toronto) from 5 to 8pm. The book (and accompanying 10" vinyl record" is available for sale for $50, and the launch will feature DJ sets by Martin Arnold, Marc Couroux, Mitchell Akiyama.

If you're coming by car, please note the Pan Am games have closed off sections of Harbord Street. For more information, visit the facebook page here: