Thursday, March 6, 2014
Art Metropole launches its newest publication, Maggie Groat's The Lake, on Saturday March 22nd. The event is accompanied by a window display, called Drinking The Lake which will be installed from March 12th to April 5th.
"The Lake is an alternative body of research about the lake, including contributions from: James Algie, Gina Badger, Diane Borsato, Joseph Boyden, Jennifer Castle, Sarah Cullen, Dana Fountain, Maggie Groat, April Hickox, Elle Kurancid, Tiziana La Melia, Maryse Lariviere, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Jimmy Limit, Duane Linklater, Tegan Moore, Julie Nagam, Parker Branch, Simon Pope, Sandra Recicho, Ann Sanderson, Simon Starling, cheyanne turions."
The title retails for $30 CDN.
The event takes place Saturday March 22, from 4 to 7pm, at Art Metropole (1490 Dundas St. W, at the intersection of Dufferin Street, Toronto).
For more information, visit Art Metropole, here.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Paul Dutton (far right), with Phil Minton, John Oswald and Michael Snow
Dutton is a Toronto-based poet, novelist, essayist, publisher and oral sound artist. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Bob Ostertag, Phil Durrant, John Russell, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Günter Christmann, Thomas Charmetant, Xavier Charles, and Jacques Di Donato. Dutton is perhaps best known for his membership in two of Toronto's most legendary sound art outfits: the sound poetry quartet The Four Horsemen (1970–1988), with Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Steve McCaffery, and the late bpNichol; and the free-improvisation band CCMC, alongside John Oswald and Michael Snow (1989 to the present).
The Wire magazine called his sound singing "fascinating, inventive, grippingly obsessive".
A Career Tribute to Paul Dutton begins at 7pm at 268 Augusta Avenue, and admission is free. Dutton will join CCMC bandmates John Oswald and Michael Snow for a brief set to close the night.
Listen to Dutton interviewed by W. Mark Sutherland, here.
(vintage posters from the collection of jw curry)
Monday, March 3, 2014
Giorgio Maffei and Fabio Carboni [editors]
Sound Pages: John Cage's Publications
Mantua, Italy: Corraini Edizioni, 2014
76 pp., 7.7 x 5.4 x 0.6", softcover
Edition size unknown
John Cage notoriously eschewed recorded music (he preferred to leave the window open and listen to the street) and therefore most of his recorded output was released by other performers. Conversely, his publications were produced with loving attention to detail. The printed scores and bookworks were carefully designed and typographically compelling. Arguably, his book Silence did more to advance his ideas than any of his concert performance.
Available four weeks from today (March 31st) on Amazon, this volume tracks the influence of his printed output with testimony from artists, composers and writers as to its personal impact on them. It is divided into four sections: books, scores, records and miscellaneous documents such as posters and ephemera.
Pre-order it, here, for $27.50.
Labels: John Cage
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Long Live Otis Redding
Copenhagen, Denmark: Gutter Press, 2014
Silkscreened canvas bag
Edition of 225
The first edition from Gutter Press (see below) is a black book bag by Jeremy Deller. It's available for 300 Danish Krone, or approximately $60 dollars, from the publisher here.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela outside Gelbe Musik, c.1992
I can find no information to confirm the fact (and a lack of web presence was always an issue for the store), but an article from last week in Art In America mentions that Gelbe Musik in Berlin is closing.
The store was founded in 1981 by Ursula Block as an offshoot of Galerie Block, operated by her husband René Block (who has published editions by Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys, Robert Filliou, Alfredo Jaar, On Kawara, Roman Opalka, Nam June Paik, Dieter Roth, Rosemarie Trockel, Ben Vautier Ben, Wolf Vostell Wolf, Lawrence Weiner and countless others). It remained the only record store dedicated to artists' recordings.
Ursula Block was also responsible for Broken Music, an early (and still unrivalled) exhibition and catalogue of artists' records. Read the Art in America article here, and hear Block speak about the store in an interview from August, 1985, here (warning: it's incredibly meandering, through no fault of Block).
He envisions the Gutter, a new offshoot of his self-named gallery in Copenhagen, as a much louder place, with decor befitting a record store: covered in posters, t-shirts, shopping bags, and comic books, all designed by artists. The space opens with "This is our Art This is our Music," named after albums by the Soup Dragons and Galaxie 500, respectively. The exhibition features art by musicians (such as Daniel Johnston, David Byrne, Jad Fair, Kim Gordon, Alan Vega, ) and music by artists (Raymond Pettibon, Yoko Ono, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, etc.) and runs until April 5th.
Gutter Records will continue after the exhibition closes, and aims to sell records by artists ranging from $15 to $1000 dollars. Gutter Press will also begin publishing artists' editions.