Published May 12, 2010 by Molly
Svartkonst— the Swedish curators of art and culture whose magazine and website we refer to constantly for inspiration—has now released Grim Pseudonym, a zine by artist Patrick Kyle. The full-color publication comes in a numbered edition of 99 and is available for order from the Svartkonst page. Another thing: it looks rad.
Published May 11, 2010 by Molly
Adam Gnade’s (say it “guh-nah-dee”) describes his work as “a series of books and records that share characters and themes”, in which fiction and song mingle in an attempt “to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life.” Solid theory, no? What this looks like in practice is equally as exciting.
First there’s “The Darkness to the West”, Gnade’s 42-page novella zine which you can scope out at our favorite zine distro, Microcosm. Then there’s “Hymn California”, a full-length novel that wound up a bestseller at Powell’s Books. Gnade also records cassettes on a 4-rack machine and has a CD called “The Wild Homesick”, which he calls a “strange, warm, troubled summer record full of doom and affirmations.” So much good work emanating from one soul is always an inspiration.
Published May 10, 2010 by Molly
Los Angeles-based Derek Albeck is 90% deaf in one ear, enjoys the belligerent and skilled music of Lightning Bolt and is most productive early in the morning and late at night. He would describe his work, if asked by a stranger, as “drawings from phorographs of family and surroundings. The drawings are somewhat autobiographical and serve as memory maps of shared stories and experiences.”
This is all gleaned from the artist’s interview at Fecal Face, which we recommend checking out as well as his website. Albeck’s got some neat prints, books and zines on sale on there, and a whole bunch of crazily meticulous drawings that we think are just great.
Published April 29, 2010 by Molly
MANYMONO is a London-based Risograph printing service that produces beautiful prints, books and zines (some of which are for sale at LANDFILL).
What exactly is Risograph printing technology? Well. Risograph Duplicators are machines that look like photocopiers but have a process more simillar to screen-printing. They allow only one color to print on each pass during the machine, and by overprinting various colors an artist can build up compositions as he would by screen printing. Hence the name: MANYMONO= single color runs. Risograph machines are speedy, reliable and heatless. And with the right hands, they produce gorgeous materials like the prints above.
Published April 28, 2010 by Molly
Vijay Khurana’s personal mini-zine Aeroplanes Exist is an offering in the time-honored tradition of personal mini-zines. It is quarter-sized, written on a charmingly jumpy typewriter, and embellished with carefully-chosen images notable for their metaphorical impact and obliquity.
The writing is hard to describe. Little stories, snippets of recalled conversation, fragments of aphorisms, all woven together in a delicate balance. It’s available at Bird in the Hand Zine Shop, and we can think of nothing better to carry in your back pocket.
Published April 27, 2010 by Molly
For Further Information is a small press based in London that produces some rad experimental book projects. For starters, there’s A Glossary With Some Pieces of Verse, a facsimile of an 1867 book dedicated to documenting an extinct Germanic language called Yola, spoken between the 14th and 19th century by English settlers. A useful addition to the scholarly section of your library, no?
There’s also Stills From AC37, a collection of extracts from a video installation by artist Eleanor Duffin. And The Names‚ our personal favorite, is a compilation of 20,000 spammer aliases collected between 2003 and 2008, and listed alphabetically. Pure genius.
Published April 19, 2010 by Molly
The world needs more independent publishers like Aki Books. Named after one of the founders’ dogs, the publisher aims to produce books of art and photography in limited (beautifully designed) editions, as well as zines and posters.
The outfit is pretty new— it was founded in 2009—and we’re eager to see its future output. We’re especially excited for an upcoming project involving a new edition of Robert A. Robinson’s 1958 classic collection of photography Captured by the Norwegians. Sounds rad, no? For now, a person could furnish a very handsome (if tiny) library with books from the Aki catalogue.
Published April 15, 2010 by Molly
Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Is there anything more exciting than discovering a promising small press of exacting standards and prolific output? (That’s a rhetorical question.) Napa Press has been publishing art books and graphic novels and hosting flipbook competitions since 1997, and it’s still going strong. Managed by artist Jenni Rope and a gallery board, the press is rooted in a gallery and shop in the heart of Helsinki and supplements its bound output with limited posters and prints by Napa artists.
The creativity stemming from Napa is astounding and never-ending. There are egg-painting parties, illustration exhibitions, animation DVDs, documentary photo books and so much more. Check out the web shop here, or hey! Why not take a stroll past the gallery in Google maps to round out your conception of it?
Published April 15, 2010 by Molly
Jaakko Pallasvuo has a name that sounds like a smoked Finnish delicacy and an aesthetic that blends wintry spareness with controlled riots of emotion.
Pallasvuo’s production rate and versatility are both impressive. There are the books and zines, a rewarding and oft-updated Flickr account, an alarming knack for painting beautiful scenes of distress and dischord, and an entertainingly stream-of-conscious tumblr to top it all off.
The website is set up so that it’s easy and fun to tour the premises of Pallasvuo’s impressive brain. Think of it as a mini-vacation of the mind, and eyeballs.
Published April 13, 2010 by Molly
Dust & Shadow is an exquisite art book published by Duke Press and crafted by Charlie Duck. Hand-stitched and digitally printed in a numbered edition of 100, the book features aerial views of chateau, drawings of interiors, still lifes and memento mori. “Initially they appear a celebration of wealth and immortality,” the publisher writes, “Yet there is disquiet to these images; an underlying emptiness which is explored and developed in each drawing.”
So much truth in that. Witness also the artist’s blog, which is chock full of sketchbook scans and gallery news and works in progress. Cheers to you, Mr. Duck!