currently reading

— just kids, patti smith: just kids is a memoir by patti smith. in the book, smith documents her relationship with artist robert mapplethorpe

— walkabout, james vance marshall: walkabout is a novel written by james vance marshall, first published in 1959. it is about two children who get lost in the australian outback and are helped by an aborigine on his walkabouta film based on the book came out in 1971, but deviated from the original plot.

04/14/12
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Roe EthridgeLe Luxe

[American artist Roe Ethridge’s latest book takes its title from the French “C’est pas du luxe”, an ironic phrase which alludes to the superfluous nature of luxury whilst proclaiming how essential it is to existence. Such paradoxes are fluently woven through Ethridge’s oeuvre and Le Luxe encompasses his practice from the past decade, without ever slipping into the moribund gravitas of a retrospective.
Plumbing his diverse image inventories, from personal images and magazine commissions to an archive of online screen shots, the book continues his exploration of picture-making that disavows the potential for creating a finished work. Ethridge para-phrases Eggleston when he states that he is “at war with the finished” in an era of digital photography straining towards idealisation. The pristine conditions of photography are undermined in the book’s design and riff on Henri Matisse’s apposite aphorism “exactitude is not truth” (Matisse titled two of his paintings Le Luxe).
Composed in three parts, Le Luxe contains an unusual backdrop, the everyday of the artist, who worked from November 2005 to January 2010 on one commission documenting a building in downtown Manhattan on a site adjacent to the World Trade Centre. This narrative offers an uneasy balance to the fissures between analogue and digital and Ethridge’s consistent undermining of his own certainties.
Roe Ethridge was born in 1969 in Miami and received a BFA in Photography at The College of Art in Atlanta, GA. Ethridge’s images emanate from his direct experience of the world. His focus is multiple and restless as he works to capture the vivid and intimate details of his various locales. In doing so, he moves freely among the classic genres of the photographic medium - portrait, landscape, and still life.
25 x 28.5 cm portrait, 206 pp, 4 colour]
[MACK BOOKS]

currently “reading”

Roe Ethridge
Le Luxe

[American artist Roe Ethridge’s latest book takes its title from the French “C’est pas du luxe”, an ironic phrase which alludes to the superfluous nature of luxury whilst proclaiming how essential it is to existence. Such paradoxes are fluently woven through Ethridge’s oeuvre and Le Luxe encompasses his practice from the past decade, without ever slipping into the moribund gravitas of a retrospective.

Plumbing his diverse image inventories, from personal images and magazine commissions to an archive of online screen shots, the book continues his exploration of picture-making that disavows the potential for creating a finished work. Ethridge para-phrases Eggleston when he states that he is “at war with the finished” in an era of digital photography straining towards idealisation. The pristine conditions of photography are undermined in the book’s design and riff on Henri Matisse’s apposite aphorism “exactitude is not truth” (Matisse titled two of his paintings Le Luxe).

Composed in three parts, Le Luxe contains an unusual backdrop, the everyday of the artist, who worked from November 2005 to January 2010 on one commission documenting a building in downtown Manhattan on a site adjacent to the World Trade Centre. This narrative offers an uneasy balance to the fissures between analogue and digital and Ethridge’s consistent undermining of his own certainties.

Roe Ethridge was born in 1969 in Miami and received a BFA in Photography at The College of Art in Atlanta, GA. Ethridge’s images emanate from his direct experience of the world. His focus is multiple and restless as he works to capture the vivid and intimate details of his various locales. In doing so, he moves freely among the classic genres of the photographic medium - portrait, landscape, and still life.

25 x 28.5 cm portrait, 206 pp, 4 colour]

[MACK BOOKS]

04/13/12

currently “reading”

1 - the strangeness of this idea, katie steciw | “I am interested in making a photograph other - juxtaposing or superimposing the mundane or expected with the altered or intangible - allowing (or even forcing) a photograph to move beyond the 2D and exist in 3D and even 4D spaces or implied spaces. I strive to expose the failure of the photographic object to reflect an increasingly immaterial world and the demands that that world makes on our perceptions. By returning that ‘other’ material to a photographic space/surface or juxtaposing it with a ‘straight’ image, a relationship is drawn between the evolving abstraction of photographic/graphic space and the abstraction inherent in all photography. It is this perceptual volleying between the solid or tangible and the immaterial or altered that, in my opinion, best characterizes the mutable nature of the contemporary visual experience - solid/static to liquid/dynamic and back again. - Kate Steciw” | 9 x 11 in., 28 pages, self cover, color offset | published by hassla books, june 2010

2 - towards a warm math, lucas blalock | essay by john houck - “an orange extension cord on a similarly orange background. She puzzled over this adjacency in the corner of the supply room. She worked as a costume maker for the opera of a small liberal arts college. She drove the requisite station wagon of Swedish origin and owned a home with real wood trim, deep wood trim, that was older than her and had been refinished many times. She took the extension cord back to her machine and attempted to plug it in. The outlet was upside down in the wall and she fumbled with the cord a bit. Her coworker asked if she could turn the radio on. She agreed as the plug made solid contact with the wall and the sewing machine made a low humming sound.” | 8 x 10 in., saddle-stitched, 32 pages, self cover, color offset | published by hassla books, april 2011

04/08/12

currently “reading”

1 - michael kim, bicycles | softcover, 48 pp., offset 1/1, 4 x 5.75 inches | collection of newspaper clippings where bicycles appear incidentally to the photograph’s subject. part of the series, after modern history | published by tramnesia, printed in new york

2 - tell mum everything is ok #5 | fanzine printed on “cyclus offset” 140g, a wood-free paper | cover : hot stamping on tintoretto ceylon curry 250g | format : 143 x 195 mm | extend : 80 pages | type used : ITC officina sans et serif | published by éditions FP&CF 

04/06/12
04/06/12
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MATT KENNY, FEELINGS OF CONTROL
“Every time he spoke, another pearl”
KARMA, NEW YORK, NY, 2011 
8½ X 11 INCHES (21½ X 28 CM)
44 PAGES + COVERS
EDITION OF 500
$20 Purchase signed copy

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MATT KENNY, FEELINGS OF CONTROL

“Every time he spoke, another pearl”

KARMA, NEW YORK, NY, 2011

8½ X 11 INCHES (21½ X 28 CM)

44 PAGES + COVERS

EDITION OF 500

$20 Purchase signed copy

10/06/11
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Hunter S. Thompson, Hells Angels (1st Edition Hardcover)
“Roll ‘em, boys”
Random House, New York, New York, 1967
5½ x 8½ inches (21½ x 14 cm) 
$40 Purchase

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Hunter S. Thompson, Hells Angels (1st Edition Hardcover)

“Roll ‘em, boys”

Random House, New York, New York, 1967

5½ x 8½ inches (21½ x 14 cm) 

$40 Purchase

09/28/11
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Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice
“Your letters to me are living pieces - chunks! - of you”
Dell Publishing Co. Inc., New York, 1968
5¼ x 8” (13½ x 20½ cm)
$10 Purchase

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Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice

“Your letters to me are living pieces - chunks! - of you”

Dell Publishing Co. Inc., New York, 1968

5¼ x 8” (13½ x 20½ cm)

$10 Purchase

09/28/11
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Philip Monk (ed.), The American Trip
“Due to legal issues, pages 20-21 have been permanently sealed”
Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Richard Prince
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada, 1996
9 x 11¾ inches (22¾ x 30 cm) 
$200 Purchase

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Philip Monk (ed.), The American Trip

“Due to legal issues, pages 20-21 have been permanently sealed”

Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Richard Prince

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada, 1996

9 x 11¾ inches (22¾ x 30 cm) 

$200 Purchase

09/28/11
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John Lennon, In His Own Write & The Spaniard In The Works
“Once upon upon in a dizney far away”
Signet Books, New American Library, New York, 1967
4¼ x 7 inches (10¾ x 17¾ cm)
$10 Purchase

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John Lennon, In His Own Write & The Spaniard In The Works

“Once upon upon in a dizney far away”

Signet Books, New American Library, New York, 1967

4¼ x 7 inches (10¾ x 17¾ cm)

$10 Purchase

09/28/11

gottlund:

Nice interview with David Strettell of Dashwood Books.

(via ninaperlman)

08/24/11