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DATE 4/22/2018

Get utopian Earth Day inspiration from 'Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders'

DATE 4/19/2018

Ruth Asawa

DATE 4/18/2018

Lovers, pretenders, homosexuals, lesbians, drug addicts, sad girls, hard girls, tough girls, weak girls, girls…

DATE 4/18/2018

Adam Fuss and Stephen Frailey at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 4/17/2018

NEW! Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

DATE 4/16/2018

A fascinating read for anyone interested in biodiversity: 'Mario Del Curto: Seeds of the Earth'

DATE 4/15/2018

In 'Handbook of Tyranny' Theo Deutinger asks, 'Where are we now?'

DATE 4/15/2018

Mama Wants Some Flowers!

DATE 4/14/2018

Selling shadows: 'Academy of Tal R'

DATE 4/14/2018

Going beyond this senseless existence: Gerhard Richter

DATE 4/13/2018

BACK IN STOCK! The expanded 'Gerhard Richter: Panorama'

DATE 4/12/2018

The shock of the weird in Carroll Dunham's 'Wrestlers'

DATE 4/11/2018

Art & Vinyl: the rarest, purest and most ambitious specimens of their kind

DATE 4/10/2018

Remember records?

DATE 4/10/2018

Kenro Izu launch event at Oblong Books

DATE 4/10/2018

Effects Journal launch at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 4/9/2018

Brassai: Paris at its least cosmopolitan, its most alive

DATE 4/8/2018

Gorgeous Brassai overview captures 1930s Paris-louche

DATE 4/7/2018

Nature demanded more… Mitch Epstein: Rocks and Clouds

DATE 4/6/2018

In Cottonwoods, Robert Adams asks, 'If it is not too late, will we do better before it is too late?'

DATE 4/5/2018

Dayanita Singh's poetic mini-museum

DATE 4/4/2018

Overlooked Gems and Literary Oddities: New and Recent Releases from Wakefield Press

DATE 4/4/2018

Dayanita Singh: Museum Bhavan Conversation & Book Signing at MoMA PS1

DATE 4/4/2018

Danny Fields on 'His' Ramones

DATE 4/3/2018

The first major Allen Ruppersberg retrospective in more than 30 years

DATE 4/2/2018

Determined not to be trapped by his own trademark: Allen Ruppersberg

DATE 4/1/2018

Happy Easter from ARTBOOK | D.A.P.!

DATE 3/31/2018

'UFO Presences' lands at last!

DATE 3/30/2018

Inscrutable and disorienting: Rineke Dijkstra

DATE 3/29/2018

'Sound Studies: Julia Santoli, Rachika S & Ed Bear' at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 3/29/2018

'My Ramones' author Danny Fields with Sacha Lecca at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 3/29/2018

Danny Fields and Gillian McCain launch 'My Ramones' at Rizzoli

DATE 3/29/2018

'Ice Cream Headaches' launch event at Pilgrim Surf

DATE 3/29/2018

Arthur Dove: the only American painter who is of the earth

DATE 3/28/2018

'Susan Meiselas: Mediations' is essential reading for Women's History Month

DATE 3/27/2018

Economic, elegant and functional: Jean Prouvé

DATE 3/26/2018

"Prouvé's attitude was to prove that through simplicity the problem could be solved."

DATE 3/25/2018

Modern Women, Greta von Nessen

DATE 3/24/2018

Modern Women, going, going, strong

DATE 3/23/2018

"Publishing Politics: The Funambulist + Bronx Narratives + Here There Be Dragons" at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 3/23/2018

Vija Celmins. A quieter, more beautiful book would be hard to find.

DATE 3/22/2018

Celebrate Women's History Month with 'Women in Trees'

DATE 3/21/2018

Delight, desire, surprise and trust: Design Is Storytelling

DATE 3/21/2018

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Mississippi Records launch 'Dead Moon: The Book' in the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 3/21/2018

Mitch Epstein signing 'Rocks and Clouds' at Dashwood

DATE 3/20/2018

Alphonse Mucha was both the 'greatest decorative artist in the world' and a humanitarian philosopher

DATE 3/19/2018

A visual language meant to express beauty in 'Alphonse Mucha'

DATE 3/18/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Mina Stone: Cooking for Artists

DATE 3/17/2018

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a little Belfast Punk

DATE 3/16/2018

What is 'The Sausage of the Future'?

DATE 3/15/2018

The enigmatic, unreadable writings of Mirtha Dermisache


EX LIBRIS

Ex Libris: Mike Slack

DATE 2/16/2010

Ten small, mostly affordable art books to which my initial reaction was something like: "I'm not sure if I understand what this is, but I love it and I must own it at once!"

1. Ron Jude: Alpine Star (A-Jump Books, 2006)

WTF?: An odd selection of B&W photographs from a small-town newspaper, appropriated & edited by Ron Jude (and reproduced with stochastic printing) into something funnier and more cryptic than the original pictures were ever meant to suggest.

2. Sol Lewitt: Isometric Drawings (Paula Cooper Gallery, 1982)

Eye candy: Bold black lines on stark white paper, depicting a sequence of simple (but just slightly incorrect?) geometric forms - pure math with a quirky 'personality.'

3. Paul Kooiker: Room Service (Van Zoetendaal Gallery, 2008)

Guilty pleasure: Faceless women in various stages of undress, photographed in libraries, offices and bookshops, re-printed here rather garishly.

4. Jim Shaw: Dreams (Smart Art Press, 1995)

An old favorite: The vast, mind-boggling collection of Jim Shaw's masterfully executed 'dream drawings,' accompanied by his equally uncanny textual descriptions.

5. Vanessa van Dam & Martine Stig: Any Resemblance to Existing Persons in Purely Coincidental: Stories: Stories of Mr. Wood (Revolver, 2006)

Chance encounters: A kind of large-scale photographic 'scavenger hunt' in which the exact same set of detailed instructions were followed in Bombay, and then again in Los Angeles, over the course of ten days, to produce two completely different pictorial 'narratives.' (The instructions are repeated at the end of the book to encourage the reader to create his/her own story.)

6. Terry Winters: Filters in Stock (38th Street Publishers, 2008)

More eye candy: A small notebook of messy, hand-sketched squiggles and patterns, made with chalk or pencil on paper. (Sort of an intimate counterpart to the Sol Lewitt title mentioned above.)

7. Gerhard Richter: Wald (Walther Konig, 2009)

Yes, another Richter book...: An absorbing, self-contained 'system' of photographs (of a dense forest in Cologne) and words (from a forestry magazine, randomly shuffled by a computer program) arranged throughout the book's pages "according to strict parameters" to generate an ingenious ebb and flow of image and text. One of his best books.

8. Richard Hell & Christopher Wool: Psychopts (JMc & GHB, 2008)

Words as pictures: A playful collaboration in which pairs of similar printed/typeset words and phrases have been overlapped, blurring their meanings and sparking new connotations, often to humorous effect. (I'm an addict of word games, word puzzles, books, dictionaries...)

9. Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson: Fallen Books (onestar press, 2009)

Another book about books: Books and bookcases that have been toppled by earthquakes (mostly photographed by librarians), with pages color-coded throughout to indicate the degree of seismic activity that caused the disarray.

10. Michael Schmelling, The Plan (J&L Books, 2009)

Yikes!: Nearly 500 photographs of the stifling, cramped domestic interiors of 'compulsive hoarders.' Printed in b & w on cheap newsprint, it feels like a little phone book and is almost impossible to view without getting ink all over your fingers--a perfect combo of subject matter and materials.

EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack

Mike Slack is the author of Ok Ok Ok (2002), Scorpio (2006) and Pyramids (2009). He is also co-publisher (with Tricia Gabriel) of The Ice Plant (www.theiceplant.cc). He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Mike Slack: Pyramids

Mike Slack: Pyramids Mike Slack’s Pyramids builds on the striking Polaroid aesthetic of his previous books, Ok Ok Ok (2002) and Scorpio (2006), rounding out a trilogy of stand-alone volumes that together contain 123 pictures. This collection records >>more
The Ice Plant
ISBN 9780982365311
US $30.00 CAN $35.00 TRADE
Clth, 7 x 9 in. / 80 pgs / 41 color.
Pub Date: 11/30/2009 In stock


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