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artsandsciencesprojects:

Sol LeWitt’s statement on artists’ books
Art-Rite Magazine #14: Artist’s Books (January 1976)
Artists’ books are, like any other medium, a means of conveying art ideas from the artist to the viewer/reader. Unlike most other media they are available to all at a low cost.  They do not need a special place to be seen. They are not valuable except for the ideas they contain.  They contain the material in a sequence which is determined by the artist. (The reader/viewer can read the material in any order but the artist presents it as s/he thinks it should be).  Art shows come and go but books stay around for years.  They are works themselves, not reproductions of works.  Books are the best medium for many artists working today.  The material seen on the walls of galleries in many cases cannot be easily read/seen on walls but can be more easily read at home under less intimidating conditions.  It is the desire of artists that their ideas be understood by as many people as possible.  Books make it easier to accomplish this. - Sol LeWitt

artsandsciencesprojects:

Sol LeWitt’s statement on artists’ books

Art-Rite Magazine #14: Artist’s Books (January 1976)

Artists’ books are, like any other medium, a means of conveying art ideas from the artist to the viewer/reader. Unlike most other media they are available to all at a low cost.  They do not need a special place to be seen. They are not valuable except for the ideas they contain.  They contain the material in a sequence which is determined by the artist. (The reader/viewer can read the material in any order but the artist presents it as s/he thinks it should be).  Art shows come and go but books stay around for years.  They are works themselves, not reproductions of works.  Books are the best medium for many artists working today.  The material seen on the walls of galleries in many cases cannot be easily read/seen on walls but can be more easily read at home under less intimidating conditions.  It is the desire of artists that their ideas be understood by as many people as possible.  Books make it easier to accomplish this. - Sol LeWitt

A very tempting design approach for what to do with some of the wood scraps in the Half Letter Press Chicago office’s garage.

A very tempting design approach for what to do with some of the wood scraps in the Half Letter Press Chicago office’s garage.

(Source: bookshelves)

radicalarchive:

‘Black Graphics International’, Detroit, Michigan, 1974. Edited by poet Ibn Pori, features material on the independence struggle in Mozambique, Maoism, and the role of art in revolutionary movements.

Always fascinating stuff from one of our favorites on Tumblr.

radicalarchive:

Black Graphics International’, Detroit, Michigan, 1974. Edited by poet Ibn Pori, features material on the independence struggle in Mozambique, Maoism, and the role of art in revolutionary movements.

Always fascinating stuff from one of our favorites on Tumblr.

ianference:

The library - still surprisingly well-stocked - in North Carolina’s Linden School, by the light of the setting sun.

Ugh. The bummer that is an abandoned library. At least anyone that finds this light-filled room will have lots to look at. Just imagine if it was nothing but a stack of broken Kindles.

ianference:

The library - still surprisingly well-stocked - in North Carolina’s Linden School, by the light of the setting sun.

Ugh. The bummer that is an abandoned library. At least anyone that finds this light-filled room will have lots to look at. Just imagine if it was nothing but a stack of broken Kindles.

(via bookshelves)

I CAN’T STAND ART ACTUALLY. I’VE NEVER, EVER LIKED ART, EVER. I NEVER TOOK IT IN SCHOOL.

Hammons

thanks Anthony Cokes for making this page! From a 1986 interview with David Hammons

Marc from Temporary Services / Half Letter Press / Public Collectors played a DJ set on WLUW. Included are a bunch of things that were acquired from a Temporary Services trip to Zagreb. More details including how to listen…
publiccollectors:

I’m not sure that I saved anyone’s life, but thanks to Ken Wong of the show Reality Radio, I was a DJ last night on WLUW (88.7 FM in Chicago at Loyola University). I brought only records - not an MP3 in sight. You can listen to my entire set here.
Despite my longtime love of vinyl, I had never actually used a two turntable (and a microphone) set up with a mixer before in my life. Ken spent about 3 minutes showing me how to use the station’s janky equipment and then I started spinning, live on the air. That this set wasn’t a complete train wreck is pretty amazing.
In addition to playing everything listed above, I told some stories about some of the albums and how I discovered them. Thank you again to Ken Wong for this great opportunity. And definitely check out Reality Radio sometime. You can listen live via streaming online. Ken has some of the deepest knowledge of obscure music of anyone I’ve ever met and it was a true honor to be considered worthy of a visit to his show. He is a Chicago treasure.

Marc from Temporary Services / Half Letter Press / Public Collectors played a DJ set on WLUW. Included are a bunch of things that were acquired from a Temporary Services trip to Zagreb. More details including how to listen…

publiccollectors:

I’m not sure that I saved anyone’s life, but thanks to Ken Wong of the show Reality Radio, I was a DJ last night on WLUW (88.7 FM in Chicago at Loyola University). I brought only records - not an MP3 in sight. You can listen to my entire set here.

Despite my longtime love of vinyl, I had never actually used a two turntable (and a microphone) set up with a mixer before in my life. Ken spent about 3 minutes showing me how to use the station’s janky equipment and then I started spinning, live on the air. That this set wasn’t a complete train wreck is pretty amazing.

In addition to playing everything listed above, I told some stories about some of the albums and how I discovered them. Thank you again to Ken Wong for this great opportunity. And definitely check out Reality Radio sometime. You can listen live via streaming online. Ken has some of the deepest knowledge of obscure music of anyone I’ve ever met and it was a true honor to be considered worthy of a visit to his show. He is a Chicago treasure.

Temporary Services is printing the next issue of Koshka this Fall so we are excited to spread the word about this call for participation!
koshkazine:

CALL FOR WRITING/ART— KOSHKA ZINE #4: “THE MIDWEST ISSUE”
DUE JUNE 30th TO: kaitlin[dot]k[at]gmail[dot]com
It’s time for yet another Koshka call! This time things are extra special because I have been asked by the very amazing Temporary Services to produce an issue for their project “Publishing Clearing House”, which will be part of an exhibition at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago entitled “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action”, curated by Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller.
Issue #4 is themed “The Midwest Issue”, as the projects in the exhibition are focused on the locality in Chicago and the Midwest, which is great for Koshka as the Midwestern US is a hotbed of Eastern European action! For this issue we are seeking art and ESPECIALLY writing that explores both Eastern European culture (choose to interpret “Eastern Europe” as you will) and either Chicago specifically or the Midwest.
Please note that because the length of the issue is restricted by the exhibition’s requirements, that it is not guaranteed your work will be chosen. Writing will be getting special precedence this issue, as the last few issues have been heavily art-based. Works with the most interesting connections to the theme will more likely be chosen.
WRITING:
+ Maximum word count roughly 1500 words
+ NO POETRY OR FICTION, please. 
+ Essays, interviews, history, personal narratives, reviews, rants, dissections, criticisms, and all other forms of creative nonfiction are acceptable.
+ Koshka is published (primarily) in English. However, I realize there is a language barrier. Please write me first if you are interested in publishing a bi-lingual piece—I would be willing to seek translators if needed! 
+ It should go without saying that we do not print anything that is explicitly hateful of any nation, race, religion, ethnic group, gender, or any other marginalized group. Please don’t send any of that. However you may criticize things like a political regime or political figure.
+ You may provide any of your own photographs or illustrations for your article if you’d like (see visual file requirements below).
VISUAL:
+ Please send grayscale (sorry, still too un-funded for color!) files that are 300dpi
+ Photography, drawings, comics, etc. accepted—however, preference is for visual work that ties around the issue’s theme and feels like a solid series of work, not just sketches.
+ If you are sending non-narrative visual work, please provide a statement about your work so it is clear as the submissions are reviewed. It may or may not be printed, but I’ll let you know.
Feel free to email if you have any questions or want to work out an idea. I’d be happy to help you!
The final issue will be exhibited from September 12-December 20, 2014 at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. You will receive credit for your contribution in the exhibition—i.e. “Koshka Zine #4, editor Kaitlin Kostus, with [your name here!]”—so this is something you can add to your writing or art resume. I will receive a smaller quantity of issues for my use than I usually print, as some will go to the exhibition and some to Temporary Services, but each contributor will get a copy or two of the issue when it is completed. As Koshka zine is a zero-income entity, you unfortunately cannot be paid for your contribution.
Selected contributors will be notified a week after June 30th.
Thanks! I look forward to your contributions!
[photo caption: Lithuanian Folk Dancers on a Milwaukee Television show, 1950’s. Courtesy of the blog Amber Reunion]

Temporary Services is printing the next issue of Koshka this Fall so we are excited to spread the word about this call for participation!

koshkazine:

CALL FOR WRITING/ART— KOSHKA ZINE #4: “THE MIDWEST ISSUE”

DUE JUNE 30th TO: kaitlin[dot]k[at]gmail[dot]com

It’s time for yet another Koshka call! This time things are extra special because I have been asked by the very amazing Temporary Services to produce an issue for their project “Publishing Clearing House”, which will be part of an exhibition at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago entitled “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action”, curated by Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller.

Issue #4 is themed “The Midwest Issue”, as the projects in the exhibition are focused on the locality in Chicago and the Midwest, which is great for Koshka as the Midwestern US is a hotbed of Eastern European action! For this issue we are seeking art and ESPECIALLY writing that explores both Eastern European culture (choose to interpret “Eastern Europe” as you will) and either Chicago specifically or the Midwest.

Please note that because the length of the issue is restricted by the exhibition’s requirements, that it is not guaranteed your work will be chosen. Writing will be getting special precedence this issue, as the last few issues have been heavily art-based. Works with the most interesting connections to the theme will more likely be chosen.

WRITING:

+ Maximum word count roughly 1500 words

+ NO POETRY OR FICTION, please.

+ Essays, interviews, history, personal narratives, reviews, rants, dissections, criticisms, and all other forms of creative nonfiction are acceptable.

+ Koshka is published (primarily) in English. However, I realize there is a language barrier. Please write me first if you are interested in publishing a bi-lingual piece—I would be willing to seek translators if needed!

+ It should go without saying that we do not print anything that is explicitly hateful of any nation, race, religion, ethnic group, gender, or any other marginalized group. Please don’t send any of that. However you may criticize things like a political regime or political figure.

+ You may provide any of your own photographs or illustrations for your article if you’d like (see visual file requirements below).

VISUAL:

+ Please send grayscale (sorry, still too un-funded for color!) files that are 300dpi

+ Photography, drawings, comics, etc. accepted—however, preference is for visual work that ties around the issue’s theme and feels like a solid series of work, not just sketches.

+ If you are sending non-narrative visual work, please provide a statement about your work so it is clear as the submissions are reviewed. It may or may not be printed, but I’ll let you know.

Feel free to email if you have any questions or want to work out an idea. I’d be happy to help you!

The final issue will be exhibited from September 12-December 20, 2014 at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. You will receive credit for your contribution in the exhibition—i.e. “Koshka Zine #4, editor Kaitlin Kostus, with [your name here!]”—so this is something you can add to your writing or art resume. I will receive a smaller quantity of issues for my use than I usually print, as some will go to the exhibition and some to Temporary Services, but each contributor will get a copy or two of the issue when it is completed. As Koshka zine is a zero-income entity, you unfortunately cannot be paid for your contribution.

Selected contributors will be notified a week after June 30th.

Thanks! I look forward to your contributions!

[photo caption: Lithuanian Folk Dancers on a Milwaukee Television show, 1950’s. Courtesy of the blog Amber Reunion]

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