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This newsletter finds us in a working mode. As members of Temporary Services, we are currently working on multiple exhibitions in the U.S., have recently completed our 100th publication (yay!), and continue to administer and expand our ongoing projects and research. As Half Letter Press workers, we have new stock that we’re excited to include in the shop including a brand new book on our Half Letter Press imprint. As individuals, we’re also working away at the jobs and projects that we are involved in outside of our Temporary Services or Half Letter Press work. Some of our outside work is for love, and some is to pay the rent. Some involves long-time collaborators, and some involves new and wonderful friends.
We are always mindful of the hard work and great support of all of the people that have come before, that work alongside us, and of those to come. As we reflect on our journeys and continue to work, we thank you for your readership, your interest and inquiries into our health and activities, and your own creative endeavors.
As we wrap up 2013 we also remember with fondness Stephanie Ognar, a fellow artist whose work was exhibited at the first Tempora ry Services storefront location on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago back in 1999. Friends of Stephanie have set up the Stephanie Ognar Memorial Scholarship Fund in Art and Design at the University of Illinois, and you can donate to the fund here:http://faa.illinois.edu/stephanie_ognar_memorial_scholarship_fund. Stephanie’s art can be found at her website, http://www.stephanieognar.com.
Some news and notes:
Retail visitors to our web store can currently enjoy a 15% discount on all stock! Sale prices listed below.
The long-awaited new book from Wes Janz is here!
Leftover Rightunder: Finding Architectural Potential in Found Materials.Written by Wes Janz and designed by Jerome Daksiewicz. Published by Half Letter Press: ISBN 978-0-9818023-3-6. Paperback. In stock for $10.00. SALE $8.50.
Leftover Rightunder is a collection of photographs and text from Wes Janz, teacher, writer, artist, and builder. It is a dazzling collection of documentation from self-made and teaching projects, work in conjunction with design, education, and marginalized, on-the-ground communities, and is both global and local in its scope.
Our planet’s poorest people are also its largest construction force. Whether recent immigrants to growing cities or the last residents in shrinking cities, these occupiers have a great need and, often, no choice but to self-build. They use whatever can be found to create places to live, to work, and perhaps hide. Leftover Rightunderhighlights selected projects from ten years of Wes Janz’s efforts to showcase these people’s work in the design and education communities of which he is a member.
We will be in Los Angeles
We are happy to report that Marc will be tabling at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in late January/early February 2014. Details on the fair are here:http://laartbookfair.net/
Visitors to the fair who stop by our table can pick up one of our Half Letter Handbills as long as supplies last! See more about that project here:https://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=33.
To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some new stock we’re excited about follows. Thanks as always for your input, your support, and your interest in challenging creative projects!
– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press
NEW & NOTABLE:
Leftover Rightunder, by Wes Janz. New from Half Letter Press in 2013. A 96-page softcover book packed with images and text. $10.00. SALE $8.50.
Self-Reliance Library (2nd edition), by Temporary Services, 2013. Our 100th publication! This is the much improved and enlarged second version of the booklet for our project Self-Reliance Library (on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia through April 6, 2014. More pages, tighter design, better printing, 38 color illustrations, and writings about each of the publications in this collection. $5.00. SALE $4.25.
Lil’ Buddies Magazine (issue 1), by Edie Fake, self-published, 2013. Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. $4.00. SALE $3.40.
Come Hell or High Water: a handbook on collective process gone awry,by Delfina Vannucci and Richard Singer. AK Press, 2010. A truly welcome and necessary book on collective process. Often when books like this are published, they come from and speak to more of a mainstream corporate perspective. While still usually interesting for people who work in groups, they perhaps don’t really come close enough to the kind of culture we are trying to make, our politics, and our values. Come Hell or High Water focuses on identifying the kind of things that can go wrong in collectives, and while it may feel a bit negative because of its attention to the most challenging parts of working in a collective (rather than celebrating the many rewards), this book w ould make an excellent addition to any group or collective’s library. $10.00. SALE $8.50.
The Book on Books on Artist Books, by Arnaud Desjardin. The Everyday Press, 2013 (second expanded version). This is a bibliography of books, pamphlets and catalogues on artists’ books. It takes stock of a wide variety of publications on artists’ books since the early 1970s to draw attention to the kind of documentary trace of distribution, circulation and reception they represent. It aims to be a source book of exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, monographs, dealership catalogues and other lists published to inform, promote, describe, show, distribute and circulate artists’ books. $27.00. SALE $22.95.
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New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services.
“We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises.
Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”
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Our exhibition of our recent project Records as Portable Exhibitions and Interactive, Participatory Objects at Texas State University is long over. But we have plenty of the pretty booklets we made and they are very cheap.
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