Author Archives: Kay Higgins

This week: Places of a Present Past and Bartleby

Places of a Present Past - coverWe’re hosting two book launches this week, in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Artists’ Books Week. On Tuesday the 13th at 7pm, join us for the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by our friends at Publication Studio Hudson, and by the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University. Curator/editor Noah Simblist will be in town to introduce this book, a beautifully-produced volume including work by Jin-me Yoon, who will be in attendance.

On Saturday the 17th at 7pm, we’ll be presenting the launch of a second Bartleby Reader. The first Reader anthologized Bartleby Review’s first 20 issues; the new one covers issues 21-40.

We’ll also be at the Vancouver Art Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday during the day. Watch for additional announcements of the titles we’ll be showing there.

Book Launch for 2nd BARTLEBY REVIEW anthology, Saturday October 17th

second bartleby readerReadings and Book Launch for BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40
Saturday, October 17th, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 E Georgia St

Publication Studio Vancouver presents the launch of BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40, a compilation of the last twenty issues of Vancouver’s free and occasional leaflet of criticism and other writing. Featuring an introduction by Peter Gazendam and a new design by Jaz Halloran. Please join us at the launch for readings by past contributors, Kara Hansen and Ingrid Olauson.

BARTLEBY publishes writing that might otherwise be lost to the pruned paradigm. Melville’s scrivener usually comes to mind too, but we practice his mantra—”I would prefer not to”—only notionally, although BARTLEBY does exercise a willful refrain from certain expectations of art criticism and publishing which may hinder the publication of, or distract from, writing simply as autonomous works of inquiry. These aspects are further touched upon in the first anthology, BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20 (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2014)

This event is presented by BARTLEBY REVIEW and Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week. Recent issues of BARTLEBY REVIEW are hosted in The Garden: A Moniker Press and Brandon Cotter reading room installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the VA/BF.

Places of a Present Past — book launch Tuesday, October 13

Places of a Present Past - coverTuesday, October 13 2015, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
This event is presented by Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week.

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to host the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by Publication Studio Hudson and Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm for presentations and a discussion by editor/curator Noah Simblist and artist Jin-me Yoon. Copies of this book, with attractive letterpress cover and several colour reproductions inside, are available for purchase at the event, or online through (US$22/C$29).

Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions, all showcasing the work of international video artists, that were presented at the Meadows School’s Pollock Gallery in 2014 and curated by Noah Simblist and the Pollock Gallery’s 2014 curatorial fellow, Sally Frater. These exhibitions shared a common theme: addressing the traces of trauma on particular sites and paying close attention to the lasting impacts of war. The exhibitions explored in the publication include Jin-me Yoon’s Extended Temporalities, which invoked the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the 20th century; the group show Where Are You From?, which included artworks by Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari and Dor Guez recounting the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine; and the Sarah Morris film 1972, alluding to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, during which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group – a film that pointed to the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond.

The artworks in the book are bound together by a historiographical impulse,” said Simblist. “In some sense, these artists act as historians. However, they are less interested in the truth than the way we feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that we repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically, into the depths of transnational grief.”

A European launch event for this book will take place on October 25 at Publication Studio Rotterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam (details TBA).

Opening Friday, February 27: Rock and Roll Meeting

Rock and Roll MeetingRock and Roll Meeting:
Selected Print Works from the Acid Sweat Lodge Archive

February 28 to April 18, 2015
Opening reception February 27 at 8pm
Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio is pleased to present ‘Rock And Roll Meeting’, an exhibition of selected print works from the archive of the Acid Sweat Lodge. These works are drawn from ASL’s vast collection of posters, zines, books and reports that were originally created to document the organization’s research into diverse topics such as psycho eyes, leather and chests, creeps, nudity rituals, slogans, warnings, fangs and goons. Most of the material, produced between 2007 and 2015, was printed in limited edition runs and distributed through ASL’s underground network. This exhibition marks the first time these works have been shown as a collection.

The Acid Sweat Lodge is a research organization founded in 2007 by artists Kevin Romaniuk and Liam Hogan. ASL aims to produce, archive, and curate visual information to further their research into outsider subcultures, occult rituals, rock and roll lineages and stoner mysticism.

ASL is critically acclaimed, with mentions by several leading publications and websites including Harper’s Bazaar, Vice Magazine, Show Class Magazine and 01 Magazine. GQ France named ASL’s blog as one of the internet’s “20 most influential blogs” Their work has been exhibited, published and distributed in over ten countries, with recent gallery exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, and Toronto. Romaniuk and Hogan have a loyal following of artists, metal heads, wastoids, fashionistas and bikers all of which find common ground in ASL.

‘Rock and Roll Meeting’, their new book published by Publication Studio Vancouver, will be available at the opening, and can be ordered online.

Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z7

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Trapp Editions: Love & Ornament

Tony Romano, detail from 'Love and Ornament', 12 inch record sleeve + six 11x11 inch Light-Jet prints, 2006-2014 (Edition of 7)

Tony Romano, detail from ‘Love and Ornament’, 12 inch record sleeve + six 11×11 inch Light-Jet prints, 2006-2014 (Edition of 7)

Trapp Editions: Love & Ornament
5 December 2014 to 14 February 2015
Reception: Saturday, 13 December at 2pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 East Georgia Street

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to present ‘Trapp Editions: Love & Ornament’, an exhibition by Trapp Projects/Patrik Andersson featuring work by Claire Greenshaw, Tony Romano, Isabelle Pauwels, Kathy Slade, T&T (Tony Romano & Tyler Brett), Martin Kuhn, Cameron Kerr and Jacques Villeglé. The exhibition launches a new edition Love and Ornament (2006-2014), a photographic “record” by Toronto-based artist Tony Romano.

A subsidiary of Trapp Projects, Trapp Editions is based in Vancouver where it has, since the late nineties, worked with artists to produce artworks that have at their core the impulse to repeat and multiply. While Trapp Editions has produced close to two hundred editions that vary in form from music recordings, photographs, lenticular prints, sculptures and publications, this exhibition presents a selection of works that fit the context of Publication Studio. On display in the exhibition are prints, artists’ books, catalogues and record covers.

Trapp Projects was initiated by Patrik Andersson in 1997 as a curatorial platform on which to introduce local and international artist to as wide an audience as possible while not being limited by the mandates of traditional exhibition spaces. Over the years, this project has led to collaborations with a wide range of people and spaces to highlight both emerging and established practices. Two of the best examples of this collaboration has been the support of graphic designer Judith Steedman and of Dr. Zenon Trylowsky who has allowed Trapp Projects to turn his downtown Vancouver dental office into a temporary art gallery on seven different occasions. Other collaborations have led Trapp to open exhibitions internationally in shopping malls, artist studios, grain silos, museums, artist-run spaces, commercial galleries, books, magazines and boxes. In each case, the characteristics of the particular site has helped to shape the exhibition outcome.

Image: Tony Romano, detail from ‘Love and Ornament’, 12 inch record sleeve + six 11×11 inch Light-Jet prints, 2006-2014 (Edition of 7)

ISSUE 3.5 launch

ISSUE 3.5Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver on Friday, November 28, from 5 to 8pm for the launch of ISSUE 3.5.

ISSUE 3.5 features contributions by Simon Fraser University’s FPA 319W: Art Writing students and provides a glimpse of cultural activities that occurred in and around Vancouver in the Fall of 2014. This special issue includes interviews with Ian Wallace, Hildegard Westerkamp, William B. Davis, Christopher Owens, and Deanna Peters as well as exhibiton, fiim, theatre, dance, poetry, music and gaming reviews.

ISSUE is a magazine of local reviews and art that is published quarterly by the Unit/Pitt Society. Issue 3.5 is a special supplement edited and produced by Brennan Kelly, Nicole Wong, Sarah Nutbrown Bourdeau, Cory Woodcock, Keith Higgins and Kathy Slade.

Publication Studio Vancouver is at 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6A 1Z7. We’re just east of Main Street.

Art, Debt, Creativity, Struggle: Resistance to Financialization in the Speculative Times

Talk by Max Haiven
Thursday, October 16 2014, 7pm
Presented by SFU Institute for the Humanities at Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

sfu-humanities-moneysharkorigamiHow does debt and today’s debt-driven capitalism shape or inhibit creativity and the lives and communities of artists, poets, designers, performers and other creative people? How has debt-driven capitalism conscripted or consumed the idea of creativity for its own purposes, spinning dangerous myths of “creative capitalism,” the “creative class,” “creative destruction” and “creative cities”? How can we create new creative forms of solidarity to confront and overcome a system that is constricting our individual and collective futures? How are artists and others confronting and reimagining debt as a radical act of refusal? What might life beyond debt look like and feel like? How can we get there from here?

Max Haiven is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada. His research focuses on themes including the financialization of society and culture, social movements and the radical imagination, the politics and economics of culture, critical art practices, and social and cultural theory. He is author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (Zed Books, 2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, Zed Books, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

New York and London

psv table at london art book fair 2014We’re away from the studio this week with tables at both the 2014 New York Art Book Fair at PS1, and the 2014 London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery. We’ll be back in the studio on October 1st, in time to prepare a few publications that will be launching at the Vancouver Art Book Fair (October 5th and 6th at the Vancouver Art Gallery).

Rethinking Globally: Poetry after Globalization – A series of readings, screenings and lectures

Rethinking GloballyAs part of Jeff Derksen’s SFU graduate seminar Rethinking Globally: Poetry after Globalization, Publication Studio Vancouver will be holding a series of readings, screenings and talks. All these occasions are open to anyone interested in poetics and publicness.

June 25 at 7pm – Documentarity and Poetics: Cecily Nicholson reading her new book, ‘From the Poplars’, in its entirety, followed by a discussion on documentary strategies in poetics.

July 2 at 7pm – Screening: Documentarity & Global Labour
—Harun Farocki, ‘Workers Leaving the Factory
in Eleven Decades’
—Andrew Norman Wilson, ‘Workers Leaving the Googleplex’

July 9 at 7pm – PhD Candidate from University of Alberta, Sean O’Brien talks on poetry and affective labour with reference to the work of Rachel Zolf and Catherine Wagner.

July 16 at 7pm – Louis Cabri, poet and critic (University of Windsor), talks on poetry and abstraction with reference to P. Inman’s Uneven Development.

Dave Allen, Lotta Antonsson, Brady Cranfield, Myfanwy MacLeod: Whole Lotta Love

Myfanwy MacLeod - Whole Lotta LoveWhole Lotta Love
Dave Allen
Lotta Antonsson
Brady Cranfield
Myfanwy MacLeod

April 12 to June 21, 2014
Closing Party Friday June 20 at 8pm

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to present Whole Lotta Love, a group exhibition featuring the work of Dave Allen, Lotta Antonsson, Brady Cranfield and Myfanwy MacLeod. The exhibition looks at the relationship between art and publishing through the unlikely lens of rock and roll and in particular, the music of Led Zeppelin.

Scottish artist Dave Allen’s artwork addresses myths and history within music via a variety of media including drawing, sound, video and installation. Whole Lotta Love includes Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, two prints showing the guitar tablature for the two songs. These prints were originally made in 1997 as a limited edition for the hugely influential but now defunct Frankfurt art book publisher Revolver Archiv fur Actual Kunst. Also on view are Allen’s artist book Song Drawings 1996-2005 and vinyl records For Those About to Rock and Cannon to the Hammer of the Gods.

Lotta Antonsson’s multi-disciplinary approach to art making ranges from text-based works to collage and installations and makes use of images connected to the social, political and artistic movements that emerged in the 1960s and ‘70s. For the exhibition Publication Studio produced a new version of Antonsson’s badge Whole Lotta Love in yellow in an edition of 300. Antonsson, growing up in Sweden and learning English, recognized her name in Whole Lotta Love and formed a special bond with the song. The work is available for free in the gallery.

Brady Cranfield’s Moby Dick is a pen and ink version of the famous sperm whale drawn across two bass drum skins. The drum skins are manufactured by Ludwig, the brand used by legendary drummer John Bonham, who in the Led Zeppelin song Moby Dick engages in a long extended improvised solo. Bonham was also known for a fast double bass drum style of playing using only one drum. Cranfield is Vancouver-based artist and drummer.

The exhibition Whole Lotta Love is inspired by Myfanwy MacLeod’s artist book of the same name published by Publication Studio in 2011. Macleod’s book presents the reader with an X-rated illustrated songbook or a drawn ‘cover version’. The exhibition includes both the artist book and a set of limited edition silkscreen prints. The artist blends popular culture, history and satire to investigate social power. MacLeod currently has a major retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 5 pm.

Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia Street
Vancouver BC
Canada V6A 1Z7