Author Archives: Kathy Slade

Goodbye to Selectors’ Records

pulling the plug on a legendSelectors’ Records closed their doors today after a near three-year run. The brainchild of artist/musician Brady Cranfield and his musician brother Josh Rose, Selectors’ began as a record store and performance space dedicated to electronic, dub, and experimental music. Over time it grew into more of a social space with Publication Studio Vancouver moving in in the summer of 2016 and even a community centre, as at one time Brady moved some of the record bins to the side to make way for Jean Swanson’s 2017 city council campaign office! Yes OK, perhaps record and book sales weren’t as robust as was needed in order to make the steep Vancouver storefront rent, but how cool was it for an experimental record and book space to house the office for Swanson, a candidate with a long-standing commitment to social justice and to fighting homelessness and poverty in the Downtown East Side.

Selectors opened in June of 2015 with a party with DJs Local Artist, Bobby Draino, Robin Banks and Nervous Operator. Since then a long list of artists, musicians, DJs, writers, poets, politicians, and other thinkers presented and performed.

This long list includes: Joseph Gaard, Friendly Chemist, Max McFerren, Nicolas Guerrero, aka White Visitation, Luke Fowler, Sarah Davachi, Joshua Stevenson, Jean-Sébastien Truchy, Black Givre, Charles Barabé, Ross Birdwise, Hazy, S1UGS, Aileen Bryant, Bkiss, Stefan Maier, N.213, Magneticring, Aaron Dae, HRISTO, On High, Tomas Jirku, Chambers, J. Ryan, Marcus Price, Aileen Bryant, Joda Clément, Kevin Schmidt, Sam Beatch, Daniel Majer, Truncate, Derivatives, George Barrett, Crawling Human, forever&sunsmell, Phantom Head Trip, Rinaldo Walcott, Certain Creatures, Angus Tarnawsly, Nathaniel Young, Hom, Sarah Davachi, V.Vecker, Gretchen Snakes, Secret Pyramid, Bastet, Mark. R, Rettir Leinahtan, Crawling Human, burrow owl, Roger “Crooked Walker” Allen, Same Same, Dream Cars, R23X, Fader, Crooked Mouth, C.Diab, Juliane Okot Bitek, Jordan Abel, Cecily Nicholson, Old Girl, Stefana Fratila, Heavy Mellow, Datataste, NAP, Sara Gold, Alex Blumen, Abdallah Taher, Spectrum Interview, Death Drive, Goo, Desolating The Curse, Rusalka, Cost, Tertrad Veil, Terror Apart, Mass Marriage, Niki Ashton, Morgane Oger, Mood Tattooed, S.P. Davis, Serpentent, The Nausea, Gran Am, L.L., Neon Annex, Emma Tomic, Roarke Menzies, Samson Stilwell, Black Market, Hitori Tori, Nathan Marsh, Matt Horrigan & David Storen, Alanna Ho, Jordan Strom, Casey Wei, Rae Armantrout, Anne Boyer, Caconrad, Mercedies Eng, Jasmine Gibson, Lief Hall, Gordon Ashworth, Primordial Wound, MK9, Molena, Patrick Cruz, Kimortal, Opponent Processes, Jean Swanson, Post_NFF, Eric Fraser, Teo Mattress, jijijijijjiij, Geoff Berner, Gram Partisans, Sean Hamilton, John Teske, Chris SW Anderson, Turning Torso, Ivory Towers, Lavender, Marc Kate, Derek Beaulieu, Judith Copithorne, Jamie Hilder, Shyla Seller, Clint Burnham, Chik White, Maskara, Eschatons, Joan Braune, Rob Heenan, John Lotman, Shane Breen, The Now Society Ensemble, Jo Burzynska, Alfred Jarry, Mr. Musebot, Lee Hutzulak, Brady Marks, Daniel Ruiz, Dave Leith, Sour Gout, Ross Birdwise, Dan Potter, Andrew Uma, Jeff Younger, Alexandra Spence, Absorb & Erin McSavvy, Len Paul, Post Drag, Sammy Chein, Tomas V, Michael Rohaly, Stefan Smulovitz, MegaSetMashUp and monthly programs such as Natural Selection with roots/rocksteady/reggae/dub historian Joda Clément and Synched Sundays dedicated to improvised experimental electronic music, organized by Metal Machine.

Selectors’ partnered with diverse groups and institutions such as Sacred Sound Club, Projection Room, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues, Black Canadian Scholars Series, Music Waste, Quiet City, Institute for the Humanities at SFU, SFU Department of English, Unit/Pitt Projects, and the Western Front.

It is fitting that today, on their closing day, Selectors’ promoted the event Rally for the City We Need to the launch a new political platform, The City We Need, which is spearheaded by Swanson to fight developer-run political parties.

Congratulations and thanks to Brady and Josh. Vancouver will feel the loss of Selectors’, a unique social space that hosted and fostered music, art, poetry, publishing, politics, philosophy, and real-world organizing for change, and that also sold records and books.

Publication Studio Vancouver will carry on but will dearly miss being a part of Selectors’. We miss it already.

The Scorpion and Felix Prize

A new book prize for emerging artists!


A new artist book prize for emerging artists!
Deadline for submission February 1, 2017

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to announce a call for submissions for The Scorpion and Felix Prize, a new book prize for emerging artists. One artist will be selected by a jury to receive an honorarium of $500 and to have their book published by PSV.

Submissions are open to all emerging artists who have demonstrated an interest in publication as an artistic practice through their work. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to experiment with the book as a medium while keeping the conceptual and practical frameworks of PSV in mind.

PSV will support the recipient to realize their book project by assisting with the logistical considerations for production. In addition to the production of the book, PSV is committed to offering organizational support for the project beyond the publication date. This will include a press announcement, a launch event, and inclusion in the Publication Studio distribution network.

Support from Publication Studio Vancouver

  • Cash prize of $500
  • Printing and design costs of production paid
  • 25 copies of the book for the artist
  • A launch event at PSV
  • Press announcement of publication via Publication Studio’s social media
  • Inclusion in Publication Studio’s distribution network

How to Apply

Applications should be formatted as a single pdf containing all writing, accompanied by image files. Please do not imbed images into the pdf (see below).

Please include the following information:

  1. Contact Information
    Please include a page with your full name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and link to your website.
  2. Description of Project (maximum 500 words)
    Please describe the book you wish to make. Proposals need not be in fully realized form but should be coherent enough to demonstrate that the artist has thought through the book project carefully. Please reference any art historical influences and discuss any works that relate to your idea.
  3. Curriculum Vitae, 3 pages maximum
  4. Support Materials
    Please include 10 images. They may either be packaged in a zip folder file labeled with YOUR NAME or else as a Dropbox link included in the body of the pdf

    • size 1440 x 900 pixels maximum in jpg format, 72 dpi
    • use the following naming convention LASTNAME01.jpg, LASTNAME02.jpg …
    • Include an annotated list that describes the images with the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and brief description if necessary

All items should be sent as a zip file attachment or Dropbox link in a single email to Publication Studio Vancouver, with the subject line BOOK AWARD (YOUR NAME). Emails should not exceed 10 MB. E-mail:

Applicants may also submit examples of books via the post that can only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. This is not required.

Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to acknowledge the receipt of applications, and will only be able to notify the selected applicant.


All book proposals must be sent by February 1, 2017. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

The selected applicant will be notified by March 1, 2017 with the expectation that work will commence in the spring 2017. The book will be published over the course of six months with an expected launch in the fall of 2017.

About Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver publishes books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. PSV is part of a part of an international network of Publication Studios in other cities including Portland (Or), Berkeley, Hudson (NY), Minneapolis, London (UK), Rotterdam, Malmö, Edmonton, and Guelph. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

The Scorpion and Felix Prize is named after an unpublished comic novel written by Karl Marx in 1837 when he was 19 years old. Publication Studio Vancouver is happy to be partnering with artist Dan Starling on The Scorpion and Felix Prize.




Due to Injuries… Book Launch

Due to Injuries…
Brady Cranfield and Jamie Hilder

Book Launch
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver


Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver for the launch of the publication Due to Injuries….

This book extends and completes the eponymous exhibition by Vancouver-based artists Brady Cranfield and Jamie Hilder, presented at 221A in the fall of 2013. Alongside new artwork in the gallery, Cranfield and Hilder organized a public lecture by Italian Marxist theorist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, co-presented by Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office for Community Engagement. Berardi’s lecture was followed by a series of responses by Enda Brophy (Assistant Professor, School of Communication at SFU), Steve Collis (Professor, Department of English at SFU), Jaleh Mansoor (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at UBC), and poet and activist Cecily Nicholson.

Due to Injuries… includes a transcription of Berardi’s lecture and his answers to questions from the audience, as well as the texts given by the four respondents. Examining the cultural expressions of finance and economics, Due to Injuries… follows a trajectory in Cranfield and Hilder work that engages what they refer to as the Economist’s Aesthetic: a mode of encountering and representing the world through the forms, operations, and priorities of the economy.

Due to Injuries… is published by 221A and Publication Studio Vancouver.

Review of Some Woolly Buzz in the Georgia Straight


From the review:

Digital technology is what enables the Publication Studio network, which extends across the United States, Canada, and Europe, to function. It is also what makes Some Woolly Buzz possible. Contributing artists sent PDFs to Higgins and Slade, who printed them and mounted them, unframed, on the walls. Slade points out that this inaugural exhibition harks back to the mail-art networks of the 1960s and ’70s. In the case of Some Woolly Buzz, the postal system has been replaced by electronic mail as a way of exchanging images and ideas outside the institutional and commercial confines of the art world.

Kevin Killian ‘Some Woolly Buzz’ for Some Woolly Buzz

Kevin Killian page 1Kevin Killian page 2

Kevin Killian

Some Woolly Buzz, 2013

San Francisco poet, Kevin Killian wrote and illustrated this poem to be presented as a print especially for the exhibition.

Kevin Killian is an American poet, author, editor and playwright of primarily LGBT literature. Killian co-founded the Poets Theater in San Francisco. His novel, Impossible Princess, won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award as the best gay erotic fiction work of 2009. Killian’s novel Spreadeagle is published by Publication Studio Portland in Matthew Stadler’s Fellow Travellers series.

2 pieces, 8.5 x 11 inches each, published in an edition of 50

Fiona Banner ‘Snoopy Versus the Red Baron’ for Some Woolly Buzz


Fiona Banner

Snoopy Versus the Red Baron, 2013

Fiona Banner presents a work that combines lyrics from the1966 song by the group The Guardsmen with an image of the von Richthofen family crest that has been altered by the edition of snoopy.

Banner is an English artist, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002. In 2010, she produced new work for a Duveen Hall commission at Tate Britain. She is one of the Young British Artists. Much of her work explores the problems and possibilities of written language. She self-publishes artists book with The Vanity Press.

8.3 x 11.7 inches, published in an edition of 50

Tim Lee ‘Back to Black’ for Some Woolly Buzz


Tim Lee

Back to Black, 2013

In 1967, Ad Reinhardt produced the last of his “Ultimate paintings”. Created at a moment parallel with the nascent Black Power Movement in the United States, the two radical autonomies – one formal and abstract, the other political – are combined here.

Tim Lee is an artist who lives in Vancouver. Working with photography, video, text and sculpture, his work both replicates and reimagines seminal moments in art history and popular culture.

8.5 x 11 inches, published in an edition of 50

Sonia Leimer and Nino Sekhnishvili ‘Eins Zwei Drei, God Bless You Belgium’ for Some Woolly Buzz


Sonia Leimer and Nino Sekhnishvili

Eins Zwei Drei, God Bless You Belgium, 2013

The collage shows an Austrian letter pigeon and the miniscule dot in the distance is planet Earth as seen from Voyager 1 in 1990.

This work is made by Italian artist Sonia Leimer and Russian artist Nino Sekhnishvili and was originally shown at Sekhnishvili’s artist-run gallery in Tifilis.

11 x 8.5 inches, published in an edition of 50