Terra NulliusChristopher Kardambikis2020 7.5 × 10.25 in. closed50 pagesBinding: Plastic strip fastenerRisograph I try not to talk about William Blake. I love his work, but I find his outsized role in the genealogy of artists’ books to be of little use for contemporary criticism. So, when I opened Terra Nullius by Christopher Kardambikis, I shuddered.…
ConvalescenceGrant EvansAdversary Editions2020 6 × 9 in. closed110 pagesPerfect-bound softcoverDigital offset Convalescence is the first book by musician and visual artist, Grant Evans. It is far from the only artists’ book about grief, yet it stands out as particularly dark and gritty. Not only because it grapples with addiction and murder, but because Evans metaphorizes…
This Land is My Land
This Land is My LandThad Higa2021 5.5 × 8.5 in. closed100 pages and two multi-page foldoutsCoptic binding with uncovered boardsDigital printing Thad Higa describes This Land is My Land as “a fictional narrative from the imagined headspace of current day white supremacists.” Artists rarely approach such a project with the required radical empathy, attempting to…
Object ObjectsShana KaplowDesigned by Matthew RezacSelf-published with support from TITLE Collective2019 10.625 × 8.375 in. closed112 pagesSmyth-sewn softcover with French flapsOffset printing “I can’t unknow the impact of these massive systems,” interdisciplinary visual artist Shana Kaplow writes on the front flap of Object Objects, referring to the underpinnings of capital and exploitative labor that gird…
Oriental SilkXiaowen ZhuDesign by Michael Mason, CHEVAL2020Hatje Cantz 7 × 9.5 in. closed196 pagesSmyth-sewn, clothbound hardcoverOffset inside with screenprinted cover Oriental Silk is a Los Angeles import and retail company, a film, and an ever-evolving installation project by self-described “visual poet and aesthetic researcher” Xiaowen Zhu. The book Oriental Silk is a bit of each…
Visible Climate: Postcards from America’s Changing LandscapesLee Lines and Rachel Simmons2020 10 × 8 in. closed22 pagesBinding: Drum leaf with hard coversHP IndigoOpen edition Postcards are a peculiar medium, evoking presence and absence simultaneously. The writer of a postcard says, “I am here” to someone who isn’t. Or they say, “I was there” to a…
One Hundred Excellent Flowers
Calling on the aesthetics and politics of the 1960s, One Hundred Excellent Flowers questions the possibility of freedom in the absence of truth.
ERRATANuno Moreira and David Soares2020 5.5 × 8 in.52 pagesBinding: Link-stitch with exposed spineLaser inside and foil stamped slipcase.Edition of 50 ERRATA is a cinematic, existentialist essay that explores mysticism and metaphysics through the metaphor of the book. Grainy, high-contrast images chronicle a cryptic encounter on the book’s rectos. The versos present a text, in…
Tiny Dino’s Grand Field Museum Adventure
Tiny Dino’s Grand Field Museum Adventure” is an improvisational critique of the museum as an institution, told as a children’s book featuring toy dinosaurs.
A collection of memories inspired by the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, “Seed Vault” uses the book form to imbue a text with rewarding multiple meanings.