Monday, October 23, 2017

Marc Fischer and Public Collectors | Library Excavations #4: Suspect Methodology



Marc Fischer and Public Collectors
Library Excavations #4: Suspect Methodology
Chicago, USA, Public Collectors, 2016
32 pp., 5.5 x 8.5”, staplebound
Edition of 501

"The images in this booklet are reproduced (without permission) from a study on personal appearance identification within a law enforcement environment. The study was published in 1972. In 2016 I found a copy of it in a reference section at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The authors of the study obtained mug shots from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in New York, and used them in tests with Buffalo State College students as subjects. Who are the people in these mug shots? Did they consent to this? Some of these people appear to be in a state of distress. Were the people in these mug shots guilty of anything? Does it matter if they were?

This booklet highlights the violence of the researchers’ methodology. The people in these photos were turned into a collection of parts—scalped, fragmented, beheaded, and sorted by race and gender. The study’s aim was to help witnesses identify suspects more accurately, and help law enforcement personnel do a better job eliciting information from witnesses. Over forty years later, fear-based and prejudicial eyewitness accounts have produced thousands of false arrests, wrongful convictions, and deaths at the hands of police. I support activists who are calling for the end of both police violence and law enforcement used for social control. We need community solutions for transformative justice, not more police."
— Marc Fischer

Available at the Edition Toronto Art Fair, from Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

Kimberly Maher | Prompt Press 2



Kimberly Maher
Prompt Press 2
Iowa City, IA: Prompt Press, 2014
5.75” x 8.25”
Edition of 75 numbered copies

"This second issue of Prompt was designed and created by Kimberly Maher. The booklet was digitally printed by PIP. The cover was letterpress printed by the Following Moon Press in Iowa City. The spine design is Hedi Kyle's Blizzard book invention. The repetition of unfolding and folding pages symbolizes the unyielding yearning present in Still"
- colophon

For more information, visit Prompt Press at http://promptpress.org and the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair.





Karen Azoulay | YES / NO / MAYBE Scarf



Karen Azoulay in collaboration with M-82
YES / NO / MAYBE Scarf
Brooklyn, USA: M-82, 2017
7 x 63”
Edition of 25

Available for $100.00 from Karen Azoulay at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.

JP King | The Dictionary of Making / Thinking




JP King
The Dictionary of Making / Thinking
Toronto, Canada: Paper Pusher, 2017
200 pp, 5" x 8", Perfect Bound
Open Edition

Available for $20.00 from Paper Pusher, at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.


Brad Phillips | Mother Nature Mother Creature







Brad Phillips
Mother Nature Mother Creature
Toronto, Canada: Perish Publishing, 2014
[84] pp., 26.5 x 19 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

"Brad Phillips is best known for his paintings which are frequently sourced from his own photographs. This is his first work to present solely original photographs. In a mocking nod to the prevalent imagery of naked women, usually models, in fashion editorials and advertising campaigns, as well as vintage pornography that fell under the rubric of ‘studying naturalism’, Phillips present a series of female nudes. He follows two tattooed woman as they undress, walk through a west-cost Canadian forest, and then dress. Feeling like the outtakes from a cult photo album, the images play with a notion raised by Elizabeth Barret Browning that the naked human body is sexual only a fraction of the time."

Available from the publisher for $30 CDN here, or at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair later this week.




Martha Street Studio






Simon Hughes
John Graham's Mural 'Northern Lights' (1963, mosaic tile, aluminum and acrylic) at the Winnipeg International Airport (now destroyed)
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2017
20.5 x 57.75”
Edition of 15 signed copies









Erica Eyres
Lonely Girls 
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2008
Folio of 4 intaglio prints with handwork printed by Jeannette Johns
20.25 x15”
Edition of 10 signed copies
$1000 CDN






Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber
God’s Little Weirdo 
Winnipeg, Canada: Martha Street Studio, 2012
21 x 26” screenprints on Stonehenge paper, printed by Andrew Lodwick
Edition of 50 signed copies
$450 CDN


"Martha Street Studio, incorporated in 1988 as Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc, is a dynamic not-for-profit, artist-run centre located in the East Exchange District, that both preserves and advances the print arts. Our 4,000 square foot production space, sales area, and gallery occupy a fully–renovated and accessible heritage building. Through production, education, exhibitions and sales, we are a significant contributor to the progression of printmaking and to Winnipeg's cultural landscape. Martha Street Studio supports professional artists working within and on the periphery of traditional printmaking and cultivates new and emerging artists. Martha Street Studio also engages and connects communities through our programs and exhibitions and builds audiences and interest in printmaking."





Carrying Root Collective





Carrying Root Collective
A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust
Montreal, Canada: Self-published, 2017
48 pp., 8 x 10", softcover
Edition of 80


Carrying Root Collective
A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust volume 2
Montreal, Canada: Self-published, 2017
48 pp., 8 x 10 inches, artist book
Limited edition of 50


Carrying Root Collective
Spore Prints
Montreal, Canada: 2016
Variable dimensions
Edition of 20, each one unique (made from the spores of individual fungi)


The Carrying Root Collective is a project of Montréal-based artists Allison Henry and Kelly Zantingh rooted in drawing, printmaking, video and photography. Their work explores the industry surrounding the production of raw materials, often referencing their experience of tree planting in remote areas of Canada. They collaborate with other artists and communities as a means to increase the accessibility of art and to reach a larger public.

Visit their site, here, or at the Edition Toronto Art Fair this weekend.