Y2K13 WHAT! / 666
A little biased maybe, not really though. Even if its made by a Good Press member, it shouldn’t mean I can’t declare my love for it and urge you to get hold of a copy. Found imagery and collage, as well as found text pieces. Much of it in a similar tone to Jessie’s contribution to Common People. Black and white printing throughout but pushed to the limits with coloured paper, wear your shades for the fluorescent pages, its HOT!
Self-Organised - Various (Open Editions)
Critical writing can often be difficult to take in, understand and feel warm towards. I find this to be the case, at least. However Open Editions’ collection of essays on the state of alternative organisations of art practises and establishments is perfectly conposed to make it’s reading an easy, informative, and enjoyable one. But that might be down to the fact that the subject matter of the book is right up my street, which does go a long way to enjoyment. Matthew was going to buy this book for me for my birthday but didn’t, and got it into the shop instead, which was a very selfless and righteous move of him, because in most cases, we don’t end up owning books that come in to the shop, which is a shame, and it’s difficult to explain why this happens. However, his altruistic action to set the book free to the arms of GP clientele, I think, is a very positive one, and I’ll be sad to see it go unless I pluck the courage up to buy it myself and get over the subtle, strange barriers that hold me back. Thinking on it, I think what holds me back from wanting to purchase books from Good Press, is often that we only get 3 copies of a book, and so if I buy one of those copies, that means that one less person can have one, I don’t want to be selfish, you see!
(Correction - Since writing this, I’ve bought the book! Sorry public, it’s sold out!)
Nothing, Nothing, Nothing, Nothing 2004-2007 - Asher Penn (Karma)
'Nothing, Nothing…' collects and collates various zines Asher Penn made between the years 2004 and 2007. Simple enough. But, its massive. It’s 494 pages of photos after photos of these zines, all taken in front of various backgrounds, adding a 3rd element to the images. Wonderfully produced by Karma, 'Nothing, Nothing,…' is inspiring for any zine maker as well as being a spot on document of Penn’s work. The zines themselves shift from pure photographs to something maybe more conceptual to drawings to text onto images but everything is well executed and considered. Asher Penn also runs one my fave websites www.sexmagazine.us, an online quarterly magazine and blog that covers all the bases like art, music, ‘culture’, etc etc. Highly recommended. This guy is doing it all!
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR / No. 5
I don’t want to get too into the historical/political end of this book, I feel like thats something you can look up yourself, but briefly: The Diggers were an anarchist group based in San Francisco in the 1960s. The Haight is a neighborhood in San Francisco. Com/Co stands for Communication Company, which was the Diggers DIY media outlet. So, knowing all that, ‘Notes From…’ is basically a collection of visual ephemera from The Diggers heyday. Posters, poems, leaflets, flyers, letters and slogans are packed in. The style and quality of everything is what really got me though. Everything is either mimeographed, screen printed, photocopied, or done in some other not very currently popular method of printing. It looks dated in the best possible way. Its super punk way before ‘punk’ and every page is a gem. Also includes, for those historically interested, a timeline, essays, and captions for each image.
I’ve just mentioned ‘sitting on a purchase and seeing it leave’ on the previous book. This is one I’m sitting on right now, so I’m going to buy it today. I love this edition. Its so great. A reprint of an original colour edition, left here in single colour risograph over several booklets. I’ve seen pictures of the previous colour book and this leaves a different impression. Its beautiful. I thank Kingsboro for enlightening me to another artist who blows my mind. All wrapped up in a wax smelling folder with a lovely introduction. Get it quick because I’m going to deplete the numbers by ONE!
Place And - Suzanna Zak (Fourteen-Nineteen)
Again, a photo book, this time from Suzanna Zak, published by Fourteen-Nineteen and expertly printed by Hato Press, utilising the tempting, interesting, and still fairly underused four-colour risograph process. It’s a good one! I’ve just used it myself, I think this book made me do it. Technicalities aside (it is an incredibly nicely made book, if you’re into that kind of thing, which understandably having a hand in Good Press I am) , much the same as I said about Jinjoo Hwang’s ‘J Says’, it’s content is spot on. Perfectly composed, experiential, sensitive, subtle imagery, and ephemeral scraps of things / notes from her journeys. We’re all big fans!
FROM NOW AND ALL MONTH!
Pure Evil by Jack Felgate
Its installed within the space, and runs right through until 4th January!
BEST OF 2013 / #4
No Hopes by Leon Sadler (No Hopes Magazine)
It happens here at Good Press that you get a little generous. I’ve done it so many times where things have come in, I’ve pondered buying it, then it sells out. I’ve been kicking myself since letting this go. You snooze you lose. We’re all really big fans of Leon’s work here at Good Press and this saw him breaking from the narrative we all know him so well for. I love the reverse marker bleed pages making the pen come through from the previous page leaving a second layer. Long gone now, forever strong in my heart…
Another photography (strange, I’m not a photographer!!) book, this time from Portland’s Publication Studio, and the photographer Delaney Allen. The images in the book depict some of Allen’s experiences spanning more than a year, of landscapes, sights and self portraits with an insane degree of understanding, and sensitivity. The pictures are intersected by small written accounts which litter the book with their explicit loneliness and self-learning/awareness, giving us a clue to the sentiment or context surrounding the pictures. The first account in the book reads “I stopped off to eat lunch at Cousins’ in The Dalles, Oregon. I’d always passed through but had never stopped at this particular establishment. The hostess greeted me and I asked for a table for one. Without hesitation, in a non-joking manner, she asked if I ever got lonely eating alone all the time. I half-laughed as I walked to the table. If only she knew.”
Weird #2 - Various Artists (Weird)
I’m not sure how to explain Weird but it’s basically just a heaping pile of fucked up comics, angry letters to it’s editor (Mr. Noel Freibert), abstracts, ultra short stories, and drawings. #2 features work from Nikholis Planck, Leon Sadler, Jim Novak, and plenty others as well as loads from Freibert himself. Plus, a horrendously wonderful screen printed cover. #4 has just been printed and we should be getting that in shortly but every issue is a home run. Get your paws on Weird!
BEST OF 2013 / THE THIRD DAY
Sam Korman used to run the now defunct Car Hole Gallery in Portland, OR and is currently assistant director of White Flag Projects in St. Louis. In this hefty book, Korman collects various writings, interviews, notes, and essays all related to his time running a gallery out of his garage. Some artists talked to/about include Israel Lund, Amy Bernstein, Annabel Roberts-McMichael, Kit Bowman, Patricia No plus a conversation between Jorg Hausmann and Fred Sandback, exhibition ‘press releases’, photocopied images peppered throughout and, possibly my favorite bit, a great intro written by Korman himself where he explains the impetus for starting the gallery, discusses his hometown of Buffalo, NY, his influences and ultimately his aspirations. ‘Notes…’ shines a light on the inspiring and authentic side of contemporary art, a side often lost in a sea of Frieze fairs, big money, and boring shit art. A must read.
Our Teenage Boys And Girls - Maggie Lee (Gottlund Verlag)
I’m really into found images, and also re-appropriated texts, so this book from New York based Maggie Lee speaks to me in perfect tune. I don’t think thats a real phrase, but the words seem fitting. The images in the book are a series of found pictures of 1970s teenagers, and the texts are taken from a mid 20th century book on adolescent problems, and ways to care for them them. Ultra sad accounts of ‘wayward youths’ sit along side portraits, with a detached feel to them, of anonymous young people. It’s also nicely and lovingly produced by the super cool Gottlund Verlag. Maggie Lee has a show here at Good Press in the new year, I’m excited to see what she does!
This came in as part of a HUGE delivery from Huuda Huuda/Kuti Kuti/Boing Being of Finland. I’d seen a few spreads from the book floating around the internet and I was aware of Brecht’s work, but this just drew me in! I read it from cover to cover and then passed it to Jess to insist she reads it from cover to cover, which she did with great pleasure. Vandenbroucke’s style amazes me too. I’d love to make comics, but just don’t have the patience. Imagine having the patience for fully painted comics like these! An almost naive, flat and old style. So great.
BEST OF 2013 / DAY 2
And it goes like this:
Published by NSEW, this book of photographs is, on one hand incredibly nicely made by Norwegian publisher NSEW, with a perfect balance of colour printing, black and white, and risograph (sometimes it can be WRONG to mix things up too much, it’s strange, but it’s true) and a super cool perfect bind and staple detail. On the other, the subject matter of the photographs, by Jinjoo Hwang, who we’ve learned is a nurse by profession (although don’t quote me on that :-S !!) are textural, experiential, and have a really amazing atmosphere of stillness and a meditative view.
Special Effects is a collection of zines that show the culture of 80’s California, but also the disability rights movement. As with most zine-reprints, image quality jumps at me first. Then comes the serious, serious content this book is carrying. Touching in parts, funny in others. Its incredible. Ask me what I recommend instore and I think this has been my go to book since the day it came in. Publications Studio!
This little A5 perfect bound book is packed out with screen grabs, install shots, photographs, paintings, found images, everything I love. It’s a pocket size catalog for a show that Sayre Gomez and JPW3 had at Samuel Freeman Gallery in LA earlier in the year. But instead of being a boring old catalog, it acts as a sort of compendium of images representing and exploring the two artists collaborative work. Golden Spike Press printed it to a super high standard as well and if that wasn’t enough, its got a grim reaper surfing on the back cover. Groovy shit!
IT’S THE GOOD PRESS STAFF PICKED BEST OF 2013 END OF THE YEAR LIST TIME!
It’s that time of year, yes, an annual occurence, where we think back into the depths of our working memories and pick ten of our favourite books, zines and other things that have come through the shop this last year. That’s not to say that all of the titles are exclusively ‘2013’, it’s just that this is the year in which GP took these books into our bosoms and found them new homes.
In no particular order, we’ll be posting a pick from each of us (Matt, Jess & Nick) every working day until we’ve run out of picks. Here is the first of those things…
A prolific zine maker and all around good dude from the USA via Stockholm, Jeffrey is one of my favorite artists around right now. He’s got 8 different titles in the shop at the moment so it’s tough to choose just one. But ‘Which Way…’ sticks out for me for it’s perfect blend of images, doodles, comics, and maybe best of all, a spread where Jeffrey draws out stick n poke ideas. Always funny, always different and immediate yet well considered, you got to check this guy out. He is also co editor of the forever great Free Spirit News and has a show coming up at Nationale in Portland, OR.
Sculptures is essentially a delux over sized zine. Risographed throughout, staple bound, card stock cover. Doesn’t sound that delux right? Think again. This is HUGE. Its A3 tall, and the images stand like monuments on the page. Linus Bill and Adrien Horni do it again. Another reason this is in my top ten is that it has black staples. Anything with a coloured staple wins.
Michael Kasparis runs a record label called Night School records, over the last few years he’s put out records, tapes and CDs by some really amazing bands like Golden Grrls, Group Rhoda, Divorce, Molly Nillson, Space Lady, Terror Bird and more, and more. Some of whom are close to our hearts. Once in a while he asks Matt to help with laying out artwork to print. Sometimes the record manufacturers supply insanely weird templates for printing, strangely scaled, odd shapes and with confusing instructions. It’s been Matt’s job on a few occasions to work these complexities out, it’s not a big deal, it’s something he can do, a skill like making pancakes or plaiting hair, some people have it and some people don’t. Some time in the past, he assisted in laying out the Golden Grrrls artwork, which I remember being particularly complex, not that it was a problem. Later, we asked Michael to contribute to the ‘History Of’ exhibition, in which people were asked to document a history of some kind through sound, and so Michael, who also makes music under the moniker Apostille, decided to have Matthew relay some of the e-mail communication between them, whilst Michael would sing some of his end and create the backing music from samples of the Golden Grrrls recordings, from those recordings, a set of songs were made in the Apostille style (we’re big fans of his music, too). Fittingly, Matthew made the artwork for the tape too, in the style of a long string of a g-mail conversation. It’s sweet, cute, honest and funny. I like it a lot.
MOULD MAP 3 * FINAL HOURS * BIG NEWS!!!
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WEBSHOP UPDATE - Books
Our most bulging department right now, ‘anything determined as a book’. We have so much good stuff in ready for you! Pictured here are Simple Pleasures by Zoe Ghertner (published by Gottlund Verlag), White Girl by the relentlessly hard working and making Cali Thornhill Dewitt (published by MTHM Books), Our Teen-Age Boys and Girls by Maggie Lee (another one from Gottlund Verlag, yes, another one, but these books are incredible) and finally Packet Biweekly Wirebound Edition Vol II by Various Artists. We’ve got Volume III, just so you know to get that one too. Very limited numbers on the Packet’s so act fast!
Books - http://bit.ly/1ePNTj2
WEBSHOP UPDATE - Zines
LOTS here! Among the many, many others updated and online to buy now, we have pictured above Undercover Cars by Clint Woodside (published by Deadbeat Club), Don’t Name Your Hands ‘Hands’ by Malcy Duff, REALMS curated by John Vaughn and featuring many, many, many incredible artists (here is a part of Stephane Prigent’s contribution) and finally Packet #19, again, by various artists. With this issue they focus on the popular King of the Hill TV series.
Zines - http://bit.ly/18b1DgH
WEBSHOP UPDATE - Periodicals and Other Goods
Slim offerings in these departments this time round, but as they say, quality not quantity.
Pictured here are the Deadbeat Club Postcard Series #1, produced by Deadbeat Club and featuring cards from Angela Boatwright, Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Jerry Hsu, Patrick O’Dell, Andrea Sonnenberg, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton and Clint Woodside.
Then we’ve got The History of Aviation, a new tape from Paul Carr and Build Music, and finally the always excellent Limber Journal Issue 3, its bigger, its stacked out and worth every penny!
HERE IT IS, the freshest episode of THE PAPER & THE PAPER FM, its number twelve! Birthday baby!
We’re joined by a lovely man and a great friend, Nick Ainsworth who provides choice songs and the cover to the physical paper. We’re also joined by the music of Waiters, Terror of the Deep, Sex Hands, Eddie and The Subtitles, Abner Jay, Urinals, Roky Erickson & The Aliens, Fred Neil, The Space Lady, Toucans, Victims, The Staple Singers, Easter Vomit AND MANY MANY MORE!
If you’re interested in good times, good music and good things, head over here - http://bit.ly/I21eWC - and have a great Thursday night.
Saturday in Malmo. Thanks.
William Edmonds has a new show starting this weekend with our friends at KRETS. If in Malmo, go!
Good morning and THANK YOU to our first 250 backers. More artist interviews and new artist previews coming soon. Mould Map 3 is on Kickstarter now - http://kck.st/HKzq9D
Mike Redmond, of Manchester drawing fame has a new show at the all new revamped Oklahoma Gallery Basement.
We can’t go, which is saddening, but it’s on for a while, it looks good, so anyone in the Northwest should treat themselves to some fresh culture!
The show is split into two mainly equal parts; One about my efforts in wasting time and my long lost brother. The other section is about the three robber brothers of the future and their affiliation with each other and their historical heroes focusing on the unabiding attitude to future laws and sad fates. Balling in and out of reality and made up ideas I have tried to free myself from the construct of time, however like most problems I have shot back into the past, the present and the future as the show title explains. Following my miserable excuses of where me and my brother have been and will go.