Its a great day out, perrrrfect weather for Suzanna Zak’s ‘Freedom Isa Bonfire’. For those out of town, we’ve added a heap of photo’s from the install to our website!
This afternoon at 5pm! We’re holding readings of poems by Christopher LG Hill for the 3-ply residency of The Stool. Its a group activity featuring the voices of Ari, Connor, Hannan, Jess, Matt, Owen - YOU! Come down, take a role if you wish! Orrrr just listen, we’re easy!
WEBSHOP UPDATE - BOOKS!
By far the most packed out section of the website this time round, a huuuuuge update in here.
Pictured here are ‘Reprint #1: 1 2 3 (1992)’ by Stephen Bram and David Morrison (published by 3-ply), ‘The Company She Keeps’ by Celine Condorelli (published by Bookworks), ‘Model Behaviour Magazine #1’ by Cole Chickering, ‘Machines’ by Matt Connors (published by Rainoff) and finally, a final publication from a publisher very dear to us, NSEW, ‘Slow Education’ by Jessica Williams. Arguably their finest title to date, we really love it and don’t expect it to be around long, sooooooo…
GO BUY SOME BOOKS.
WEBSHOP UPDATE - Zines
Its been a littttttle while since we updated the store online, but here are a whole heap of zines. You’ll find newies from Tenderbooks (pictured), Aimee Lusy (Pictured pictured), David Lemm, Dominic Kesterton (Pictured pictured pictured), Adam Ferner & Esther McManus, Fistful of Books, Vanessa Berry (pictured pictured pictured pictured!!!), Matthew Swan and John Brown AND MORE
WEBSHOP UPDATE - Periodicals & Other Goods
Plenty to get through here, so lets keep it short.
PERIODICALS is packing the new issue of The Happy Hypocrite - Heat Island edited by Glasgow’s Isla Leaver-Yap, Her Eyes and My Voice Issue 3, and tapes from Akashic Records, pictured here is Hey Zuccini by Blue Sabbath Black Fiji (as the cover suggests).
Come along this Friday (17th October, 2014) at 5pm to witness the Christopher L G Hill poetry reading ring!
Meantime, we are currently looking for a reader to vocalise a text accompanying Matt Hinkley’s installation for 3-ply at The Stool.
The reading event (the fourth of it’s kind) will take place on Friday 31st October and will be an edited excerpt from Tom Johnson’s 'The Voice of New Music'
We are currently looking for a reader who…
‘Perhaps an artist or academic or curator with an interest in contemporary drawing, or a musician with an interest in art.’
If you’re interested in this - or interested in registering your interest in any of the upcoming reading events, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FREEDOM ISA BONFIRE
15th October until 8th November 2014
A new installation courtesy of LA based photographer, writer and artist Suzanna Zak. The show will be accompanied by a new publication.
I’m very excited about this upcoming project at Good Press Gallery in Scotland. If you’re in the area, please, stop by and take a look.
15th October until 8th November 2014
“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.”
Freedom isa Bonfire is a poem, a collection, a mix, a pile of kindling, a way of seeing, an attitude, a joke, an illusion.
I moved to California from the East Coast to follow love. What I thought I knew about Topanga Canyon was based off of words from a few friends, but mostly Neil Young and maybe some tales revolving around Charles Manson. I was quickly greeted by a vastly different reality than the world I imagined. From that time forward I began thinking of new ways to understand my surroundings.
Fast forward to two years later; I’m in Los Angeles listening to the radio in the car and I hear a story about a proposed bill that would ban bonfires on California beaches. There were audio clips of representatives debating the law and everyone kept proclaiming how bonfires are pertinent to the identity of California itself. Sunsets, cold sand, and bonfires are what make California the place that it is. Bonfires even get equated to freedom. At some point, the radio newscaster comes back on and remarks that access to bonfires aren’t necessarily an indicator of freedom.
Since hearing this, I’ve been obsessively collecting scraps of printed material that I find in my day to day. I’ve been curious to see if the identity of a place can be constructed out of it’s print ephemera. Of course, these bits aren’t unbiased. While some of the paper may contain factual information like topographic maps, there are also junk car removal services, landscaping adverts, donut shops, astrologists’ business cards, and so forth. Through the flat waste of California, I’ve come to understand a different side of this place, one that might be easily discarded, but not one removed from memory. There are many methods through which one can know a place. If this collection is not one of them, at least I have plenty of kindling.
“Without effort, confusion, or much thought, four round stones were rolled together on the little beach. The rooster who had challenged the sunrise of this very day lay dismembered and clean in water in the fivegallon can with peeled onions about him, while a little fire of dead willow sticks sputtered between the stones, a very little fire. Only fools build big fires. It would take a long time to cook this rooster, for it had taken him a long time to achieve his size and muscularity. But as the water began to boil gently about him, he smelled good from the beginning.”
On the evening of November 8th, to correspond with the closing of the installation at Good Press, there will be a bonfire on a California beach.
Freedom isa Bonfire.
Freedom Isa Bonfire
By Suzanna Zak
Thanks to Owen Piper and Ari Neilsson who read with Jess three further readings from Elizabeth Newman on Friday. The 3-ply residency of The Stool changes and continues this week as we welcome a sculpture from Christopher LG Hill to the space from this morning.
On Friday, again at 5pm, there will be a mass (ish) reading of Christopher’s poems. More details soon!
Our most productive and consistent Good Pressee, Jess, has a show which is on for tonight ONLY! As a result, we’ll be closing at 6.30pm tonight, so I can skip across town and catch it. If anyone fancies coming with, I’ll be leaving GP at the above time, otherwise, C U THERE xo
‘a sign of the sunset, the sunset a sign, pink fluff, peach, throwing balls, poem, legs one way and another ….and punch!
Jessica Susan Higgins & Eilidh Mcmillan
Thursday 9th October
Barnes Building Performance Space’
TOMORROW! Friday 10th October at 5pm, we’re holding readings of three further texts by Elizabeth Newman. Last week was excellent, so please join us again! This week texts will be read by Owen Piper and Ari Neilsson. See you tomorrow!