Saturday, July 30, 2011

Remy Charlip: The Paper Bag Players

The Paper Bag Players, posters and announcements 1960-1964. These and more, currently on ebay.

table and stand

from How To Make Simple, Sturdy, Inexpensive Furniture from Cardboard by George deLucenay Leon, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 1994 (previously)

Friday, July 29, 2011

elephant and hood

Elephant Mask and Hood Mask by Sas Colby
more from Masks, Face Coverings and Headgear by Norman Laliberté and Alex Mogelon, Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, 1973

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fredun Shapur: Four Faces

Masks from the Four Faces portfolio designed by Fredien Shapur [sic] and produced by Creative Playthings, Princeton, NJ.
from Masks, Face Coverings and Headgear by Norman Laliberté and Alex Mogelon, Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, 1973 (This book arrived in the mail today. It's amazing and deserves a whole week of posts, but I thought I'd start with this. Has anyone seen these before?! Thanks to P+W!)

Fredun Shapur previously

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Transformation of Surface Texture through Illumination

Student work from the Studies in Light and Color course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Gyorgy Kepes in charge; Nishan Bichajian, instructor. These courses were first organized in 1946 by Kepes.
from Education and Vision, edited by Gyorgy Kepes, George Baziller, NY, 1965 (Vision + Value Series)

Friday, July 22, 2011

onion skins of tenderness

Alastair Galbraith Cluster 7inch (Stalemate, Raining here/Pip Proud, Water in my ears) Raffmond, Germany, 1994

Water in my ears
There could be no better format for these 4 songs which, once the needle touches the record, end almost before you can step away from the turntable. Just crouch nearby and close your eyes. This record also introduced me to Pip Proud. Thank you and thank you, Mr. Galbraith. (If any of the involved parties would like for me to remove the audio, please let me know.)
New full length on Siltbreeze. featuring this song! Water in My Ears and Raining Here later appeared on the full length Talisman (now reissued)

Thursday, July 21, 2011


... Cy Twombly's house...

from Entrails, Heads & Tails (photographic essays and conversations on the everyday with ten contemporary artists...) by Paola Igliori (with Alastair Thain), Rizzoli, NY, 1992


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Hannah Höch in her studio, 1976
from The Photomontages of Hannah Höch, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1997

(thanks S+C)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


from Plastics as Design Form by Thelma R. Newman, Chilton Book Co., Philadelphia, 1972 "Extruded rigid urethane foam that foams and sets instantly like shaving cream from an aerosol can, if it were rigid, could create this labyrinth of an environment. (Courtesy, Chemstrand Co. and Michael Lax)"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Everything goes, not anything!

Float, MOMA sculpture garden, 1970 / Floats, 1965 / (exhibition view) Kinetic and Programmed Art, Rhode Island School of Design Providence, 1966 / Floats, 1967 / Breer at work / Float and Rug, Hammarskjold Plaza, NY, 1973 / (exhibition view) Pepsi-Cola Pavilion, Osaka, Expo 1970 / Floor drawing, 1974 / (exhibition view) Genesis Sculpture: Experience #1, Domaine Pommery, Reims, 2004

"...Thus we are dealing with sculptures that have "fallen off their pedestals", like those of Carl Andre, with the difference that they enjoy propulsive autonomy. They are in effect fitted with a system that makes them move forward and change direction on contact with an obstacle. They move at extremely slow speeds so that their movement is not immediately perceptible..." -Juliette Singer
"...I thought of grass and then these objects "semi-obscurs" that were alive, but my thinking was not anthropomorphic or biomorphic in terms of shapes or in terms on content. I was thinking, Sculpture, strangely enough. This was pretty corrupt as I was coming from centuries of art consciousness to arrive at what amounts to a motorized mollusc..." -Robert Breer

from Robert Breer: Films, Floats & Panoramas, Editions De L'Oeil, 2006 (french & english text)

also visit here (airform archives), and previously

Thursday, July 14, 2011

gulls/waves, 1973

from William Wegman - Dessins/Drawings: 1973-1997, Fonds Regional D'Art Contemporain, Limousin, 1997

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


clock, 2009, paper, map pin, and staple on wall.

Made for the fundraiser/exhibition Dreamhouse at Plug In ICA, 2009. Duotone image from the exhibition brochure.

solar furnace

materials tested by solar furnace at 8500 degrees F.
Popular Mechanics, February 1955
(for P.N.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ayii, Ayii

Spirit, Dorset culture, ivory / Bird in flight, artist unknown, Hebron, before 1912, ivory / Ptarmigans, Joanassie, Cape Dorset, 1960, black stone / Face, Dorset culture, ivory

from Sculpture/Inuit (Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic), Canadian Eskimo Arts Council/University of Toronto Press, 1971

Sunday, July 10, 2011

As you wake up in the morning.

Rice Field Silently Riping in the Night by Reiko Kudo, Majikick/Periodic Document, Toyko/Minneapolis!(recorded and mixed at Shunju pottery workshop, Tobe, Ehime, Japan, 2000)


Son of Man

Of all the Maher Shalal Hash Baz related projects I've heard, this CD is still my favourite. Quiet, rickety, and beautiful. (If any of the involved parties would like me to remove the audio, please let me know.)

Error in performance dominates MSHB cassette,which is like our imperfect life. If perfect music is only heard through imperfection, at this state of things, MSHB, the king of error, could barely be heard. -Tori Kudo from the liner notes of From A Summer to Another Summer by Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Geographic, 2000

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Matsutaro Yanese

Master kite maker Matsutaro Yanese in his studio

from The Penguin Book of Kites by David Pelham, Penguin Books, 1976

Friday, July 8, 2011

misc. bookshelf

Psicologia de la adolescencia, Anibal Ponce, Manual Uteha, Mexico, 1938 (1977)
North American Indian Mythology, Cottie Burland, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1965
I Can Count, Dick Bruna, Methuen, 1968

Thursday, July 7, 2011

misc. bookshelf

Nine Green Bottles, RDR ltd., 1984
??? (farsi)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Joy Walker

all Untitled, giclée, 2011Squares, set of 3 creased papers, 2011

from Joy Walker's exhibition Chanced at MKG127, Toronto.