Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Arrival: Frederic Post




Frédéric Post, Anonymous Engravings on Ecstasy Pills
Hardcover
Edition of 500

The patterns used in Anonymous Engravings on Ecstasy Pills were designed by unknown people who abandoned them. In this book of drawings, Frédéric Post offers a piece of research worthy of a modern-times archaeologist. He collected and re-created these figures, conferring thus value to an underground iconography of over 500 signs.
The classification of the drawings into three groups (figures, typography, symbols) was carried out with Izet Sheshivari. The collection shows elements of a visual folklore that hints at popular figures. The book implicitly describes our societies’ ambiguities: “Nowadays, with drug use, we want to experiment this unconstrained pleasure, disrupt the humdrum routine, make love longer; we want to party even though we are tired (…). At the end of the day, this is in line with the whole idea of work, profitability and performance”. Is ecstasy therefore an excessive metaphor of the market economy?



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Monday, December 30, 2013

New Arrivals: Doniella Davy


Doniella Davy, Z-Girl and the Snake Charmer
Edited and Designed by Daniel Wagner
Softcover mimeograph
Numbered edition of 100

A semi-follow-up to Hippie Photos and Surfer Man, Los Angeles-based photographer Doniella Davy’s imprint Z-Girl and the Snake Charmer returns to the voyeuristic photo-based narrative format to weave a two part story of a woman in trouble and the mysterious “snake charmer”.







Doniella Davy, Hippie Photos and Surfer Man
Hardcover
Edition of 250

"Simply hilarious. Through her voyeuristic lens, photographer Doniella Davy tells a story of 2 “hippies” interacting with each other and how a surfer spends his time at the beach (besides surfing, of course)."



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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Featured: Jürg Lehni and Alex Rich



Jürg Lehni and Alex Rich, News
Softcover
Edition of 500

The Speed-i-Jet, a mobile pen-printer manufactured by Reiner (Germany), is a device built around an industrial inkjet cartridge / printing head. With its clumsy user interface and 30 character maximum capacity, this charming parasitical product prompted the discussion of possible uses for such a device. Together with the curatorial staff of the institution, daily news headlines were selected and transferred onto the devices. Holding and moving the device like a pen, visitors could experience the writing of texts to which the author is ambiguous.






Jürg Lehni and Alex Rich, Empty Words
Softcover
Edition of 500

In 2005, together with Jonathan Hares, a pair of drilled posters were made as a contribution to The Free Library, curated by Mark Owens. This prompted the exploration of possible methods of mechanised production. Using a standard CNC plotter, a rotated LCD display, an Apple TV, and a software interface, Empty Words cuts each dot of the poster in sequence at a controlled speed. Similar to a Linotype machine, the resulting device became a tool for the production of text works, used by both ourselves and the general public.




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Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Arrival:





Jean Ferry, The Conductor And Other TalesTranslated, with an introduction, by Edward Gauvin
Illustrations by Claude Ballaré

First published in French in 1950 in a limited edition of 100 copies, then republished in 1953 (and enthusiastically praised by André Breton), The Conductor and Other Tales is Jean Ferry’s only published book of fiction. It is a collection of short prose narratives that offer a blend of pataphysical humor and surreal nightmare: secret societies so secret that one cannot know if one is a member or not, music-hall acts that walk a tightrope from humor to horror, childhood memories of a man never born, and correspondence from countries that are more states of mind than geographical locales. Lying somewhere between Kafka’s parables and the prose poems of Henri Michaux, Ferry’s tales read like pages from the journal of a stranger in a familiar land. Though extracts have appeared regularly in Surrealist anthologies over the decades, The Conductor has never been fully translated into English until now. This edition includes four stories not included in the original French edition and is illustrated throughout with collages by Claude Ballaré.
Jean Ferry (1906–1974) made his living as a screenwriter for such filmmakers as Luis Buñuel and Louis Malle, cowriting such classics as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Quai des orfèvres and script-doctoring Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants du paradis. He was the first serious scholar and exegete of the work of Raymond Roussel (on whom he published three books) and a member of the Collège de ’Pataphysique.




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Friday, December 27, 2013

Featured: Two Photo Books




Phil Chang, Four Over One
Hardcover
Edition of 500

In Four Over One, the Los Angeles based artist Phil Chang employs the format of an artists book to explore ideas of economy and obsolescence. In collaboration with designer Jonathan Maghen, Four Over One is structured around Chang’s interest in how new outcomes arise from an antagonism between perceived and actual forms of value. The photographs that appear in the book were created using expired photographic materials exposed by an archival book scanner. Through a sparse display of color, black and white, and half-tone photographs, in conjunction with a restrained typographic treatment, Four Over One employs an economy of scale in order to consider the roles of abstraction, methods of art production, and modes of distribution in our contemporary culture.





Arthur Pollock, Arthur Pollock
Hardcover with dust jacket
 Edition of 500

"Arthur Pollock has worked as a photojournalist for over fifty years, both freelance and on staff for several major news outlets. His professional career began in Hammond, IN and Lowell, MA in the nineteen sixties as he documented day-to-day street level stories of the time, and cut his teeth in those towns in the midst of an economic downturn and a cultural revolution. Hired on staff at the Boston Herald in the early nineteen eighties, he worked in the field for over ten years on many important features and was the recipient of numerous awards before becoming Assistant Photo Editor at the end of the decade.
This monograph is the first attempt at chronicling his enormous body of work and contains a cross-section of material from his early days on the streets, all the way up until the early nineteen nineties.
While he may echo the understatement of a news scribe, Pollock’s work clearly pays special homage to the artistry of those iconic shutter artists, Diane Arbus and the legendary New York street lensman of the 30s and 40s, Weegee. Indeed, every picture does tell a story. And in this unique collection, there are hundreds of stories… wonderfully told." -Peter Gelzinis





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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Featured: Two From Yukari Miyagi




Yukari Miyagi, Rabbit and Turtle
Softcover
Edition of 1000

Nieves’ first collaboration dates back to 2004 with her Zine Kaguya, the bamboo princess, which then lead to the publication of Rabbit and Turtle, together with Japanese publisher Happa-no-Kofu in 2005. Rabbit and Turtle is Miyagi’s own adaptation of Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare.






Yukari Miyagi, Akazukin
Softcover
Edition of 500

Full-page drawings unfold one after another in this captivating, picture-book, tangibly carrying the lively, childlike style of artist Yukari Miyagi. This visual interpretation of Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood, written over 300 years ago, is a unique and refreshing take on the well-loved fairy tale.









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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Featured: Two Covers by Kuhlman




 Jean Genet, The Screens
Hardback
Cover by Roy Kuhlman




William S. Burroughs, The Ticket That Exploded
Hardback
Cover by Kuhlman Associates



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Featured: Three by Chris Marker



 Passengers
Hardcover with Dustjacket and printed mylar cover

Passengers captures the many private actions and gestures that take place daily in the public sphere. Mothers cradling their children, couples whispering intimately, women wistfully staring out the window or into the middle distance, engrossed in their own personal thoughts. In several of the shots, we see whole train cars filled with similarly disengaged people. Taken as a complete body of work, this series very clearly illustrates  the various ways in which people create invisible walls and boundaries in order to cope with modern urban life. Chris Marker further to the photographs he takes, enhances, changes or colors his images on the computer, giving them often an eerie, almost otherworldly presence.




Staring Back
Hardcover, illustrated boards

 Staring Back presents 200 black-and-white photographs from Marker's personal archives, taken from 1952 to 2006. Some of the photographs are related to his classic films (which include Le Jetée, Sans Soleil, ¡Cuba Si!, and The Case of the Grinning Cat), others are portraits of famous faces (Simone Signoret, Akira Kurosawa), but most are pictures of people Marker has encountered as he has traveled the world (an extra who appeared in Kurosawa's Ran, a woman seen on a street in Siberia). The central section of the book contains a series of photographs documenting political protests Marker has witnessed, including the march on the Pentagon in 1967, the events of May 1968 in Paris, and the tumultuous 2006 demonstrations protesting the French government's proposed employment policies. The photographs are accompanied by several unpublished texts by Marker, including the English language text of The Case of the Grinning Cat and Marker's annotations for some of the photos.





 La Jetée
Hardcover with dustjacket

 La Jetée, the legendary science fiction film about time and memory after a nuclear apocalypse, was released in 1964 and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest experimental films ever made. (It provided the basis for Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys.) Chris Marker, who is the undisputed master of the film essay, composed this postapocalyptic story almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs. The story concerns an experiment in recovering and changing the past through the action of memory, yet the film can be read as a poem dominated by a single moving image, which in its context becomes one of the supreme moments in the history of film.
This Zone Books edition reproduces the film's original images along with the script in both English and French.


 Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1921, Chris Marker is one of the most influential and important filmmakers to emerge in the post-war era. Marker appeared on the Paris cultural landscape as a writer and editor and also became identified for his uniquely expressive non-fiction films. Marker began garnering international recognition in 1962 with the science-fiction short film La Jeté. In the seventies Marker created documentaries both on the history of the left (Le Fond de l’air est rouge, 1977) and travel and memory (Sans Soleil, 1982).

Friday, December 20, 2013

Featured: Gifts for Book-Lovers!

There are still a few days left to find great gifts for everyone on your list. Brickbat Books is here to help with awesome new books, unusual small press editions, and unique out-of-print titles. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:




BOOKS! by Murray McCain & John Alcorn
(hardcover)

Beautiful, smart, and whimsical look at what books are and what they can do. Reprint of the 1962 original. For anyone who loves, or is learning to love books, young or old. This would also be a terrific choice for connoisseurs of graphic design and type.







James Ensor: The Complete Paintings
(hardcover)

James Ensor has received less attention than his peers like Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch, but his strange and sometimes grotesque paintings proved essential for later Expressionist and Surrealist artists. Featuring color illustrations of Ensor's vividly hued paintings and fascinating details about his life and work, this gorgeous slipcased catalogue raisonné would please anyone with an interest in modern art.









David Lynch: The Air Is On Fire
(hardcover)  

For the film fan who has everything, this catalog accompanied a 2007 exhibition that focused on David Lynch's "behind the scenes" working process, from photography to paintings to experimental films. The book is also accompanied by a CD with commentary by Lynch on his works.



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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Featured: Nobrow Press




Four Anthologies from Nobrow Press. I've avoided the anthologogies over the years. Anthologies by definition are a mixed bag, and usually a hard sell. But these guys are terrific! I think I might even prefer these titles to the single artist books (which are pretty darn amazing too.) Get 'em while you can!




Nobrow 6: The Double
Paperback
(out of print)

 " Doubles have appeared in theatre, literature and mythology from our earliest written records. From Greek and Norse Mythology to Shelly, Dostoevsky, Donne and Goethe the idea has held a tantalising grip on the human imagination, fascinating and terrorising us in equal measure. Now we turn it over to 60 illustrators and graphic storytellers to interpret it as they wish, each, taking on one ‘double’ page spread. With contributions from Tom Gauld (The Gigantic Robot), Kevin Huizenga (Ganges), Blanquet (Toys in the Basement), Malachi Ward (Utu) as well as new narrative work from Nobrow stalwarts Jon McNaught (Birchfield Close, Pebble Island), Jack Teagle (Jeff: Job Hunter) and Luke Pearson (Hildafolk) and the formidable talents of Michael Deforge and Ignatz newcomer award winner Joseph Lambert, among many, many others. Illustration submissions from the likes of Sean Lewis, Roman Muradov, Golden Cosmos, Gwenola Carrere, Andrea Kalfas, Viviane Scwartz, Katia Spitzer, Luke Best and many many more! Two covers by two amazing artists Gwenola Carrere and Tom Gauld!"







Nobrow 8: Hysteria
Paperback

"Forty-five artists have risen above (or maybe plunged even deeper into) their hysterical minds to produce double page illustrations or four-page-long comics. Jim Rugg, Emmanuelle Walker, Sam Bosma, Marta Monteiro, David Lucas, Kenard Pak, Bob Flynn, Keith Negley, Carmen Segovia, Gwendal Le Bec, Robin Davey, Andrea Kalfas, William Grill, Luke Pearson, Dustin Harbin, José Domingo, Matteo Farinella and Dilraj Mann are just some of the illustrious names who have let their hysterical drawings loose on Nobrow 8’s pages."




Nobrow 7: Brave New World
Paperback



17 x 23 Showcase
Paperback

From the absurdly humorous to the poetic, 17×23 Showcase is your introduction to the future of British comics. Five artists were each given 10 pages to tell an original story in Nobrow’s celebrated 17×23 format, and the results are unmissable.
The first anthology of its kind in the UK, the 17×23 Showcase features the best up-and-comers from the UK comics scene, giving them each 10 pages to spin their fledgling yarns. The cover of this first issue was designed by the author of the 2012 Comica festival poster, Isaac Lenkiewicz, who uses his contribution to tell the enrapturing tale of Broadbright, the prodigal son of the Moon.  The book also includes stories from Megaskull creator Kyle Platts, whose crass sense of humour and radioactive colour schemes will rock your comics world, Henry McCauseland, whose scratchy line is reminiscent of art-cartoonist extraordinaire C.F., surreal fantasist Nick Sheehy aka ‘Showchicken’ and the unmistakable Joe Kessler, Nobrow team member and the cartoonist behind Mwara.
Get your hands on the latest iteration of the series that launched Luke Pearson’s career in all its bright and beautiful glory. Join us for the maiden voyages of these talented young artists as we showcase their talents for yet another generation of cartoonists.



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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Event: Kimberly Ann Southwick, JP Cashla, and Shevaun Brannigan




Friday, Dec 6th at 7pm
at 
Brickbat Books:

Kimberly Ann Southwick
JP Cashla
Shevaun Brannigan



Kimberly Ann Southwick is a poet, editor, and teacher, living in Philadelphia with her husband, the artist Geoff Thompson, and their dog, Jezebel. She is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Her writing has been published in a variety of online and print journals. She currently teaches literature, writing, and grammar. She has a chapbook, every song by Patsy Cline, forthcoming from dancing girl press. Follow her on twitter @kimannjosouth.

 
Shevaun Brannigan has been published in Best New Poets 2012, Lumina (Sarah Lawrence College Literary Journal), Court Green, as well as other journals. She is a graduate of the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House, as well as Bennington College's MFA program. She currently works in fundraising for an animal shelter, and thanks her lucky stars every day she moved to Philadelphia.

 


JP Cashla is from the Maritime Republic of Eastport, which may or may not be a sovereign nation located on the Eastern Seaboard of the continental US. He comes from a family of writers, painters, dancers, book store entrepreneurs, theater supporters and art promoters. He makes his living structuring deals in the world of institutional commercial real estate investment, holds an MS from Johns Hopkins University and also teaches the occasional MBA class. It remains questionable how this all translates to poetry.
  JP Cashla’s first book of poetry, Stone Music, published this summer 2013 is available online everywhere and exclusively at Brickbat Books in Philadelphia. His chapbook Blister will be available in 2014.




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Featured: New From Desert Island




Smoke Signal #17

Chris Ware cover! Higher quality newsprint! 36 Pages!
Including: John Broadley, Rob Corradetti, Michael DeForge, Drew Friedman, Lea Heinrich, Kamagurka and Herr Seele, Joe Kessler, Patrick Kyle, Tim Lane, Benjamin Marra, David Shrigley, Leah Wishnia, Dan Zettwoch





Smoke Signal #16

Tabloid newsprint comics anthology.
Cover by John Broadley. Includes comics by Josh Bayer, Marcellus Hall, Lea Heinrich, Tim Hensley, Justin Lieberman, Ben Mendelewicz, James Romberger, James Ulmer, and Mickey Zacchilli.





Anders Nilsen, "Big Questions Extras,
Outtakes, and Random Scraps
Book Tour Zine Thing"

24-page newsprint booklet
saddle stiched
color cover, b+w interior






Olivier Schrauwen, Greys

54 page comic book
incredible dreamlike
sci-fi story
edition of 1000 





Tony Millionaire, The Maakies Newspaper

It's an all-Maakies newspaper! There's 28 pages and over 100 Maakies strips in an oversized tabloid newspaper! Good stuff. 






Heather Benjamin, Sad Sex

Paperback
114 page book
edition of 1000





Kate Beaton, Sketchbook

Paperback
Limited edition of 1000
Published by Desert Island




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