Friday Reading List: New Formats

Books

Some remarkable art books that challenge the notion of the book format, discovered at the LA Art Book Fair.

Fantagraphics artist John Pham recently released “Epoxy 4,” which comes in a multi-format risograph print with inserts, but is criminally hard-to-find. In fact, we were only able to sneak peaks at other peoples’ copies but rest assured Pham is reprinting and can be contacted directly for mailings.

Chicago artist Edie Fake had his textile-like prints and Gaylord Phoenix opus—itself about the new format of an old physiological template—on display. He's also the subject of a recent docu-video “Rad Queers: Edie Fake” and can be found in finer art book stores near you.


Queer content lender itself to a most queer of formats. The White Paper—the notorious and legendary work of homosexual confessionalism, rumored by many to be penned by Jean Cocteau but anonymously attributed, is presented in an extraordinary white ink on white paper format, and includes original illustrations. The White Paper, re-designed for The Container Corps


 

Inside-the-box is the new out-of-the-box. Issue Press produces a Book Box available by subscription or vending machine (at Have Company in Grand Rapids Michigan), which include artist-made publications and multiples. The current box includes work by Clay Hickson, Lauren Anderson, and Sarah Darnell & Geoffrey Holstad. 

Yet another “box of goods” comes in the object-based subscription, The Thing Quarterly, which produces limited edition boxes of art, considered in a “print published” format on non-book matters. In the last series, The Thing Quarterly presented a highly limited edition jackknife designed by James Franco, to commemorate the untimely death of actor Brad Renfro. This quarter, the goods include art by John Baldessari, David Korty, fashion brand Rodarte, and Brian Roettinger. Past “things” have included a shower curtain by Dave Eggers, and a 24-hour clock by Tauba Auerbach.


 

And finally, comedy. Art is in fact a serious endeavor, but there is much to be said of art that can actually be comical. Here are a couple self-published comedy that can easily be relegated to the realm of artsmanship.

Not even the surliest punk or metal enthusiast can refute the joy of a Black Flag-Danzig parody. Glenn and Henry Forever is Tom Neely’s awesome make-believe universe of Glen Danzig and Henry Rollins as long-term live-in romance, with all the trappings of a typical relationship.

Guest contributors to that series includes Ed Luce, who also authors Wuvable Oaf, about Oaf—a formidable looking uber-man with the soft core, who does what he can to keep his head above a pool of adorable kittens ad hardcore buddies under his care.