From January 31 until February 2, 2014, Printed Matter presents the second annual LA ART BOOK FAIR at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Dutch exhibitors include Knust / Extrapool, Onomatopee, Roma Publications, Sigrid Calon, Valiz, and Werkplaats Typografie. The opening will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6–9 pm.
Established by artists for artists in the 1980s, Knust is Extrapool’s famous infamous graphic workshop specialized in stencil (â€œmimeographâ€) print. Located in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Knust is an essential part of the multi-omniverse of the Extrapool art space, creating an accessible printing and bookmaking workshop where many niches meet, greet, clash & mix.
Onomatopee is an institution for reflection and communication. The foundation aims to question the parameters of our (designed) culture through research and presentations.
Roma Publications is an independent art publisher, founded by artist Mark Manders and graphic designer Roger Willems. It is used as a platform to produce autonomous publications in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, institutions, writers and designers. Related to the content, every issue has its own rule of appearance and distribution, varying from house to house papers to exclusive books. Until now the publications have editions between 2 and 150,000. (Exhibitions & Presentations)
Sigrid Calon is a Dutch visual artist, who lives and works in Tilburg (NL). Inspired by the possibilities and beauty of an embroidery grid, she has created ‘To The Extend Of / | & -‘ a book of 120 unique compositions all based on her ‘own’ DNA. To equal the intensity and craft of embroidery she is using the stencilling technique/risograph. Hidden in the grid, there is magic and with 8 colours and 8 lines (stiches) she visualises a new world out of it.
Valiz is an independent international publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique, architecture, design, and typography. Valiz develops and produces critical, reflective books that attempt to explore the subject in a way that is fully in tune with it and to provide possible links with other disciplines.
For this year’s LA Art Book Fair the Werkplaats Typografie is asking for the public to participate in a series workshops based around the notion of breaking-even. The aim of the workshops is to create a self-sufficient event at the fair which explores ways in which participants can break-even. These workshops form the content for a limited edition book which is distributed amongst the contributors. In economics breaking-even is described when expenses and revenue are completely equal. In this case the school is approaching breaking-even as a social form to organize a shared experience where everyone benefits from the outcome. While fairs are typically a commercial gathering, they equally provide a space for social exchange and a sharing of knowledge. With all of the costs involved to be present at the fair, many exhibitors and shops strive to cancel out these costs. The school is interested in making this a deliberate intention, to see if something can be made from nothing, for nothing. Werkplaats Typografie (WT) is a two-year masters programme for graphic design that stimulates and practices critical reflection on the basis of a broad cultural perspective. WT is located in Arnhem the Netherlands and part of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. A maximum of 18 participants engage in artistic research involving content and form, text and image, theory and practice, in relation to professional practice and supervised by leading designers. Alongside more theoretical research and self-initiated projects, participants work on real assignments for external clients.