Features work by Jason Yates (Fast Friends Inc.), R.L. Crutchfield (Dark Day/DNA), Don Bolles (The Germs, Nervous Gender), Ariel Pink, Kilynn Lunsford (Little Claw), Josephine Foster, Mel Kadel, Steve Touchston (XBXRX), Mikey Turner (Warmer Milks), Tex Kerschen (Indian Jewelry), Devendra Banhart, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Vice Cooler (Hawnay Troof), Jeff Jank, Marissa Nadler, Travis Millard and more.
Focusing on found objects such as stickers, greeting cards, and magazine photos collected in collage framework, complete with song lyrics hand-lettered in cursive script and heartbreaking, melancholic watercolors, Ahlers explores and exposes the social construction of roles, feminine and otherwise. Beginning with incipient childhood self-awareness and traversing high school status jockeying to adult social climbing, the cultural imagery that supports and informs personal identity is given uneasy new meanings and importance in Ahlers's visual remixes. - Amazon.com
Amber Albrecht's work is rooted in magic, folklore, and postfeminist neo-romanticism. An entry in the Petit Livre imprint of accessible art books, Idyll comprises a series of paintings, screen prints, and drawings. --drawn and quarterly website
"It continue to link forever. Like a Chain Ring.
Pop but cynical, floating wonderland with full of mysterious humor - a painter, Ryoko Aoki's first book extensively collected her fascinatingly imaginative works of from her drawing masterpieces with colorful botanic motifs, the earlier works, sketches on a scrap book, to snapshots she took and brief prose-like notes." -- foil website
"Nog A Dod is a landmark in Canadian Oddball Art Publishing, and documents nearly a decade of work by a loosely-affiliated group of primarily Vancouver artists who draw with and about each other. Like their contemporaries and friends in the Royal Art Lodge, they work on each other’s drawings, create small run books and ephemera, and collaborate on numerous projects. Nog A Dod is the first book to document this vibrant scene, and should be of interest to anyone who has been seduced by Marcel Dzama and Paper Rad." -- conundrum website
Trapezoid or wing-shaped card covers, contain two trapezoid-shaped separate books in plastic sleeves: one artist book of 160 pages is mostly of drawings, and a smaller book of drawings functions like a flip-book.
"This richly designed catalogue, Marcel Dzama: Behind Every Curtain, is published on the occasion of the artist’s sixth solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2011. The exhibition debuts a major new film, A Game of Chess, alongside related drawings, sculptures, and dioramas. In the film, characters based on the classic game of chess, dressed in geometrically designed costumes and wearing elaborate masks, dance across a checkered board to challenge their opponents in fatal interchanges. Designed in collaboration with the artist in the format of a small sketchbook, this exhibition catalogue includes drawings, storyboards, dioramas, and film and production stills from the making of A Game of Chess." -- david zwirner books website
"In Chronicles Vol. 2, Kim Gordon brings together some of her most personal drawings from recent years--drawings that she made for her daughter, Coko, for her nieces, for her partner Thurston Moore, and friends. This second book of Gordon's work from Nieves goes beyond the photographic glimpses of Gordon the musician, which were pictured in Chronicles Vol. 1, providing the reader access to her most intimate world. This volume features drawings, collages and paintings, most of which have never before been published." -- amazon.com
"After Ebola (2001 out of print) and Schmo (2004), Holy Moly is the third book of drawings by Jeff Ladouceur to be published by L'Oie de Cravan in Montreal. Expansive and profoundly coherent, Ladouceur's work hasn't lost any of its strength over the years. On the contrary, its hallucinatory powers only seem to have become stronger as an alchemical intertextuality has transformed his characters into a people with their own painful history. Intuitively, we begin to realize these people are our own, and that the hidden narrative behind Holy Moly is ours. With a finely pointed pen in black ink and a meticulous touch, this Vancouver-based artist draws cartoons about a bald, long-nosed, sad sack of a character called "Schmo." Our hero's struggles with ordinary existence and surrealistic encounters with cloud-creatures, tiny elephants, octopuses and an abominable snowman are funny, weird and touching. Ken Johnson, New York Times, October 2004" L'Oie de Craven. http://www.oiedecravan.com/cat/catalogue.php?v=t&id=75&lang=en
"Julie Morstad has long excelled at illustration, often working in tandem with children’s writers, but in The Wayside, the storytelling potential of her fantastical pictures is fully realized. Within these pages, Morstad’s worlds unite, maintaining their ethereal, almost fairy-tale beauty while also achieving a loose overarching synthesis through thematic and visual commonalities.
The work found herein combines the delicate line of Edward Gorey with the color palette of Marcel Dzama, and emerges as something utterly unique: a combination of the two with the spirit of Virginia Woolf. Similar to her first D+Q book, Milk Teeth, Morstad’s drawings—dramatic, poetic, and heavy with symbolism—speak for themselves, exploring femininity, identity, and personal mythologies." -- drawn and quarterly website
"50/50 draw is a small consideration of the number fifty and chance: consisting of sixteen pages, laser jet print on Cromatica Translucent and Lynx Opaque papers, pamphlet stitched in an edition of fifteen books with variable covers each bearing a single fifty-fifty draw ticket"--Colophon.