2008 / Semina No. 1 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-03-8 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Dark Object
This volume of interrelated yet self-contained short stories is set in an art school in which a paranoid, conceptual ideology has prohibited the making of objects. One student remains: isolated and battling with institutional directives and solitary confinement, Addison Cole writes stories. These narrate a series of explicit encounters with texts, objects and artists, reducing characters to their pornographic effect. Imagine Slavojzizek as an impotent sexual metaphor or Hegel as a skeletal specter. London-based author Katrina Palmer explores the tension between the restraint of narrative form and the explosion of ontic instability. The aim is not to subsume fantasy into the everyday, but rather demonstrate that everything is real and the everyday is fantastical.
2010 / Semina No. 5 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-22-9 · Retail Price: $19.95
HOE #999 Decennial Appreciation and Celebratory Analysis
High on teenage rebellion and Thunderbird wine, the Hogs of Entropy (HOE) released over 1,000 text files – an electronic version of paper zines – and inadvertently proved that the brain capacity of the average American teenager is on par with Neanderthal man. To a soundtrack of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Wu Tang Clan and The Misfits, prime conspirator Jarett Kobek practiced a shamanistic exorcism of American culture. In this book, Kobek attempts a tripped-out transformation of his adolescent texts. Outsourcing all critical meditation to an Asian essay farm and interweaving this work-for-hire meta-text alongside editorial dialogue and excerpts from the original, he reloads and jacks up his anti-authorial intent for a newer, even stupider millennium.
2010 / Semina No. 6 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-21-2 · Retail Price: $19.95
Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie
Using pornographic spam emails, and replacing the generic ‘he’ and ‘she’ with the names of leading feminist artists, this sort-of-novel reveals the un-nameable desires of the art world, projected through the aspirant culture of London’s curatorial elite. With walk-on parts by Martha Rosler, Sam Taylor Wood and Tracey Emin, sensational lost Belle de Jour transcripts, and missives from the underbelly of the blogosphere, artist/filmmaker Stewart Home’s work reads like the SCUM manifesto remixed by The Bomb Squad. When the publisher rushed this to Malcolm McLaren for a deathbed blurb, legend has it his final croak was, “Feminism with balls.” Home’s writings include 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess, Tainted Love, and Memphis Underground. From 2007-10, he was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels.
2010 / Semina No. 7 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-23-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Jasper Henderson (Ed.)
Q.S. Serafijn is a visual artist, writer, and publicist. In his work disciplines are closely interrelated; for example when Serafijn works on an assignment for the public space, he accompanies the image with a story that reflects on the genesis of the picture and, casually, analyzes the public space and the job situation. For the first time in Notes 3, a wide selection of his visual work, blog entries, mini-essays and short stories have been gathered and published. Six writers reflect on Serafijn’s career, including Dirk van Weelden exploring Serafijn’s idiosyncratic relationship with art and reality, Anna Tilroe on the concept of commitment, Harry Starren about modern patronage, Ragna Siguroardottir on relationships between text and image, Ruud Kaulingfreks his hybrid discipline and Siebe Thissen on the relationship of citizens to art in public spaces.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Softcover/ 9 x 6 3/4 inches
224 pp/ 90 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-063-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
Anna Sew Hoy, Math Bass, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Trinie Dalton, Rita Gonzalez, Jennie Sorkin, A.L. Steiner, Alice Konitz
Suppose and a Pair of Jeans is the first book to consider the work of Los Angeles-based artist Anna Sew Hoy, whose prolific practice originates in sculpture and reaches into craft, performance, and ceramics. Organized into groupings that emphasize the interrelation of form, process, function, and influence, this generously-illustrated volume is punctuated by texts and “manifestos” responding to Sew Hoy’s work by fellow artists, writers, art historians, curators, and collaborators including Math Bass, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Trinie Dalton, Jennifer Doyle, Eve Fowler, Rita Gonzalez, Alice Könitz, Jenni Sorkin, and A.L. Steiner.
May 2013 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
189 pp / 75 color / 114 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9830773-2-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
After years out of print, this re-issue of the 1995 Dreams once again reveals internationally renowned artist/writer Jim Shaw’s innermost fears, obsessions and sexual fantasies. This bizarre journal takes the reader into the imagination of the Los Angeles-based artist through painstaking pencil drawings that bring the nocturnal world of this inventive, anti-elitist artist to life. Shaw is known for his preoccupation with dream imagery, pop culture and odd-ball, even pornographic, subject matter; his works span drawings, sculpture, prints and photos. This massive, diary-like picture book is an in-depth look at one of the most important facets of this seminal artist’s work.
September 2008 / Second edition / Softcover / 6 x 8 inches / 288 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9646426-0-7 · Retail Price: $30.00
2006 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
48 pp / 4 b&w and 2 color
ISBN: 1-870699-82-3 · Retail Price: $16.00
Wisps of smoke? Clouds? Woven threads? An unknown species of jellyfish? New York artist Mark Sheinkman’s romantic, mysterious and delicate drawings are the focus of this catalog from his first European solo exhibition. To create these dramatic works of art, Sheinkman applies graphite powder to the ground and rubs it into the completely black surface until the white plumes appear chiselled out of the darkness of the paper, in a mesmerizing filigree effect. The drawings, some as large as six feet across, inspired curator Ulrike Schick to write that Sheinkman “describes time through space … the fleetingness of a moment that is captured without becoming rigid.” Photos include the gallery installation from the museum show.
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 124 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-24-7 · Retail Price: $39.95
Iftikhar Dadi (Ed.)
Layering postwar geometric abstraction with Arabic calligraphic forms, Anwar Jalal Shemza’s rich and imaginative body of work combining the visual traditions of East and West is surveyed for the first time in this comprehensive volume. Born in India in 1928, Shemza attended art school in Lahore, Pakistan, and was a leading artist and literary figure when he moved to London in the mid-1950s to study at the Slade College of Fine Art. His subsequent work in painting, drawing and printmaking engaged dilemmas of identity, culture and place in rigorously deployed geometric and calligraphic forms. Accompanying over 130 illustrations of works and rare archival material, a text by art historian Iftikhar Dadi provides an overview of his career alongside essays by artists Shezad Dawood and Rachel Garfield, art historian Courtney J. Martin and London-based curator Hammad Nasar on his work, contemporary reception and influence on younger generations. This publication coincides with Tate Britain Spotlight exhibition (2015–16).
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches / 216 pp / 132 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-13-5 · Retail Price: $49.95