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Textfield at Creatures of Comfort

No More Reality

Phil Chang * Arthur Ou * Eduardo Sarabia * Anna Sew Hoy

Temporary bookshop and exhibition
July 21 — August 25, 2011
Reception: Thursday, July 21, 6-8pm
Organized by Textfield, Inc.

Creatures of Comfort
205 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012

Creatures of Comfort New York is pleased to present No More Reality, a temporary bookshop and exhibition organized by Textfield, Inc. The bookshop and exhibition will take place in Creatures of Comfort’s adjacent project space at 205 Mulberry St.In conjunction with the bookshop, which will feature current and archived titles from Textfield Distribution, there will be an exhibition of work by artists that Jonathan Maghen has collaborated with through Textfield to realize various publishing projects. The exhibition will feature the works of Phil Chang, Arthur Ou, Eduardo Sarabia, and Anna Sew Hoy.The bookshop and exhibition title have been appropriated from the Philippe Parreno work, No More Reality (the demonstration), 1991, which is a four-minute video of children demonstrating, and chanting the slogan and title (“No More Reality”). New York Times Tmagazine

Anna Sew Hoy – Magic Number Rattle Rock

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mono.kultur stinks, literally

I just received the most recent issue of the German interview magazine mono.kultur. Issue #23 contains an interview with odor artist Sissel Tolaas, along with twelve scented pages! I’ve been looking for this copy of the magazine in New York City, but I’m not sure it’s hit the stands yet (Spoonbill & Sugartown and Printed Matter carry it). Luckily I was contacted by one of the editors, Anna Saulwick, and a copy was sent to me from Berlin, arriving in my mailbox today.

I didn’t know what kinds of scents to expect, but the pages are laced with ‘The Smell of Fear,’ a project Tolaas has been working on where she collects sweat from men at the onslaught of anxiety. The pages smell strong. They smell like sweat and men’s cologne and it’s hard for me to decipher a difference between them. They all smell the same, but perhaps my receptors aren’t trained well enough to sense the subtleties. On page six of the magazine Tolaas remarks, “We can render up to 10,000 different smells but we use only fifteen to twenty percent of this information. we have only two words to describe them – good or bad – and there must be something done about it. I see smell as information, or a tool of navigation and communication.” The interview is fascinating and sheds light on our most forgotten, and perhaps most important sense.

I am really excited about this magazine for a couple reasons. First, I think it’s really interesting to compare the scents in this magazine with perfume ad scents in men’s and women’s fashion magazines. Instead of giving us a fragrance meant to cover up body odor, we are given the fragrance of body odor. I have also been personally interested in exploring scent and its ties to memory. I began an art project earlier this year where I have been smelling all of the books in the library I work at. I will be placing images of my scent diary along with an essay I am writing up on my website soon. Lastly, I’ve been involved in organizing a class at The Public School called ‘The Space Life of Smell.’ We’re hoping the class will take place sometime this June.

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NY Art Book Fair Saturday and Sunday re-cap


On Saturday I participated in Jennifer Sullivan‘s Fall Collection event as part of The Classroom.  The Fall Collection fashion show was a launch party for issue one of Threads magazine which Jennifer edits along with artist Jenn Brehm.  I hope to do an interview with Jennifer and Jenn about their magazine in the next few months.  Here are some photographs of the fashion show:

4 fashion pics(Clockwise: Jennifer Sullivan, Jenn Brehm, Rachael Morrison, Nathan Richard Wagner, and Ryan Roth)

One of the highlights of The Fair was the Triple Canopy event in The Classroom.  This included a visit from special guest “Robert Rauschenberg,” (even though he died in the spring of 2008) at The Invisible Grammer: A Tribute to Aspen’s ” Time Silence and Reduction, and Language” issue on its 42nd Anniversary. “Rauschenberg” in conversation with Andres Laracuente told the story of his famous drawing Erased De Kooning, 1953.  The story was told beautifully.


In my final tour around PS1 I walked past familiar magazine vendors ZingMagazine, Art on Paper, mono.kultur, the journal, Frieze, Gagarin,…  At the Golden Age stand I found these two new magazines: Proximity Magazine from Chicago, IL and Evergreen from Melbourne, Australia.  I hope to get my hands on them again and give them more attention on this blog.




I also checked out FOIL and IANN, two magazines published by FOIL from Asia:




In addition to all the magazines I perused, I looked at artists books on the tables of some of my favorite independent publishers Regency Arts Press Ltd., and Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.) Press.  I didn’t get anything from Regency Arts Press this year, but I did speak with Lauren Wittels who told me about two exciting upcoming events.  Open Book is going to be an interactive online catalogue of books made by artists and independent publishers.  The site will be launched in early 2010 and the first open-call for submissions took place on Saturday Oct. 17th X-Initiative in Chelsea.   Also coming up is the Art Book Swap at The Museum of Modern Art on Saturday Feb. 6th, 2010.

CIMG0087The Daddy Magazine Room / Installation

CIMG0086Josh Smith takes over the wall behind his outfit: 38th Street Publishers

CIMG0089Farewell to another great Art Book Fair.

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