The Library

Far Afield is committed to collecting and sharing publications that support experimental art practices.

Catalogues & Artist Books

 
 

Under Starry Skies, Liz Ryan

A community builds a fence on the outskirts of Limerick City, in a guerrilla-style takeover of land that has been stymied by bureaucratic spatial policies. Text and documentation of the fence explore the creative interplay of space and material. 

Published by A.C.A. PUBLIC, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, 2017.

 

Stone Theatre, by Camila Sposati

Sposati's art practice investigates transformation and energy processes that simultaneously address microscopic and global scales; such as the growth of crystals in laboratories and the geological effects on the Earth's crust on different sites. A provocative extension of the artist's Teatro Anatômico (Earth Anatomical Theatre), presented at the third Bahia Biennale.  

Published by Revolver Publishing, 2016.

 

The World Upside Down, by Richard William Hill

The world upside down, as visualized by artists, is one in which the symbolic order is turned on its head. This publication of a group exhibition surveys the strategy of symbolic inversion used by contemporary artists, while also providing historical context on Western and Indigenous North American traditions of inversion. What happens when a cannon is shot upside down?

Published by Walter Phillips Gallery, 2008.

 

Fernando Ortega, SAM Art Projects

A catalogue on the work of artist, Fernando Ortega, on the occasion of his exhibition Fruite/Leak at the Palais de Tokyo. Includes a wonderful essay, "The flight of a fly in negative space" by Marc-Olivier Wahler.

Published by SAM Art Collections. 2012.

 

For the Birds, by Sean Lynch & Tom Fitzgerald

Exhibition catalogue for Sean Lynch's work, For the Birds (2014), a recorded performance within the context of a large-scale, collaborative installation. 

A lovely publication with some excellent images of cows looking at sculpture, and bare feet stepping in the muck. 

Published by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, with an introductory essay by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Létih. 2015. 

 

Grow: DIY Manual, edited by Holly Schmidt

A Farmer's Almanac version of an exhibition catalogue for Holly Schmidt's Grow DIY.

A mix of practical instructions for compostable planters, simple recipes, a background on the context of the project, and a conversation on emergent artistic practices. 

Published by Other Sights for Artists' Projects, with contributions from Barbara Cole, Randy Lee Cutler, Alexander McNaughton, and Magnolia Parker. 2014.

 

Germaine Koh: Fallow, edited by Cate Rimmer and Kathy Slade

Documentation of Germaine Koh’s large-scale installation work titled Fallow. Vegetation and soil from a vacant lot are transplanted into the "neutral" white-cube space of the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver. A descriptive account of what begins to bloom, from smells to bugs, offered by the Curator of the exhibition, Cate Rimmer. 

Published by ECU Press and Charles H. Scott Gallery. 2012.

 

Digital Natives, edited by Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham

Documentation of "Digital Natives," a public art project that took place in April, 2011 near the Burrard Street Bridge on a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation billboard. Susan Roy provides a history of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve, and how what was once a space that was frequently traversed by Coast Salish peoples, has been fragmented and divided over time. Other contributions also from Barbara Cole, Clint Burnham, Lorna Brown, Candice Hopkins and Susan Roy. 

Published by Other Sights for Artists' Projects. 2011.