Far Afield is committed to collecting and sharing publications that support experimental art practices.
Submissions of artists books, artist zines, self-published or unpublished works, or donations can be made to the Library by contacting Far Afield. A copy will be made available on loan to anyone from the Library collection. Physical copies and pdfs are being now being accepted. Details on the ongoing call for publications can be found here.
Any of the items listed in the Library catalogue below can be borrowed for free by contacting Far Afield.
Giscome Road, by C.S. Giscombe
Concerned with specific locales in northern Canada named for the 19th-century Jamaican miner and explorer John Robert Giscome, the volume incorporates a variety of historical documents, maps, and dreams that explore music, racial dichotomies, sexuality, and the ways in which landscape itself is described.
Published by Dalkey Archive Press, 1998.
Wasp Paper, by Annerose Georgeson
A zine filled with experimental drawings and collage.
Bunnies and the Moon, by Annerose Georgeson
A short zine about two bunny friends, and the moon. Graphite and ballpoint pen drawings by Annerose Georgeson.
Mandalas, by Annerose Georgeson
Experimental drawings and fragments of text in this zine by Vanderhoof-based artist, Annerose Georgeson.
Do It: The Compendium, by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Exploring experimental curatorial strategies, twelve artists contribute instruction-based artworks.
Published by Independent Curators International, 2013.
The Weather from the West, poems by Sheila Peters and paintings by Perry Rath
Poems and paintings that reflect on the histories and experiences living in British Columbia's Bulkley Valley.
Published by Creekstone press. 2007.
High Iron, No. 14, edited by Brett Enemark and illustrated by Vicky Margesson
A compilation of short prose and poetry of sweet things: maple trees to honey. Edited by Prince George-based poet Brett Enemark. Also includes writing by Daphne Marlatt, George Bowering, Claire Standard, Stan Persky, Gladys Hindmarch, Robert Rose, Zonko, and Sharon Fawcett.
Printed at Simon Fraser University. circ. 1975 (?)
El Robo del Año, Ulises Carrión
Writer and poet Ulises Carrión was a polymath writer, poet, visual artist and publisher. Carrión laid the groundwork for the acceptance of the artist book as a genre, and was influentially involved in the mail art movement. Exhibited in 1982, El Robo del Año "involved the mounting of a diamond" as a work of art. This book, broken into the sections "Photo documentation of the public's reactions", "Crime scene reconstruction", "Third reading of the case", are conveyed by expert and sworn interpreters.
Published by Alias. 2013.
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.
Dreamland (Issues II, IX, and XI)
A Prince George-based magazine featuring poetry, prose and visual art from around Canada and beyond. An international collection of outstanding experimental writing practices.
Published by Jeremy Stewart, Dreamland School of the Arts.
In Loving Memory of the Working Papers of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Poetic Research: Chapbook of Casse-Tête, A Festival of Experimental Music, edited by Nikki Reimer and Jonathon Wilcke.
"Why would you drop a perfectly good set of assumptions?" is a perfectly good question that sardonically resonates throughout the book. As outlined in the title, the poetic sketches marked out in the working papers respond to the 2014 experimental music festival, including the dropping of a piano.
Published by Jeremy Stewart, Green Milk Creative Umbrella. 2015.
Hidden City, by Jeremy Stewart
A suite of poems that drive the question: "How does a place get in your bones?" Voices of a journey that unassumingly pass through bedrooms, refrigerators, empty barns and the 7-Eleven. Winner of the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
Published by Snare Publishing. 2014.
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.
The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit
The relationship between telling stories as a cultural practice, in an approximation of closeness or distance. A paralleled prose, that continues to unfold out of itself.
Published by Penguin Books. 2013.
Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending, by Marc Treib
Exploring different ways to engage with the landscape through observation and sensitivity, this book offers a mediation on landscape. Digging, piling, adding, subtracting, tracing, the void and the devoid all become fields of observation. Dull spaces are revisited.
Published by ORO Editions. 2016.