The Library

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

Submit

Submissions of artists books, artist zines, self-published or unpublished works, or donations can be made to the Library by contacting Far Afield.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.

Borrow

Any of the items listed in the Library catalogue below can be borrowed for free by contacting Far Afield.

 
 
 

Little Geysers, by Penelope Smart

Ideas can spout, gush, and erupt with great force. Penelope Smart's zine contains ephemera from a very gyzerous Geologic Time residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  

Self-published, 2017.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism, by Elizabeth Povinelli

In Geontologies Elizabeth A. Povinelli continues her project of mapping the current conditions of late liberalism by offering a bold retheorization of power. Finding Foucauldian biopolitics unable to adequately reveal contemporary mechanisms of power and governance, Povinelli describes a mode of power she calls geontopower, which operates through the regulation of the distinction between Life and Nonlife and the figures of the Desert, the Animist, and the Virus. 

Published by Duke University Press, 2016.

 
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Lost Rocks: (Crocoite, by Margaret Woodward; Crocoite, by Justy Phillips; Silver, by Jane Rendell; Silver/Lead, by Sarah Jones; Basalt, by Ross Gibson; Conglomerate, by Ben Walter; Marble, by Ally Bisshop; Crystal Bone, by Greg Lehman)  

Lost Rocks (2017–21) is an ambitious, slow-publishing artwork – a library of forty books, four books published twice yearly for the next five years. Brought to life by Australian artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward (A Published Event) and composed by forty contemporary artists from around the world, Lost Rocks is an accumulative event of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling. Books can be borrowed in multiples or singularly. 

Published by Lost Rocks, 2017.

 

 

Open Spaces, by Jon Whyte

A collection of concrete poetry that opens the spaces of intimacy, media-culture, and landscape. Whyte was deeply attached to the Canadian Rockies, and Open Spaces portends the "forceful fields of time" he found in that landscape. 

Published by Peter Whyte Gallery, 1977.

 

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.

 

Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within lithic matter. Mingling narratives that stretch from the medieval to the modern, Cohen suggests ecological enmeshment and creaturely mineral life. Stone is never inert, but rather an enduring presence that requires an understanding of the world in more than human terms. 

Published by University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

 

Mary T.S. Schäffer: A Hunter of Peace, edited by E.J. Hart with an introduction by Jennifer Rutkair

Schäffer lived from 1861-1939, and was an avid mountaineer, photographer and artist who spent the majority of her life in the Canadian Rockies around the town of Banff. First published in 1911, this book is Schäffer’s story of her adventures in the traditionally male-dominated world of climbing and exploration. It also sheds light on her view of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations at the early part of the 20th century. Several quality reproductions of Schäffer's hand-painted lantern slides accompany the written journals. 

Published by the Whyte Museum, 2014.

 

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. 

Self-published. 

 

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.

Self-published. 

 

Mandalas, by Annerose Georgeson

Experimental drawings and fragments of text in this zine by Vanderhoof-based artist, Annerose Georgeson.

Self-published. 

 

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.