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Submissions of artists books, artist zines, self-published or unpublished works, or donations can be made to the Library by contacting Far Afield.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.
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Fair Secrets, by Lexie Owen
This artist book was created with artist Lexie Owen in collaboration with the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival. During the 2018 fair, exhibitors, visitors, and volunteers submitted a variety of secrets — from prized recipes, to family know-how, to personal sentiments. The practical, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous accounts reveal the storied labour that is involved in fields like agriculture, horticulture, or the domestic arts.
Published by Far Afield as part of the Touchstones series, 2018.
Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, edited by Susan Gibson Garvey and Andrea Kunard
An exhibition catalogue of Creates' touring retrospective, Places, Paths, and Pauses. A comprehensive look at four decades of the artist's work. In addition to several curatorial essays, this book includes an essay on Create's' work by acclaimed nature writer Robert Macfarlane.
Published by Goose Lane Editions and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 2017.
Marlene Creates: Signs of Our Times, edited by Robin Metcalfe
Catalogue of an exhibition at Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, including a text on Creates' work by Lucy Lippard entitled, "Coming and Going."
Published by Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, 2005.
Marlene Creates: Places of Presence, by Marlene Creates
An artist book detailing Creates' work Places of Presence: Newfoundland Kin and Ancestral Land from 1989-1991. Includes an artist statement and detailed images of the memory maps, text, and photographs related to the project.
Published by Killick Press, 1997.
Marlene Creates: Language and Land Use, Newfoundland 1994, edited by Ingrid Jenkner
An exhibition catalogue coinciding with the presentation of Creates' work at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Detailed documentation of Creates' artworks, with accompanying essays by Ingrid Jenkner.
Published by Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 1994.
Marlene Creates: Language and Land Use, Alberta 1993, by Marlene Creates
An exhibition catalogue coinciding with the presentation of Creates' work at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. A detailed account of the artist's work, including an documentation of the exhibition.
Published by Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1993.
Marlene Creates: Landworks 1979-1991, edited by Patricia Grattan
Exhibition catalogue coinciding with the presentation of Creates work at the Art Gallery of Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Published by Memorial University, 1992.
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, R. Cobleigh
A sourcebook of labour-saving devices and DIY tried-and-true tips. Tools representing the "practical, successful experience of farmers and other wide-awake workers all over the United States."
Published by The Lost Library, 1909.
How to Imitate the Sound of the Shore Using Two Hands and a Carpet, by Cevdet Erek
A how-to manual complete with diagrams and images that allow for the recreation of the sound of the shore using memory and other tools.
Published by Sternberg Press and Kayfa, 2017.
(Convictions) How I am Queer Because I got Hetero-Married to my Gay Friend, by Catherine de Montreuil
Anecdotes of events related to the artist's 2014 artwork, Marriage Experiment (in collaboration with Aidan Whiteley). An intimate account of the strangeness of the commitment de Montreuil made to Whiteley for the sake of artistic and political interrogation.
Published by Publication Studio, 2016.
Every Public Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011, by Tyler Brett
Bruno Saskatchewan is a town of roughly six hundred people located about one hour east of Saskatoon. In addition to all of the public service and amenity buildings, the drawings in this book document every one of the town of Bruno’s shops as they existed in 2011.
Published by Publication Studio, 2016.
ISSUE Magazine 404 no. 7, edited by Catherine de Montreuil
Special edition of ISSUE Magazine, co-published with Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes and Felix August Rapp. Focused on local art criticism, ISSUE Magazine 404 contains interviews, exhibition reviews, essays, as well as artworks, poetry, and prose.
Published by UNIT/PITT Projects, 2017.
Site C Inquiry, by British Columbia Utilities Commission
A 310-page summary of the Commission's findings. The findings are also available to read online here.
Made available through Publication Studio, 2017.
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
A 388-page summary of the Commission's findings. The findings are also available to read online here.
Made available through Publication Studio, 2016.
Whitney Houston, et al., edited by Casey Wei, with contributions from Brit Bachmann, Gabi Dao, Olivia Dunbar, Steffanie Ling, and Karen Zolo
Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s chapter on Whitney Houston in his controversial novel, American Psycho (Vintage, 1991), Casey Wei invites five writers to explore their own relationships to popular music, resulting in essays on Marianne Faithfull, MIA, Kanye West, The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Wiz Khalifa, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, and more.
Published by Agony Klub and Publication Studio, 2017.
SHE ___ THE ___, by Jamey Braden
Using automatic writing from the feminist unconcious, Jamey Braden creates pointed statements that nevertheless admit a measure of ambiguity. The result is text-based works that simultaneously confront, confound, implicate, and involve the viewer.
Published by Publication Studio, 2017.
Receding Agate and Receding Rhodochrosite, by Becky Forsythe and Camila Sposati
A two-part bookwork created through a procedural performance by Becky Forsythe and Camila Sposati at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Self-published, bound by Far Afield, 2017.
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.
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, by 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.
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 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.
Keith Langergraber: Theatre of the Exploding Sun, by Liz Wylie, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Peter Morin and Ryan Doherty
The focus of this first career monograph is on Langergraber's three-part film entitled Time Traveller Trilogy. The first film, The Theatre of the Exploding Sun, centres around the artist's alter ego Eton Corrasable making a science fiction fan film that transports him to Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty on Great Salt Lake in Utah. In the second film Eton shoots a fan film based on the novel and film by Andrei Tarkovsky Solaris. The third film explores Dr Who fandom and Robert Smithson's never realized Glass Island project.
Published by Kelowna Art Gallery, 2013.
Lost Illusions: Recent Landscape Art, edited by Denise Oleksijczuk.
An exhibition catalogue featuring works by Renee Green, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, John Miller, Eleanor Bond, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Jeff Wall, Rasheed Araeen, Rodney Graham, and Deborah Bright.
Published by Vancouver Art Gallery, 1991.
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.
Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties, by Suzaan Boettger
Boettger offers a comprehensive history of the Earthworks movement in the United States, providing an in-depth analysis of the monumental forms that initiated the broader genre of Land Art. Examining the art, the artists, their dealers and proponents, Boettger interprets Earthworks as a manifestation both of artists' personal stories and of the late 1960s social and political tumult.
Published by University of California Press, 2002.
The Classroom Drawings of Orra White Hitchcock, edited by Palatino Press
Orra White Hitchcock (1796 – 1863) was one of America’s earliest women scientific illustrators and artists. Between 1828 and the 1840s she made hundreds of large and striking classroom aids. The drawings include geologic cross-sections, maps, prehistoric beasts, marine life, fossils and dinosaur footprints.
Published by Palatino Press, 2014.
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.
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.
Falling into Place, by Heather and Ivan Morison
In recent works, Heather and Ivan Morison have explored the currency of shelter and the escape vehicle – things that can either transport you physically or mentally away from the here and now and help avoid, or offer refuge, from future disaster.
Published by Bookworks and Situations, University of the West of England, 2009.
Sarah Browne: How to Use Fool's Gold, edited by Nigel Prince
Using ‘the economy’ as the basis for her artistic practice, Browne works with small communities of people, documenting resourceful forms of exchange such as gifting, subsistence, poaching and subsidies, to reveal the hidden social relations that exist in small-scale economic structures.
Published by Ikon Gallery, 2012.
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 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 Invisible 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, 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. with contributions from Barbara Cole, Randy Lee Cutler, Alexander McNaughton, and Magnolia Parker
Published by Other Sights for Artists' Projects, 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.