I want to fill you all in on a little project that I’ve been working on for some time now as a small side project, but is becoming more of a focus of mine right now and moving forward. In 2012, I became co-director, along with friend and Colleague, Daniel Fuller (now curator at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), of the Portland Maine branch of Publication Studio. P.S. is an on demand publishing project, started in Portland Oregon, and springing up in mini-branches all over the country and now the world. We work with artists, writers, and thinkers on small projects to create runs of affordably produced and accessible publications. I’ll let the founders describe the mission of this project…
Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. We use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books; a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate our books for free); eBooks; and unique social events with our writers and artists in many cities. We attend to the social life of the book. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation, and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.
Currently there are thirteen Publication Studio sibling studios:
Patricia No and Antonia Pinter
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Ian Dolton-Thornton, (founded by Colter Jacobsen)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Keith Higgins and Kathy Slade
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Derek McCormack, Alana Wilcox and Michael Maranda (PS Toronto is currently on hiatus.)
Sam Gould (PS Minneapolis is a peripatetic studio, formerly known as PS Midwest Radical Culture Corridor and PS Boston, defined by the location of Sam Gould and his machines.)
Robert Blackson and the Tyler School of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Sergio Pastor, Matthew Schum and Lizzie Fitch
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dan Evans, Danica Evering, Alissa Firth-Eagland, Scott McGovern, Steph Yates and Shawn Van Sluys
Patrick Kiley and Christin Ripley
Micha Zweifel and Yin Yin Wong
This project has had me involved in many great projects with all sorts of artists, mostly as a result of their relationships with Daniel, who worked the curatorial side of the project. Now, with Daniel gone, I have decided to not only keep the project going, but to make more of an effort to be continuously produce book projects with artists and writers who I am interested in and want to engage with.
Check the book out here. you can order any of our books online from Publication Studio.
here are a few that we have released in the last few years that we still have in stock.
A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties, byLaura Raicovich
Stars: Even the Sun With All Its Warmth is Detached, by Anthony Campuzano
Lazer Hotel, by the Art Department
Balloon Catcher Wanted, by The Art Department
Fun Sponge, by Alex Da Corta
I’m looking forward to many more and already have a few lined up that I’m super excited about. I’ll be updating the blog as new books come up with links so you can order them and help get these great simple publications out there.