Friday, September 28, 2012

Featured: Photography & Fashion

























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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Featured: The 80s




80*81: Volume 1: What Happened?
128 pages, Soft cover in yellow PVC wallet 

Interview with Slavoj Žižek:  “My whole effort is to remain at the surface.  I don’t believe in depth.  If you deeply look into a person –in everyone– you find shit. I believe in surface.  I think true metaphysics is the metaphysics of surface.  If you do something great it’s not deep in you. There is not an undiscovered pearl, no!  That pearl is always shit.”

Interview with Eric Mitchell: “I was wearing this orange hunting jacket. Really bright orange. Dayglo! I wanted to be famous and I wanted people to know who I was, to know I made that movie. I was ambitious, posturing, everything. Punk promotion. Punks were great promoters. People in the Berlinale hated me. I was so obviously shiny.”

Interview with Robert Longo: “When we started making money, we started going to the Odeon. You went downstairs in the bathroom and did enormous amounts of coke. There was a closet off the side where you would go fuck in the closet or you’d go fall asleep. The Odeon became the hangout place. The more serious we became as artists, the less we played in bands anymore.”

















"This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s covers the period from 1979 to 1992. During this era, the political sphere was dominated by the ideas of former US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the music scene was transformed by punk and the birth of hip-hop, and our everyday lives were radically altered by a host of technological developments, from the Sony Walkman and the ATM to the appearance of MTV and the first personal computers. In the United States, the decade opened with an enormous anti-nuclear protest in New York’s Central Park and closed with mass demonstrations against the government’s slow response to the AIDS crisis. This exhibition attempts to make sense of what happened to the visual arts in the United States during this tumultuous period.

The artists represented in This Will Have Been belong to the first generation of artists to grow up with a television in the home. They came of age in a culture saturated with images designed to promote desire—desire for objects, for lifestyles, for fame, for conformity, for anti-conformity. So too the majority of these artists lived through the heady days of the 1970s feminist movement and witnessed that broad-based social movement’s demands for equality in all areas of life—work, family, and intimate relationships. It became the task of the 1980s to assimilate these powerful social forces—the rise of television and movements for social justice—as they converged.

For many of the artists represented in this exhibition that meant grappling with complex questions: In a world increasingly filled with mass-media images, what is the role of the visual arts? How can artists make images that either compete with or counter the powerful images produced by advertising and Hollywood? In a society struggling for increased equality, how do historically marginalized people—women, people of color, and gays and lesbians—find their public voice? Toward the end of the decade, as the rise of HIV/AIDS created a growing political and medical crisis in the United States, these questions increased in urgency. This Will Have Been features a wide range of artworks, made by a diverse group of nearly one hundred artists, demonstrating the decade’s moments of contentious debate, raucous dialogue, erudite opinions, and joyful expression—all in the name of an expanded idea of freedom, long the promise of democratic societies."







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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Featured: Strange Attractors




Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities

According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they “do it?” Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.
Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires. A joint publication of Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors straddles the line between speculative scientific exploration and artistic imagination.

Contributors include: Amy Gerstler, David Horvitz, Shana Moulton, Anselm Berrigan, Peggy Ahwesh, Thomas Scioli, Suzanne Wright, Jacob Ciocci and many more. For example, Andrew Negrey’s collages illustrate a variety of couplings including a ‘Green Diver’ lusting after buoyant ‘Glo-balls’ on unregistered planet 311OPEL, Adam Atkinson’s prose explores “The Sexual Habits of Extra-Terrestrials as Observed by Jules Verne;” and in Shana Moulton’s humorous video, “Green Portal 43,” extraterrestrials create an erotic film based on observed human behaviors that arouse them during a visit to Earth.

While science fiction literature and film have often touched on extraterrestrial sexuality, these encounters are frequently represented as between a human and a humanoid extraterrestrial. Gender is often portrayed as binary even when it is homosexual. Sexual encounters consist primarily of engagements between two beings. Inspired by Kepler, NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around other stars, Suzie Silver of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality says, “this project has gone beyond male and female, beyond queer, beyond any notion of gender, beyond the anthropomorphic to erotic possibilities as vastly varied as the Milky Way itself.”

Contributors include Peggy Ahwesh, Thomas Scioli, Jacob Ciocci, Christopher Kardambikis, Ed Steck, Lizzee Solomon, Juliacks, Michael Mallis & Michael McParlane, and Adam Atkinson.



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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Featured: Vivian Maier




Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
Hardcover

"A good street photographer must possess many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City, to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

It wasn’t until realtor and amateur historian John Maloof stumbled upon a box of anonymous negatives in a Chicago auction house in 2007 that any of her marvelous work saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the first wave of the best of her incredible body of work—much of which still hasn’t been enlarged or in some case even developed into negatives. Hidden treasures like this don’t come along every day, and powerHouse is excited and honored to present this astounding body of never-before-seen work to the public at large.

There is still very little known about the life of Vivian Maier. What is known is that she was born in New York in 1926 and worked as a nanny for a family on Chicago’s North Shore during the 50s and 60s. Seemingly without a family of her own, the children she cared for eventually acted as caregivers for Maier herself in the autumn of her life. She took hundreds of thousands of photographs in her lifetime, but never shared them with anyone. Maier lost possession of her art when her storage locker was sold off for non-payment. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 83." -Powerhouse
















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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Featured: John Ciardi & Edward Gorey




The Monster Den: Or Look What Happened at My House - And to It 
Hardcover 








You Know Who
Hardcover




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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Featured: More Poetry!





Linh Dinh, Drunkard Boxing
Paperback






David Antin & Charles Bernstein, A Conversation & Album Notes
Paperback







Pablo Neruda, Spain In Our Hearts
Paperback

 





Eugenio Montale, Collected Poems
Paperback





Ian Hamilton Finlay, Selections
Paperback





Lewis Warsh, The Origin Of The World
Paperback





Li-Young Lee, Book Of My Nights
Paperback





Philip Larkin, The Complete Poems
Hardcover





Georg Trakl, Song Of The Departed
Paperback




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Friday, September 7, 2012

Featured: Ugly Ducking Presse


Damon Krukowski
Afterimage

Afterimage is the testimonial of a survivor's son. A hybrid work—part treatise, part memoir, part lyric—the text thinks through a problem prompted by confusions between the author's imagination and his father's history: "Do we only tell each other's stories? Ask others to tell our own? Can we tell our own? Or is that what stories are for—to tell someone else's, and allow another to tell yours?" With photographs by Naomi Yang.





Demosthenes Agrafiotis
Chinese Notebook

Composed in a red-and-black notebook that was made in China, Demosthenes Agrafiotis's Chinese Notebook addresses the act of (mis)communication in a world held sway to consumer capitalism and globalization. The conceits of abstraction, fragmentation and disjunction are employed here as a means to an end, as the language of corporate legalese begins to build, through accretion and overlap, into a personal metaphysics. Within these short, spare poems, Agrafiotis demonstrates the ways that language can formulate networks—or, in his words, "ensembles of meaning interacting with the flow of things." 








 Ellie Ga
Classification of a Spit Stain

Classification of a Spit Stain is the result of Ellie Ga’s two-year project photographing and analyzing stains on city pavements throughout the world. Accompanying the photographs is a classification system which organizes the stains according to various qualities such as substance and longevity. A combination of urban flaneurie and garbology, Classification of a Spit Stain is a mysterious field guide to the landscape underneath the soles of our shoes. The original version of this artist book, made in an edition of twenty-five copies, is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Brown University, and UCLA’s Dickson Library, among others. This trade edition was produced in response to sustained interest.





                                                             

Dan Machlin
Dear Body

 In the title sequence of this stunning debut, poet Dan Machlin imagines the dialog between body and mind as a playful literary correspondence. One that begins whimsically: “We prayed to your effigy like to a beautiful library book you wanted to steal,” but can turn violent ("Cut off a finger to see if you would notice, but the blood said nothing and I / just stood there moments with an open mouth”). Still, these poems never abandon their innate optimism, humor, and eloquent lightness as they explore diverse forms and vocabularies on their search for “an opening, an architecture.” 








Eugene Ostashevsky
Enter Morris Imposternak, Pursued by Ironies

 Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His debut poetry collection, Iterature, displays the dissonant rhythms, heavy unexpected rhymes, and multilingual puns that occupied him at the turn of the century, as well as a healthy interest in mathematics. The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza employs characters such as MC Squared, Peepeesaurus, the Begriffon and, of course, DJ Spinoza, to explore the shortcomings of axiomatic systems with the insouciance and energy of Saturday-morning cartoons. He has edited an English-language anthology of Russian absurdist writings of the 1930s by such authors as Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms. His PhD dissertation was on the history of zero. He teaches the humanities at New York University.






Alex Stein
Made-Up Interviews with Imaginary Artists

 "Alex Stein’s marvelous Made-up Interviews with Imaginary Artists moves powerfully against the grain of standard received notions of what constitutes a book of interviews. Combining philosophical rumination and elegant digression with fascinating interviews that have been subtly but significantly reworked, Stein has brought a new variety of convive to the cross-genre table. The result, while offering the rewards of traditional interview compilations—access to the minds of first-rate thinkers such as Lorna Dee Cervantes and Cecilia Vicuña—also offers the reader a growing sense of just who or what the mysterious, deceptively self-effacing facilitator of these proceedings might be. For Alex Stein too is gradually, carefully revealed to us as the book proceeds. This Alex Stein may or may not correspond perfectly with the Alex Stein who has signed his name to the manuscript, and it is in this touch of fictionality, which always illuminates rather than obscures, and speaks volumes about the knowability/unknowability of the self and what the self seeks to apprehend—that a handsome portion of the pleasure of this fine project resides." —Laird Hunt


Tomaz Salamun
On the Tracks of Wild Game

 Tomaz Salamun wrote the poems collected in On the Tracks of Wild Game [Po sledeh divjadi] in a time of personal crisis during the politically repressive years of the 1970s. It was with this book, which saw its first publication in 1979, that Šalamun made a complete transformation in moving from art-making to poetry.




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Matthew Rohrer
A Plate of Chicken

 "'Take off your pants, Creepy, and be my love.' Domesticity and poetry are at the heart of these outlandish and tender poems, all seven lines long (or is it one long poem made up of seven line stanzas?), in which collisions are continually occurring, as words and lines of thought bump up against, and rub, each other. Rohrer’s poems are blunt, erotic, romantic, declarative, down to earth, outrageous, funny, sad, and better than any other plate of chicken placed before you in this life. Sit down and enjoy a sumptuous no-frills meal that doesn’t try to fill you with iceberg lettuce." —John Yau





Aleksander Skidan
Red Shifting

 "Anyone interested in the vital pulse of contemporary Russian poetry will be richly rewarded by this expertly translated selection of Aleksandr Skidan's work. It is visionary and transgressive, erotic and Corybantic, ancient and immediate, and 'it strikes suddenly/like a crooked needle in the heart.'" —MICHAEL PALMER





Jeffrey Joe Nelson
Road of a Thousand Wonders

Composed of 10 chapters—each an excerpt from a self-published chapbook—Road of a Thousand Wonders contains pomes written from 1999 to 2010. An unofficial selected, the pomes in this volume range in style from lyrical narratives to percussive one-liners, as well as from long pomes like, "Rimbaud in New York," and the opening sequence, "Sweet Nothings."




Aase Berg
Transfer Fat

Aase Berg’s Transfer Fat (Forsla fett), nominated in 2002 for Sweden’s prestigious Augustpriset for the best poetry book, is a haunting amalgamation of languages and elements—of science, of pregnancy, of whales, of the naturally and unnaturally grotesque—that births things unforeseen and intimately alien. Johannes Göransson’s translation captures the seething instability of Berg’s bizarre compound nouns and linguistic contortions.




Noel Black
Uselysses



Noel Black's Uselysses contains five discrete books of poems written over the last four years. Some of these are poems of experience. Others are night raids or open attacks on the reserves of meaning that, we're almost convinced, derive from properly appreciated experience; meanings we back on faith so we can keep having meaningful experiences in the future. As a radical questioner of such faiths, Black subjects his own skepticism to sufficient pressure to line a mine with prodigal kindness or absolute contempt, depending on the company. Most vital to the reader, his voice is clear throughout, natural, and the poems are fun to read over again.  A peerless comic poet, Black's poems have appeared widely, but few of the poems in this book have been published anywhere until now.





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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Featured: Three Classic Children's Books




Fairy Tales Of Charles Perrault
Illustrated in color and B&W by Harry Clarke
Hardcover



















Cinderella
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Hardcover








The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales
Illustrated in B&W, with 23 color plates by Kay Nielsen
Hardcover








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