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The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage & Guidebook Launch!

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage
&
Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook Launch
Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 8pm


General Projects
Outside Gallery
3611 Pomona St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90031

 

Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook Launch
&
Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Test Site #6: The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage
Astri Swendsrud & Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg

 

Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook
Paperback, full color, 130 pages
ISBN: 978-1-947322-93-6
Pre-Sale $35.00
Books Ship Out Early November!

Insert Blanc Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook by Astri Swendsrud & Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg. The full color book accompanies the exhibition What Can The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Do For You? at General Projects and Outside Gallery from September 7 to November 4, 2018 and launches on Friday November 2, 2018. The book is now available for Pre-Sale and will begin shipping in early November!

Alongside the publication and exhibition, Insert Blanc Press is also excited for the release of a new series of original drawings and a print edition What Can The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Do For You? by Astri Swendsrud & Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg.

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook, brings together images, texts, excerpts of performance scripts, and printed ephemera from the Semi-Tropic Spiritualist’s previous exhibitions. The book is organized as both a record of the project’s Test Sites from 2012-2018, and as an idiosyncratic guidebook to California’s spiritual history and geography. 

 

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists have exhibited their installations and performance works at Richard Telles Fine Art, Klowden Mann, The Vincent Price Museum, and Chime & Co. in Los Angeles; Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA; and Llano del Rio, CA among other locations. Their work will also be part of the upcoming exhibition Totenpass at Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, in October 2018. Both artists received their MFAs from CalArts in 2008.

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 22, 2018

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage Friday October 12th at 8pm

 

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage
Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 8pm-Midnight


General Projects
Outside Gallery
3611 Pomona St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Test Site #6: The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Pilgrimage
Astri Swendsrud & Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg
plus readings and performances by Akina Cox and Will Alexander
and Christy Roberts Berkowitz from KCHUNG will DJ a dance party following the pilgrimage

The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists have exhibited their installations and performance works at Richard Telles Fine Art, Klowden Mann, The Vincent Price Museum, and Chime & Co. in Los Angeles; Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA; and Llano del Rio, CA among other locations. Their work will also be part of the upcoming exhibition Totenpass at Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, in October 2018. Both artists received their MFAs from CalArts in 2008.

Akina Cox lives and works in Los Angeles and she has an upcoming show at Zorthian Ranch in November. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Monte Vista Projects, LACE, and Marine Contemporary. Her collaborative projects have been exhibited at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, as well as ForYourArt and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Her artist books have been published by New Byzantium Press and Golden Spike Press, and can be purchased at Otherwild, and the MOCA Bookstore in Los Angeles, Art Metropole in Toronto, and Printed Matter in New York City. 

Known for his experimental, surrealist prose, poet and Los Angeles native Will Alexander draws influence from the African diasporic experience and the international avant-garde, Aimé Césaire to André Breton, working through automatic writing to create new lexicons. Alexander works as a poet, novelist, playwright, aphorist, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist, he has 30 collections in the above mentioned genres. Both a Whiting Fellow and a California ArtsCouncil Fellow, he has been recipient of an Oakland PEN Award, an American Book Award, and winner of the 2016 Jackson Prize for Poetry.

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 01, 2018

World Cup Finals Watch Party !!!

World Cup Finals Watch Party !!!

hosted by Insert Blanc Press and General Projects

Saturday and Sunday July 14 & 15 at 9am sharp
on Tape Delay so we can all feel slightly more awake
No Spoilers!

Limited seating, and really, No Spoilers yah!?
door opens at 8:30am
3611 Pomona St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Two screens, one projector inside and one TV outside
Bring snacks, drinks etc to share if you'd like ...

We might even turn on the AC and keep it cool ...

like really very limited seating ...

did you see that Neymar roll !?

Written by Mathew Timmons — July 13, 2018

Audio excerpts from Independence Day

Independence Day
by Greg Curtis, Kim Calder & Ariel Evans

Paperback, full color, 116 pages
ISBN: 978-1-947322-90-5
$46.99

Independence Day presents a body of photographic work by Greg Curtis of extras from late 90s and early 2000s disaster films witnessing their own deaths. The book includes a long poem drawn from corresponding screenplays by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans.

Independence Day launch events took place at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) on 022418 and at The Poetic Research Bureau on 041318. 

You can find audio from those two events below:

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — April 22, 2018

Kim Calder, Greg Curtis & Evan Kleekamp: Independence Day Launch at Poetic Research Bureau

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

KIM CALDER
GREG CURTIS
& EVAN KLEEKAMP

Celebrating the publication of Independence Day (Insert Blanc Press) with a performance/reading!

Independence Day (Insert Blanc Press) presents Greg Curtis's still photographs of extras from late 90s and early 2000s disaster films witnessing their own deaths alongside a long poem drawn from the corresponding screenplays by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans.

Friday, April 13 2018
The Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Kim Calder studies post-1945 American literature and theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and is co-director of Les Figues Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Jacket2, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/Journal, and The Volta. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines the centrality of indigeneity and indigenous cosmologies across contemporary American literatures of resistance.

Greg Curtis' works in photography, video, and installation have been exhibited at Monte Vista Projects, Open House, Institute of Jamais Vu, Weekend, Cirrus Gallery, and Land of Tomorrow, among others. He has also organized exhibitions at Ms Barbers and Elephant. He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Evan Kleekamp codirects Les Figues Press in Los Angeles. They are the author of two chapbooks, 13 THESES ON STATE-SPONSORED BLACK DEATH IN AMERICA (Kastle Editions, 2016) and Once Upon A Time I Was Michael Thomas Taren (Ghost City Press, 2017). Excerpts from their in-progress manuscript Three Movements are forthcoming in Fence and Nightboat Books’ Responses, New writings, Flesh anthology edited by Ronaldo V. Wilson, Bhanu Kapil, and Mg Roberts.

Written by Mathew Timmons — April 09, 2018

Independence Day and A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark - Book Launch

A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark and Independence Day Book Launch 
Hosted by Insert Blanc Press
At Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)

709 N Hill Street Suite 104-8 (upstairs)

 


A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark is a collection of short fiction exploring the elemental aspects of storytelling—from word to sentence to character to gesture to narrative. In the roughly two dozen works that make up the book, Myers is attentive to the operations of words: how it is that words collude into sentences, and sentences balloon into worlds. Of equal concern are the operations of people: how people use these words, whether to shape, accommodate, resist or deny the realities with which they contend; how they make sense of where they find themselves; in what erratic or desperate manner they strive; what they get right and where they go wrong. 

Holly Myers is a writer and critic based in New Mexico. Her fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Zyzzyva and Joyland. Her art writing and criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly and Art Review, among other publications.


Independence Day presents a body of photographic work by Greg Curtis including a long poem by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans

“An asteroid, volcano, tsunami or alien army draws near and the camera cuts away to pan across groups of people looking towards catastrophe. Intermittently montaged amidst the progressing apocalypse, each clip lasts for a few seconds. All peoples in the world—that is the movies’ extras—look up and expect to die; this is all the movie demands its audience to know. These extras work partly like an index finger: they direct us to look at something. They proceed to tell us how to look [unblinkingly] and how to feel [scared, adrenaline-charged]. Greg Curtis pulled stills from such fifteen-or-so-year-old disaster movies. His/this book’s photographs slice still images out of these moving films, to focus on these extras, spectators-of-their-own-deaths. The camera rested on their faces for less than a second in the movies, but Greg’s still slices allow more sustained looks. Main characters embrace each other and their deaths (heroically), but extras run away from ground zero or stare upwards. Extras gaze at the cataclysm with their bodies angled upwards, like your own body when you watch a movie screen. As you look at these extras in the movies, your body echoes theirs in pose. Also you are grouped like them, each of you one of many other bodies.”—Ariel Evans


Greg Curtis' works in photography, video, and installation have been exhibited at Monte Vista Projects, Open House, Institute of Jamais Vu, Weekend, Cirrus Gallery, and Land of Tomorrow, among others. He has also organized exhibitions at Ms Barbers and Elephant. He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kim Calder studies post-1945 American literature and theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and is Editorial Director at Les Figues Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Jacket2, The Los Angeles Review of Books/Quarterly, and The Volta. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines the centrality of indigeneity and indigenous cosmologies in contemporary American literatures of resistance.

Ariel Evans is a writer, curator, and editor as well as a PhD candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in the history of photography, feminist praxis, and post-war American art. She founded the publishing collective Pastelegram, and previously was the Assistant Editor for Art Lies magazine. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, caa.reviews, Modern Painters, Conflict of Interest, Art Lies, and Mimeo Mimeo.

Written by Mathew Timmons — February 11, 2018

An Evening of Research Presentation

An Evening of Research-Presentation
Sun Ark Records & Insert Blanc Press

at Outside Gallery (Free)
Friday, August 25 from 8pm to Midnight
Doors at 8pm Performances 845
3611 Pomona St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Iris Dankemeyer
(providing a presentation and subsequent explanation of a magic trick)

Joseph Mosconi 
(reading from his works with a synth accompaniment)

Madalyn Merkey
(performing new music)

Chelsea Rector
(singing and reading)

Written by Mathew Timmons — August 22, 2017

Manifestoh! New Books from Russia, Chile and Mexico!

 

Manifestoh!

Insert Blanc Press 
series editor David Shook

Insert Blanc Press is excited to announce the release of three new titles in our Manifestoh! series edited by David Shook, including a new full color, bilingual edition of Slap in the Face: Four Russian Futurist Manifestos translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk; Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya translated from the Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook; and Abecedary by Pablo Jofré translated from the Spanish by David Shook.

Find additional information below on each title plus audio recordings from the launch event on June 24th, 2017 at the Poetic Research Bureau.

All titles are currently available and shipping immediately!



Abecedary by Pablo Jofré
Translated from Spanish by David Shook with a prologue by Will Alexander
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 84 pages, $14.00

“Jofré’s vision empowers his alchemical expression, swirling as it does his personal monsoon of droplets that casts spells seemingly closer in technique to the creative dossiers of Enrique Lihn and Nicanor Parra. Abecedary condenses via poetic semaphore lingual neutron stars penultimate to incalculable eruption.” —Will Alexander, from the Prologue: Quantum Lingual Deftness

Pablo Jofré’s alphabet begins with Abyss and travels through Caravan, Jewel, and Narcolepsy before arriving at Xenophobia, charting the Berlin-based Chilean poet's obsessive exploration of the world around him through the lens of politics, relationships, and travel. Awarded the Gabriela Mistral Chilean National Literature Contest for his book Abecedario originally in Spanish, this English-language edition, Abecedary, is supported by the Chilean government's prestigious National Council of Arts and Culture Translation Support Grant.

 

 

Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya
Translated from Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 190 pages, $14.00

“Kyn. Taniya exposed the relationship between modernity and the avant-garde. His speed and calm, his temporality and permanence, his economy and spatiality, his visualness and sound, his humor and science bear witness to the changes and contradictions of his era. That’s where his importance resides: poetic exaltation as description of mood, prediction, and perfume traversing minds like the globe as it spins. Luckily, Kyn. Taniya’s work found David Shook and Anthony Seidman, two poet-translators who understand the social, political, emotional, and sarcastic currents of the work of this aviator and Mexican poet. The translators revel—like hummingbirds in nectar—in the reconstruction of Kyn. Taniya’s language, with all its glint and rhythm, its ideology and melancholy.” —Giancarlo Huapaya

 

 

Slap in the Face
Four Russian Futurist Manifestos
Translated from Russian by Boris Dralyuk
Paperback, Full Color, Bilingual edition, 62 pages, $14.00

“These four manifestos of Russian Futurism, charting key points in the rapid unfolding of the Russian avant-garde, provoke the appreciative bourgeoisie while declaring the liberation of the word, the phoneme, and even the grapheme! Dralyuk’s brisk, inventive translations convey the energy and rowdiness of the original.” —Eugene Ostashevsky

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — June 28, 2017

Insert Blanc Press Catalog 2017-2018

Check Out the brand new Insert Blanc Press Catalog 2017-2018 !!!

You will find all items currently published by Insert Blanc Press and available for purchase, as well as selections from our advance catalog of forthcoming editions!

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — March 11, 2017

llull & Street Terms: Book Launch & Concert

 

llull
& Street Terms
Rebel Hands Press
Book Launch
& Concert
Insert Blanc Press
Outside Gallery
Friday Feb 26 at 8pm

llull
Jimmy Bedtime, Dan Richert (Ripcd)
astable guitar/electronics improv, sleep therapy, bathing rituals, esoteric flowcharts

Street Terms, Vol. 1
Rebel Hands Press
Artists: Elaina Morgan + Jeremy Kennedy
Photography: Rebecca Ramirez
Layout: Jeremy Kennedy


Written by Mathew Timmons — February 25, 2016