Insert Blanc Press

Familiar Laundry Closing Party + Philosophy Coaching

Familiar Laundry
Closing Party Philosophy Coaching
 
Friday January 18th - 7:30pm
General Projects
3611 Pomona St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

We welcome you to hollabrate the closing of Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy at General Projects. Final views for the collection, plus a session of Philosophy Coaching presented by Andrew Choate and Jeremy Kennedy to scrape highlighters over the evening agenda. Kubb, convo, and regular fare are all on deck. Join us for one last baton twirl!
 
Philosophy Coaching:
Andrew Choate (voice) / Jeremy Kennedy (musical instruments)

Music is falsely ethereal and proud of it. This performance uses the relationship between coaching and action to coax out an experience of musical activity as relatable, manipulable and unimaginable. Keep your eye on the ball. Actually, just keep the ball. Advice translated.

 

Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy:

The exhibition includes a Series of 7 Original Works on Paper and a Limited Edition of hand prepared Archival Inkjet Prints, plus a collection of additional works on paper, sculptural pieces and documents from the artist’s studio, Table Blue.

There will also be a customized kubb (King Tackle) pitch set up in the adjacent Outside Gallery for anyone interested in a match of one of the artist's favorite non-athletic games.

The series of originals and limited edition hand prepared works are available for sale onsite and at insertblancpress.net.

The installation of Familiar Laundry at General Projects evokes an experience of the artist’s studio, the warmth and welcoming environment as well as the biting humor and caustic wit often found in his extensive collection of works from over the past decade. Kennedy’s multi-disciplinary catalog draws heavily from a core of uniquely designed humor and word-play. Kennedy continually builds, and maintains a heavy focus on the power of collaboration and the importance of relatable conceptual references.

Since the late 1990’s, Jeremy Kennedy (b. 01.01.1980) has been creating and exhibiting art and ideas in both community and academic settings. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2009, the largely self-taught artist spent over a decade living and working in Bloomington, Indiana.
His pieces and projects have been featured in publications and journals internationally, and in galleries, streets, backyards, and basements across the U.S.
Kennedy is an active sound maker, co-founder and playwright with P/Sicho Street Theatre Company, and he is a founding editor of Rebel Hands Press.

http://table-blue.com

Written by Mathew Timmons — January 13, 2019

Poetry for Corporations by Bruna Mori and 2018BuhBye Sale !!!

Poetry for Corporations by Bruna Mori Pre-Sale 
and 2018BuhBye Sitewide Sale !!!

We're celebrating the Pre-Sale Launch of Poetry for Corporations by Bruna Mori (with Kylie King and Wendy Belt)
with a big sale across all of Insert Blanc Press.

We've Discounted Numerous Books across the Insert Blanc Press site!

Additionally we're offering a 20% discount off everything at Insert Blanc Press!
Including Prints and Merch.

Use the discount code 2018BuhBye during checkout or follow this link and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

The 20% Discount sale runs thru January 5, 2019 at 11:59pm

Place your orders now! Orders placed soon may arrive by Christmas, but we cannot offer delivery guarantees ...

 

Happy Holidays and Happy 2018BuhBye !!!

 

Poetry for Corporations

by Bruna Mori
with Kylie King and Wendy Belt

Full color, 100 pages
Available in Hardbound or Paperback

Hardbound edition ISBN: 978-1-947322-81-3 
Paperback edition ISBN: 978-1-947322-94-3
Cover Price $55.00 / $30.00

Special Pre-Sale Price $42.00 / $24.00

Books shipping in March, 2019!

 

Poetry for Corporations is a selection of copy written for notable brands between 2000 - 2015, repurposed and arranged in sections on content, form, and correspondence. Stock photography curated by writer Kylie King; design by creative director Wendy Belt. Conceptual, confessional, or constraint-based, there is a place for parroting one’s livelihood toward a content doom in 2018, to remember when humans were encouraged to write like machines, as machines are now asked to have humanity.

Poetry for Corporations marks a vanishing era, back when there was no faux #taxbreak. Raw copy deck forms document a moment before AI transitions a livelihood--a time when we became ghosts for corporations, cobbling together taxonomies, disclaimers, word counts based on calculated attention spans, top 10 benign adjectives in some combination that conveyed the essence of a brand.

Most poetry about corporations looks at the phenomena through the lens of disaster capitalism (or more recently, accelerationism). Poetry for Corporations is the lightly placed disaster (or potential) itself.

Bruna Mori

 

“Familiar and ice-cold, Poetry for Corporations marks the spot where the second person singular collapses under the volume of false address now aimed its way. ‘Whoops! You failed to make a selection.’ Put this book in a time capsule. Let it document how the post-human world sounded.”
—Rae Armantrout

“World building, powered by Bruna Mori, advances the study of immersive and collaborative storytelling as it intersects with emergent technologies. It’s a powerful new narrative process destined to impact the future of entertainment as the richly detailed world becomes a container for countless stories.”
—McKenzie Wark

“As should be clear to everyone by now, the original artificial intelligence is that creature called ‘Corporation.’ It speaks to us, at us, through us, and for us, slurping up the training data known as human language. Poetry for Corporations flips the script, parses the source, and minds the gap between advertising copy and what advertising can never copy.”
—Julieta Aranda

 

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — December 14, 2018

Currently Seeking Assistant Editor

Currently Seeking Assistant Editor

Insert Blanc Press is currently seeking an assistant editor. Please post and share this widely and be in touch insertpress at gmail dot com

Insert Blanc Press offers you a glimpse into the secret insides of small press art and literary publishing from various different perspectives. As an assistant editor at Insert Blanc you will be at the center of the day-to-day workings of a small press, assisting with editorial decisions, book design and production, copy-editing and proof-reading. You will gain the experience of ushering work from initial idea to fully realized, beautifully produced and finalized project. You will also have the opportunity to assist in event planning for readings and special events. You will gain a holistic perspective of the arts and literary landscape in Los Angeles as well as nationally and further abroad while working on publicity & marketing to promote Insert Blanc Press' various books, art series and other media projects. You will assist in developing print projects through press releases, tracking and logging reviews and you will work with and help to develop the press' media assets to create social media content, web updates and newsletters while building out various networking platforms. You will gain a broad understanding of the publishing world while submitting books and publications for awards and working to increase book sales through developing partnerships with art and literary bookstores worldwide and locally while reaching out to larger institutions to encourage them to support the press and become subscribing members.

Please be in touch thru insertpress at gmail dot com and in a few short paragraphs explain why you want to be an assistant editor for Insert Blanc Press. Interest in contemporary art and literature is a must and so are excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator andor Photoshop and some familiarity with audio/video editing is a big plus. Those with adept abilities in the social media sphere are also sought after.

This position does not require the ability to meet face-to-face, tho it would be nice periodically to do so. Working remotely works for Insert Blanc.

 

For slightly more detail, here are the three main areas we're looking for assistance with at Insert Blanc Press:

1. Social Media, Marketing and Sales 

2. Book reviews, for literary and art books, developing contacts and reviewers.

3. Developing the New Amusements section of Insert Blanc into an online journal.

4. Day to day editing duties - including working thru submissions - substantive editing on accepted manuscripts - and the ever needed editing of projects as they step thru all the steps in the process 

Compensation: We would send you all the books - and t-shirts and totes and coffee mugs and etc - also as we work with artists we always reserve some work for the press from each artist and any Assistant Editor would get various Artist Prints and various editions.
We'd be happy to have you join us at Insert Blanc Press

Written by Mathew Timmons — December 11, 2018

[We Brought Our Coffee]

[We Brought Our Coffee]

plays by Chelsea Rector and Jeremy Kennedy
(DBA: P/Sicho Street Theatre Company)

General Projects
Friday December 7th at 7:30pm

 

An evening of short plays written and directed by Chelsea Rector and Jeremy Kennedy, presented salon style, with special appearances by Rebecca Ramirez, JAM, and Roomba.

 

As part of General Projects and Outside Gallery's current exhibition Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy, [We Brought Our Coffee] extends Kennedy's sense of word-play and wit into a collaborative sphere embodied in a collection of short plays co-written with Chelsea Rector. 

Written by Mathew Timmons — November 29, 2018

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

~

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