Performance Art
Doc/Undoc: Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática
Doc/Undoc
Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática
Paperback      ISBN: 087286720x

What does it mean to be documented or undocumented? How do these terms work across borders and boundaries, languages and nations?

These are the questions fueling the experimental artwork-in-a-box, Documentado/Undocumented, a book art piece that explores the intersection of printmaking, typography, performance, video, sound art, and installation. In its traveling exhibition, a finely crafted aluminum traveling case is on display, opening into a tri-partite mirrored vanity containing a playful kit of objects, inviting the participant into an intimate space of engagement and transformation. Illuminated buttons trigger layers of audio, and a set of instructions invites the viewer to "Reimagine yourself / tell a new story / collaborate with others." Also on display is an exquisite, vividly illustrated codex created by book artist Felicia Rice, with texts drawing upon Mexican performance artist Guillermo G mez-Pe a's experiences and observations of the political, geographic, social, and psychological boundaries between the United States and Mexico. A video loop of G mez-Pe a performing various ritual acts is projected onto the gallery walls.

Doc/Undoc presents this multi-media, multi-disciplinary artists' collaboration in book form, documenting a unique and wildly ambitious adventure into the experimental realms of modern book arts. Included are a lush, photographic recreation of the installation, a reproduction of the codex, an essay by art historian Jennifer A. Gonz lez who situates the project in the context of bookmaking, performance art, and cabinets of curiosities. An introductory essay by Felicia Rice tells the story of the collaboration: its genesis, development, execution, and its ongoing intention. In addition, the book is packaged with a USB drive containing the installation version's original sound art by Zachary James Watkins and video art by Gustavo Vazquez.

"Mexican-American performance artist, writer, and activist G mez-Pe a collaborates with Rice, an artist specializing in bookmaking, to recreate an audacious multimedia exhibition in book form. In these collected poem-scripts of his performances, G mez-Pe a foregrounds his personal experience in America as an immigrant in a fearful country, where 'we are constantly being reminded to be afraid, ' and also as an artist negotiating his own self-doubt as well as the stereotypes of both liberal and conservative audiences. The resulting scripts can be bawdy, such as the amusing 'Love Conversation with My Computer, ' or painfully candid, such as 'Dwelling in Unnecessary Wounds, ' where G mez-Pe a wonders, 'Pero, if only I had never left in the first place / what would have become of my life? / It would be considerably simpler.' Clear-eyed about the 'immigration hysteria' in America, G mez-Pe a is too passionate an 'experimental linguist, media pirate' to settle into pessimism, instead riffing on his themes with 'the intensity of a self-inflicted wound or an orgasm' and finding joy in the scrambling of categories, as he imagines an orgiastic 'borderless future' with 'Lacandonian shamans exorcising multinationals at dawn.' His scripts are layered over and under Rice's vivid, colorful sketches of angels, tigers, calaveras, and meticulously decorated El Caminos: all half-satirical, half-devout iconography of Chicano culture. The culmination is a thought-provoking work of art that defies categorization."--Publishers Weekly

"Felicia Rice is one of the most exemplary book artists in the United States. Her collaborations with Guillermo G mez-Pe a and Enrique Chagoya have transcended every tradition and formal expectation that we have concerning the book as a work of art. Her new collaboration with G mez-Pe a, Doc/Undoc, is a brilliant exposition of the best of two worlds--art and political action."--Peter Rutledge Koch, The Codex Foundation

"The bleeding flaming heart of this book is a cornucopia of shamanic defenses against racism. It's a magical toolbox filled with implements to use for safe border crossings, a prayerbook for the deconstruction of oppressive stereotypes, and a guide for the creation of liberated identities and revolutionary entities. This is not a book to be just read, it's a book to be performed, enacted and realized."--Marshall Weber, Artist/Curator at Booklyn

"A fierce and salient cultural intervention, with myriad possibilities. Wild mind shamanic G mez-Pe a imprints his masterful, timeless persona here, as do other collaborators, and book artist Felicia Rice provides a powerful container--a microcosm/macrocosm for immigrant experience. Tactile, visual, expansive, explosive."--Anne Waldman, poet, author of Voice's Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born

"An interactive experience that ignites dialogues, performances and workshops addressing race and identity across generations. When installed in our gallery, alongside Guillermo G mez-Pe a's video performance, the collaborative book came alive fully deployed in serpentine fashion offering innovative insight into complex issues."--Shelby Graham, Director/Curator Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller
Edgewise
A Picture of Cookie Mueller
Paperback      ISBN: 3942214202

Cookie Mueller (1949-1989) was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York's downtown art world. Edgewise, by Berlin-based actress and writer Chlo Griffin, tells the story of Cookie's life through an oral history composed of more than 80 interviews with the people who knew her, including John Waters, Mink Stole, Gary Indiana, Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, Linda Yablonsky, Richard Hell, Amos Poe and Raymond Foye. The contributors take us from the late-1960s artist communes of Baltimore to 1970s Provincetown and New York, through 1980s Berlin and Positano. Along with the text, Edgewise includes artwork, unpublished photographs and archival material and photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Armstrong, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar and others.

Ellie Ga: Square Octagon Circle
Ellie Ga
Square Octagon Circle
Paperback      ISBN: 1938221184

In the murky waters of the Mediterranean lie the ruins of Alexandria's fabled lighthouse, a wonder of the ancient world destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages. While mapped by archeologists, most of these 2,000 stone remnants will never be retrieved and reconstructed: the Pharos Lighthouse can only be inferred. But above the surface, the lighthouse is ubiquitous in the modern city, its image wholly imagined, with little resemblance to the stones at the bottom of the sea.

In a richly braided, intimately told narrative of text and image, New York-born artist and writer Ellie Ga (born 1976) takes the reader with her on dive boats and into the water, behind the walls of hidden museums, through city streets pasted with political graffiti, into the offices of archeologists and the homes of Alexandrians--just as Egypt is on the cusp of its first post-revolution election. Ga's investigations into the lighthouse chart the charged spaces between the historical and mythological, between the translated and untranslatable, between the unearthing of memory, the circumscription of the past and the potential of the present. Ga's subject is ostensibly the Pharos Lighthouse, but her own gorgeously constructed palimpsests reveal a multitude of possible truths: Square Octagon Circle becomes a prism through which to see the nature of the unknown.

Ellie Ga: North Was Here
Ellie Ga
North Was Here
Paperback      ISBN: 1946433144

After a 2006 residency at the Explorers Club in New York, artist and writer Ellie Ga (born 1976) became the sole artist-in-residence aboard The Tara--a research vessel lodged in the ice of the Arctic Ocean, and the second boat in history built to drift indefinitely in pack ice, where it collected scientific data on Arctic ice conditions. From this extraordinary adventure arose Ga's acclaimed performance lecture The Fortunetellers, which she has delivered at the Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum, among other venues.

North Was Here is the first publication based on Ga's polar residency. It includes three arctic booklets made during the continuous polar night as the boat was drifting, as well as a new piece that juxtaposes Polaroids and documentary footage stills that the artist used for a related video piece, At the Beginning North Was Here.

Elmgreen & Dragset: The Well Fair
Elmgreen & Dragset
The Well Fair
Paperback      ISBN: 3863358953

This catalogue accompanies Elmgreen & Dragset's first exhibition in China, the largest in Asia to date. The Scandinavian duo, comprised of Michael Elmgreen (born 1961) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969), created a fictional art fair in UCCA's Great Hall, with rectangular booths featuring works from the past 20 years.

Erick Meyenberg: The Wheel Bears No Resemblance to a Leg
Erick Meyenberg
The Wheel Bears No Resemblance to a Leg
Paperback      ISBN: 187912842x

This book documents the work that Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg (born 1980) produced during a residency at in-Site/Casa Gallina in Mexico City--a participatory piece involving a local high-school marching band.

The Explicit Body in Performance
The Explicit Body in Performance
Paperback      ISBN: 0415090261
The Explicit Body in Performance interrogates the avant-garde precedents and theoretical terrain that combined to produce feminist performance art. Among the many artists discussed are:
* Carolle Schneemann
* Annie Sprinkle
* Karen Finley
* Robbie McCauley
* Ana Mendieta
* Ann Magnuson
* Sandra Bernhard
* Spiderwoman
Rebecca Schneider tackles topics ranging across the 'post-porn modernist movement', New Right censorship, commodity fetishism, perspectival vision, and primitivism. Employing diverse critical theories from Benjamin to Lacan to postcolonial and queer theory, Schneider analyses artistic and pop cultural depictions of the explicit body in late commodity capitalism.
The Explicit Body in Performance is complemented by extensive photographic illustrations and artistic productions of postmodern feminist practitioners. The book is a fascinating exploration of how these artists have wrestled with the representational structures of desire.
Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos
Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos
Paperback      ISBN: 1887591710

Basil Gogos changed the face of classic horror with his film monster portrait art. Like a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell, he created magazine covers of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. the Phantom of the Opera, and countless others in horrifying yet dazzling images throughout the 1960s and '70s. His intense colour and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a unique sense of drama and sophistication to these iconic characters. Today, collectors fight over his original art--but, with this book, every fan can own glowing full-colour reproductions of his most famous work as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings.

Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos
Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos
Hardcover      ISBN: 1887591729

Basil Gogos changed the face of classic horror with his film monster portrait art. Like a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell, he created magazine covers of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. the Phantom of the Opera, and countless others in horrifying yet dazzling images throughout the 1960s and '70s. His intense colour and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a unique sense of drama and sophistication to these iconic characters. Today, collectors fight over his original art--but, with this book, every fan can own glowing full-colour reproductions of his most famous work as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings.

Fischerspooner: New Truth
Fischerspooner
New Truth
Hardcover      ISBN: 8862083289

Founded by artists Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner in 1998, Fischerspooner began as a philosophical provocation that sought to explore the expressive potential located in the gap between popular entertainment and art. Soon swelling from a duo to an army of dancers, stylists, photographers and musicians, the group has activated a variety of spaces such as traditional concert halls, nightclubs, construction sites, parades, art galleries and museums. Their Brechtian theatrics lay bare the potential honesty of spectacle and device by not only revealing their inner workings but also celebrating them. Fischerspooner ultimately proposes that artifice and surface can be recombined to create a new concept of authenticity--a "new truth." This kaleidoscopic monograph provides unprecedented insight into the first five years of the Fischerspooner project. From a debut performance in a New York City Starbucks, to a blitz of the international art world, to more mainstream visibility via a major label recording contract, New Truth chronicles Fischerspooner's quest to profoundly upend the boundaries of art, music and performance. Invested in liminal spaces and the in-between, Fischerspooner also captures a unique millennial moment that seemed to prophesy a future where the avant-garde could be translated into a vernacular of pure joy.

Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and formed Fischerspooner in New York in 1998. As an art pop performance project, Fischerspooner's practice involves music, dance, fashion, film and photography. They have released three full-length music albums, #1 (2001), Odyssey (2005) and Entertainment (2009).