New York based non-profit Printed Matter is at it again this year, bringing the LA Art Book Fair to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Any good artist knows that location is key, so it’s worth mentioning how much we love The Geffen, a former police car warehouse located in Little Tokyo. This Thursday night, the various levels and wings will be stacked with artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, and independent artists or publishers. It’s a total wet dream for those of us who romanticize book collecting but could give two shits about reading literature!
Here are 11 tables, projects, authors and artists that we look forward to seeing:
FERYOUz – FER YOUz will present their memories and fanzines from the hardcore archives. These pictures are incredible Kodachrome portraits from the early 80’s Los Angeles Punk Rock Scene. The panel is held Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
On Fire, by Jonathan Griffin
Author Jonathan Griffin reads from his book, a collection of ten interviews with contemporary artist’s whose studios went down in flames. Also scheduled is an interview with sculptor/ photographer Thomas Demand on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
Sexually Explicit Art and Artists’ Books
Playboy, no more! A panel of artists and publishers will present their best sexual content, followed by a discussion on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
Quiet Life x Juxtapoz x Printed Matter
Score new collaborative pieces on Friday at the Juxtapoz new stand. The artist’s are currently TBA but we have full aesthetic trust in the brand and Andy’s latests project – the Quite Life flagship store on Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.
Deadbeat Club: The Deadbeat Club is compromised of some of our favorite camera-toting Californians, including Ed and Deanna Templeton and founder Clint Woodside. This year, catch a signing of Collage Number Three by Todd Hido, on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
Paperwork NYC: An online retailer for limited edition magazines, Paperwork has helped publish some notably raw projects including the erotica zine Bang! by photographer Jonathan Leder.
Jason Polan, Every Person in New York: Artist Jason Polan organizes a “Taco Bell drawing club”, which is exactly what it sounds like and he is on a mission to draw every person in New York City. He writes, “If you would like to increase the chances of a portrait of YOU appearing on this blog please email me a street corner or other public place that you will be standing at for a duration of two minutes…When the project is completed we will all have a get together.” Jason will be presenting the project with a signing on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Harper’s Books: Keep an eye out for new drawings by Harmony Korine, presented by Harper’s. Their New York location specializes in “cool and rare”, two things we rather enjoy.
Hamburger Eyes: Hamburger Eyes began as a small xeroxed zine, turned into a magazine, and has evolved into a publisher. They just celebrated 15 years with a retrospective photography show at the new Slow Culture Gallery. Come see the grit and humanity up-close and printed at their table.
WSSF: Wall Street Sex Freaks is a collective which includes artist Cali Dewitt. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because his piece “Crying at the Orgy” (depicted below) basically broke the art fair’s social media presence last year. Their Skid-Row based studio makes zines, shirts and books so there’s bound to be something interesting again this year.
The LA Art Book Fair runs is free and open to the public from February 12 to February 14, 2016. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day then by thumbing through a limitless plethora of printed material that reminds you of your ex? You can still score $10 tickets to the preview night here, or reminisce on how much fun Monster Children had at last year’s preview.
For a full list of exhibitors and event details, visit Printed Matter’s event site.
Print is dead, long live print.