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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Recipes for an Encounter
Western Front and REV-, 2009
Paperback, 120 pages

After perusing instructions, diagrams, scores, and other texts designed as catalysts for various interactions, readers are invited to complete these Recipes for an Encounter by engaging in a range of guided activities, from making an ideal molotov cocktail to preparing an antidote to a life-threatening poison that is tenuously passed through speech. The book is coedited by Berin Gonolu (Visual and Critical Studies 2003) and features works by several CCA affiliates, including Matt Volla (Animation faculty), Molly Keogh (Fashion Design 2004), and the Center for Tactical Magic (cofounded by Aaron Gach, MFA 2002). It is conceived as an extension of the 2008 Western Front exhibition Kits for an Encounter. Order a copy by emailing exhibitions@front.bc.ca.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Exhibitionist
Archive Books, 2010
Magazine, 60 pages, $15 per issue

This new journal, edited by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director), is devoted entirely to the practice of exhibition making. It is made by curators, for curators; the objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns, encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. It will be published twice a year. This first issue includes essays by Chus Martínez (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), Julian Myers (Curatorial Practice faculty), Nancy Spector (Guggenheim Museum), Rob Bowman (Artangel), and Jessica Morgan (Tate Modern).

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Jean-Francois Lyotard: Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists
Vol. 1: Karel Appel, Un Geste de Couleur
Leuven University Press, 2009
Hardcover, 272 pages, $49.50

The first volume in this new series is dedicated to the Dutch abstract expressionist painter, sculptor, and poet Karel Appel (1921–2006). Peter Milne (Critical Studies faculty) served as associate editor and cotranslator (from the original French) for the project, which features Jean-Francois Lyotard's correspondence with Appel and his thoughts on the artist's work.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Garden Design: Inspiring Private Paradises
Gibbs Smith, 2008
Hardcover, 248 pages, $40

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) surveys contemporary garden designs by today's most forward-thinking landscape designers, revealing the ways in which their spiritual, symbolic, and ecological intent has been influenced by classical Persian, Indian, Greco-Roman, and Mediterranean gardens. The case studies in this illustrated volume range from reinterpretations of ancient "pleasure gardens" to modernist designs for mountain and waterfront sites.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Family Stories
Deconstructed Artichoke Press, 2009
Chapbook, n.p., $7

This collection of prose poem memoirs by Judith Serin (Writing and Literature faculty) grew "for years from a few words you heard on a summer evening when you leaned sleepily against your mother's side." Collectively these writings tell of three generations, from Serin's immigrant grandparents to the grandchildren who absorb the family’s stories and create their own.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Beetlemania, Found Still Lives, Gastropeda Mollusca, Nuggets
IV Studios, 2009
Artist books, n.p., $350–$650

Multimedia artist Elizabeth Sher (Painting/Drawing faculty) produced four limited-edition artist books in 2009: Beetlemania, Found Still Lives, Gastropeda Mollusca, and Nuggets. All are digitally printed with archival ink, and all express her deep love of paper and printmaking.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Best of Letterhead and Logo Design
Rockport, 2010
Hardcover, 352 pages, $40

This collection features the most creative and inspiring work from the past four volumes of the Letterhead and Logo Design series. Coauthored by Christopher Simmons (Graphic Design faculty) of the San Francisco design office MINE, the book offers a range of innovative techniques and fresh solutions for identity designers everywhere.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seven Sacraments
Deconstructed Artichoke Press, 2009
Chapbook, n.p., $7

This chapbook of prose poems by Nikki Thompson (MFA Writing 2002) recounts the author's experiences as a working-class Jewish student at an affluent Catholic school. Thompson says, "Both my working process and my artist's books consist of layers and layers that must be picked at, like the leaves of an artichoke with a heart at the center." Deconstructed Artichoke's production occurs either in a living room with a terrific view of downtown or on a red Formica kitchen table in a San Francisco apartment. The letterpress printing happens in a Berkeley carriage house with a rich printing history and many small critters.

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