Oct 192017
 

10.18.17

And just like that so goes another year at the Vancouver Art Book Fair…We had such an amazing weekend, books, riso parties, and hangs with buds! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the fair and Moniker Press.

If you didn’t make it to the fair (or even if you did) be sure to check out the work of some of our print faves: Gato Negro Ediciones, Moonspace Books, KG Press, Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Endless Editions, Clown Kisses Press, Brick Press, The New Gallery, Fully Booked and Colpa Press.

p.s. 2018 Calendars are now available for order online or for local pickup!

Oct 132017
 

10.10.17

Moniker Press has not gone into hibernation just yet! But we have been in the studio getting ready for the upcoming Vancouver Art Book Fair this weekend. As we are entering into the cozy autumn season, now is the perfect time to stock up on some new reading material!

Stop by the Moniker Press table and say hi!
Friday, October 13, 6–8pm
Saturday + Sunday October 14-15, 12–6pm
@ Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, 750 Hornby St

The 2018 Artists Calendar will be released at the VABF! This years calendar features a green and blue risograph page for each month of 2018. Artists for the calendar include: Priscilla Yu, Kate Hunt, Chandra Melting TallowJess ButlerJo CookGiselle Bourget, Ana Paula ReyesJuli Majer, Sandeep JohalCindy MochizukiKirsten HatfieldMaia Boakye, and Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes. Curious what’s inside? Pick up a copy at the fair to find out!

Dakwäkãda Warriors Book Signing: On Saturday (1-2pm) and Sunday (2-3pm) artist, Cole Pauls will be making an appearance at the Moniker Press table (1st Floor) to answer questions and sign copies of both Dakwäkãda Warriors I: Sha Catcher and Dakwäkãda Warriors II. Both copies can also be purchased at the fair for $30.

On another note, if you are interested in learning more about international Risograph print practices I would recommend attending a few of the presentations taking place at the VAG Annex, 2nd Floor, Library.
Specifically:

  • “Lithuanian Self-Publishing Culture” KG Press (Kaunas, Lithuania) on Saturday 4:00pm
  • “Urgent Material in a Collapsing Era” Gato Negro Ediciones (Mexico City) Sunday 2:00pm
  • “Democratizing Publishing Practices” Endless Editions (New York) on Sunday 4:00pm

Looking forward to seeing you at the fair!

Aug 082017
 

08.07.17

Our Missing Body: Newspapers I, II, III
Created by Zoe Kreye
Text insert by Tracy Stefanucci
Printed and Published by Moniker Press
Edition of 150
Vancouver BC, 2017

BOOK LAUNCH:
Wednesday, August 30, 6-8pm
Wil Aballe Art Projects
688 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

Our Missing Body: Newspapers I, II, III is a collection of three small newspapers by artist, Zoe Kreye. Published collaboratively with Moniker Press, a limited edition of Our Missing Body was risograph printed in Vancouver, BC, 2017. In addition, the envelope features a letter introducing the project by Tracy Stefanucci.

Copies of Our Missing Body will be available for purchase. Also What is Pressure? What is Temperature? exhibition will also be on view.


These are newspapers written by the body. A quiet voice not often heard or listened to. The words have been collected, compiled, written and rewritten with large physical strokes over three years, maybe three lifetimes. They are the daily news that comes from a place where the body leads. On certain days the mind has no directive, no mentorship, and it is the body that we must read. The body knows which arm to lift, which joint to bend and how to fill a belly in order to find some stability, some transformation. In this circumstance, the body writes through a very specific process. Clay forms have been moulded from the body, in movement, and were later used by many to focus on sensation, conjure visions, listen to stories and create movement rituals. The newspapers of Our Missing Body Dream diaries, turned grief manual, turned somatic pamphlet, turned ritual instructional guide, turned speculative fiction. —dream diaries turned grief manuals, turned somatic pamphlets, turned ritual instructional guides, turned speculative fictions— are written from the many hands and voices of these encounters.

Sources: Bonnie McComb Kreye, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Clarice Lispector, Dance Troupe Practice, Dorothy Iannone, Eleonora Fabiao, Francis Weller, Hilma af Klint, John Berger, Karen Barad, Lygia Clark,  Mai-Thu Perrett, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Merleau Ponty,  Octavia Butler, Pablo de Ocampo, Robyn, Stacy Ho, Zoe Kreye and participants from related public workshops.

Jul 132017
 

07.12.17

Beyond excited to announce that our latest collaborative print will be the first available online at People of Print’Department Store.

 i, ii, iii: trio is a large scale interactive risograph poster that invites the viewer to participate as the third collaborator. The viewer can mold the poster into a 3D object by cutting out and folding shapes, thus create a play of light, space, room, shadow.

i. Graphite with water drawings by Sylvie Ringer
ii. Design and formatting by Erica Wilk
iii. Cut outs by _________________

2-colour Risograph printed and published by Moniker Press
Cream card stock. Size: 15 x 22″ (11 x 15″ when folded)
Special edition of 200—Vancouver, BC, 2017


i. Using graphite and ink, artist, Sylvie Ringer created a personal “setzkästchen“ (archive, collection) of reinterpreted objects and plants on paper.

ii. Erica Wilk (of Moniker Press) then worked with the raw drawings. They were rearranged, defragmented and composed into a different system of objects. Designed to be printed as a two colour large scale risograph experiment.

iii. Lastly, we invite the viewer, to complete the triptych by interacting with the poster as they desire.


PURCHASE ONLINE HERE

Jun 302017
 

06.25.17

Super excited to be releasing for the trees in our online shop! The book will be available online, at the next open studio, as well as at the upcoming  Vancouver Art Book Fair in October. (If you live in Vancouver select “free shipping” to arrange a time to pickup your copy in person.)


PURCHASE ONLINE HERE


Preservation is a word oft associated with environmental activism. However, its implementation is a distinctly “cultural” phenomenon, not a natural one. Namely, it is one of human beings, and their technologies. Preservation brings along with it a whole host of other activities. The verb implies an external process to occur in order to accomplish its goal. You have pickling, salting, fermenting, cataloguing, copying, categorizing, languaging, embalming. In reality, ruin itself is a much needed process in the activity of sustainment of diverse life. The transfer of heat from one system (biological, ecological, and, I would argue, visual, and ontological) is integral and the multiplicities of systems allows for a birth of organization in the transfer of this heat. Origin of Species by Darwin, and Kelvin’s laws of thermodynamics were published in the same decade. They both came on the tail end of the industrial revolution. Both theories were argued as paradoxical, and heretical, by the church. Both conceptually resist the possibility of a creative or intelligent design in the world. However, once you consider the closed system of thermodynamics as being one which encompasses you, the earth, the universe, this transfer of heat and its loss in the process – the movement of such energy – can still create a beautiful and complex diversity of ruin. —Brynn McNab

THE BOOK:

EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH: 

Jun 202017
 

06.20.17

First adventure of the 2017 summer, Moniker Press went east!

First stop; Montreal, where we got to meet with some cool riso printers (l’Abriocot) for Mobile Moniker and also enjoy experiencing the city.

Next stop; Toronto for the 2nd Annual Toronto Art Book Fair. Four solid days of artists books – it was a blast!  Also got a chance to hang out and collaborate with local riso printers, Colour Code, Vide Press, Paper Pusher, and Perish Publishing.


See some pictures from the trip below! There’s literally so much to see and do in both cities that the list of recommendations to go on for days…

MONTREAL
Montreal recommendations from Moniker Press: Monastiraki*, Drawn & Quarterly, BouquetVin Papillon, Triple Crown Dinette, Liverpool House, St-Viateur Bagel ShopLe Lab, MAC, Distroboto, Crew & Collective, Mt Royal/Tam Tams, Mile End, Le Plataeu.

*Visit Monastiraki and you’ll find select copies of Moniker Press’ publications!


TORONTO ART BOOK FAIR
Toronto recommendations from Moniker Press:  La Cubana, Art Gallery of OntarioBellwoods Brewery, ArtscapeOtto’s Berlin Döner, Kid Icarus, The Golden Turtle, Chinatown.

May 152017
 

05.12.17

In April, I had the pleasure of printing a zine (and some business cards) for photographer Matt Hanns Schroeter. He visited the studio during the printing process and took some photos! Take a look at some of his shots below.

You can view and purchase his two-colour riso zine—A Trip to Icelandhere.

All photos by Matt Hanns Schroeter, 2017.

Apr 162017
 

04.14.17

A tease of photos from the for the trees exhibition and book launch.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening and gallery hours! Your support is much appreciated, especially when, due to several unforeseen risograph related issues the book was unable to be completed for the opening night. (very sad about that :( ) But, at least the exhibition was killer! As for the book, look forward to the online launch in May! (And/or maybe pick up a copy at the TABF or the VABF.)

It’s been an exciting and busy month of printing some really cool projects. As of April 17th the Moniker Press studio will be closed for two weeks. (There’s a relaxing beachside chair waiting with my name on it!) In the meantime, more photos of the for the trees exhibition install can be found on Sarah’s website! As for more photos of the book, coming soon but for now we’ll just have to wait 🙃

p.s. SAVE THE DATE – May 13th, 12-6pm is the next Moniker Press open studio. More info to be announced on our Facebook page in the first week of May.

Apr 042017
 

03.04.2017

UPCOMING EVENT:

for the trees: book launch and exhibition
drawings by Sarah Davidson
publication by Erica Wilk / Moniker Press
with writing by Brynn McNab

opening: April 13, 7-10
reading at 8
copies of ‘for the trees’ for purchase
gallery hours: April 14 & 15, 12-5

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‘for the trees’ is a collaborative book experiment based on a series of drawings by Sarah Davidson. The publication was developed with Erica Wilk, who uses her publishing studio Moniker Press as a platform for artistic collaboration. The book includes a text by Brynn McNab, written in response to the art. Copies of ‘for the trees’ will be available for purchase, and the original works will be on display.

・・・

Preservation is a word oft associated with environmental activism. However, its implementation is a distinctly “cultural” phenomenon, not a natural one. Namely, it is one of human beings, and their technologies. Preservation brings along with it a whole host of other activities. The verb implies an external process to occur in order to accomplish its goal. You have pickling, salting, fermenting, cataloguing, copying, categorizing, languaging, embalming. In reality, ruin itself is a much needed process in the activity of sustainment of diverse life. The transfer of heat from one system (biological, ecological, and, I would argue, visual, and ontological) is integral and the multiplicities of systems allows for a birth of organization in the transfer of this heat. Origin of Species by Darwin, and Kelvin’s laws of thermodynamics were published in the same decade. They both came on the tail end of the industrial revolution. Both theories were argued as paradoxical, and heretical, by the church. Both conceptually resist the possibility of a creative or intelligent design in the world. However, once you consider the closed system of thermodynamics as being one which encompasses you, the earth, the universe, this transfer of heat and its loss in the process – the movement of such energy – can still create a beautiful and complex diversity of ruin.

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SARAH DAVIDSON’s practice investigates the appeal of the weak, delicate, and otherwise diminutive, by placing it in playful parallel to other ostensibly unrelated ideas. An ongoing interest in the fragment as symbol reflects an interest in medium as gendered and maps as they exist in lived time. Past fragmentary explorations have aligned historical craft—particularly the stitching of quilts—with depictions of landscape as background.

BRYNN MCNAB is a writer, facilitator, and curator who specializes in event-based and social practices, publishing, and co-authorship. Her most recent projects include Co-Writing Criticism (Vancouver, Montreal and Paris), a co-authorship workshop, and An Exact Vertigo (Vancouver), an iterative contemporary dance series. She managed Unit/Pitt Projects (Vancouver) from 2013-2015, and revived and became editor-in-chief of ISSUE Magazine (Vancouver) during that time. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published across Canada and internationally. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for filmmaking and photography, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Critical and Cultural Practices. Brynn McNab currently sits as Secretary of the Or Gallery (Vancouver) Board of Directors.