Nov 142017
 

11.14.17

 

Super excited to be in Mexico Albeit a last minute decision, we are super excited to be attending RRRéplica in Mexico City again this year! It takes place from November 17 to 19 at Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote.

Rrréplica is a non-profit, fiercely independent initiative. A gathering for the discussion and dissemination of the publishing practices of those who use the electronic stencil-printing technique, known as risography. It’s about publishing, conforming public space, cultivate the right to dissent, attend the urgency and resonate.

Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote is a space, an archive, a publishing project and a museum. Located in what were the workshops of El Hijo del Ahuizote, a legendary satirical newspaper of opposition and resistance to the tyrannical regime of Porfirio Díaz during the late 19th and early 20th century, served as a matrix of the first revolutionary movement in Mexico, led by a group of journalists that soon derived into radical anarchism.

Some photos of last year’s RRRéplica (more on the website)…

Nov 092017
 

11.08.17

You’re invited…

NOVEMBER OPEN STUDIO + BOOK SALE

Saturday, November 11, 1–6pm
@ 524 Main Street (Directions here)

Drop by to learn about the inner workings of the Moniker Press risograph print shop! At the open studio, you’re invited to: pick up a copy of the “Intro to Riso” zine, see the RZ and MZ printers in person, view print samples from the archive and meet others who are interested in risograph printing.

Nov 072017
 

11.07.17

NOW ONLINE! We invited 12 artists to experiment with green and blue risograph printing, the 2018 Artists Calendar is the result! Calendar is spiral bound with small hole for hanging, includes artist biographies and monthly calendar spread in the back.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Priscilla Yu – January
Kate Hunt – February
Chandra Melting Tallow – March
Jess Butler – April
Jo Cook – May
Giselle Bourget – June
Ana Paula Reyes – June
Juli Majer – July
Sandeep Johal – August
Cindy Mochizuki – September
Kirsten Hatfield – October
Maia Boakye – November
Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes – December

Printed + Published by Moniker Press
Vancouver, BC, 2017

Proceeds from the Artists Calendar will support Moniker Press’ 2018 publishing projects.


PURCHASE ONLINE HERE

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.