What better day than Valentine's day to release a new
book by Ann Magnuson for portabledocument.
Actress, performer and artist, Ann recounts in her own
inimical way, "What is pretty?".
Jack Pierson's work has always been known for its
intimate and emotional heft. Abstractions, now available
portabledocument, showcases an abstract
and formal side of this contemporary practitioner.
is quickly heating up into summer here in the Mojave.
And we've got lots of new books to post.
month Lisa Tan has produced an exclusive project for
portabledocument based on all the
entries in the dictionary that can't be expressed by
words. Check it out!
by Karl Holmqvist and Justin Beale are new to
Poetry a Try!
are back! Alive and standing in Big Sky country after
having survived the Year of economic turmoil and housing
Thanks to the wonders of modern connectivity we are
still actively adding to the site and offering fresh
takes on the future of the artist book. We have a backlog
of projects that we are excited to get posted....so
check back frequently!
is here. And it is more than just birds
and bees that are buzzing. 10 new
books are blooming on the "shelves"
of portabledocument awaiting your picking.
First to check out are the six volumes
of Olga Adelantado's meta project, Six Impossible
things Before Breakfast, which includes the work
of dozens of artists and six curators. Next, Maria Pask
has offered up the script for Starhawk! the musical
, a raucous pedagogical romp into eco-feminism and the
new age. For cyclists of all stripes, the first and
the last editions of Lisa Anne Auerbach's Saddlesore
series are now available on the site. Finally, Shannon
Ebner's dark bloom, the beautifully haunting Signature,
a meditation on language and landscape, can be enjoyed
in its entirety, just a click away.
to a new year of books at portabledocument.
Our first cookbook, a visual smorgasbord by Katie Grinnan
and Tom Holmes, is online and ready to accompany you
on your kitchen adventures. Mix & Mingle &
Mangle and happy cooking! Justin Beale's Calender,
a tone poem of design, advertising and art will be the
perfect digestif for your evening.
When the midnight hour approaches and you are looking
for religion, two very different takes on the popular
pamphlet might be just the ticket..one by AUDC and one
by Mungo Thomson. Enjoy.
soon to our virtual bookshelves a six volume meta-book
by Olga Adelantado... and much more.
Scott! I can't believe that portabledocument
is at last leaving its berth on my laptop and entering
the great ocean of the internet. Putting up a website
is no small task under any circumstances, but creating
an online repository for 16 artist books that accurately
reflect the artist's work and vision makes for a lot
of emailing. I first had the idea early in the summer
while working on the design of my own book. Wouldn't
it be great, I thought, to be able to download and view
some of the awesome zines and books that artists make
and that normally only get printed up in in xeroxed
runs of 50-100?
It would be easy to say that the hardest part of the
project was just getting my hands on the pdfs themselves
(Maria, I feel like a jilted lover waiting for yours,
wink!). But actually the most challenging part of the
project was creating appropriate contexts and descriptions
for all the amazing projects that are available on the
The pdfs that arrived to my desktop had all manner of
interesting stories attached to them. Allan McCollum
was inspired to create new works based on Google searches
of art-related phrases. Aleksandra Mir, whose book work
is currently being shown at Printed Matter, sent in
some of her classic Sharpie books. Marie Lorenz scanned
her beautiful book of drawings entitled "The Five
Coldest Nights of my Life" and emailed it to me
chapter by chapter.
By hook and crook I have assembled the site and the
most important thing, the books, are now ready for you
to download, read and enjoy. And this is just the beginning.
More books, artists and events will be added in the
portabledocument is just starting its adventure...
full steam ahead!