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RYAN FOERSTER is an artist who was born in Newmarket, Canada and currently lives in New York. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva (2010), Swiss Institute, NY (2008), and White Columns, NY (2007). He also makes a zine 'Foerster' now in its 10th issue.

Michael Snow, 2 Radio Solos, 2009
Originally recorded and released on cassette in 1988, "2 Radio Solos" employs a radio as instrument to create 2 different solo compositions. Michael Snow elucidates: "These 2 short-wave pieces are both "played" continuous improvisations. There was no editing, no post-facto electronic alteration. The sounds were found by paying intense attention to fate tuning in and out and between stations, changing bands, bass, treble and volume. The radio played is a circa 1962 Nordmende (pictured). The gradual change in pitch and speed on SHORT WAVELENGTH is an "accident": batteries were losing power during recording. The tapes were made at night in a remote North Canadian cabin lit by a kerosene lamp..............." - Michael Snow

Zeesy Powers, 3 Minute Girlfriend, 2007
Zeesy Powers posted her offer of being people’s girlfriend for three minutes on, this book collects the responses she received to the posting. The answers are brilliant, running the gamut from the predictable “Will there be sex of some sort???” to the slightly odd “sure/are you real?/are you transsexual?” to the absolutely spot-on “Is this an art project? If so it’s an awesome idea.”

Hans-Peter Feldmann, Birgit, 2006
In Birgit, Feldmann has made a series of colour snapshots of a friend applying her make-up. In a kind of flip book narrative, the story of his subject applying her make up becomes a visual approach to Darwinism in that the Feldmann takes on societal norms of "looking good." Birgit makes the everyday, the banal, appear strange-one picture of a woman doing her make up wouldn't raise questions, but a series of 72 consecutive pictures causes us to think and observe like an anthropologist. Exhibition essay by Roy Arden is inserted into the bookwork, leaving Feldmann's images to speak for themselves. However, the Arden essay is brillantly written with rich insight into Feldmann's work and career. ISBN: 0-920751-95-4

Luis Jacob, Drawings:99-21, 1999
A plastic folder containing the drawings for BILTS (99-12), BILTS EXTENSIONS (99-13), BILTS CONSTRUCTIONS (99-14), and WITHOUT PERSONS (99-15). Each set of inkjet drawings is filed in a labeled 9 x 12 inch envelope. The sculptures of the BILTS series, constructed out of solid aluminum, take their departure from the architectural vernacular of high-rise buildings in Toronto and reflect the artist’s interest in horizontal organization. Edition of 4.

Shawn Kuruneru, DW.LS, 2008
Shawn Kuruneru’s "DW.LS" offers a series of meditative ink and graphite drawings that all stem from a single source image of a woman turning away, her hand outstretched and her expression inscrutable. Kuruneru focuses on the woman’s hand, head, pivoting feet, and patterned skirt, altering and repeating her gestures until they become engulfed in abstracted forms and marks.

File Megazine (complete reprint), 2008
“An alternative to the Alternative Press,” legendary Toronto collaborative General Idea’s FILE Megazine--published from 1972 to 1989--is compiled, at long last, in this important six-volume boxed-set edition. General Idea cheekily appropriated FILE’s name and logo from LIFE magazine, and it quickly gained a reputation far beyond its Toronto underground roots. It was subversive to the core, pilfering freely from mainstream media and culture, while maintaining close attention to design issues and the use of experimental layouts. Three decades later, this compilation reveals FILE’s influence on both underground and mainstream publications. As critic and artist Peter Gallo has written, FILE “anticipated many queercore and punk zines of the later 70s and 80s…as well as more recent mass-media interventions...” The present six-volume reprint features all the issues, reproduced page by page, in a slightly modified format. It provides the rare opportunity for an art, design, and culture-orientated audience to own these long out-of-print and much sought-after magazines in a complete box-set edition. ISBN: 9783905829211

Robert Morris, Hurting Horses, 2005
In HURTING HORSES Robert Morris, the minimalist artist uses the medium of writing to pay tribute to horses. His particular attraction to this animal was already apparent in 1969, with the performance of "Pace and Process", in which he rode one horse after another until he was exhausted, thus reversing the principle of the horse-race. This book is divided into twelve chapters. In the first chapter entitled Fathers and Sons, Robert Morris returns to his own genealogy. The paternal branch of the family, attached to the rural world, puts the young boy in contact with the world of animals and more specifically the world of horses. Chapter III Wrangling is a short story, and its lines of dialogue and short scenes have a cinematographic character seen through the prism of Keatonian comedy. The history of the horse - because there is one - is closely related to the story of civilization. In Chapter VI, History Lessons, Robert Morris elaborates with great erudition a typology of the equine race through the ages and across the continents, but ends the subject in a surprising way: with a quiz! HURTING HORSES keeps on surprising us. On top of a display of scholarship about an unusual subject in the world of art, the book takes the reader by surprise with a number of hilarious passages. This is illustrated in particular by the exquisite Chapter IV entitled The Large and the Small, a subtly dialogued parodic variation on Animal Farm by George Orwell, a novel which is itself a political satire. In HURTING HORSES the artist uses a distinct literary style from one chapter to another, from autobiography to historical essay, from satirical parody to the fantastic, from letter to fiction, from detailed report to visionary daydream. These masterly pieces of literature are haunted by the great American foundation myths and establish a series of crucial links between myth and history, history and art, and art and nature. Limited edition of 1500. ISBN: 2-930439-00-9

Tom Dean, Mercy Cup, 2009
Steel mug with "MERCY" stamped in the bottom. Produced in conjunction with Dean's project for Nuit Blanche 2009, "FIRE AND SAUSAGE," located in the Liberty Village district of Toronto. The mugs were filled with hot chocolate and given away during the event, along with sausages and fleece blankets. "FIRE AND SAUSAGE" suggests the aftermath of a collapse, a catastrophe or apocalypse but Dean is interested in the calm after a fall, when we count our mercies and shared the surplus. A collapse that has returned us to essentials, warmth and food and social generosity. Congregating around food and fire, strangers and friends were offered sausages, hot chocolate and blankets. Edition of 10,000.

Paige Gratland, Stay Nude, 2007
block letter foil printed text in pink, tan or multi-colour: STAY NUDE

Bruce LaBruce, The Reluctant Pornographer, 1997
"The Reluctant Pornographer" is a expose of the twilight world of lavender sex that will shake the very foundations of the gay establishment. This witty and outlandish book, comprised largely of various rants, op-ed pieces, shooting diaries, and travelogues, follows everyone's favourite guerilla filmmaker as he tours a stupefied world with his controversial films. After the success of his three feature films No Skin Off My Ass, Super 8 1/2 and Hustler White, the always renegade LaBruce gives us a tour of the gay underground from Milan to Toronto. ISBN: 1-896356-12-5

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