A+WS: A propósito de nada / Apropos of nothing
Printed in Mexico City, 2017
Edition of 500 copies
Bilingual: English and Spanish
This book results from a collaboration between Wendy’s Subway (Brooklyn, New York) and Aeromoto (Mexico City, DF) for NADA Art Fair in May 2015. Both libraries pulled from their own collections to develop a catalog of titles displayed during the fair. In developing subject- or action-specific, idiosyncratic book pairings, this collaboration reflects the resonances from one library to another, and from book to the next, and envisions the library as a space for social and artistic practice.
Over 50 artists, writers, curators, publishers, and readers based in Mexico City, New York, and elsewhere, were invited to contribute interventions and responses to the library collection. These responses took the form of texts, visual work, ephemera, additions to the catalogue, temporary loans of archival materials, curated playlists, and instructions for actions or modes of reading to take place at the fair, and were presented in a series of pamphlets published in an edition of one. A program of performances and micro-lectures by contributors was staged at NADA as part of the fair’s Special Projects. At NADA, the Reading Room and its temporary collection provided a haven of non-commercial activity within the bustle of a commercial art fair, inverting the logic of the site.
In June 2015, the Reading Room was re-installed at Wendy’s Subway on the occasion of an evening of exchange, readings, talks, Skype lecture-performances, and book trades.
All of these contributions have been gathered here and translated in this bilingual volume for the first time.
Contributors: Ricardo Alzati, Shane Anderson, AVANT.org, Sam Berman, Anne Boyer, Marco Braunschweiler, Francesca Capone (with Cole Swenson), Kevin Cassem, Santiago Da Silva, Shezad Dawood, Ted Dodson, Ian Dreiblatt, Charles Eppley, Gabriel Escalante Davila, Ian Erickson-Kery, Juan Francisco Maldonado, Aaron Gemmill, Zanna Gilbert, Myranda Gillies, Sam Gordon, Kayla Guthrie, Dominique Hurth, Gabriela Jáureguí. Carolyn Lazard, Sophia Le Fraga, LL, LLC, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Arthur Holland Michel, Carolina Mikalef, Nuria Montiel, Marco Montiel-Soto, Rick Myers, Newspaper Reading Club (Fiona Connor & Michala Paludan), Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, Gabriel Rosas Alemán, Alice Sant’Anna, Paola Santoscoy, Jorge Scobell, Daniela Seel, Josephine Shokrian, J. Soto, Martine Syms, Masha Tupitsyn, Rachael M. Wilson, Nathaniel Wolfson, Jessica Wozny, C. Spencer Yeh
A propósito de nada / Apropos of nothing
Published May 2017
On the occasion of the Kaf Collective residency at Wendy's Subway
Graphic design by Gerardo Madera and Nicholas Weltyk
Edition of 100 numbered copies
Miriam Atkin is a writer whose work has been largely concerned with the possibilities of poetry as an oral medium in conversation with avant-garde film, music and dance. She teaches writing at CUNY and is a PhD candidate in English literatu
PEER REVIEW Issue 1: Reading Rooms & Libraries
Co-published by Press Press and Wendy's Subway
8.5 x 5.5 inches, 40 pp., foldout poster
Printed on Risograph at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
Edition of 200
PEER REVIEW: Reading Rooms & Libraries by Press Press x Wendy's Subway is the first in a series of discussions which aim to address key questions facing independent, socially-oriented organizations, such as independent libraries, publishers, community spaces, and artistic or cultural initiatives. Through in-person encounters, site visits, and ongoing collaborations, PEER REVIEW aims to build support structures across organizations.
This inaugural conversation between Press Press (Baltimore & Los Angeles) and Wendy’s Subway (New York) took place in Spring 2019. Subsequent editions of PEER REVIEW will be published bi-annually.
Visit www.peer-review.press for a growing archive of the project.
PEER REVIEW was initiated by Press Press and Wendy’s Subway in 2018. After each edition, the participating organizations invite the next round of collaborators. Every new edition of the series is fully overseen by the participating organizations. Support for PEER REVIEW Issue 1 is provided by Common Field’s Field Grant Program.
Kerry Downey, We collect together in a net
Introduction by Rachel Valinsky
Texts by Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Lee Wong, Layla Zami
48 p., 13 x 9.5 in, 14 color plates
Designed by Erik Freer
Printed at KOPA, Lithuania
Edition of 500
A net contains and disperses, locating our entanglements in the world. Artist Kerry Downey’s first major publication, We collect together in a net, assembles a series of fourteen full color reproductions of new monotypes alongside commissioned texts by writers Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Lee Wong, and Layla Zami. Through Chine-collé, embossment, rubbing, and sanding, these works on paper bring attention to the materiality and transformative potential of paper as a substrate, drawing parallels between paper’s surface and our skin. Like a net, skin’s porousness acts as a threshold between the personal and the social, the psychological and the embodied.
Kerry Downey (b. 1979, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s practice includes video, printmaking, drawing, writing, and performance. They’ve recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and two-person shows at Knockdown Center and 20|20 Gallery in New York City. They have exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Cooper Cole, Toronto, CA, and Taylor Macklin, Zurich, CH. Downey is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Artist-in-residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME; Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY; SHIFT at EFA Project Space, New York, NY; the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, New York, NY; Real Time and Space, Oakland, CA; and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Downey participated in the Queer|Art|Mentorship program in 2013.
Aliens Beyond Paradise / Alienígenas más allá del paraíso
Edited by Christopher Rey Pérez
79 p, 8 x 10 in, color ill.
Riso-printed at the Queens Museum
Bound at Small Editions
Edition of 200
Aliens Beyond Paradise / Alienígenas más allá del paraíso is a bilingual English-Spanish publication edited by Christopher Rey Pérez, following a collective editorial and publishing workshop organized by Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico) at the Queens Museum on July 21, 2019, in conjunction with the exhibition Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas. Exploring the ambiguous concept of the alien, Pérez invited contributors in Mexico and Puerto Rico to consider what it means to extract a textual excerpt, fragment, annotation, or image from its context, and send it across a border. How might we think of exchange beyond the regulating binary of inside and outside?
Co-published with the Queens Museum. All sales proceeds will be donated to RAICES - The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a nonprofit agency founded in 1986, which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Learn more about RAICES here: raicestexas.org
Contributors: Aravind Adyanthaya, Andrés Monzón-Aguirre, Ramiro Chaves & MANIMAS, Colectivo Se habla español, Nicole Delgado, Amara Abdal Figueroa, Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola, Diego Gerard, Amanda Hernández, Mauricio Marcin, Jason Mena, Andrés Paniagua, Iberia Pérez, Mariana Rodríguez, Luis Othoniel Rosa, Jorge Sánchez, and Dmitri Zurita.
Christopher Rey Pérez is a poet working from within a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language in order to incorporate the liminality of a type of “border thinking” into his writing. He is the author of gauguin’s notebook, along with a number of other works that have been published in Lebanon, Cyprus, Mexico, and Brazil. Since 2012, he has edited a nomadic publication in, of, and around Latin America, called Dolce Stil Criollo.