A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark and Independence Day Book Launch Hosted by Insert Blanc Press At Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
709 N Hill Street Suite 104-8 (upstairs)
A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark is a collection of short fiction exploring the elemental aspects of storytelling—from word to sentence to character to gesture to narrative. In the roughly two dozen works that make up the book, Myers is attentive to the operations of words: how it is that words collude into sentences, and sentences balloon into worlds. Of equal concern are the operations of people: how people use these words, whether to shape, accommodate, resist or deny the realities with which they contend; how they make sense of where they find themselves; in what erratic or desperate manner they strive; what they get right and where they go wrong.
Holly Myers is a writer and critic based in New Mexico. Her fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Zyzzyva and Joyland. Her art writing and criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly and Art Review, among other publications.
Independence Day presents a body of photographic work by Greg Curtis including a long poem by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans
“An asteroid, volcano, tsunami or alien army draws near and the camera cuts away to pan across groups of people looking towards catastrophe. Intermittently montaged amidst the progressing apocalypse, each clip lasts for a few seconds. All peoples in the world—that is the movies’ extras—look up and expect to die; this is all the movie demands its audience to know. These extras work partly like an index finger: they direct us to look at something. They proceed to tell us how to look [unblinkingly] and how to feel [scared, adrenaline-charged]. Greg Curtis pulled stills from such fifteen-or-so-year-old disaster movies. His/this book’s photographs slice still images out of these moving films, to focus on these extras, spectators-of-their-own-deaths.The camera rested on their faces for less than a second in the movies, but Greg’s still slices allow more sustained looks. Main characters embrace each other and their deaths (heroically), but extras run away from ground zero or stare upwards. Extras gaze at the cataclysm with their bodies angled upwards, like your own body when you watch a movie screen. As you look at these extras in the movies, your body echoes theirs in pose. Also you are grouped like them, each of you one of many other bodies.”—Ariel Evans
Greg Curtis' works in photography, video, and installation have been exhibited at Monte Vista Projects, Open House, Institute of Jamais Vu, Weekend, Cirrus Gallery, and Land of Tomorrow, among others. He has also organized exhibitions at Ms Barbers and Elephant. He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Kim Calder studies post-1945 American literature and theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and is Editorial Director at Les Figues Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Jacket2, The Los Angeles Review of Books/Quarterly, and The Volta. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines the centrality of indigeneity and indigenous cosmologies in contemporary American literatures of resistance.
Ariel Evans is a writer, curator, and editor as well as a PhD candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in the history of photography, feminist praxis, and post-war American art. She founded the publishing collective Pastelegram, and previously was the Assistant Editor for Art Lies magazine. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, caa.reviews, Modern Painters, Conflict of Interest, Art Lies, and Mimeo Mimeo.
Insert Blanc Press is excited to announce the release of three new titles in our Manifestoh! series edited by David Shook, including a new full color, bilingual edition of Slap in the Face: Four Russian Futurist Manifestos translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk; Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya translated from the Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook; and Abecedary by Pablo Jofré translated from the Spanish by David Shook.
Find additional information below on each title plus audio recordings from the launch event on June 24th, 2017 at the Poetic Research Bureau.
All titles are currently available and shipping immediately!
Abecedary by Pablo Jofré Translated from Spanish by David Shook with a prologue by Will Alexander Paperback, Bilingual edition, 84 pages, $14.00
“Jofré’s vision empowers his alchemical expression, swirling as it does his personal monsoon of droplets that casts spells seemingly closer in technique to the creative dossiers of Enrique Lihn and Nicanor Parra. Abecedary condenses via poetic semaphore lingual neutron stars penultimate to incalculable eruption.” —Will Alexander, from the Prologue: Quantum Lingual Deftness
Pablo Jofré’s alphabet begins with Abyss and travels through Caravan, Jewel, and Narcolepsy before arriving at Xenophobia, charting the Berlin-based Chilean poet's obsessive exploration of the world around him through the lens of politics, relationships, and travel. Awarded the Gabriela Mistral Chilean National Literature Contest for his book Abecedario originally in Spanish, this English-language edition, Abecedary, is supported by the Chilean government's prestigious National Council of Arts and Culture Translation Support Grant.
Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya Translated from Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook Paperback, Bilingual edition, 190 pages, $14.00
“Kyn. Taniya exposed the relationship between modernity and the avant-garde. His speed and calm, his temporality and permanence, his economy and spatiality, his visualness and sound, his humor and science bear witness to the changes and contradictions of his era. That’s where his importance resides: poetic exaltation as description of mood, prediction, and perfume traversing minds like the globe as it spins. Luckily, Kyn. Taniya’s work found David Shook and Anthony Seidman, two poet-translators who understand the social, political, emotional, and sarcastic currents of the work of this aviator and Mexican poet. The translators revel—like hummingbirds in nectar—in the reconstruction of Kyn. Taniya’s language, with all its glint and rhythm, its ideology and melancholy.” —Giancarlo Huapaya
Slap in the Face Four Russian Futurist Manifestos Translated from Russian by Boris Dralyuk Paperback, Full Color, Bilingual edition, 62 pages, $14.00
“These four manifestos of Russian Futurism, charting key points in the rapid unfolding of the Russian avant-garde, provoke the appreciative bourgeoisie while declaring the liberation of the word, the phoneme, and even the grapheme! Dralyuk’s brisk, inventive translations convey the energy and rowdiness of the original.” —Eugene Ostashevsky
Church of the Epiphany 2808 Altura St. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Anne Boyer is a poet, essayist, and art school professor in Kansas City. A book of hers came out this year – Garments Against Women – that is mostly about what it isn't. Lately she's been writing about life and death, care and precarity, data and nothingness, and the administration of a body under trial. This is her first reading in Los Angeles.
Over the past 10 years Insert Blanc has done quite a lot and more, but we've only done one fundraising campaign before at our 5 year anniversary celebration. In the past decade we have grown well beyond a typical literary or arts press and branched out in a number of new and exciting directions. Now, we need your help to do it even better going forward.
At Insert Blanc Press General Projects we like to make videos and throw events and make videos of those events and also make sculpture gardens and fill those sculpture gardens with things and maybe throw an event and make a video.
General Projects first "Hit Vid" was Poetry is Dead, I Killed It. from a few years ago - and right at the top of this post. We still think it's pretty great.
And then ... we worked with Joseph Mosconi and a whole lot of other people, including a makeup artist, a set designer and costume designer, and a couple different filmmakers, and an awesome editor, and some great actors! to make Fright Catalog the movie - as seen below.
Since then we've made a habit of making videos of things like book launches, readings and events, like the video of the performances at the launch party for Ben White's artist monograph Ruin Upon Ruin ...
We've also had the good fortune to work with artists like Erica Ryan Stallones to make a book trailer for Todd Collins book For God ...
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