Friday, May 29, 2015

Teck Gallery

Neil Campbell's Interior (2014) on the east and west walls of the Teck Gallery.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A small room inside a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

In my mailbox today, news from SFU Galleries. A program guide for Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015.

SFU has three visual art galleries. The one at its Burnaby Mountain campus does not have a window, while the window at the Audain Gallery looks onto (and in from) West Hastings Street. The Teck Gallery is pretty much all window.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two Covers, One Spine

In 2005 Arsenal Pulp Press published Clint Burnham's Smoke Show, a book based on the author's eavesdroppings while on public transit. Perhaps because of its contents, the artist Tim Lee designed a cover that features two (empty) cassette cases: one with the title of the book handwritten on its face, the other with the name of the author handwritten on its spine.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cassette Player

On May 23, 2015, Eileen Myles tweets: "I can't go much longer without a cassette player."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kingsway (1995)

This November marks the 20th anniversary of Kingsway, a collection of poems I wrote that concerns itself with a Vancouver road that existed prior to European "contact." Because the book is almost out of print, Arsenal Pulp Press asked if I would write an afterword for a new edition, to which I said yes. APP also suggested I take some new photographs, and that I consider a new cover.

Here is the first cover, designed by Dean Allen:

The cover concept I came up with (atop this post) is based on the old Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Records (WEA) cassette formats from the 1970s and 80s. Because vinyl LP covers are square, and cassette cases are rectangular, the preservation of the square record cover necessitated the black space below it. I am interested in this adaptation, this necessitation, and so was Brian Lam, the publisher, and Gerilee McBride, the designer.

Here is the referent cover I gave to Gerilee: