Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My ideas come from up in the air

Woman and Child, Temela Pitsiulak, green stone, ivory, and blacking, 1962 / Son leading father to die, Nakyuraq Akpaliapik, whalebone, and black insets, 1961 / Bird/Man, Iola Abraham Ikkidluak, whalebone, black insets, and graphite, 1968 / Man and woman, artist unknown, ivory, no date / Drum Dancer (detail), Peter Alooloo, whalebone, bone, gutskin, and black insets, 1962

Baffin Island, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1983 (post title, Lypa Pitsulak)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Call Ampersand Response

Call Ampersand Response by Michael Dumontier & Micah Lexier, published by Artexte (Montreal) and Nieves (Zurich), 2012

Just got an advance copy of this book I made with Micah Lexier.  It should be available from Artexte and Nieves in a couple weeks. 

Nature Frieze

Dick Bruna's Nature Frieze, Methuen, 1978 (1979)---folder with 4 accordion fold-outs, each approx. 45inches long.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

one for me and one to share

ONE FOR ME AND ONE TO SHARE: ARTISTS’ MULTIPLES AND EDITIONS, edited by Dave Dyment and Gregory Elgstrand, YYZ Books, Toronto, 2012
Launching today in Toronto. Wish I could be there.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Envoi esperluette Réponse

exhibition/book launch
Michael Dumontier & Micah Lexier: Call Ampersand Response
Artexte, Montreal
June 7 - September 8, 2012

Call Ampersand Response is a collaborative artwork made of images exchanged via email. Over a period of several months, Dumontier and Lexier sustained an image-based correspondence by sending each other scans of book covers, found objects, drawings and illustrations belonging to each artist's respective collection. The project is based on the idea that their collections speak of their shared artistic affinities while informing their practices. Two rules dictated their conduct: each image was to function as a "call" seeking a "response" from the other artist, and the dialogue was to end when an image recalling the project's opening image emerged, thereby constituting a narrative loop. Their conversation gave rise to a bookwork co-edited by Nieves (Zurich) and Artexte. In Artexte's new gallery space, the project is shown as an installation in which shared themes and motifs are seen to play out over time, alongside objects selected from the source material.

Call Ampersand Response
196 pp. (including covers), 196 b&w illus.,
25.5 x 19.5 cm. Co-published by
Nieves and Artexte.
ISBN 978-3-905999-08-2

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

City and Flowers

Picture Making by Children, R.R. Tomlinson, The Studio Limited, London/NY, 1934

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

(-) (-)

Mes Cadeaux- Surprises by François Cherrier, Librairie Hachette, Paris, 1976
The Art of the Woodland Indians by Shirley Glubok, MacMillan Publishing, NY, 1976


How to Make Paper Airplanes by Captain Ralph S. Barnaby, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Scholastic, 1968 (1972)
101 TV Troubles: From Symptom to Repair by Art Margolis, TAB Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, 1969 (1978)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

the arrival of cosmic matter

Out of the Sky: An Introduction to Meteoritics by H.H. Nininger, Dover, NY, 1952

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Sculpture With Simple Materials, A Sunset Book, Lane Books, 1966

Friday, May 11, 2012

hand lens

Adventures with a Hand Lens by Richard Headstrom, Lippincott, 1962

Thursday, May 10, 2012


The Stump Book, Vancouver Environment Education Project, UBC, in co-operation with the British Columbia Forest Service, 1975

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I did not take my eyes off it, yet my fancy drew pictures of blooming life and happiness.

Nikolenka's Childhood: An edition for young readers, Leo Tolstoy, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1963
I'll Be You and You Be Me, Ruth Krauss, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1954
Zlateth the Goat, Isaac Bashevis Singer, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1966
The Bat-Poet, Randall Jarrell, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1964
Zlateth the Goat, Isaac Bashevis Singer, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1966
Seven Little Monsters, Maurice Sendak, 1977
The Animal Family, Randall Jarrell, illus. by Maurice Sendak, 1965
Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Or: There Must Be More to Life, Maurice Sendak, 1967