Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Driftwood and other poems

(back cover) Driftwood and other Poems by P.J.Peters, self published, Winnipeg, 1978 "Yes, Human Driftwood has eternal worth"

Monday, July 30, 2012

miniature trees and landscapes

The Japanese Art of Miniature Trees and Landscapes by Yuji Yoshimura and Giovanna M. Halford, Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1957 (1976)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

attention as place/temporary library

My contribution to ROLU's residency at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 14 books---a temporary library:
1. Floral Art of Japan--Tourist Library: 1 by Issotei Nishikawa, Japan Travel Bureau, 1936, 1949
2. Making Simple Constructions by Hansi Bohm, Studio Vista, 1971
3. The Art of Paper Tearing by Eric Hawkesworth, Faber and Faber, 1970, 1973
4. Whittling and Woodcarving by E.J.Tangerman, Dover Publications, 1936, 1962
5. Weathered Wood with Flowers by Mary G. Knight, William Morrow and Co., 1968
6. Creative Wood Design by Ernst Rottger, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1960
7. Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer, Groundwood/Douglas and McIntyre, 1981, 1990
8. Architecture: A book of projects for young adults by Forrest Wilson,Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1968
9. Sculpture in Wood by Ferelyth & Bill Wills, Douglas, David, & Charles, 1975
10. Meaning in Crafts by Edward L. Mattil, Prentice Hall Inc., 1959
11. Fun with Figures by Mae and Ira Freeman, Random House, 1946
12. Paper: Folded, Cut, Sculpted by Florence Temko, MacMillan Publishing, 1974
13. Sculpture in Stone by Paul Cummings, self published, 1989
14. The Further Adventures of Cardboard Carpentry by George Cope & Phylis Morrison, Workshop for Learning Things, 1973

I feel really honoured to be in a small way part of ROLU's residency. Thanks to Matt for the invitation. Please follow the action here and also here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


from Sunset Ideas for Leisure Rooms, Lane Publishing, 1974

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mr. Peacock

"Invited by Harald Szeemann to the XLIX Venice Biennale (2001) and aware of the sycophantic attention lavished by the art establishment during the opening parties, he planned a 'live' work that didn't require his presence entitled The Ambassador. Mr. Peacock (a real bird) occupied a hotel room and was assigned a keeper to attend the Biennale's opening festivities."

from Francis Alÿs: The Prophet and the Fly, Catherine Lampert, Turner, Madrid, 2003

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

divining by the cup/leaves forming into emblems

Tea-cup Fortune Telling: The Signs Illustrated and Simply Explained  by Minetta, W. Foulsham & Co., London, 1961 (cover here)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Mu Chi went to look at the wall.
It was a beautiful wall...
The pure white plaster was as smooth as porcelain.
It stretched without a break, a hole, a window, or a door to mar it for one hundred feet.
And it was as high as a very tall pine tree.
Mu Chi caught his breath....A wall to dream of! 
from The Master Swordsman & The Magic Doorway: Two Legends from Ancient China retold by Alice Provensen, Simon & Schuster, 2001

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Geranium Fingernails

Green Fun: Instant Toys, Tricks, and Amusements Anyone Can Make from Common Weeds, Seeds, Leaves and Flowering Things by Maryanne Gjersvik, The Chatham Press, 1972
Special thanks to Alex Tyson from Data Garden for sending me these scans. Data Garden is a primitive electronic arts blog and record label---Please visit!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry, Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1972 (1989)(jacket design by Shigeo Katakura)
Found at a local Goodwill, this copy belonged to the late Canadian poet Robert Kroetsch---inscribed "Robert Kroetsch, Calgary, 5 Oct 92". Only this  one passage was marked.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


DOTSSS by Rob Wakshinski, published by Paul + Wendy Projects, Toronto, 2012
b/w photocopy, 24pages, 8.25X10.75"
buy it here!
previously CHACHACHA

Friday, July 6, 2012


Building: The Fight Against Gravity by Mario Salvadori, Atheneum, 1979 (again)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Building: The Fight Against Gravity by Mario Salvadori, Atheneum, 1979


Chinese Writing: An Introduction by Diane Wolff, Holt Reinhart & Winston, 1975