Inner Planets is an offset artists’ book by Cameron Jamie that was published during Jamie’s installation of the same name at the Palmenhaus of the Old Botanical Garden of Zürich (9-30 June 2013). The installation, in which 43 ceramic masks were hung from the roof of the glass building like a colourful galaxy or a pantheon for visitors to look up to, was curated by Lynn Kost.
Jamie’s artists’ book combines views of the installation with photos of the individual masks and close-ups of their glazings and of drawings that reveal unifying elements. The result is a strangely beautiful book that combines savage and expressive masks with elegant textures and introspective lines. Inner Planets… You don’t know whether you’re looking up or in.
Sea Urchin is happy to join forces with Ace Farren Ford from Los Angeles.
Ace Farren Ford (1957) began writing poetry at the age of 10 and started playing music around the same time. Since the early 1970s Ace has explored free improvisational music, at first with his group Ace & Duce (originally a duo, but later a quintet featuring Rick Snyder, Dennis Duck and Tom Recchion) and, in 1974, as a member of Smegma. He is considered to be a founding member of The Los Angeles Free Music Society and has appeared on numerous releases on vinyl, tape and CD. Ace played in groups as varied as the West Coast punk groups The Child Molesters and Rancid Vat, psychedelic projects as EXP and Heltir, and improvisational ensembles like Smegma, which he rejoined in 2007. Since 1978 Ace has run his own label Ace & Duce, he has shown paintings and collages since 1994, and has published four books of poetry. Ace currently works as a tattoo artist in Hollywood. We are honoured to represent Ace and to distribute a selection of his output through Sea Urchin. Take a look in our catalogue for some of his fine editions (more coming soon).
Roel van Duijn, one of the spearheads of the Dutch countercultural Provo movement wrote this manifesto in 1967, six months after Provo had been carried to its grave. The contents of this handsome little book are still very much in the vein of Provo: subversive, provocative, creative, and humorous. In a playful manner and packaged as an adventure story Van Duijn (here spelled as Van Duyn) reflects on labour, exploitation, individual and social virtues, creativity, and life and death. Miss Blanche – a popular cigarette brand in those days – is staged as Van Duijn’s mysterious and sexy mentor and partner in crime. (Miss Blanche had been launched as Van Duyn’s fictitious counterpart two years earlier in Provo pamphlet #15.) Van Duyn and Miss Blanche decide to steal the diamonds of Amsterdam diamond-seller Van Moppes and return them to their rightful owners: the black mineworkers of South-Africa. During the adventure they get locked in the diamond-seller’s vault, which leaves them plenty of time to reflect on all sorts of matters, until Van Moppes’s son arrives. The capitalist exploiter is promptly seduced by Miss Blanche and knocked unconscious by Van Duyn.
Provo draughtsman and underground publisher Olaf Stoop designed the front cover of this edition. The back cover shows a photo by Koen Wessing. Several copies of this rare edition are available. All in good shape (slight wear or stains), so order now!
Two new artists’ books by Cameron Jamie have been added to our catalogue:
Peking Skinny brings together 16 b/w street photos xeroxed on 200 gr blue parchment paper. The 16 photos of dog urine stains in the streets of Paris (all taken with the artist’s smart phone) and the tones of the blue parchment paper merge seamlessly. Harsh random piss marks become strangely sensitive and suggestive organic shapes: faces, figures and body parts appear against the blue background. Peking Skinny is raw and elegant at the same time. Concrete and abstract. Tarmac and Rorschach. It’s an obscene city map opening up hidden worlds. All 100 copies of Peking Skinny have been signed and numbered by the artist.
Jamie’s Un Singe à Gauche is relatively large artists’ book that contains collages xeroxed on 120 gr coloured paper. Older and rejected drawings were torn up, re-assembled and – reduced in size – xeroxed on sheets of brightly coloured paper. The black rims that occurred during the process of xeroxing were torn up and re-assembled along with the drawings, giving them the quality of black frames that were shattered by the power of the images that they are trying to contain. In this book primitive idols built from broken dolls and offal light up, break free and claim their space. Un Singe à Gauche was issued in an edition of 150 copies. Apart from being signed and hand-numbered each book contains an element that was glued in by the artist. Each copy is unique. Each copy is alive.
The summer of 1975 was hot. A heatwave of eighteen consecutive days singed Western Europe and turned its capitals into seething cauldrons. Ira Cohen landed on the soft tarmac of Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, in August — his mind still filled with the opiate clouds over Kathmandu, where he had lived since 1972 — and stepped into a wildfire of events. Fellow filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was feverishly working on his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, a megalomaniac project involving Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger and many others, which was soon to collapse under its own weight like one of Dali’s soft constructions. Ira’s friend and fellow poet Brion Gysin was undergoing Cobalt-60 radiation therapy for lung cancer and appeared to be dying from either the disease or the treatment. And former Black Panthers leader Eldridge Cleaver – whose soul may have been on ice but whose brain was thoroughly fried – was spending his last months of exile negotiating his return to the US with the FBI and launching his cock-liberating pants as ‘Eldridge de Paris’.
From Journey West (All in August) is published jointly by Cold Turkey Press and Sea Urchin Editions in a limited and numbered edition of 50 copies. “All in August” was an entry in Cohen’s ‘Journey West’ scheduled for publication by Cold Turkey Press in 1976 as part of an anthology that never appeared. This joint edition marks its first appearance in print. Cohen’s poem to Brion Gysin ‘Where the Heart Lies’ has also been included, along with a number of photographs of the period. This beautiful book is available in a limited edition of 50 copies only. Get your copy now!