SPACE

April 24, 2020

A Collection of Essays and Images Curated
by Shana Mabari and Andi Campognone

134 pages, hardcover, 7.5 x 9.25 inches, 20 photographs

$39.99

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“Children at play, artists at work, and scientists measuring quantum effects share this in common: they are all creating reality.” – LEONARD SHLAIN

ABOUT THE BOOK
An intimate meditation on an almost infinite subject, Space aims to explode an ordinary everyday word into a dazzling prism via an exploration of some of the many interpretations of the term. Artist Shana Mabari asked more than a dozen individuals from dramatically different walks of life—from an astronaut and a filmmaker to an art critic and a musician—what they think about when they think about space. Their answers, which alternate with exceptional work from contemporary Southern California artists selected by curator Andi Campognone, invigorate and inspire, and in turn become fodder for reflection upon our relationship to ourselves, to others, and to the universe at large.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Andi Campognone has over 30 as an arts and culture leader in the southern California region. She is the Executive Director of AC Projects, a non-profit consulting organization focused on promoting arts and culture. Projects include developing museum exhibitions, public engagement, mentoring programs and book and film publications of historically relevant southern California artists. Campognone is also the Arts Manager/Senior Curator for the City of Lancaster’s museums. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of partnerships and community engagement initiatives with artists, businesses, stakeholders, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisors office, California Arts Council and higher level institutions. She develops curatorial direction for exhibition, educational and engagement programming and additionally leads the public art initiatives for the City of Lancaster. She has previously served the City of Pomona as Cultural Arts Commissioner where she co-wrote and implemented the City’s Master Cultural Arts Plan and the adopted Arts in Public Places Policy. She is the cofounder of Kipaipai, a professional development workshop for artists in Hawaii, California and New York. Campognone is on the Board of the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation and on the Board of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture. She volunteers as a regular speaker and mentor to art students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Arts Association. She is a member of ArTTable.

Shana Mabariis an American contemporary artist with a studio practice based in Los Angeles and Ibiza, Spain. Previously she has lived and worked in Paris, Northern India, Southeast Asia, and Tel Aviv. Central to Mabari’s practice are her ongoing investigations of the intersections of art and science, as evidenced by her sculptures, installations, and immersive environments that explore the dynamics of visual perception and the ways in which we experience physical space.

Zen Psychosis

November 1, 2019

by Shana Nys Dambrot
Photographs by Osceola Refetoff

172 pages, hardcover, 5 X 8 inches, 33 photographs

$34.99

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Video recording of livestreamed April 20th reading from Chungking Studio (talk starts at about the 4-minute mark): https://www.facebook.com/ChungkingStudio/videos/557837838470387/

L.A. Weekly podcast, March 6th: https://www.laweekly.com/slipping-into-zen-psychosis-with-l-a-weekly-arts-editor-shana-nys-dambrot

Signed copies can now be purchased & shipped to you directly from A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books — a brilliant place for all your art-book and (culture podcast) needs! www.aggeiger.com/shop/zen-psychosis-86bel 

Zen Psychosis on Instagram: instagram.com/zenpsychosis 

PRESS FOR ZEN PSYCHOSIS
Shana Nys Dambrot was interviewed by Flaunt Magazine about the inspirations and influences for the book and her collaboration with photographer Osceola Refetoff.

“The Los Angeles-based art critic, curator, and now author has taken scenes from her unconscious and transposed them into something tangible and inventive.” — Bree Castillo in FLAUNT Magazine.

Poet Milo Martin wrote of the book:

“The new novella by Shana Nys Dambrot, “Zen Psychosis” is so serpentine sandy dreamy hyper-romantic Anais Nin naked Joan Didion kissing Henry Miller… not to mention the lush pinhole camera photographs by Osceola Refetoff…”

Dambrot and Refetoff were the guests on the A.G. Geiger Podcast in advance of the launch event.

Press mentions surrounding the January 25 launch event at A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books:
Art & Cake included us in their recent Recommended Artists Books roundup.
Osceola was interviewed in Victoria Looseleaf’s DaVinci Questionnaire.
LA Art Party featured the event
Cartwheel Art featured the event.
Location Managers Guild Magazine featured the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Zen Psychosis is a work of experimental fiction: the attempt to construct a personal memoir culled not from diaries, but dreams. In a way, as the scenes are taken from my own journals, this book is not fiction at all; the dreams are real, their meanings form a story. As a critic of art and an amateur student of Jungian psychoanalysis, I am often compelled to decode intuitive, inscrutable symbols and assemble meaning from the clues the dream or the artist leaves behind. In this novel, I’m applying the technique to my own inner self.

This was directly inspired by Henry Miller, who in 1923 slipped an account of a vivid dream into a collection of short stories in [Black Spring]. “Into the Nightlife: A Coney Island of the Mind” later became an illustrated book in a collaboration between Miller and the artist Bezalel Schatz in 1947, as its tantalizing surrealism and literary voice actively blurred the boundaries between experience and imagination.

The accompaniment of fantastical pinhole photographs by Osceola Refetoff augments and expands on this dynamic; bringing a beguiling dreamlike quality to what are in fact, people and places in the real world outside ourselves. As an artist and student of cinema, Refetoff has long been fascinated with the conventional visual language of what dreams are supposed to look like.

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the L.A. Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Artillery, and other publications. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and exhibition catalogs, curates and juries exhibitions, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. Dambrot is a member of ArtTable and an award-winning member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

Osceola Refetoff is a photographer interested in documenting humanity’s impact on the world, both the intersection of nature and industry, and the narratives of the people living at those crossroads. His parallel careers as an editorial and fine art photographer are characterized by an evocative, cinematic understanding of how scale, point of view, architecture, and motion can express the essence of a given place. Osceola graduated from NYU Film School and is the recipient of the 2018 Los Angeles Press Club National Photojournalist of the Year.

Rebecca Campbell: A 20 Year Survey

September 25, 2019

Essay by Tyler Stallings
200 pages, hardcover, 7.5 X 9.25 inches, 150 illustrations & photographs

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Griffith Moon is pleased to introduce Rebecca Campbell: A 20 Year Survey, a retrospective catalog published in collaboration with the Frank M. Doyle Pavilion at Orange Coast College. It showcases her work over a 20-year period and includes an essay by curator Tyler Stallings.

Campbell’s paintings, sculptures, and installations explore are how the painted figure, the photographic image, pattern, and text define, thwart or evolve our sense of personal, national, and cultural identity. Relationships and voids between world history, popular and political ephemera, and personal memoir are examined by animating pictures, tartans and other culturally specific patterns, as well as bureaucratic and personal documents in various media and interpretive techniques including monumental painting, film, and sculpture. The content unfolds through investment in metaphoric materials. Campbell’s interest in nostalgia’s transgressive effect on linear time and identity is expressed through the juxtaposition of materials that connote particular and disparate time periods and cultural identities. The amalgam of textures allows her to embody ideas about time and identity without reducing them to a didactic argument. The resonance is one faceted with the familiarity of the body and the fiction of the mind.

Rebecca Campbell received her MFA in painting and drawing in June 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at L.A. Louver Gallery, Ameringer-McEnery-Yohe, Gagosion Gallery, the Phoenix Art Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, among other galleries and museums. Currently an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, she has also taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Campbell’s work is regularly presented at art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, and ADAA: The Art Show. Her work has been featured in publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, ART PAPERS, X-TRA, ARTWORKS Magazine, art ltd., The Huffington Post, and Artnet. She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery.

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide

July 1, 2019

Written and Illustrated by Kimberly Brooks

164 pages
5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-0-2

$14.99

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The Essential Guide: Oil Painting Safe Practices Materials & Supplies is a culmination of years researching the best and safest materials for oil painting by artist Kimberly Brooks. Oil painting practices need not be complicated and are often misunderstood and produce unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. Simple explanations and lists of mediums, canvas types, paint brands and brushes are accompanied by simple illustrations created by the artist.

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Sant Khalsa: Prana – Life with Trees

May 16, 2019

Hardcover
178  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-6-4

$45

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Sant Khalsa is an artist and activist whose projects develop from her impassioned inquiry into the nature of place and complex environmental and societal issues. Her artworks create a contemplative space where one can sense the subtle and profound connections between themselves and the natural world.

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UC Berkeley Arts + Design Showcase: Issue 03 2019

March 27, 2019

Paperback
160  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7326992-3-6

$20

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Issue 3 of Made at Berkeley gathers outstanding creative work by UC Berkeley undergraduate students with stunning texts and images on nearly every page. From the visual arts to film to the performing arts, from the literary arts to architectural and industrial design, the book features the achievements of top students in their respective fields.

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Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art

May 24, 2018

Hardcover
164 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-7-8

$30

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“No editorializing takes place here. There is no fluff. Yet the two men leap from artist to artwork, from observations about narrative structure to biology to the manifestation of surfaces. It is humorous, deadly serious, and very encouraging to witness; the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses can coexist. This conversation demonstrates the joy of an intellectual and poetic exchange between two artists who share a knowledge of the deep concerns of art making in all its myriad forms.”
– Excerpt from review by Matt Ballou, in NeotericArt

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KIMBERLY BROOKS: Fever Dreams

May 11, 2018

Hardcover
133 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
ISBN: 978-1-7326992-1-2
$40.00

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This book chronicles shift in practice from figuration to abstraction in the paintings of Kimberly Brooks using the last five years of painting against the backdrop of her works on paper spanning her career.  The book is published in conjunction with Mt San Antonio College. Beautiful color images, essays by Michael Wilson and Shana Nys Dambrot, and an Interview with curator Fatemeh Burnes fill this compilation.

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UC Berkeley Arts + Design Showcase: Issue 02 2018

May 1, 2018

Paperback
186  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-3-3

$20

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UC Berkeley Arts + Design: gathers outstanding creative work by UC Berkeley undergraduate students with stunning texts and images on nearly every page. From the visual arts to film to the performing arts, from the literary arts to architectural and industrial design, the UC Berkeley Arts + Design: features the achievements of top students in their respective fields. These works demonstrate the discipline of particular art forms—painting, theater, poetry—as well as the vibrant ‘mash-up’ of cross-disciplinary experiment. Described in the voices of the students who made them, the collection exemplifies and advances the innovation and creativity of UC Berkeley.

Memory & Identity: The Marvelous Art of Betye, Lezley & Alison Saar

March 26, 2018

Hardcover
94 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
55 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-1-9

$39.95

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Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar have created some of the most powerful, important and deeply moving art in our contemporary world. Their compelling works forge idiosyncratic constructions of social memory and personal identity, as well as the cultural histories underlying them. All three Saars assemble two- and three-dimensional works based on unexpected juxtapositions of form and content. They deploy the flotsam of material culture, from discarded architectural components (old windows, ceiling tiles, wall paper) to domestic detritus (washboards, buckets, shelves) to historic photographs and printed fabrics.




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