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.

The subject of trees has been a focus in Sant Khalsa’s creative work for nearly five decades. Prana: Life with Trees is the first in depth survey of Khalsa’s intimate connection with trees – her explorations, observations, perceptions and interpretations. Her unique perspective is expressed through a style that encompasses the documentary, subjective and conceptual. Her work evokes a meditative calm to what we often experience as a chaotic and conflicted world.

Khalsa is concerned with both the micro and macro aspects of forests: what is seen and unseen; historical, scientific and spiritual; and personal and universal. She is mindful of our symbiotic relationship with trees and forests, grounded in the life-sustaining connection through the breath (exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen). Her beautiful, distinctive and sometime disquieting works express the cycle of life (birth, life, death, and rebirth), the destruction and memory of the forest, as well as the promise of new growth.

The book includes her earliest landscapes (self-portraits and photographs of orange groves); images of trees from her three decades photographing in the Santa Ana Watershed and other locations in the American West; and mixed-media sculptures and installation works inspired by her research on air quality and life-changing experience planting more than a thousand trees in 1992 as part of the reforestation of Holcomb Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains. In her recent color photographs, we witness the fruits of her activism, a healthy, thriving and hopeful forest eco-system.

Sant Khalsa’s artworks are widely exhibited internationally, collected by prestigious museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and published in numerous art books and periodicals. Khalsa is a recipient of prestigious fellowships, awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities and others. She is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino and resides in Joshua Tree.

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. 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.

Paul Cummins: The Collected Poems

January 7, 2019

Hardcover
148 pages
6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-9-5

Available Spring 2019

$24.99

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Paul Cummins, a renown educator and social justice activist, entered the world of poetry in 1966 while writing a doctoral dissertation on the poetry of twice pulitzer prize winning Richard Wilbur at USC. This book, selected from the nearly 600 poems written between 1966-2017, since then, offers a clear and often inspiring voice, with brilliant and sacred imagery all the while allowing for uncommon accessibility. This volume includes sonnets, prose poems, odes as well as various metered, and stanzaic poems.

Cummins, likens the absolute quiet that he requires to create as his own mini temple. Where usually the act of creation is deliberate, sometimes it startled Cummins: “Sometimes, poems just appear, such as ‘Red Rover’ which wrote itself in the my head while driving, and I had to pull over on the side of the rode to capture it.”

In addition to poems about everyday life, the subjects of this selection occasionally delve into literature and history as in “HCE: A Son-Not (?)”, and “Endsandbeginsand,” each providing a nod to Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, in addition to war poems featuring subjects from Buchenwald to Nagasaki to Vietnam.

Cummins offers a rare blend of depth and accessibility. These poems, besides addressing the core issues of human experience, offer genuine aesthetic treats – unusual forms, rhyme and rhythm in synch, assonance and imagery. Even in poems seemingly simple, there is artistry to enjoy.

He Started It!: My Twitter War with Trump

July 24, 2018

Paperback
92 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-8-8

$14.95

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In 2013, Donald Trump got involved in his first sustained Twitter War. Unfortunately for Trump, in this endeavor as in so very many others, he was not up to the task. If you’re someone with no discernible sense of humor – someone for whom ridicule is like Kryptonite – a professional comedy writer would not be an ideal opponent with whom to engage. He Started It!: My Twitter War with Trump is the complete record (with commentary) of Donald Trump’s hilarious three-month-long delusion that he was outwitting Danny Zuker. Introduction by Paul Slansky.

A PERCENTAGE OF EACH SALE GOES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) and the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

Danny Zuker
When not trolling the leader of the free world, Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) works as a television comedy writer/producer. He’s spent the last nine years as one of the executive producers of Modern Family, and has worked on many shows including Evening Shade, Roseanne, Just Shoot Me, and so many flops.

Paul Slansky
Paul Slansky (@slansky) is the author of The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American ‘80s and five other books that savagely mock the idiots, hypocrites and demagogues who masquerade as our “leaders.” In the summer of 2016, he created (and continues to curate) www.trumpelthinskin.com, a website dedicated to disrespecting Donald Trump.

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

This book features an artwork by legendary American painter Vincent Desiderio along side and an in-depth interview conducted by artist Daniel Maidman in Desiderio’s Sleepy Hollow Studio on the occasion of his 2018 solo show “Theseus” at Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Desiderio is known for large, complex paintings which embrace both classical representation and the intellectual history of modernism and postmodernism. Among artists, he is also well-known for his fierce engagement with the ideas and methods that animate the history of visual art.
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Central Park Love Song

May 23, 2018

Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees
by Stephen Wolf

Paperback
240 pages
5.5 x 8.5 inches
25 Illustrations & Maps

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-6-1

$16.99

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[Stephen Wolf’s] “Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” is an eloquent, evocative ode that encompasses New York history, past and contemporary protagonists, geography and botany so gracefully that reading his book is like, well, a walk in the park.
– Sam Roberts, The New York Times

Central Park Love Song: Wandering beneath the Heaventrees is both an intimate portrait and meticulous research of America’s first great public park and the most visited site in New York City. Beginning with the narrator and his dog wandering the battered but still beautiful park in the late 1970s, readers learn why the park is so large on an island so small, why it grows in the center of Manhattan, and what has been lost to the needs of an ever-changing city. These and other stories weave through the narrative as the reader and narrator discover every cave and cranny of the park’s 843 acres and later see the park in new ways with his children, much as he did with his dog three decades before. In a creative blend of fact and imagination that includes excerpts from novels, poems, essays and songs about Central Park, we visit the park during its construction, the raucous zoo hoax of 1876, and stroll with “Miss Manhattan” –Audrey Munson, model for three statues in the park and a dozen more throughout the city. We’re at Jimmy Walker’s glamorous Casino and the bleak Hooverville nearby, slip through a fence on summer nights to swim in the reservoir—Lake Manhattan to those who love it—and experience the wondrous gift given the park and surrounding city by the legendary hawk Pale Male; finally, we watch the Central Park Conservancy’s miraculous revival of the park over the last twenty years. The book concludes at an imaginary lunch with the narrator, his young daughter, Frederick Law Olmsted and others at work on the map of “The Greensward Plan” that eventually became Central Park.

“This book about an enduring enchantment with place will resonate with all who find in the city’s green heart a special world of their own.”
– Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author of The Green Metropolis, first president of the Central Park Conservancy, 1980-1996.

“Stephen Wolf loves the city & its green sanctuary as Frank O’Hara did its streets… Everywhere you look there is wonder & beauty & the everyday real people who populate the place. Along the way, wandering beneath the heaventrees, you will most certainly fall in love.”
– Kevin Coval, author of This is Modern Art, editor of The Breakbeat Poets.

Stephen Wolf, PhD – Born in Chicago and with a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Stephen Wolf moved to the Lower East Side in 1977, blocks from where his grandparents once lived. His fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ploughshares, and The Anthology American Families, and his story cycle “Intimate Articles”, was published by Ten Speed Press. He teaches literature and the humanities at Berkeley College in New York City.

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.

Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in or as covers for books from publishers including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Rizzoli and recently the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence.

Brooks was born in New York, NY and grew up in Mill Valley, California. She received a BA from UC Berkeley in Literature and studied painting at Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art & Design) and UCLA.   She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence. She was born in New York City, raised in Mill Valley and works and lives in Los Angeles.

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.

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

May 1, 2018

Written and Illustrated by Kimberly Brooks
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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.

Kimberly Brooks is a professional exhibiting artist and award winning teacher who on occasion conducts workshops around the country including at the Otis School of Art and Design and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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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