In a room there are stacks of magazines, records in alphabetized rows, a pile of houseplant books from the 1970’s and art books lined up by subject on a very tall metal shelf. These things have been acquired in book stores, records stores, thrift stores, occasionally boxes left on the street and one time stolen from the public library. Their arrangements rest between nourishment and overdose. Are they pieces of a self-induced archive or something more cryptic and pathological like repetitive acquisition syndrome? Does it matter? Whatever the reasons, it is a habit that involves a reception to chance and a belief that some auratic thing has been dislocated and deserves retrieval. The following images are pairings of two separate but equally loyal collections. One of books – and a magazine (DS) and one of records (CN).
SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa “Houses” (2007) / Tom Jones “Green, Green, Grass of Home” (1967)
Denise Schatz started the small press Miniature Garden in 2007, which publishes collaborative artist books and posters. Recent projects include book of rocks and book of houseplants, featuring contributions from Ariel Dill, Miya Osaki, Jamie Stewart, Robin Cameron, David Horvitz, Lucky Dragons, among other artists.
Chris Newmyer has worked in music for 20+ years and has released over 30 records on his own label, The Self-Starter Foundation. You can find his playlists here: http://straw.30milkshakes.com/