Material, Issue One

Limited Editions Group Show
and Launch Party

February 16, 2008, 7-10pm

Additional gallery hours: February 17, 2008, 12-5pm

Monte Vista Projects
5442 Monte Vista St. (at Ave. 55)
LA, CA 90042


Material, Issue One cover, 2008


In 2008, ART2102 is collaborating with new generations of alternative spaces in Los Angeles by providing a non-institutional structure and framework to support their initiatives. ART2102 will extend its status as a non-profit and beneficiary of grants to several of these smaller experimental spaces, while generating and increasing their exposure through ART2102's communication networks and support systems. It is an effort which aims to expand ART2102's activities beyond the more traditional forms of exhibition and other curatorial projects. More about the 2008 Program



January 16, 2008

What words for what then? *
Inspired by publications such as Documents, ZG, and REALLIFE Magazine, MATERIAL emerges as a contemporary outlet for the artist’s voice.

Started by artists interested in the writings of other artists, MATERIAL supports visual artists with textual concerns. MATERIAL is not a thematically driven nor ‘on-topic’ publication, but rather an image-free, ad-free context for the materialization of artists’ ideas, divergent opinions, thoughts, and appropriations of language. Our sensibility is experimental and critical. We solicit friction and conviviality both.

The editorial board for MATERIAL is made up of artists who make writing a central part of their practice: Thomas Lawson, Olivier Richon, John Stezaker, Jonathan Miles, and Dorit Cypis.


Issue One features texts by international artists:

Hirsch Perlman: ‘Squash and Stretch’
Olivier Richon: ‘A Devouring Eye’
Becky Beasley: ‘Feather Block’
  ‘Of Other Potentialities: The Inhabitable, Inhospitable Object
Nicholas Grider: ‘Culture: A User’s Guide’
Olivia Booth: ‘Glass’s Frayed Edge’
Marie Jager: ‘Free Time’
Peter Kirby: ‘O.E.D: Addendum’
Darren O’Donnell: ‘The Social Impresario’
Katrina Palmer: ‘Spoiled Wooly Stuffing’
Charlotte Smith: ‘Preface of the Fictional Academic Publication/Text,
  ‘[Subject], a fictional academic publication/text on the subject of’
Andrea Büttner: ‘Do something that is easy to do...’
Roman Vasseur: ‘John Stuart Mill Exterminates His Father’


No thought exists without a sustaining support. **
Designed by 3n17 in Berlin, the journal encourages tactile handling; it is printed and folded for maximum utility on Alster Werkdruck paper, and opens in tri-fold. Printed in an edition of 1000, more or less biannually, MATERIAL will be available in Los Angeles at Bank Gallery, in London at Man&Eve Gallery and Laura Bartlett Gallery, in San Francisco at the Silverman Gallery, and the list is growing; check the website for more locations soon:


Independence is an unrealistic construct.
Independence is an unrealistic construct that relies on bravado and many forms of denial. We are all dependent in some way—it is simply a matter of who or what one would like to become dependent on. MATERIAL would like to be dependent on writing and artworks and the people who love writing and artworks. MATERIAL aims to be self-funded by offering limited editions of visual work that engage the textual.

For our inaugural issue, we are offering a series of editions by nine international artists: Marie Jager, Becky Beasley, Nicholas Grider, Arthur Ou, Augusta Wood, Katie Lewis, David Raymond Conroy, Duncan Wooldridge and Jacob Melchi. The artists involved have all generously donated work to MATERIAL to fund its continued operations. We are offering these works much below market value to encourage collectors to support the journal as an emerging space for experimentation.

These works are available for purchase at the launch parties at Man&Eve in London and Monte Vista in Los Angeles, and on our web site:





Editors’ Bios
Kim Schoen received her MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 and recently completed a Masters of Philosophy in the Photography Department at The Royal College of Art in London. Recent exhibitions of her photographs and video installations include ‘A Series of Catastrophes and Celebrations’ at Bank (solo show, Los Angeles), ‘Beyond Image: Photography and Contemporary Art’ at The Armory (Los Angeles), and ‘Body/City’ at Dublin Docklands (Dublin). Kim was recently selected for the Artist Pension Trust in Los Angeles. She will be showing with Man&Eve in London in 2008 and is represented by Bank in Los Angeles.

A native of South Carolina, Ginny Cook received her BA in Art History from Emory University in 2000 and her MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005. Recent exhibitions of her work include ‘Natural Geographic’ at Norma Desmond Productions (Los Angeles), ‘International Waters’ at Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco), ‘Ginny Cook: Shapes for wanting images’ at South La Brea Gallery (Los Angeles), and the 2004 Festival Universal de Sonido, Imagen y Ondas Nuevas (San Jose, Costa Rica). She makes art, writes, and teaches photography in Los Angeles.

*Samuel Beckett, Worstword Ho, 1983
**Mel Bochner, epigraph to a preparatory sketch for his inscribed wall drawing Theory of Boundaries, 1969-70




This event is made possible in part by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


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