Print's Not Dead! — The tactile ecstasies of the New England Art Book Fair

This weekend, the second annual New England Art Book Fair embalms SPACE Gallery with a parade of imaginative print works, subterranean obsessions, sociopolitical samizdat, and next-level art works. Launched by Portland artists Samantha Haedrich, Adam Stockman, Jimmy Viera, Andrew Scripter, and Pilar Nadal, fans of tactile art will have two days to poke around, from Friday night's art walk and all day Saturday, exploring art books that "explore the convergence of publishing, art, identity, and storytelling."

Offering dozens of vendors and makers from around the country, here are five you should look out for:


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Publication: The Tonebook

Artist/publisher: Inpatient Press

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Description: A collection of experimental musical scores from contemporary composers and performers

Format: 10" x 12" paperback

Price: $30

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Publication Name: Inferno Zine #1

Artist/publisher: Kyle Quinn/Raw Meat

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Description: Earlier this year, Kyle Quinn ran a Polaroid photo booth for a Queer sex party in the heart of Brooklyn called Inferno. Quinn says, "I photographed the first couple of parties and got an amazing response from the community and attendees involved. This zine, released on my publishing label Raw Meat, is the documentation of the beauty in all bodies within this party and special setting."

Format/media: Raw Meat offers limited edition books, zines, prints and objects.

Price: $25


Publication: Eat Where You Sleep
Artist/publisher: Brian Doody
Location: Portland, ME
Description: A small collection of photos made in the past three months while working on a larger project. Featuring a poem by Catie Hannigan and screen printing courtesy of Kristina Buckley of Two Fern. 
Format/medium: Zine with photography, drawings, screen printing, poetry
Price: $15

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Publication: En Route to Find an Armchair

Artist/publisher: Lindsay Buchman

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Description: En Route to Find an Armchair investigates the limits of language and the malleability of memory through lens-based media and creative writing. It consists of a dialogue between two subjects – ‘reader’ and ‘you’ – that exist within a nonlinear narrative. Laden with subtexts, En Route examines relationships between sight and site, between desire and loss, and between language and communication. 

Format/medium: laser-print book, edition 30, 2017

Price: $40



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Publication: HOMOCATS

Artist: J. Morrison

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Description: Created by Brooklyn artist J. Morrison in 2010, HOMOCATS is a visual art project appropriating the modern popularity of the feline. We aim to fight phobias, propose equal rights, combat cultural stereotypes, challenge social norms, and resist Trump.  

Format/media: Zines, artist books, t-shirts and bags

Price: $5-50




Publication: (H)afrocentric Comics: Volumes 1-4, by Juliana "Jewels" Smith

Publisher: PM Press

Location: Oakland, CA

Description: An unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day— including gentrification, police violence, and housing — with humor and biting satire.

Format: paperback

Price: $20

The New England Art Book Fair | October 6-7 | Fri 5-9 pm; Sat 10 am-5 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. | 

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