Half Letter Press is a publishing imprint and an experimental online store initiated by Temporary Services. Temporary Services is a group of three people (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer). We have published booklets as an element of our collaborative work since 1998. We created Half Letter Press to publish and distribute book and booklet length works by ourselves and others. We are interested in using this endeavor to build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways. We are particularly interested in supporting people and projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream commercial channels.
Correspondence and distribution inquiries can be sent to:
Half Letter Press
P.O. Box 12588
Chicago, IL 60612
An absolutely beautiful little publication from our friends at Journal of Aesthetics & Protest and designed and hand-bound by Emily Larned. We’re told this is already essentially out of print so hop to it if you want one! From the publisher:
On October 29th, 2012, C-Squat on Avenue C in New York’s Lower East Side was flooded by the wilds of Hurricane Sandy. The Museum of Reclaimed Space (MORUS), located in its basement, was scheduled to have its opening party that night. The next morning the MORUS community, instead, was bucketing water and salvaging displays. They also hosted a pedal-power bike generator to recharge cell-phones and became a node for dumpstered food distribution.
Ben Shepard, with an assist by Marc Herbst, has put together an ode, a short book about activist New York under Hurricane Sandy and a re-telling of the eventual opening of MORUS on December 8 2012.
Contributions: by Alan W. Moore, Stephen Duncombe, Maggie Wrigley and Frank Morales. Art by Fly, Mac McGill and others.
This book honors this Lower East Side Museum’s DIY spirit through the hand-made (letter-press cover and hand-stitched binding), economy of resources (low price, packed with images) and zine-iness (interior is photocopied, yo.)
Some other sites that may have our publications in person are the Print Center (Philly), Printed Matter (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), the places on this partial list, as well as a library near you (WorldCat is such a great resource!). If you’d like Half Letter Press books at your shop, school, or library, give us a holler - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover of our brand new booklet, 32 pages, full color, offset … being printed in Beijing right now for The Second CAFAM (Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum) Bienniale, The Inivisible Hand: Curating As Gesture, Beijing, China, February 28 – April 20, 2014
*in which our Philly office offers a Chicago-style shout out to snow shovelers everywhere* Hey Yous - the melt is here on the East Coast of the USA, and we hope you are out and about enjoying your life in whichever city you happen to be in. When you get back to the internet, remember that Half Letter Press has the following new items ready & waiting for ya;
New in our webstore: 924 Gilman, compiled by Brian Edge ($16.00)
924 Gilman is an “All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, Not-For-Profit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986” in Berkeley, California. Its policies prohibit racism, sexism, homophobia, drugs, alcohol, and violence. This book has contributions from many Gilman volunteers and chronicles the space’s history and the challenges they’ve encountered along the way. A full list of all of the concerts and events that happened in the space up to the date of publication is included. Meeting notes and financial records help give a concrete sense of all that goes into starting and maintaining a space like Gilman.
Join Salem from Temporary Services on Sunday, February 23, 2014 as she welcomes the Philadelphia groupWe The Weedsto theSelf-Reliance Library. The event happens from 2-4 pm.
We The Weeds is preparing a generous presentation about their work as well as an interactive workshop on identifying sticks - the skeletal parts of plants that stay with us through the long winter.
Admission to PAFA is free every Sunday during the exhibition. Join us a little early and take a walk around the exhibit. Visitors to the Self-Reliance Library can pick up a free copy of our Self-Reliance Library booklet (2nd edition, made in conjunction with this exhibition), as well as a free special pencil while supplies last.
Save the date! Our next SRL event at the show will be on Sunday, March 23, 2014 with the good folks of thePrometheus Radio Project. Hope to see our Philadelphia-area friends at both events!
It’s very common to find Joseph Albers artwork on classical records on the Command Records label that are sitting right in thift stores. One of those examples of something really great that an artist did that anyone can acquire very easily and cheaply.
Josef Albers, album artwork for Leonid Hambro & Jascha Zayde, 1961.
His designs for Command Records were a bit of a stylistic anomaly for Albers. Although references to music do appear in his work 25 years earlier, Keyboard (1932) or his Treble Clef series (1932-1935), his cover designs featured new formal elements, specifically circles and grids of circles. Source: See more here