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Christopher Michno on Rabble in Artillery Jan/Feb issue

 

RABBLE by Christopher Michno
Artillery Magazine Jan-Feb 2013
Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 56

"Each 1,500-word essay in Rabble resembles a religious pamphlet, or a political tract, matching Stallings' essay-as-manifesto ethos. ... Two other Rabble essays exist: artist Steve Roden's Zen-like reply to Odilon Redon's painting of the Buddha, and writer Derek Beaulieu's dance with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Beaulieu's essay, 'All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy,' offers the greatest complexity and whets our appetite for more."

Written by Mathew Timmons — January 11, 2013

PARROT 15 Kept Women by Kate Durbin



PARROT 15 Kept Women
by Kate Durbin

Now Out from Insert Blanc Press

There are many intimate paths that wind their way around this expensive Eden, with many nooks for hidden rendezvous. The wide lawns are spacious enough for vast tents suitable for hosting parties such as a Midsummer Nights Dream lingerie gala. There are several sloping hills, idyllic for topless slip n’ sliding in the summer or sledding over a gleaming expanse of imported snow in the winter. A marble panel is visible just inside the video monitored main gate, presenting a depiction of Aurora, Roman goddess of the sunrise, guiding a group of young Eves into the southern Californian dawn.

...


The PARROT series was originally issued by Blanc Press (Los Angeles) from 2005-2010. Insert Blanc Press is reissuing facsimile editions of each title from the PARROT series and releasing a Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection at the end of the run. 

Titles in the PARROT series: Harold Abramowitz’s A House on A Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Brian Ang’s Pre-Symbolic, Stan Apps’ Politicized Pretty Picture, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Teresa Carmody’s I Can Feel, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Michelle Detorie’s Fur Birds, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, K. Lorraine Graham’s My Little Neoliberal Pony, Jen Hofer’s The Missing Link, Maximus Kim’sBreak Bloom Burn, Janice Lee’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Vanessa Place’s Forcible Oral Copulation, Amarnath Ravva’s Airline Music, Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Ara Shirinyan’s Erotic in Czech Republic, Michael Smoler’s Pieces of Water, Brian Kim Stefans’ Viva Miscegenation, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, and Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela.

Covers of Parrot were originally designed by the amazing printmaker, Maggie White. You can find out more about her work at Gray Area, methinks you'll like what you see. 

Read some press on the PARROT series, including a review of PARROT 5, a review of PARROT 1 and an interview with editor Mathew Timmons. And check out the various ways Insert Blanc Press offers to become a subscribing member and to support the press. Visit the Subscription page at Insert Press for more details!

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — November 06, 2012

Rabble: Steve Roden


Rabble: Steve Roden

upside down, the sky is ocean

the buddha wears a cloak of geometric design:

red, yellow, blue and black.

...

the buddha’s hand forms the vitarka mudra, suggesting deep contemplation and indicative of a sage. although it is commonly formed with the right, the buddha forms this mudra with his left hand.

the buddha’s right hand grasps a walking stick.

on an 8th century statue from thailand, the buddha forms the vitarka mudra with two hands, looking strangely reminiscent of a 1909 photograph of mondrian, his theatrical hands pointing up and down like david bowie on the cover of heroes



Rabble, an imprint of Insert Blanc Press, is co-edited by Holly Myers and Mathew Timmons. Rabble prints single author issues of critical essays of about 1500 words on a subject of the author’s choosing. The subject will be an artwork (or series of artworks), but broadly defined: could be visual art, literature, music, architecture, film, design; could be contemporary or historical. The essay will be printed in pamphlet form, with room for a couple full color images, and distributed at a reasonable price.

Rabble seeks to be a venue through which to interrogate the nature of criticism, a laboratory for prodding at the boundaries of criticism as a form. The idea is to begin with a framework that reduces criticism down to its two fundamental components—the thing that's been made and the person who responds to the thing that's been made (i.e., the art work and the critic)—and invite each writer to take it from there. We’re not looking for the average book or exhibition review, but something that tests out a new direction, whatever that means to the individual author.

We have great confidence in the potential of Rabble to make a lasting contribution to the cultural discourse on the West Coast and beyond. It is our hope that, in charting a path between the two prevailing poles of the genre—the ever-narrowing shutters of print journalism on the one hand and the ponderous obscurity of the academy on the other—Rabble will go some way in restoring the sheer excitement of criticism.


ISSN 2168-7439

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 25, 2012

PARROT 13 Tramps Everywhere by Amina Cain & PARROT 14 Fur Birds by Michelle Detorie

 


PARROT 13 Tramps Everywhere
by Amina Cain

Now Out from Insert Blanc Press


EXT.  Morning.  Strong sun.  Short and long shots of a swamp.  A closeup of a frog.  It sits on the bank then jumps into the water, making circles on the surface.  The camera stays, looking at the swamp.  

VOICEOVER:  I walked into the day.  

...




PARROT 14 Fur Birds
by Michelle Detorie

Now Out from Insert Blanc Press


I am 15. Female. Human (I think).    

We lived in a burrow and ate grass. I licked my paw, tasting only the slightest remnants of ash. In one corner we piled sugar cubes – white and cold and sweet, and perfectly square. “Like a little igloo wall,” my sister cooed, twitching her tail. 

...


The PARROT series was originally issued by Blanc Press (Los Angeles) from 2005-2010. Insert Blanc Press is reissuing facsimile editions of each title from the PARROT series and releasing a Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection at the end of the run. 

Titles in the PARROT series: Harold Abramowitz’s A House on A Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Brian Ang’s Pre-Symbolic, Stan Apps’ Politicized Pretty Picture, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Teresa Carmody’s I Can Feel, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Michelle Detorie’s Fur Birds, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, K. Lorraine Graham’s My Little Neoliberal Pony, Jen Hofer’s The Missing Link, Maximus Kim’sBreak Bloom Burn, Janice Lee’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Vanessa Place’s Forcible Oral Copulation, Amarnath Ravva’s Airline Music, Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Ara Shirinyan’s Erotic in Czech Republic, Michael Smoler’s Pieces of Water, Brian Kim Stefans’ Viva Miscegenation, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, and Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela.

Covers of Parrot were originally designed by the amazing printmaker, Maggie White. You can find out more about her work at Gray Area, methinks you'll like what you see. 

Read some press on the PARROT series, including a review of PARROT 5, a review of PARROT 1 and an interview with editor Mathew Timmons. And check out the various ways Insert Blanc Press offers to become a subscribing member and to support the press. Visit the Subscription page at Insert Press for more details!

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 16, 2012

Poetry Is Dead, I Killed It.

Poetry Is Dead, I Killed It. from Mathew Timmons on Vimeo.

Poetry Is Dead, I Killed It. 
Insert Blanc Press insertblancpress.net
Movie by Nick Flavin, Ben Rodkin, & Mathew Timmons.
Sound recorded by Sonia Parada.
Featuring Vanessa Place & Ben White.
Also appearing: Amanda Ackerman, Mashinka Firunts, Danny Snelson, Joy Decena, Teresa Carmody, Harold Abramowitz, Jackqueline Frost, Kim Calder, Andrea Quaid, Suzanne Adelman, Christopher Russell, Greg Curtis, & Stephen Van Dyck. 

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 04, 2012

Insert Blanc Press at The Last Bookstore

Nick Adams, Rare Form 2010 


Insert Blanc Press at The Last Bookstore
Thursday, September 27 from 8 - 10 p.m.
453 S. Spring St., Downtown Los Angeles

Please join Insert Blanc Press at the Last Bookstore in downtown LA for a September celebration of all things new and forthcoming on the press. The night will include readings and performances from the wide and vibrant variety of Authors, Artists, Printers, Designers, Editors, Interns and Friends of Insert Blanc Press including: Harold Abramowitz, Byron Alexander Campbell, Teresa Carmody, Kate Durbin, Janice Lee, Joseph Mosconi, Vanessa Place, Christopher Russell, & Ben White. The evening will also possibly include the performance of an auction that will actually really be a real auction! This event is free and open to the public, yet a $10 donation to the press for such an evening of wild wonder and beyonsense is much appreciated. Insert Blanc Press will happily introduce the Rabble series and the new Knock-Out Editions with titles such as Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate as well as new issues of PARROT and and number of titles forthcoming on the press and just generally celebrating all the Authors, Artists, Printers, Designers, Editors, Interns and Friends of Insert Blanc Press. And Yes, that means you too! Have a glass of champagne with us because we will be celebrating all of us together and you. Yes, you! 




Written by Mathew Timmons — September 17, 2012

Rabble: derek beaulieu

Rabble: derek beaulieu

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

"In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, author Jack Torrance slowly loses his grip on sanity while ensconced in a winter-long residency as caretaker for the seasonally-closed Overlook Hotel. Over the season Jack, a struggling novelist, uses the solitude (interrupted only by his wife Wendy and son Danny) to attempt to construct his new novel. Only a few pages of Torrance’s efforts are revealed in The Shining, but every page consists wholly and entirely of the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” repeated ad infinitum over a presumably several-hundred-page manuscript. In the filmic reveal of Torrance’s creative masterpiece, Wendy emotionally collapses as she finally realizes the extent of her husband’s crumbling rationality. Under the mental anguish of this Sisyphean task of nonlinearity, Jack Torrance’s grip on reality is weakened, much as readers feel the strain of such a non-traditional manuscript."


Rabble, an imprint of Insert Blanc Press, is co-edited by Holly Myers and Mathew Timmons. Rabble prints single author issues of critical essays of about 1500 words on a subject of the author’s choosing. The subject will be an artwork (or series of artworks), but broadly defined: could be visual art, literature, music, architecture, film, design; could be contemporary or historical. The essay will be printed in pamphlet form, with room for a couple full color images, and distributed at a reasonable price.

Rabble seeks to be a venue through which to interrogate the nature of criticism, a laboratory for prodding at the boundaries of criticism as a form. The idea is to begin with a framework that reduces criticism down to its two fundamental components—the thing that's been made and the person who responds to the thing that's been made (i.e., the art work and the critic)—and then to invite a lot of smart people to take up that framework as they see fit. We’re not looking for the average book or exhibition review, but something that tests out a new direction, whatever that means to the individual author.

We have great confidence in the potential of Rabble to make a lasting contribution to the cultural discourse on the West Coast and beyond. It is our hope that, in charting a path between the two prevailing poles of the genre—the ever-narrowing shutters of print journalism on the one hand and the ponderous obscurity of the academy on the other—Rabble will go some way in restoring the sheer excitement of criticism.


ISSN 2168-7439




 

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 09, 2012

TRIPLE H: CALIFORNIA & BEYOND: Halpern, Herbst & Herzog—Aug7 @8


TRIPLE H: CALIFORNIA & BEYOND:

Halpern, Herbst & Herzog


A Presentation of New Work and Ideas -- plus a book launch! -- Tuesday August 7 @ 8pm

at Concord in the lovely neighborhood of Cypress Park
1010 N San Fernando Road
Los Angeles  CA  90065

BYOB and please help spread the word!

Rob Halpern is the author of several books of poetry including Rumored Place(Krupskaya), Disaster Suites (Palm Press) and most recently Music for Porn (Nightboat Books). Together with Taylor Brady he’s also the co-author of Snow Sensitive Skin(Displaced Press). A founding participant in the Nonsite Collective, he lives in San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan. This reading is the Los Angeles book launch forMusic for Porn.

Marc Herbst is a co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. He is holding the word "fierce" with kid gloves.

Katie Herzog's recent exhibitions include "Object Oriented Programming" at the Palo Alto Research Center (exhibition catalog available through Insert Blanc Press), "Movement, Anomalies and Distractions," at the University of Oxford, and a forthcoming exhibition at the Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She currently serves as Director of the Molesworth Institute.
 

Written by Mathew Timmons — August 05, 2012

The Debut of Rabble and Parrot 12 by Janice Lee

 


Rabble: Tyler Stallings

Banal Access to Transcendence, or Developing Telekinesis via Mattel’s EEG-based Game, Mindflex™

"Like any scientist, theologian, shaman, or artist, I long to unlock the mysteries of consciousness. I lack the resources to pursue private research at my California ranch house, but the possibility for R&D is now within reach of citizen scientists with the Mattel game Mindflex™.  Soon, I will take my first toke on brainwaves." 

Insert Blanc Press is very excited to announce the debut of a new imprint on the press, Rabble, co-edited by Holly Myers and Mathew Timmons. Rabble prints single author issues of critical essays on a subject of the author’s choosing. Rabble seeks to be a venue through which to interrogate the nature of criticism, a laboratory for prodding at the boundaries of criticism as a form. The idea is to begin with a framework that reduces criticism down to its two fundamental components—the thing that's been made and the person who responds to the thing that's been made (i.e., the art work and the critic)—and then to invite a lot of smart people to take up that framework as they see fit. 

ISSN 2168-7439




PARROT 12 Fried Chicken Dinner
by Janice Lee

Now Out from Insert Blanc Press!

“In Soviet Russia Chicken Fries You!”

This is a serious matter, seriously. Serious fried chicken. Mm mm mm! 

The PARROT series was originally issued by Blanc Press (Los Angeles) from 2005-2010. Insert Blanc Press is reissuing facsimile editions of each title from the PARROT series and releasing a Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection at the end of the run. 

Titles in the PARROT series: Harold Abramowitz’s A House on A Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Brian Ang’s Pre-Symbolic, Stan Apps’ Politicized Pretty Picture, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Teresa Carmody’s I Can Feel, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Michelle Detorie’s Fur Birds, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, K. Lorraine Graham’s My Little Neoliberal Pony, Jen Hofer’s The Missing Link, Maximus Kim’sBreak Bloom Burn, Janice Lee’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Vanessa Place’s Forcible Oral Copulation, Amarnath Ravva’s Airline Music, Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Ara Shirinyan’s Erotic in Czech Republic, Michael Smoler’s Pieces of Water, Brian Kim Stefans’ Viva Miscegenation, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, and Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela.

Covers of Parrot were originally designed by the amazing printmaker, Maggie White. You can find out more about her work at Gray Area, methinks you'll like what you see. 

Read some press on the PARROT series, including a review of PARROT 5, a review of PARROT 1 and an interview with editor Mathew Timmons. And check out the various ways Insert Blanc Press offers to become a subscribing member and to support the press. Visit the Subscription page at Insert Press for more details!


Written by Mathew Timmons — August 01, 2012