Image Bank
International Image Exchange Directory (2021)

Brick Press
2021, English
Softcover, 208 pages
13 x 18.5 cm
ISBN: 9780994838629
Edition: 500

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Image Bank began compiling artist’s addresses and image requests to prompt correspondence artworks using the postal system in 1970. These requests first appeared in print in General Idea’s & AA Bronson’s FILE Megazine issues 1, 2 and 3, and they were published in their own volume in 1972 by Talonbooks. Nearly fifty years after its initial release, this revised facsimile edition includes the original list of image requests from over 200 artists alongside examples of mail art from many compelling contributors as well as new archival images from Western Front and Michael Morris.

Exchange Directory comprises an alphabetically ordered list of over 200 artist’s addresses and image requests. Looking at the publication now, the book itself could be seen perhaps as a white pages telephone book for mail art. In between the directory listings, pages of compelling visual imagery from selected contributors adds additional context as to what mail art looked like in its very beginning. The book's directory includes submissions from artists such as Anna Banana, Joseph Beuys, William Burroughs, Robert Cumming, Robert Filliou, General Idea, Gilbert and George, Ray Johnson, Sol Lewitt, Lucy Lippard, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg and many more.

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N.E. Thing Co.
Companies Act (2020)

Brick Press
2020, English
Softcover, 362 pages
21.3 x 27.5 cm
ISBN: 9780994838605
Edition of 500

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“The N.E. Thing Company has developed itself as a factory of ideas, which is far too preoccupied with the production and realization of new ideas to pay much attention to the archival end.” – Jean-Christophe Ammann (Kunsthalle Basel)

Described as a “compendium of company ideas,” Companies Act is perhaps the most important art book by the foundational Canadian conceptual art duo. Companies Act contains 362 collage-like pages comprised of their most critical works, including hand-written descriptions providing great insight into the process and intent of the N.E. Thing Company.

Companies Act was an artwork created for N.E. Thing Co.’s contribution to Kunsthalle Basel’s 1978 “Younger Canadian Artists” exhibition. Kunsthalle curator, Jean-Christophe Ammann knew that N.E. Thing Co. would represent Canada; the question was how. With an oeuvre such as theirs, one artwork would not suffice, and he felt that a “telephone book” worth of work would be the best and only way to represent the ideas, projects and works of the N.E. Thing Co.

N.E. Thing Co. was a North Vancouver based collaborative duo run by co-presidents, Ingrid and Iain Baxter. The “company” utilized an abstracted business model to interrogate art, domestic systems, corporate strategy, and everyday life using photography, information technology and installation-based artworks.

Due to a small first edition in 1978, existing copies are extremely scarce. Companies Act is now available for the first time in over 40 years in a limited edition of 500.

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Brick Press, Inc.
Vancouver, BC