Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California

Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California
January 29 - May 7, 2017
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Featuring a selection of Darin Klein's collaborative publications:

Box of Books, Vol. X
Amy Von Harrington, Ania Diakoff, Bettina Hubby with Steven Rimlinger, Christeene, Christopher Russell, Edie Fake, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Hazel Meyer, Iris Porter, CUUNT (Jaye Fishel), Jeffrey Cheung, Johanna Jackson & Chris Johanson, Julien Poirier, Keith Corollo, Leah Hayes, Math Bass, Onya Hogan-Finlay & Kim Kelly, Sonya Sombreuil Cohen, Tyler Matthew Oyer, and Zackary Drucker.

3 Pack-Jack
The (W)hole Story: Noel Alumit, R. Daniel Foster, Gavy Kessler, Christopher Lung, Ian MacKinnon, and Martin Matamoros; Cum As You Are: John Cantwell, Ben Cuevas, Keith Hunter, Pip Lilly, Ian MacKinnon, Brenden Shucart, and Rich Yap; CockTales: Torrie Gregor, Ian MacKinnon, Jonny McGovern, Wes Would; Photography: Matt Baume; Book design and production: Christopher Kardambikis, Darin Klein, and Steven Reigns

Tagged: Variations on a Theme by Kevin Killian
Rob Halpern, Kevin Killian and Raymond Pettibon. Deluxe edition includes artwork by Elijah Burger. Publisher: Gravity and Trajectory; Book design and production: Christopher Kardambikis, Darin Klein, and Louis M Schmidt.

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #2
Ron Abram, Brandon Andrew, Artist Curated Projects, Cody Bayne, Alex Black & Samuel White w/ Closetboy, Lindsay Brant, Timothy Cummings, Cathy de la Cruz, Nathalie Dierickx, Deanna Erdmann, Fag Punk, Ella Gant, Sam Gordon, Jeremiah Gregory, Nicholas Grider, Lia Halloran, Jim Hanson, Hi Fashion, Onya Hogan-Finlay, David Humphrey, Larissa Brantner James, Jonesy, David King, Anthony Lepore, Joe Mama-Nitzberg & Marc Swanson, Kirk Maxson, Lucas Michael, Zac Monday, Leon Mostovoy, Erwin Ong, Paul Pescador, Clifford Landon Pun, Christopher Russell, Steven Reigns, Christopher Schulz, Ethan Shoshan, Max Steele, Doug Stockstill, Sweaterqueens, Margaret Tedesco, Philip Tomaru, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans, Rob Williams, Marty Windahl, Charles Herman Wurmfeld, Joe Yorty and Austin Young.

Bitches Rule cycle 2
bodega vendetta, Dino Dinco, Zackary Drucker, Brian Gainey, Lucas Michael, DJ Natureboy AKA Brandy Champagne AKA She-Nanigans!!!, and prvtdncr.

Bitches Rule cycle 3
Brandon Andrew, John Arsenault, Jesse Bern, Juan Martin Del Campo, Enrique Castrejon, Zackary Drucker, Brian Gainey, Paul Gellman, Duane Paul, prvtdncr, David Rasmussen, bodega vendetta, and a found artwork by an unknown artist.


Box of Books, Vol. IX Release Party!

In case you missed us at LA Art Book Fair, come on down to the release party on Saturday, March 5, 2016. 6-10pm. 1821 3rd Ave, LA CA 90019. See you there!



Recap: LA Art Book Fair 2016

Loving LAABF 2016! Artworks by Box of Books, Vol. IX participant Christopher Russell (background).

Box of Books, Vol. IX - Tiny Splendor + Darin Klein & Friends; 2 Bag Pile-Up - Darin Klein/Louis M Schmidt; 3-Pack Jack - Christopher Kardambikis, Darin Klein, Steven Reigns.

Artworks by Box of Books, Vol. IX participants Christopher Russell (left) and Elijah Burgher (right).

LAABF 2016 attendees.

LAABF 2016 attendees.

Another fabulous, busy, exciting and successful LAABF! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to peruse my latest zine projects! - Darin


Box of Books + more @ LA Art Book Fair 2016

IPlease come see us in the zine section of the LA Art Book Fair! Hot off the press is Box of Books, Vol. IX, a collaboration between Tiny Splendor and Darin Klein & Friends. Also available will be 2 Bag Pile-Up, a split photo zine by Darin Klein and Louis M Schmidt, and 3-Pack Jack, a collaborative set of three zines documenting a recent series of queer performance nights at the Akbar in LA.

Box of Books, VOl. IX 
Artwork and 2-color screen print on pink pastry boxes by Kenneth Srivijittakar

Box of Books, Vol. IX
Insert card with artists' names by Saana Khan

Snapshot: Christopher Russell's backside
Also on view at Darin Klein & Friends' booth at LAABF:
Christopher Russell
Aftermath #22, 2014
Pigment print scratched with razor, spray paint, OP3 plexiglas scratched with razor
16 x 20 inches

 Snapshot: Louis M Schmidt's backside

Snapshot: sweaterqueens' backside

Snapshot: Caroline Paquita

Snapshot: Elijah Burgher

Also on view at Darin Klein & Friends' booth at LAABF:
Elijah Burgher
BotD (black), 2015
Acrylic on canvas dropcloth
102 x 69 inches


Box of Books, Vol. IX @ LA Art Book Fair 2016


Tiny Splendor + Darin Klein & Friends present
Box of Books, Vol. IX
LA Art Book Fair 2016

Imagine a small book (sometimes expanding to reveal something more…) cut and folded from a single sheet of paper! In Box of Books, Vol. IX, participants use this format to unique ends. Tiny Splendor + Darin Klein & Friends have teamed up to present a limited edition set of 20 Risograph printed books packed in pink pastry boxes. Featuring work by Devendra Banhart, Heather Benjamin, Elijah Burgher & Jonathan Carreon, Jeffrey Cheung, Edie Fake, Christopher Kardambikis, Dorian Katz, Sanaa Khan, Cynthia Navarro, Johnny Negron, Night Diver Press, Caroline Paquita, Christopher Russell, Nathaniel Russell, Louis M Schmidt, Danny Shimoda, Kenneth Srivijittakar, Max Stadnik, sweaterqueens = prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, and Cahill Wessel.

Come check it out!

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2016
February 12 – February 14, 2016
Preview: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6–9 pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2015 saw over 34,700 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

Hours and Location

Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, free and open to the public:
Friday February 12, 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 13, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 14, 11am-6pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222



SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 | 3-6PM

John Cantwell | Martin Matamoros | Jonny McGovern

Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects Watchqueen

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Join us at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for an afternoon book launch event and courtyard soirĂ©e. Hottt off the press, 3-PACK JACK is a titillating three-book set anthologizing a recent queer performance series curated and hosted by Steven Reigns. Delight in performance photos by Matt Baume alongside the monologues, scripts, and transcriptions from all of the performances at each event. A 3-PACK JACK set will be donated to ONE Archives as a continuum of the history of gay publications in their holdings.

“Everything we’re supposed to hide, never to refer to, sits up naked and wags its tail in the joyful pages of these three interrelated books.” – Kevin Killian, author of Spreadeagle and Variations on a Theme

"For those of us who missed the live performances, we can now have it all! Get it! Take it! It's good stuff!" – Annie Sprinkle, author of Post-Porn Modernist

“…this juicy boxed set is a guidebook for where asses/dicks/hearts have come from and where we might go next. Don’t leave home without it!” – Tim Miller, performer and author of Shirts & Skin, Body Blows, and 1001 Beds

Between April 2013 and April 2014, the poet and educator Steven Reigns and his loose-knit gang of rebel Marys found an occasional home on the dancefloor of queer-classic eastside nightspot Akbar. But these gatherings weren’t dance parties; they were part of APT 3F, started by Andrew J. Henkes and David LeBarron in 2011 to provide a venue for queer performance in Silver Lake. For APT 3F, Akbar’s dancefloor is transformed into a proper theater with a stage and formal seating; the house sound system, lights and projector are used for such purposes as monologues, live musical numbers, and short films.

Reigns’ three nights for APT 3F – The (W)hole Story (April 7, 2013), Cum As You Are (October 13, 2013) and CockTales (April 27, 2014) – were full-house affairs with something for (almost) everyone. JT’s Stockroom provided cock rings for all attendees at CockTales; The Peter North Decorator App was applied to projected photos of selected individuals who RSVPd to Cum As You Are on Facebook; and activist, performer and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Christopher Lung used his ass to create a colorful artwork at The (W)hole Story. Other highlights of the three evenings included an improvised monologue by comedian and internet sensation Jonny McGovern leading into a performance of his song about catching a cheating lover by recognizing his genitals on Craigslist; heartfelt-to-hilarious monologues about gay relationships by author/playwright Noel Alumit, musician/performer Martin Matamoros and aspiring actor/writer Rich Yap; and many more brave moments of gay male sexuality laid bare.

I was in attendance at all three of these performance nights. The atmosphere of community and of hot, awkward, funny, honest and vulnerable sexuality left an indelible impression. I proposed to Reigns that we anthologize the series of events and they set out to do so. We recruited artist, bookmaker and queer ally Christopher Kardambikis to help. 3-PACK JACK is the result of a labor of love – from the organizer to the performers to the book designer and producers.

Please join us for the 3-Pack Jack book launch party at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries – the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries since 2010. The event will also serve as the closing party for the current exhibitions Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects and Watchqueen.

$20 – REGULAR EDITION OF 220 | Full-color three-book set; bound with a fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement.

Full-color three-book set; bound with a hand-sewn, sparkly jockstrap elastic band; one fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement; one signed and numbered 11x13" three-color Risograph artist print based on Christopher Lung's original performance from The (W)hole Story. 


The (W)hole Story | April 7, 2013 | Noel Alumit | R. Daniel Foster | Gavy Kessler | Christopher Lung | Ian MacKinnon | Martin Matamoros

Cum As You Are | October 13, 2013 | John Cantwell | Ben Cuevas | Keith Hunter | Pip Lilly | Ian MacKinnon | Brenden Shucart | Rich Yap

CockTales | April 27, 2014 | Torrie Gregor | Ian MacKinnon | Jonny McGovern | Wes Would 

Book design and production | 2015 | Christopher Kardambikis | Darin Klein | Steven Reigns


LAABF 2015 - Fantastic Opening Night!

Box of Books, Vol. VIII participant Joshua Miller installs artworks at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

It was successful opening night at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair 2015! The energy levels were very high, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves!

Box of Books, Vol. VIII & works on paper by Joshua Miller.

"Castle" display inspired by my beautiful husband, Arthur.

Thanks to all my friends who came out to support the fair and the latest Box of Books. Looking forward to he rest of  the