Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VIII

Specially Produced for Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, Darin & Friends Present Box of Books, Vol. VIII.

Imagine a technique whereby a small book (that may also be a poster…) is folded and cut from a single piece of paper! In Box of Books, Vol. VIII, 20 participants respond to the instructions – each imparting their own unique perspective. Edition of 150; each box contains all 20 books.

Darin & Friends Present Box of Books, Vol. VIII. Handmade books by Karla Aguiñiga, Bill Basquin, Kate Clark, Joseph Gallucci, Angie Jennings, Kara Joslyn, Clay Kerrigan, Max Karnig, Joshua Miller, Jesse Mockrin, J. Morrison, Josh Nece / Queering Zine, Adam Novak, Duane Paul, David Rasmussen, Amy Rathbone, Julian Rogers, Christopher Russell, Matt Savitsky, and Daniel Trese.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015
January 30 – February 1, 2015
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Free admission
$10 Preview: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9 pm

Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222

Printed Matter presents the third annual LA Art Book Fair, from January 30 through February 1, 2015, at 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. Last year’s LA Art Book Fair saw 25,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Mux Demux

Joshua Miller, Love and Boredom 2, 2013. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48"

Darin Klein & Friends Present:

Mux Demux

May 31 & June 1, 2014

Commonwealth & Council
3006 W 7th St #220
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Saturday, May 31: 12-7pm viewing hours | 7-11pm opening reception + zine release + performances
Sunday, June 1: 12-6pm viewing hours

Bill Basquin
Rachel Beetz
Lyndsay Bloom
Tanya Brodsky
Artemisa Clark
Kate Clark
Lucas Coffin
Shana Dimasse
Angie Jennings
Kara Joslyn
Aitor Lajarin
Dominic Paul Miller
Joshua Miller
Erika Ostrander
Ava Porter
Julian Rogers
Matt Savitsky
Nichole Speciale

Darin Klein & Friends touch down at Commonwealth & Council with Mux Demux, a weekend-long exhibition of work by University of California San Diego Visual Arts graduate students. The exhibition encompasses painting, performance, film/video, sculpture, and more, with content spanning the personal to the political, the representational to the abstract. Klein was invited by Amy Adler, Professor of Visual Art at UCSD, to organize a show of graduate students enrolled in her recent Working Critique course. Selections for the exhibition were made during studio visits and ensuing conversations between Klein and the artists. The opening reception doubles as a release party for a collaboratively produced zine by the participating artists, also entitled Mux Demux.

The title of the exhibition and its accompanying publication was thoughtfully proposed by participating artist Julian Rogers. “Multiplexers,” he explained, “are devices that send multiple input signals to a single line. They are called Mux for short. Demux is the opposite, a single channel into many.” This technical term poetically and aptly describes Commonwealth & Council as channeling 18 artists from UCSD into Los Angeles and the potential to channel one exhibition out to many viewers.

Aesthetics, concepts, techniques and theories developed during the span of the Working Critique course are manifested in much of the work on view in Mux Demux. It is no doubt that the participating artists were fortified by regular group critiques, studio facilities with a communal atmosphere, and one-on-one sessions with Adler. Some recent pieces that predate the course are also on view, showing strong paths towards work that would yet be executed.

Amy Adler and Darin Klein have been working together since 2007. Their work with emerging artists has resulted in numerous collaborative publications; group exhibitions and public engagement initiatives at ForYourArt, Hammer Museum, Human Resources, LACE, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; and a series of residencies and related programming at Amy Adler's Echo Park studio.


Bitches Rule cycle 3

Installation shot

Installation shot

Installation shot - wallpaper detail

Opening reception crowd shot

Some zine front covers - all 100 are unique

Nancy Regen Projects Presents
Bitches Rule cycle 3

May 17-June 1, 2014

Opening Reception + Zine Release Party
Saturday, May 17, 2014

& Pens Press
8564 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-2500
Monday-Saturday 12-7pm | Sunday 12-5pm

Bitches Rule cycle 3 opened Saturday night at & Pens Press in Culver City. I'm really happy with my wallpaper installation made from photocopies of queer zines from my vast collection. The reception was a blast. Thanks so much to & Pens for hosting us. This is their final exhibition in their current space - stay tuned for info about their plans for the future, this is definitely not the end of & Pens. Thanks to all the bitches who participated in this show and all the people who came out to support. Mad love to prvtdncr and Bodega Vendetta for helping me add that extra handmade element to the Bitches Rule cycle 3 zine by sewing a bunch of crazy shit to all 100 of the covers!


Bitches Rule cycle 3

Promotional flyer

artist unknown (found by Chris Johanson)
Untitled, not dated
Photographs, marker, medical tape, dirt, ass germs on baking tray
12 x 19"

David Rasmussen
Untitled, 2014
Drawing on paper
8 1/2 x 11"

Untitled, 2014
Sight-specific photo thing
20 x 30"

Nancy Regen Projects Presents
Bitches Rule cycle 3

May 17-June 1, 2014

Opening Reception + Zine Release Party
Saturday, May 17, 2014

& Pens Press
8564 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-2500
Monday-Saturday 12-7pm | Sunday 12-5pm

Bitches Rule is an occasional "queer centric" art event and casual collective created to foster and showcase the artwork of LGBTQ artists of Los Angeles in an unconventional, non-traditional environment. Bitches Rule cycle 3 showcases both the work of emerging and established artists, exemplifying the sense of community and support that queer artists share. Some of us are in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, others show internationally and others simply just create. But one thing is clear, all these Bitches Rule! 

artist unknown
Brandon Andrew
John Arsenault
Jesse Bern
Juan Martin Del Campo
Enrique Castrejon
Zackary Drucker
Brian Gainey
Paul Gellman
Darin Klein
Duane Paul
David Rasmussen
Bodega Vendetta


Autobiography Club & After Life

One of three different cover designs for After Life

"Our memories are not fixed or static. They are dynamic, reflecting selves that are constantly changing." 
- Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Participants: Paul Christian, Michele S. Cohen, Von Curtis, Mayda del Valle, Luis Flores, Paolo Lee Gallego, Jules Gimbrone, Elisa Pooper Harkins, Kate Kendall, Clay Kerrigan, Ali Kherdyar, Jihyun Kim, Kang Seung Lee, Sarah Alexandra Leslie, Dana Lsubičić, Lúcia Prancha, GS, Laura Schawelka, T. M. Semrad, Carmello Brian Valone, Elizabeth Webb, Emerson Whitney, and many others who wish to remain anonymous

Edition of 100
Spring 2014

Organized by Darin Klein at CalArts

Publication workshop with the AUTOBIOGRAPHY CLUB:
Performing Life / Michael Ned Holte
Experiments in Autobiography / Maggie Nelson
The Curious Art of Autobiography / Abigail Severance
Graphic Design Walking Diary Club / Gail Swanlund

After Life is collaborative, all-inclusive publication project. Participants each created 100 copies of their own page, and we all collated and stapled it together as a group. This publication was inspired by the wonderful film After Life by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. In the film, deceased people must make a short film about one memory from their life in order to graduate to the afterlife, taking only that film with them to watch for eternity.

Thanks to Gail Swanlund for inviting me to speak at CalArts and for her enthusiasm about this workshop and publication. 


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

Box of Books, Vol. VII at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, 2014

Darin, just a note to say how much I love the Box of Books that you brought me into. Every one is a winner, from those of my friends, to people I never heard of, even some I doubt are actually people! Under your inspiration, the artists assembled have totally rejiggered the concept of what a book can be, and brought it around to a new dimension via unlikely means, the use of what is an absurdly small canvas unfolded all out! It's like what Robert Creeley said at Black Mountain, "Form is never more than an extension of content." 
– Kevin Killian, Box of Books, Vol. VII participant      

Watch the Los Angeles Review of Books video about some of the exhibitors at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair 2014, including Darin Klein & Friends... HERE

Box of Books, Vol. VII at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, 2014 
Free postcards from John Arsenault, Box of Books, Vol. VII participant 

Box of Books, Vol. VII at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair
John Arsenault, Box of Books, Vol. VII participant, installs photos

Box of Books, Vol. VII at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair
John Arsenault, Box of Books, Vol. VII participant, installs photos


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

Frontispiece for Box of Books, Vol. VII. Thanks to my pal and past Box of Books participantChristopher Kardambikis for helping me acheive my graphic goals!

Alright! It's official! All 23 books for the new volume are in. Now all we need is for lots of people to come see us at LA Art Book Fair. If you're interested in getting your hands on a box, but can't make it to the fair, drop a line and we'll work it out: darinklein.la@gmail.com 

Phil Davis, Nicholas Sung, Brian Villanueva Mendez

Center spread from Brian Villanueva Mendez's Successful Missionary

Amelia Ishmael, Adam Villacin, Content is Relative

Daniel Dallabrida, Bruno Fazollari, Dandy Industries

Peter Cochrane, Ursen Black, Christina Tsui

Box of Books, Vol. VII highlight: Anvil by Ursen Black. At 13, he's the youngest Box of Books contributor so far. Besides being a kick-ass artist, which you can see from his book, he's a great guy and we've got a special relationship - I introduced his parents! Now he even has a little brother, Jasper. Perhaps little bro can make a book for the project in 10 or so years. Stay tuned for further developments.

Anvil by Ursen Black

Anvil by Ursen Black

Anvil by Ursen Black

Anvil by Ursen Black

Anvil by Ursen Black. I've given the fold-out poster a caption: "Hi! I'm made out of bats."

Anvil by Ursen Black.

When Ursen was 11 and super into sea creatures, I got this tattoo of one of his drawings.

Ursen's sea creatures tattooed on my leg.


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

Three more

Left to right: Michelle Blade, Andrew Martin Scott, and Christina Tsui. These were waiting for me when I arrived home today. A great welcome! Plus, that means I'm just about halfway there, with books by 11 of the 23 participants. 


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

Latest arrivals

Just in! Left to right: Gavy Kessler, Tara Jane O'Neil, Ben Cuevas, and billy ocallaghan. 


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

John Arsenault

Ricardo Velmor

Two more books arrived. Well done, John and Ricardo!


Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VII

Kevin Killian

Lisa Anne Auerbach

It feels official now - two Box of Books, Vol. VII participants have delivered their work! Thank you Kevin and Lisa. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the books. LA Art Book Fair opens in three weeks so it won't be long before I have all of the work in my hands.