2017 Exhibitors 1
(G59) 5 Press
5 Press is an art collective based in Melbourne. It comprises five members: August Carpenter, Cheralyn Lim, Sarah McConnell, Jaime Powell and Sophie Westerman. The collective was formed so the artists would have a framework in which to explore the medium of the artist book and fine art print, particularly focusing on handmade forms and traditional techniques.
(G35) 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art X Para Site
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney, Australia. 4A fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary culture through the commissioning, presentation, documentation and research of contemporary art. Our program is presented throughout Australia and Asia , where we ensure that contemporary art plays a central role in understanding and developing the dynamic relationship between Australia and the wider Asian region.
Para Site is Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
(G30) Amala Groom
Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Groom seeks to create works which proactively and creatively unpack and undermine the Colonial Project, the on-going philosophy of colonialism that has imperialistically subjugated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples since 1770.
(G52) A Published Event
In 2015, artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward founded A Published Event as an experiment in speculative eventing. Exploring chance encounter, constructed situations and the shared authorship of lived experience, our hybrid works explore ficto-critical writing, prose, book-works, video, installation, performance and the metaphysical language and speculative publishing of lived experience. We will bring the first 8 (in a series of 40 books) in our collaborative contemporary artwork, Lost Rocks (2017–21) exploring the metallurgical telling of absent Tasmanian minerals, each book re-imagining an absent mineral from a discarded rock specimen board.
(G61) Alphabet City Press
Alphabet City Press is Avril Makula, an artist who works with the alphabet, numbers and music, combined with typography, colour and order in producing non-traditional books in which she employs printmaking, digital printing and a myriad of bookbinding techniques. Avril has been selected for artists book awards and exhibitions both in Australia and overseas, and is represented in collections worldwide, including the Australian National Library.
(G30) Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
American artist Gordon Samstag famously made one of the great cultural bequests benefiting the arts in this country, enabling Australian visual artists to develop their skills and abilities internationally – through the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarships.
Proudly published by the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the University of South Australia as well as 25 years of Samstag Scholarships, The Samstag Legacy: An Artist’s Bequest charts the lives and careers of Anne and Gordon Samstag, and their sixteen years of living and working in Australia and eventual return to America.
(G29) Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) is a not-for-profit open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online.
The organisation formed in response to the European and American focus of most international discourses around photography and photobooks and is committed to promoting the production and dissemination of photobooks in the region. The APPA is acutely aware of the wealth of photographic talent in the region and hopes to become a vehicle for the promotion and showcase of the material in the archive through dedicated exhibitions, publications, collaborations, symposia, and guest lectures throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.
(G30) Assembly Books
Assembly Books will showcase a selection of publications by a diverse range of artists and arts organisations, from remote, regional and metropolitan Australia, including publications and works by Warmun Art Centre, artist/writer and cultural producer Alana Hunt and arts manager/writer and curator Esther Gyorki.
(G30) Australian Book Designers Association
Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) exists to support Australian book designers – to promote their work to, and connect with, the broader publishing community. As well as celebrating established designers, we aim to discover and foster emerging talent. Through our public talks and workshops, digital showcases and the national annual Book Design Awards, ABDA provides a dynamic and inclusive network for our members.
(G36) Australian Centre for Photography
The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is the leading national organisation dedicated to photography and new media. The ACP provides exhibition, education and community programs to engage audiences in a dynamic conversation about the role photography plays in visual culture. Founded in 1973, with inspirational exhibitions, thought-provoking public events and a comprehensive workshop program, the ACP makes a significant contribution to the constantly changing and exciting world of photography. The ACP is the publisher of Photofile, Australia’s leading photography journal since 1983.
(G32) Badlands Unlimited
Badlands Unlimited is a New York press publishing texts and works by artists and writers. Their latest publication is Into Words, a collection of writings by acclaimed painter Carroll Dunham. Badlands is known for their New Lovers erotica series as well as the anti-Trump protest signs, New Proverbs. They sell their books out of a retail flagship outlet store, Y.oung P.ublisher 99¢ & Up, located in a Chinatown dollar store.
(G39) Big Ego Books
Big Ego Books are Sydney-based booksellers with a curated collection of fascinating, hard-to-find, and frequently unusual titles that reflect the singular tastes and preoccupations of its creators: artists Raquel Caballero and Emily Hunt. Specialist in the extreme, Big Ego’s core catalogue encompasses Art, Design, Photography, Architecture, and Erotica. Big Ego Books launched at the Volume Art Book Fair in 2015 and continue to trade online and through social media. In 2016 Big Ego Books established an outpost at Alaska Projects, Kings Cross, bringing together contemporary art and vintage art books in (fittingly enough) an underground carpark.
(G33) Big Fag Press
Big Fag Press is an artist-run printing collective in Sydney, Australia. We have an amazing offset proof-press, called “The Big Fag”, which can produce excellent large-scale prints in limited editions, up to B1 size. Located under the light rail viaduct at Jubilee Park, Big Fag Press is run by a bunch of enthusiastic artists who love to collaborate.
(G37) Books at Manic
Books at Manic is a pioneering independent distributor of books on art, design and culture. We represent top European, American and Japanese art and design publishers including Hatje Cantz, Distanz Verlag, Die Gestalten Verlag, Edizioni Corraini, Distributed Art Publishers and Pie Books.
Our focus is on supplying the best books on art and design to independent retailers around Australia, and to making sure great books reach the public they deserve.
(G56) China Heights
China Heights Gallery is a Sydney based gallery and studio, established in 2004, exhibiting both local and international artists. The independent gallery focuses on emerging and established artists alike, producing and distributing short run books, prints, zines, and artist editions.
(G9) Chloe Ferres
Chloe Ferres' experimental artistic practice celebrates print as an antidote to the intangibility of digital images.
Chloe has been a finalist in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale One For The Books Prize and the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards.
(G49B) circle square paper
circle square paper is an artist-run publishing collective. We aim to use independent publishing as a means of fostering communities around issues pressing to artists, and provide a platform for artists to publish their work. We distribute our own magazine annually, as well as side publications including artist books, single edition zines, and risograph printed art books — collated and released in conjunction with our public programs. Our inaugural magazine School Book explores progressive approaches to art education, such as nomadic, imaginary, and artist-run art schools. As circle square paper, we also run public programs to expand the focus and audience for the works that we publish.
Cooper+Spowart’s book works traverse both personal and political territories in the investigation and representation of an Australian “site” and “place”. Individually and collaboratively, they create visual narratives in response to, and informed by, contemporary social and environmental issues. Their book works have been acquired for the artists’ book collections in Artspace Mackay, State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria, Mitchell Library, and the National Library of Australia. Recently the artists' book You are here... was a finalist in the 2017 Vienna Photo Book Award. Their artists’ books have been exhibited in New Zealand, UK, Europe and the United States of America.
(G11B) Currency Editions
Currency Editions is an independent publishing house located in Wagga Wagga, NSW. We are focused on publishing works that examine, critique and explain the complex world we live in, striving to publish works that are socially important whilst also exploring the possibilities and relationships of print and digital medias.
(G18) Cyclops Press
John Ogden is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, and the creator of Cyclops Press, an independent boutique publishing house specialising in small edition art books that promote Australian photography and reconciliation. At VOLUME 2017 he will be joined by the well-known Australian photographer, Louise Whelan. Louise's work has been published by T&G Publishing, and at this exhibition she will be presenting some of her hand-made books.
(G58) Deidre Brollo
Drawing on contemporary and historical print culture, Deidre Brollo makes artists books that explore ideas of memory, forgetting, and uncertainty. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented in a number of collections including the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales, and the State Library of Queensland.
(G43) Diane Incorporated
Diane Incorporated is a really large publishing haus from Melbourne, Australia. We make books and zines with artists we really like. Sometimes they're local and sometimes they're from overseas. You've probably heard of us because we are such a prolific publicly traded company. I actually think our share price is about to go up (this isn't insider trading, just some helpful advice for those interested in making a quick buck). Buy low, sell high. We also make merchandise. We have been around since 2013 I think, maybe 2014 actually. To be honest I'm not sure.
(G30) Dissect Journal
Dissect Journal is an independent, theme-based publication that seeks to analyse the work of contemporary artists from various vantage points, refining multiple histories of contemporary art. Working out of Melbourne, Athens and Geneva, we turn to print as we believe that no text or critical approach should stand alone as an artefact. The published medium allows us to carefully and inventively juxtapose images and text, so that they can spark further discussion and debate over the nature of contemporary art and criticism. We also use Dissect to explore and extend the possibilities of writing, editing, publishing and design as artistic practices in their own right.
(G46) Douglas Lance Gibson
Douglas Lance Gibson is a Sydney based artist working primarily with the photographic medium. Veering between the staged and the observational forms of photography, Gibson’s work is focused on the self-reflexive nature of the medium, in particular photography’s relationship to truth, text and time. He has previously worked as a demolition and construction labourer, gallery assistant, chef, ski lift operator, door-to-door salesman, cotton entomological scout, design researcher, and once spent 3 months working on a pheasant farm in Wiltshire, England. His work has been exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Paris, alongside being a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015. In 2016, he showed a selection of works from What Was Once Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow at Paris Photo, in the Grand Palais, with Tolarno Galleries. In November 2017, he will have his debut solo show at Tolarno Galleries. He is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.
(G57) Dylan Smyth
Dylan Smyth is a Newcastle-based artist primarily working in photography with a strong interest in the built environment. After completing the 2hrsnorth project to document all the Suburbs of Newcastle (& presenting this at VOLUME 2015) Dylan has been busy cataloguing everyday Australian domestic architecture with his latest print undertaking: The Suburban Project.
Éditions curates contemporary art and publishing by collaborating with artists to release collections of limited works. Éditions aims to bring their discerning collectors works from emerging and established artists in the form of new and unreleased editions, including multiples, one of a kinds, books and special editions. Our stockists include Colette (Paris), COS (Europe), Tenoversix (Dallas and LA), and a selection of international book stores, galleries and museums.
Éditions works in design and art direction through Zé Studio. The studio’s output sees them work with various institutions, brands and individuals internationally.
Frontyard is a Not-Only-Artist Run Initiative currently configured as a pro-active, multi-purpose space in Marrickville, Sydney where people come together for practical skills-sharing, critical research and survival tips.
Frontyard houses an open, non-lending library founded on our decommissioned Australia Council research library.