Will Holder

Will Holder is a typographer whose work is informed by an ongoing study of song and musicmaking as a coauthored process and the editor and publisher of F. R. DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing.

  • The Mill

    The Mill

    Jesse Birch and Will Holder

    The Mill is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art and writing. This volume responds to forestry: a mobile industry of logging camps that follow the trees; prices that rise and fall; mills that open and close; communities that boom and bust. In The Mill, artworks are accompanied by a multiplicity of voices, including forestry workers, plant ecologists, and indigenous land stewards. Together, these perspectives chart the cultural and material shifts brought about when trees become commodities.

    Expanded from two contemporary art exhibitions, Silva Part I: O Horizon and Silva Part II: Booming Grounds, The Mill examines forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, while considering both local sites and forms of cultural expression that surround international forestry practices.

    • Paperback $24.00
  • Chris Evans

    Chris Evans

    Goofy Audit

    Chris Evans, Will Holder, and Lisette Smits

    The work of artist Chris Evans evolves through conversations with people from various walks of life, selected in relation to their public position or symbolic role—resulting in sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts, and unwieldy social situations. These become indexes of a larger structure through which Evans deliberately confuses the roles of artist, collector, philanthropist, commissioner, art dealer, and public funding body. To all intents and purposes, this publication is a comprehensive survey of his work, isolating and documenting the formalities of objects and situations. It includes commissioned essays and other writings, as well as a form of notation for each individual work produced since 1996. The publication accompanies a traveling exhibition co-organized by Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; and Kunsthalle Bern.

    Co-published with Thea Westreich/Ethan Wagner Publications

    Contributors Penelope Curtis, Marina Vishmidt, Tirdad Zolghadr

    • Hardcover $34.00

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  • Black Diamond Dust

    Black Diamond Dust

    Jesse Birch

    This publication expands a 2014 multisite contemporary art exhibition that took place in Nanaimo, British Columbia, a small city on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island. The title refers to coal mining, an industry that has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fueling the modern world. In this book, forgotten or under-acknowledged histories are investigated and discussed along with cultural forms that surround the practices of international coal mining. Contemporary artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images come together to extract meaning from this fossilized black carbon that continues to power our cities.

    Black Diamond Dust is the first of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art.

    Copublished with Nanaimo Art Gallery, Canada

    Contributors Jesse Birch, Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Michael Taussig; together with artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Culley, Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, Gray Metal, Devon Knowles, Yuanchen Liu, William Notman & Son, Jerry Pethick, Mimi Pickering, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers

    • Hardcover $27.00