VOLUME 4 MTL : Art and the Book


Recordings of most Volume 4 MTL programming is available on its Youtube playlist here, with subtitles available in French and English. (You can also check out Volume 3 MTL on its Youtube playlist here.


Artist Presentation : Eli Howey

10.27.21 via web-streaming on  Youtube here. (with subtitles available in French and English)

Multidisciplinary artist and long time book/and/zine-fair circuiter, Eli Howey, shares with us their experience with art across disciplines and what it means to reimagine the concept of the book within their cross-medium and self-aware practice.

Eli Howey is an artist based in Toronto. They use watercolour and gouache to create hand-painted art comics and large-scale works on paper. Their artwork aims to reinterpret the body within an imaginative framework and open it up to symbols that are expansive, building towards an imaginative-poetic-visual language. By incorporating the emotional/imagined spaces within environments, their narratives explore the unseen world in relationship to the human body.


Managing Images and Words: Central America and Caribbean artists and publishers (Gestionar las imágenes y las palabras: Editoriales Independientes y Arte desde el Caribe y Centroamérica)

10.28.21, 19h via webstreaming on Youtube here. (with subtitles available in French and English)

An invitation that aims to the sharing of ideas and forms of management around the Central American and Caribbean context, with special emphasis on independent printed publications from and for the visual arts. In order to propose different views on the ways of making books, each invited person will present strategies, policies and experiences within book publishing that address artistic content from specific and complex contexts.

Participants: Joiri Minaya and José Morban from Publicación ONTO (Dominican Republic), Andrea Ancira, Tumbalacasa Ediciones (Mexico), and Carmen Lucía Alvarado, Editorial Catafixia (Guatemala). Presented by Andrea Vargas Alonso, Volume 4 (Montréal, CA), and moderated by Esvin Alarcón Lam, Pagoda Imaginaria (Guatemala).


Artists writing, Artists’ Writing: Fabiola Carranza, Amy Lam, Maryse Larivière in conversation with Daniella Sanader

10.22.21  19:00 webstream available on Youtube here.

Artists Fabiola Carranza, Amy Lam, and Maryse Larivière reads from selections of their recently published and in-process texts. These readings are followed by a casual conversation about the intersections/pleasures/disjunctions between artistic and writing practices, facilitated by writer Daniella Sanader.

Daniella Sanader is a writer and reader who lives in Toronto. She has written about art for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Artforum.com, The Brooklyn Rail, Maclean’s, BlackFlash, esse, and others.

Amy Ching-Yan Lam is an artist and writer. She has shown performance, film, and exhibition projects internationally, both solo and as part of the art collective Life of a Craphead (with Jon McCurley). Her first poetry chapbook The Four Onions was published by yolkless press in spring 2021.

Fabiola Carranza’s play The Mexican Husband was published by Blank Cheque Press (2019). Carranza staged a reading as part of the 3rd Kamias Triennial (2020). Other iterations of the play have taken place in Tijuana at Deslave (2018) at the Blank Cheque book launch in Vancouver and in San Diego (2019) with a forthcoming series of readings taking place in Birmingham, Alabama (2022).

Carranza studied art in Vancouver and is currently an art practice PhD student at the University of California, San Diego where she specializes in Critical Gender Studies. She has participated in exhibitions in Canada and internationally, including at Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), the National Gallery of Costa Rica (San José) and the CAG (Vancouver). Her art writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Charcuterie, c magazine and The Capilano Review.

Maryse Larivière (PhD) is an artist, writer and educator whose research crosses sculpture, performance, collage, text, and film. Her current research focuses on the influence of women’s writing on contemporary art, women’s voices and the emergence of art writing in Canada. She is the author of three books of poetry; Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015), Hummzinger (2016) and Orgazing (2017). Most recently, Lariviere has undertaken the writing of a poetry book that captures the political underpinning in Celine Dion’s performance of radical empathy.

Tanya Lukin Linklater & Michael Nardone

10.08.21 19h Youtube link here.

(with subtitles available in French and English)

Tanya reads from her 2020 book Slow Scrape (Documents and Anteism) after which she is joined in conversation by poet and editor, Michael Nardone.

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings have been shown at SFMOMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, EFA Project Space + Performa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and elsewhere. She will participate in Soft Water Hard Stone, the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Her collection of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020 with a second printing in 2021. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Visual Art and was long listed for the Sobey Art Award. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her Alutiiq homelands are in southwestern Alaska where much of her family continues to live.

Michael Nardone is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of francophone literature at the University of Montréal. Editor of the critical journal Amodern and of the book series Documents on Expanded Poetics (Anteism Books), he is author of three works of poetry: The Ritualites (2018), Airport Novel (2015), and Transaction Record (2014). His writings, dialogues and editorial projects have been published widely, and are accessible here.



Walter Scott with Lenore Claire Herrem, artist talk and discussion

9.29.21 15h Youtube link here.

Walter Scott is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of the acclaimed Wendy graphic novels. In this talk, he will be discussing the use of narrative throughout his body of work. Afterwards, he will be joined by Montreal artist Lenore Claire Herrem for a discussion of the creation of characters and alter egos within each of their art practices.

Scott’s graphic novel series, Wendy, chronicles the continuing misadventures of a young artist in a satirical version of the contemporary art world. Wendy has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America, and published online on the New Yorker. Recent solo exhibitions include The Scrawled Heel of the Real, Ashley (Berlin), and The Pathos Of Mandy, at the ISCP, New York. His new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art, is now available from Drawn & Quarterly.

Lenore Claire Herrem is an interdisciplinary artist living in Tio’Tia: Ke (Montreal) via Saskatoon. She studied Theatre Performance at the University of Saskatchewan, and upon moving East in 2013, engaged in the cabaret and community organization worlds. In 2015, she began cultivating her now multi-platform project, Precious Puppies, which today consists of an animated series and a fashion label. The same year, she co-founded Taking What We need, a discretionary funding organization for low income trans feminine people. For over a decade, she has produced plays and webisodes, hosted cabaret and stand-up comedy events, and an annual dog pageant under the performer name Sandy Bridges.

Ken Lum and Milutin Gubash, reading and discussion

9.29.21 19h Youtube link here.

Canadian conceptual artist Ken Lum reads one unpublished address and several essays from his 2020 Concordia University Press book Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life 1091-2018. Afterwards he is joined in conversation about his decades-long practice with artist Milutin Gubash.

Ken Lum is an artist who has participated in numerous major exhibitions including Documenta, the Venice Biennale, Sao Paolo Bienal, Shanghai Biennale, Moscow Biennial, Sydney Biennale, Johannesburg Biennale and the Whitney Biennial. A longtime professor, he serves as the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia.

He is co-founder and founding editor of the Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, which has become the publication of record on contemporary Chinese art. A book of his writings titled Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life 1991 – 2018 was published in 2020 by Concordia University Press. More recently, during the pandemic, he completed two feature length movie screenplays dealing with Chinese contract laborers in the United States during a time of heightening anti-Sino sentiment.

He opens a solo exhibition in Magenta Plains Gallery in New York in January. A survey exhibition of his work will take place in 2022 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Milutin Gubash
: Canadian, Born in Novi Sad, Serbia (1969), lives and works in Montréal.
It is impossible identify Milutin Gubash’s work with a specific medium as his highly multidisciplinary practice plays with narrative codes of video, sculpture, photography as much as performance. Gubash does not hesitate to alter a fact in order to make the underlying reality of his subjects and themes more credible, understandable. Having immigrated to Canada as a young child, Gubash has continued to build a relationship with his native country, through his parents’ stories of their life in Serbia, intensive research, and his own imaginings to fill in the gaps.

He highlights the contradictions of our capacity to construct a sense of identity whether it is through his large scale black and white photographs of Monuments to Communists, his “lamps-sculptures” created in collaboration with his family still in Serbia, or through the episodes of the DIY sitcom soap-opera reality show Born Rich Getting Poorer, which predicted by a couple of years our current selfie-driven culture of continuously updated autobiographical constructions. Laureate of the Prix Louis Comtois for the City of Montreal in 2019, Milutin Gubash’s work has been widely exhibited throughout Canada, United States and Europe since 2000.



Atelier de collage avec Annie Descôteaux

9.30.21  13h – 16h, Vices&Versa, 6631, boulevard St-Laurent

Facebook event link.

Followed by the launch by Les Laps of Anne Descôteaux’s new book at 5 pm!

Workshop open to all!
The ‘jurassic’ art of collage: hand-made cut and paste!
In a convivial, playful, participatory and laidback setting; I will be sharing technical tips and feedback for the collage process. More than anything this, workshop is a place for the participants to explore in a friendly setting the thousands of formal possibilities this medium offers. No experience is required, only a willingness to experiment and curious eye. Repeat patterns, bolds rips, minimalist contrasts, or surrealist deconstructions await you.

Annie Descôteaux uses juxtaposition to gather found and handmade elements in her collage, sculpture, and weavings. In her practice she closely examines the built environment while interweaving conceptual frameworks with personal experience. She is attuned to the symbolic, monetary, and sentimental value inherent in everyday objects as well as the hierarchies and social networks these objects exist within, all of which she represents across disciplines using near-abstraction. The objects and images she creates are playful; referring to riddles, ciphers, and social histories that she layers together to bring an element of enigmatic mystery to the most ordinary of quotidian objects and experiences.

Through solo exhibitions at Galerie 3, Galerie B-312, L’Œil de Poisson and Axenéo7 as well as group shows and special projects at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Centre d’exposition Lethbridge, Attenborough Arts Centre, the 33e International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul, Parisian Laundry; her work has shown throughout Quebec, the UK, Paris, Brussels, and Brooklyn.


Moyra Davey and Maryse Larivière, reading and discussion

9.30.21 19h Youtube link here.

Artist, author, and filmmaker Moyra Davey will be reading selections from her two recent books Index Cards (New Directions 2020) and I Confess (Dancing Foxes Press 2020). After her reading she will be joined in conversation with Montréal artist and author Maryse Larivière where they will talk about Moyra’s practice and the place for art that weaves performance and personal writings within a feminist context.

Moyra Davey’s work comprises the fields of photography, film and writing. She is the author of Index Cards, Burn the Diaries, The Problem of Reading, and editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood. The Shabbiness of Beauty, a book of photographs by Peter Hujar and Davey, with a text by Eileen Myles was published in 2021. Davey’s work is held at the MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tate Modern in London.

Maryse Larivière (PhD) is an artist, writer and educator whose research crosses sculpture, performance, collage, text, and film. Her current research focuses on the influence of women’s writing on contemporary art, women’s voices and the emergence of art writing in Canada. Larivière’s artworks and writings have been featured widely in Canada, most recently at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; MOMENTA Biennale, Montreal; OR Gallery, Vancouver; and Gallery 44, Toronto. She is the author of three books of poetry; Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015), Hummzinger (2016) and Orgazing (2017). Most recently, Lariviere has undertaken the writing of a poetry book that captures the political underpinning in Celine Dion’s performance of radical empathy.


Harry Dodge and Sky Goodden, reading and artist talk

10.01.21 19h Youtube link here.

Visual artist and writer Harry Dodge will be reading from his acclaimed 2020 book My Meteorite, or Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing (Penguin Random House.) Following his reading, he will be joined in conversation by art critic and founder of the art criticism platform Momus, Sky Goodden.

Harry Dodge is a writer and visual artist. His recent book, been described as “brilliant,” “exhilarating,” “transcendent,” “breathtaking,” and a “high-pressure, poetic approach to narrative and language,” was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Dodge’s sculpture, drawing, and video work have been exhibited at venues nationally and internationally, and his writing has appeared in publications including Art Forum, The Paris Review, and Harper’s. In 2017 Dodge was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

In the early 90s, Dodge was one of the founders of the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space, The Bearded Lady, which served as a touchstone for a pioneering, queer, DIY literary and arts scene.

Sky Goodden is the founding Publisher and Editor of Momus, an art criticism publication and podcast that encourages slow looking and brave positioning. She hosts Momus: The Podcast, with Lauren Wetmore, which was named one of the top-ten art podcasts by The New York Times. Goodden is an Affiliate Assistant Professor with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts.


Volume 4 MTL Art Book Fair

10.02.21 – 10.03.21  12:00 – 18:00 Free

1201 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT)

There will be a physical fair at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), free to the public from noon to 6 pm, with exhibitors and attendees respecting all safety measures in effect (vaccine passport and valid photo ID required to access the venue).

More than 40 publishers will be selling their latest artists’ books and publications, and there will be a huge second-hand sale of art books as well!

Music provided live by n10.as .


Vente de doubles ARTEXTE

10.02.21 – 10.03.21  12:00 – 18:00 gratuit

1201 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT)

Événement Facebook ici.

Enfin, c’est le retour de votre évènement annuel d’Artexte préféré ; la vente de doubles! Comme vous le savez, Artexte reçoit de nombreuses publications et donations de la part d’organismes culturels et d’individus chaque année. Parfois, certaines de ces publications sont déjà répertoriées dans notre collection. Grâce à la générosité de nos donateur.trice.s, nous vendons ces doubles à petits prix à l’occasion de notre collecte de fond annuelle.

Rendez-vous manqué en 2020, pas de problème. Encore plus de doubles seront en vente à notre table d’exposant lors de la quatrième édition de Volume MTL : L’art et le livre, cette célébration annuelle d’éditions de livres d’art et de livres d’artistes qui prendra place à la Société des Arts et Technologies (SAT). Venez feuilleter, bouquiner, magasiner, et surtout y trouver des livres rares, des publications d’artistes, des périodiques spécialisés en arts visuels, de magnifiques catalogues d’exposition et bien plus encore.

En vente : publications d’artistes, magnifiques catalogues d’exposition, livres rares, revues d’art, affiches, et plus ! Marge de prix: Entre 0.50 $ et 10 $ – PWYC le 3 octobre. Voir ici pour plus d’information.


Weather Report : Dana Michel and Michael Nardone

10.02.21  15:00

Le lien pour l’événement Facebook est ici.

In 2018, poet and editor Michael Nardone asked live artist and choreographer Dana Michel what her iterative, improvisational solo performance YELLOW TOWEL might look like in the shape of a book. The two artists will discuss the mysterious processes of scoring a work that perpetually resists being written.


Based in Montreal, Michel is an associate artist with Par.B.L.eux. Her works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, choreography, sculpture, comedy, hip-hop, cinematography, techno, poetry, psychology, dub and social commentary to create centrifuge of experience. In 2014, she was awarded the ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) and was highlighted among notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. In 2017, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale; in 2018, she became the first ever dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada, and in 2019, she was awarded the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (Kuopio, Finland).

Michael Nardone is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of francophone literature at the University of Montréal. Editor of the critical journal Amodern and of the book series Documents on Expanded Poetics (Anteism Books), his writings, dialogues and editorial projects have been published widely, and are accessible here.


Discussion : Disséminer les écrits d’artistes; Pratiques d’édition indépendantes en art

10.03.21  14 :00

Le lien pour l’événement Facebook est ici.

Comment pourrait-on définir l’édition indépendante dans le secteur des arts ? Quels sont les différents enjeux et approches relatifs à la publication de recherche et de pratiques artistiques ? Quel est le rôle de l’éditeur vis-à-vis de ses collaborateurs-trices et de sa communauté et comment contribue-t-il à nourrir la pensée avec et sur l’art ?

Cette table ronde rassemblera cinq petits éditeurs indépendants en arts ― Cigale, Grosse Fugue, Le Laps, Le Merle et Pièce jointe ― autour de ces questions. Les perspectives distinctives et communes ces projets éditoriaux nous amèneront à considérer les réseaux de relations et de pratiques qui font de l’édition indépendante une expérience collective.


MUTATIONS: Bilan et perspectives d’un forum de réflexion autour de l’édition numérique

10.03.21 15 :30

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Initiateur du forum MUTATIONS et directeur de TOPO, Michel Lefebvre survolera une multitude d’enjeux soulevés par les invité.es du forum. Cette présentation offrira un concentré de l’ensemble du forum et donnera lieu au dévoilement de projets d’édition numériques inédits, hybrides, prévus pour une diffusion virtuelle, matérielle ou audiovisuelle.


De mars à juin 2021, TOPO présentait le forum virtuel Mutations :: Le livre à l’ère numérique, un programme de 24 webinaires avec une vingtaine d’intervenants et intervenantes occupant un rôle clé dans le processus de l’édition numérique, en création, réalisation, diffusion et commercialisation, autour de différents enjeux. Les 24 webinaires sont maintenant en ligne sur notre chaine Youtube.

TOPO remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada pour le financement de MUTATIONS à travers le fonds Stratégie numérique.