Tool Book Project Volume III: Work Book Announces Featured Artists
and Official Launch Party
The Tool Book Project Volume III: Work Book
The Tool Book Project announces the publication of Work Book, a risograph magazine featuring 18 artists and collaborative teams addressing and a series of artist features on the Tool Book website whose work addresses labor, leisure and it’s cultural intersections with art production.
The Tool Book Project was conceived of in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election as a way to connect and provide a platform for artists, writers and cultural producers and to raise funds for social and environmental justice groups that are made vulnerable under this administration. Now, three years in, Work Book, the third volume of The Tool Book Project, considers the future of institutional critique, direct social action, how our daily labor and leisure intersect with the ways we relate, resist, and create, and what can we glean from revisiting past Art and Labor movements.
In Work Book, Asha Canalos and Jeanette Hart-Mann’s contribution: “A Censorship Timeline: Hey, It’s Another State-sponsored Obfuscation in Cultural Real-Time” outlines an ongoing series of events in which zines that address social, health and environmental crises related to fracking in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico were censored by the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gina Goico’s essay about her publicly engaged artwork “Pelliza: Labor and Communities” and Susan Briante’s article about her poetry series “The Market Wonders: On the Impossibility of Personal Accounting,” map the social and emotional effects of global capitalism on culture, community and individual lives. Jaimes Mayhew, an artist and educator, and Lamont Stanley Bryant, a community psychology graduate student, trace the confluences of their respective practices and their personal partnership in “Interdisciplinary Work in Relationships”. The remaining thirteen contributors present a broad set of themes, ranging from domestic labor, union workers and the WPA to global textile production, cultural translation and inter-special relationships. Work Book continues on The Tool Book Project website (toolbookproject.org) with over 20 related contributions from a wide range of artists.
Created, Designed and Edited by: Sarah G. Sharp, an artist and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn and Baltimore. www.sarahgsharp.net
Work Book was printed on a MZ790U 2-Color Risograph Printer by TXTbooks, an artist-run independent publishing initiative in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.txtbooks.us/
Work Book’s poster insert “Plants and People Kicking Ass Together” and it’s accompanying essay “People, Plants, and the Work That Lies Before Us” were designed and written by Asha Canalos, an interdisciplinary artist, writer, community organizer and climate justice advocate based in Albuquerque, NM and printed by Nicole Ringel, an interdisciplinary artist and printmaker based in Baltimore, MD.