Presentation House Gallery
The Polygon Gallery
333 Chesterfield Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

Signed

Greg Girard
Hotel Okinawa

Texts by Marc Feustel & Akemi Johnson

$65.00

Specs

Hardcover
192 pages
numerous color photos
8¼x9¾
Edition of 500
Signed
Published by The Velvet Cell, London, UK in 2017
ISBN 978-1-908889-41-6

Okinawa is home to a large number of US military bases. Some huge, some not so huge. Half of the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan are based in Okinawa, and it’s a small island so the impact of the bases registers more than in other places that host the US military. About 20% of the land is occupied by these bases.

Long after mainland Japan was returned to Japanese administration in the years following the end of WWII, Okinawa remained under US control, and was only returned to Japan in 1972. Given the large number of bases that remain there today, and the legacy of those years as an American-run territory, the social and physical landscape is shaped by this relationship with the bases, and the US, like nowhere else.

Edition of 500
SIGNED

Greg Girard
Under Vancouver 1972-1982

Text by David Campany with Greg Girard

$50.00

Specs

Hardcover,
196 pages
Published by Magenta Foundation in 2017
ISBN 978-1926856100

Greg Girard’s photographs of Vancouver from the 1970s and early 1980s show us the city’s final days as a port town at the end of the railway line. Soon after Vancouver began to be noticed by the wider world (Expo 86 is generally agreed on as the pivotal moment), the city began refashioning itself as an urban resort on nature’s doorstep and attracting attention as a destination for real estate investment. At that time, long before post-9/11 security concerns sealed off the working waterfront from the city, many of Vancouver’s downtown and east side streets ended at the waterfront, an area filled with commercial fishing docks, cargo terminals, and bars and cafes for waterfront workers and sailors. Pawn-shop windows downtown displayed outboard motors, chainsaws and fishing gear. Wandering these streets, living in cheap hotels, Girard photographed the workaday (and night) world of the city where he grew up.

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Shane Lavalette
One Sun, One Shadow

Text by artist and poet Tim Davis

$95.00

Specs

Hardcover, cloth bound
124 pages,
9 x 10.75 in. / 22.86 x 27.31 cm
Edition of 1500
Published by Self-published in November 2016
ISBN 978-0-9842973-4-4

Shane Lavalette was commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to create a new series of photographs for their 2012 exhibition, “Picturing the South.” Lavalette’s monograph, One Sun, One Shadow, is an extension of this body of work. Native to the Northeast, it was primarily through traditional music — the sounds of old time, blues, and gospel — that Lavalette had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for this project and the resulting photographs. One Sun, One Shadow includes a text by artist and poet Tim Davis.
Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, an independent publisher and editor, and the director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

SIGNED

→ Nominated for the Kassel Photobook Award 2017
→ Featured in photo-eye’s The Best Books of 2016

Art of Projection
Stan Douglas & Christopher Eamon, eds.

Edited by Christopher Eamon and Stan Douglas. With contributions by Mieke Bal, Adriane Beyn, Beatriz Colomina, Mary Ann Doane, Tom Gunning, David Joselit, Branden W. Joseph, Sven Lutticken, Thomas McDonough Mark Nash, Gregor Stemmrich
Signed by Stan Douglas. Out of Print.

$400.00

Specs

Hardcover
192 pages
24 x 16.5 cm / 9.5 x 6.5 in
Signed by Stan Douglas
Published by Hatje Cantz in August 2009
ISBN 978-3775723701

This volume investigates the historical and contemporary use of projected images in art, from the screen to the exhibition space and back again. Ten essays, written by leading art historians and critics, including Stan Douglas, Mieke Bal and Beatriz Colomina, address precedents for the projection of images in space, including nineteenth-century magic lantern shows and the novel spatial/temporal representations pioneered by Surrealists and experimental filmmakers during the early and mid-twentieth century. Central to the book’s thesis are various alternatives–which were investigated by adherents of Expanded Cinema in the 70s and resurrected by video artists in the 90s–to the conventional portrayals of space and time promoted by the mainstream culture industry. Art of Projection serves as a timely reconsideration of media art’s history.
Signed by Stan Douglas

Dana Claxton
Paris
June Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth, Two Thousand & Six

Edited by Derek Barnett, Dana Claxton and Reid Shier

$30.00

Specs

Hardcover
108 pages
Edition of 500
Published by Presentation House Gallery in December 2014
ISBN 978-0920293928

Paris, June Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth, Two Thousand & Six features 77 black and white photographs that Vancouver artist Dana Claxton made during a short, three-day visit to Paris, France. Initially conceived as a document of “Indians” as a prevalent cultural trope within the Parisian cityscape, Claxton’s photographic journey subsequently grew into a larger and more diverse portrait of the city’s urban life, a journey now compiled into this provocative publication. Claxton – who is of Hunkpapa Lakota ancestry – has been investigating the impact of colonialism on Aboriginal cultures throughout North America, and her innovative works readdressing the concerns and realities of contemporary Aboriginal peoples are recognized for their bold aesthetics and political punch. Her work is a powerful meditation on how representations and stereotypes of First Nations have been constructed and commodified, both historically and throughout contemporary popular culture.

Dana Claxton (b.1959, Yorkton, Saskatchewan) has been an influential teacher at Emily Carr University, University of Regina, Simon Fraser University and is now a faculty member at the University of British Columbia. Claxton is participating in the landmark exhibition The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (2015). She has participated in the exhibition Beat Nation, a survey of contemporary Aboriginal art, which travelled from the Vancouver Art Gallery, (2012) to The Power Plant, Toronto, (2012), and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, (2013). Other presentations include the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010; the Biennale of Montréal, 2007, Magnetic North at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, 2000, and Walking with the Ancients at MoMA, New York, 1994. Claxton was awarded the prestigious VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation in 2001. Her work is included in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is represented by Winsor Gallery (Vancouver).

Stan Douglas

Scotiabank Photography Award
SIGNED

$90.00

Specs

Hardcover
228 pages
Scotiabank Photography Award
SIGNED
Published by Steidl in 2014
ISBN 978-3869307480

Stan Douglas is the third annual publication celebrating the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, Canada’s largest contemporary photography award for an established Canadian artist. During the celebrated career of this year’s award winner Stan Douglas (starting in 1983), photography has played a vital role in his artistic development. This publication highlights the significance of the photographic image in the critical and historical reception of Stan Douglas’ approach to art and media. The stories, sites and events that Douglas explores are populist, literate and timely. Frequently, his photographs describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice that reveal an uncanny resemblance to present-day events. This is achieved through an insightful attention to photography as both medium and subject. Folding the spectator into the visual culture of memory and oblivion that photographs evoke initiates profound observations about the ubiquity of photography in contemporary culture. The photographs of Stan Douglas affirm the validity and volatility of the photographic medium at this decisive moment in the history of art and photography.

SIGNED

Picturing Transformation
Nexw-ayanstut

Katherine Dodds, Chief Bill Williams, Nancy Bleck (photographer)
Signed by the authors and photogapher

$39.95

Specs

Hardcover
160 pages
first edition
Signed by the authors and photogapher

Published by Figure 1 Publishing in May 2014
ISBN 978-0991858804

The history of the Pacific Northwest is rife with stories of conflict between loggers and environmentalists, indigenous peoples and government-backed corporations. Many of them have ended in violence, arrests, and clear-cutting. Farm License 38, which encompasses Sims Creek in the upper Elaho Valley, became the site of a wholly different kind of protest between 1997 and 2007. Because of the actions of ten thousand people brought together by Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Bill Williams, artist Nancy Bleck, and the late mountaineer John Clarke, this land — a 50,000-hectare section of the Squamish First Nation now known as Wild Spirit Places — was saved. Picturing Transformation is the story of Uts’am/Witness, a series of camping weekends held at Sims Creek that brought together indigenous and non-indigenous people to walk, sleep, eat, make art, have conversations, and participate in ceremonies on this disputed land. Through the words and photos of those who attended, this beautiful book pays homage to the power that people with strong vision and a common purpose can play in honoring tradition, safeguarding land, and changing policy. It is a lesson in the possibilities for resolving conflict peacefully, now and in the future.

Copies are signed by Nancy Bleck, Chief Bill Williams and Katherine Dodds

The Idea of the North
Birthe Piontek

Introduction by Karen Irvine, SIGNED by the photographer

$45.00

Specs

Hardcover
63 pages
44 colour reproductions
SIGNED
Published by photolucida in Nov 2011
ISBN 1-934344-11-1

Birthe Pointek’s project has a dark tenor. She readily admits that she is drawn to the uncanny, and is interested in the project having an underlying tension, a feeling of uneasiness and disturbance. However, it is not intended to be a grim essay on the effects of isolation on the human soul. The work is about the North, the Idea we have of the North, but in the end it is about a place we seek most of our lives.She.is attempting to capture the essence of a place through the individuals who live there, to leave an impression, to reflect its intricacy, and to discover where the reality of the place brushes up against archetype and expectation.

Signed copies available

David Campany GASOLINE

Mack Books

$65.00

Specs

100 pages
37 colour plates
37 black & white plates
24 cm x 32 cm
Softcover with dustjacket
SIGNED
Published by Mack Books in 2013
ISBN 9781907946448

The gas station is one of the most iconic of twentieth century buildings. Recognized across the world, it is arguably most established on American soil where the notion of the road trip on a full tank of gas is culturally ingrained.

Gasoline presents 35 archive press images of gas stations taken between 1944 and 1995. They have been collected by writer David Campany, purchased from the photography archives of several American newspapers which have been discarding their analogue print collections and moving to the now ubiquitous .jpeg or .tif formats.

Gasoline can be read as a cautionary tale about the modern dependence on oil, about news photography, about the shift from film to digital imaging, or as a minor history of car design and vernacular architecture. Marked with the grease pen notations of the newspapers’ art directors, the photos tell of oil shortages, road congestion, crimes, accidents and choking cities.

Individually the images are single moments in time; collectively they show a growing consciousness about cars, the oil trade and global concern about pollution.

David Campany is a London based writer, curator, and artist. He writes about documentary, photojournalism, art, cinema, fashion, archives, and architecture. He has published essays on many artists and photographers including, Paul Graham, Chris Killip, Edgar Martins and John Stezaker. His books include Walker Evans: the magazine work (2013), Art and Photography (2003), Photography and Cinema (2008)

SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

In Advance of the Landing
Folk Concepts of Outer Space

Photograps by Douglas Curran, foreward by Tom Wolfe.
SIGNED by the Photographer

$65.00

Specs

Hardcover
144 pages
Expanded edition
Published by Abbeville Press in 2001
ISBN 978-0789207081

Since it was first published in 1985, Douglas Curran’s photographic exploration of the strange world of UFO “true believers” has established itself as a classic work not only within the New Age/UFO community, but among sociologists, psychologists, and in the art and photography communities. This new edition, with an expanded text revisiting the Roswell, New Mexico, incident of 1947, brings back this essential work in a handsome new edition. As Tom Wolfe explains in his foreword: “Douglas Curran is not only a photographer but also a reporter, and an extremely gifted one. I am tempted to suggest that he also qualifies as an anthropologist, but I think I will leave it at ‘reporter.’ To be a reporter of Douglas Curran’s caliber is a lofty enough achievement. He has discovered an exotic world, and for eight years he has traveled remote terrains throughout the United States and Canada exploring it. This book is the culmination of a quest that, by terrestrial standards, is as extraordinary as that of the people he brings to life.” In the course of that long quest, Curran recorded-in sympathetic words and perceptive photographs-the ideas and experiences of individuals whose obsession with outer space inspired them to create elaborate homemade spaceships and even more elaborate belief systems. Now updated with several new photographs and an expanded text-and more relevant than ever, given the popularity of The X-Files and other investigations of alien life-In Advance of the Landing remains the definitive probe of a singularly fascinating subculture.

Babyland
4o years of Colour Research at Babyland

Henri Robideau, Featuring Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov & Mick Henry

$15.00

Specs

Softcover
9.75 x 7.75
37 pages, 26 colour reproductions
Signed by Henri Robideau
Published by Henri Robideau in 2011
ISBN 978-0-9699766-2-2

Babyland, 40 Years of Colour Research at Babyland featuring Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov and Mick Henry. Photographs and text by Henri Robideau with artifacts from the Morris/Trasov Archive.

A document of Robideau’s two visits to Babyland in 2008, and a commemoration of forty years of art production along the “culture/nature fault line”.

Book designed by Henri Robideau.

Stan Douglas
Journey into Fear

Essays by Michael Turner, Julia Peyton-Jones, Stan Douglas, Achim Borchardt-Hume.

$50.00

Specs

Hardcover
9.8 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
168 pp
Published by Walther König in 2002
ISBN 978-3883755540

Intricate and emotive, Stan Douglas’s film installations are concerned with complex psychological states such as collective memories, forgotten histories, and social alienation. His recent project Journey into Fear derives from two sources–the 1942 and 1975 films of the same name, and Melville’s late novel The Confidence Man–and presents an endless array of possibilites, juxtaposing repetition and novelty, destroying conventional senses of time, and trapping the viewer in the haunting world of the film.