Location Books is pleased to announce its newest publication:  in quiet rooms young girls are writing poetry

In quiet rooms young girls are writing poetry is an artist’s book that reproduces David Rathman's recent war-themed watercolors. The paintings depict tanks, planes, warships and helicopters. As with Rathman's cowboy and car pieces, the imagery is paired with hand-written texts and legends.

Using "language in a paradoxical way to confront the imagery," Rathman avoids a head-on collision with the "heaviness" of his subject. According to the artist, "There's a lot of indirection and evasion going on; to see these aggressive menacing subjects twisting with uncertainty struck me as humorous and--in a sideways, minor way--profound."

Like a series of memento mori greeting cards, Rathman's book is sometimes morose, sometimes playful, with the artist addressing "serious and ordinary issues: death, fracture, joy, compulsion, testosterone and deliverance."    

On the evening of the book release Rathman will also premiere a new film installation that “blends and bends the tank/plane/warship drawings with flickering footage” of the Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston boxing match circa 1964.  

David Rathman received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN). He has exhibited work at Larissa Goldston Gallery (NY), Contemporary Arts Museum (TX), Walker Art Center (MN), Arts Center of St. Petersburg (FL) and Mary Goldman Gallery (CA). His work is featured in fifteen public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), J. Paul Getty Museum (CA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (IL). 

“in quiet rooms young girls are writing poetry” by David Rathman

What: Book sale and film premiere at Weinstein Gallery

Where: 908 West 46th Street Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419 

When: Thursday, April 14th, 2011,  6:00pm - 8:30pm

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Location Volume Four features a collaboration between Minneapolis-based artists Jennifer Danos and John Fleischer. The book will be released in the library of Midway Contemporary Art on January 13th, from 6-9pm. More...


AS IT IS AGAIN by JoAnn Verburg

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Location Books presents: Volumes Five and Six

Work by Aaron Anderson, Eric Carlson, Crystal Quinn, John Opera, Stevie Rexroth, Adam Schreiber and Ann Woo

Opening reception and book sale hosted by:

Midway Contemporary Art

527 SE Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Saturday February 18th, 7-9pm

Location Volume Five  -  Three artists, Aaron Anderson, Eric Carlson and Crystal Quinn (formerly members of the artist collective Hardland/Heartland) continue their practice of making books as formal, intuitive, stream-of-conscious exercises using the Location volume as an elaborate narrative of playful allegories and coded symbols. 

Location Volume Six  -  Four photographers, who haven't met, contribute work specifically for the volume that addresses artist Robert Irwin's quote: "Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees."  Features the work of John Opera, Stevie Rexroth, Adam Schreiber and Ann Woo. 


Local Fair

Saturday, September 15, 11 am–5 pm 
Hennepin Lounge 
Scheduled events include a mini-fair featuring Little Brown Mushroom, Location Books, and other local artists, collectives, and independent publishers; an open studio with demonstrations of book arts techniques; hands-on activities, and more.


Location, Volume Seven

Mandala (After Ferris Wheel)

Tongue Movements Would Be Of Service Here

What: Book release and sale

Where: Midway Contemporary Art Library 

527 Second Avenue Southeast

Minneapolis, MN  55414

When: Thursday, June 27th, 2013  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Location, Volume Seven first-time collaborators Jess Hirsch and Jes Nelson blur the lines between “landscape and identity” by constructing a narrative that focuses on actions that echo the subtle shift in the spelling of each artist’s first name (Jess vis a vis Jes). The book explores various iterative options for text, dance choreography, sports movements, textiles, water and color, culminating in an artist book filled with the whimsy and nuance of “minor manipulations.”

Tetsuya Yamada’s Mandala (after Ferris Wheel) was inspired equally by Marcel Duchamp's infamous bicycle wheel as well as the original Ferris Wheel designed to rival the Eiffel Tower in Paris. For this limited edition artist’s book, Yamada captures the movements and light-patterns of bike reflectors to evoke a traditional Tibetan Mandala. A cyclical work that can be read both left-to-right (Western) and right-to-left (Japanese style), Mandala explores movement, modernism, light, color and the nature of time. Tetsuya Yamada is a sculptor and University of Minnesota associate professor in the art department.

Julia Kouneski’s Tongue Movements Would Be Of Service Here is a reductive artist's book which samples its text from the 1917 book Sense of Taste by H.L. Hollingworth and A.T. Poffenberger Jr. Reflecting Kouneski’s background as a performance artist, the text in the books is screen-printed with moisten-able glue: if the reader engages in the physical performance of the text (ie: licking the words) it seals the pages closed forever.