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The critical organic catalyst Issue, or who’s that brooooown? Davida Ingram: “Lyric & Line, Song & Sign (Hearing is Seeing)”, Shaun Scott: “Golden Ghetto”, R.A.W. “On Adrian Piper’s Cornered”, and Hannah Hong Frelot: “How can we give voice to those whose voices have been silenced before we were born?”, a review of Black Constellation, and conversations with Robert Wade and Jonathan Cunningham. With illustrations by Kelly Björk, Katy Itter, Laura Kinney, Matthew Offenbacher, Andrew Tsai, and David Wall. Edited by Hannah Hong Frelot and designed by Ryan Diaz. March 4, 2013. Three double-sided legal-size pages, orange ink on grey paper, 450 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Dahlia Elsayed: “Studio Manual”, Gretchen Bennett: “The Cat Moving Ever Closer”, D.W. Burnam: “Distancing Presence”, Hanneline Røgeberg, Michel de Montaigne: “Why We Cry and Laugh for the Same Thing”, Melanie Noel: “Belong/Exuberance”, Laura Neuman: “Insect Photographs”, Shaw Osha: “This is a Proposition (to speculate without knowing)”, and Dawn Cerny: Concordance. With two photo-collages by Dani Leventhal. Edited by Laura Neuman, Shaw Osha, Dawn Cerny and D.W. Burnam. November 30, 2012. Five double-sided legal-size pages, green ink on yellow paper, 425 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

Closed Fist Open Hand

Thirty essays written by Seattle artists about work by Jeffry Mitchell. Edited by Dan Webb and Matthew Offenbacher, with an introduction by Whiting Tennis and design by Jayme Yen. More about the book here. November 2012, 144pp. black & white ill., two-color cover, 7 x 5", softbound. Out of print.

Art History Series 1

Czech Cubism!  Naomi Hume: “Czech Cubism: Modernist Spirituality?”, Gretchen Bennett: “There is a crack in everything”, Pavel Janák: “The usefulness of artistic industry (1911-12)”, Klara Glosova: “Czech Cubism from a vantage point of a blind spot”, Matthew Offenbacher: “Why you should care about Czech Cubism”, and Prizmism by Zara, Nina and Joe Park. With 16 photo illustrations. March, 2012. La Norda Specialo 8. Four double-sided legal-size pages, purple ink on purple paper, 333 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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D.W. Burnam on ‘subjective detumescence,’ Jo Baer: “Radical attitudes to the gallery (1977-1996)”, Matthew Offenbacher: “Power in the Gift Shop”, Brian Murphy talks about masculinity with Leo Berk, Claudia Fitch, Jeffry Mitchell, and Joey Veltkamp, and five haiku by Ilvs Strauss. With drawings by Brian, D.W., Matt, and Kimberly Trowbridge. October 15, 2010. Four double-sided legal-size pages, purple and black ink on white paper, 450 copies. Out of print, but you can still download the pdf.

Special Issue

Margot Quan Knight: “If art falls in a field and no one hears it”, Davidson Burnam and Dawn Cerny: “More. Hall. Annex.”, Claude Zervas: “Noumenism”, Philip Miner: “Missed encounters”, plus an email from Vic Haven and a story by Jenny Zwick. With illustrations by Margot, Dawn, Philip, Vic and Jenny. April 1, 2010. Three double-sided legal-size pages, black ink on grey paper, 333 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Gretchen Bennett and Shaw Osha: “Conversations”, Hollis Frampton: “A Stipulation of Terms from Maternal Hopi”, Nicholas Nyland with Saya Moriyasu, Akio Takamori and Maki Tamura: “A Day in Cathay”, Rebar Niemi: “Heathen Screams into the Fire Punishes Self Moves On”, D.W. Burnam: “Unmediated Melancholy: Debra Baxter’s ‘point of zero preconception’.” With drawings by Nicholas, Rebar, Shaw, Gretchen, Dan Carrillo, and Matt Browning. February 26, 2010. Four double-sided legal-size pages, black ink on pink paper, 500 copies. Out of print, but you can still download the pdf.

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Erik Peterson: “In Defense of Painting”, León Ferrari: “Written Painting (1963)”, Leo Saul Berk and Claire Cowie take time to talk, Jenny Heishman: “Do you believe in heaven above, do you believe in love?”, Mary Ann Peters: “The Split (notes on fear and subliminal forces run amuck or tamed)”. With illustrations by Erik, Jenny, León, and Maki Tamura. October 22, 2009. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA. Three double-sided legal-size pages, black toner on purple paper, 500 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Greg Lundgren: “The Waiting Room”, Matthew Offenbacher: “Green Gothic”, Elise Richman: “Nicholas Nyland’s Fall into Color”, Martha Rosler: “Untitled Statement 1971”, Whiting Tennis: “This Head Mechanism”. With illustrations by Matt, Elise, and Dawn Cerny. June 2009. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA. Three double-sided legal-size pages, black toner on blue paper, 500 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Debra Baxter: “Neutral Nude Part Two”, Jeffry Mitchell: “Thoughts on Roy McMakin’s Purplish”, Joey Veltkamp: “It Began with a Chair ...”, Susan Robb: “Socialites, Scientists, and Big Leather Handbags”, Emily Pothast: “Fleeting Moments in an Infinite Flux”, Jean Tinguely: “Untitled Statement 1961”. With illustrations by Jeffry, Joey, Emily, and Nicholas Nyland. February 2009. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA. Three double-sided legal-size pages, black toner on green paper, 500 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Dan Webb: “I Heart Public Art”, Heide Hinrichs: “Only There”, Debra Baxter: “Neutral Nude Part One”, Adrian Piper: “Cheap Art Utopia”, Matthew Offenbacher: “Black Fu Dogs”. With illustrations by Dan, Matt, and Heide. September 2008. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA. Three double-sided legal-size pages, black toner on yellow paper, 333 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

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Gretchen Bennett: “You and I Have Memories ... / A Philosophy of Street Art”, Robert Smithson: “Cultural Confinement”, Joseph Park: “Spokane Interview”, Matthew Offenbacher: “The Underground Tour”, and Eli Hansen on architecture and pornography. With illustrations by Gretchen, Robert, and Matt. April 2008. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA. Two double-sided legal-size pages, black toner on brown paper, 333 copies. Free copies by mail or download the pdf.

About

La Norda Specialo is an independent art press in Seattle, Washington which focuses on writing by and about visual artists and their friends in the Pacific Northwest. It is a project by Matthew Offenbacher.

Contributors

Jo BaerDebra BaxterGretchen BennettLeo Saul BerkKelly BjörkMatt BrowningD.W. BurnamDan CarrilloDawn CernyJonathan CunninghamClaire CowieRyan DiazDahlia ElsayedLeón FerrariClaudia FitchAnn FentonHollis FramptonHannah Hong FrelotKlara Glosova Eli HansenAlfred HarrisVictoria HavenJenny HeishmanHeide HinrichsNaomi HumeJason HirataHarold Hollingsworth,  Davida Ingram,  Katy ItterPavel JanákKen Kelly,  Laura Kinney  Margot Quan KnightSusie Lee Dani LeventhalGreg Lundgren Amanda ManitachPhilip MinerJeffry MitchellMichel de MontaigneSaya MoriyasuBrian MurphyLaura NeumanRebar NiemiMelanie NoelNicholas NylandMatthew OffenbacherShaw OshaJoseph ParkMary Ann PetersErik PetersonAdrian PiperEmily PothastJessica Powers,  R.A.W.,  Tivon RiceElise RichmanGeorge RodriguezMartha RoslerSusan RobbHanneline RøgebergGinny RuffnerShaun ScottRobert SmithsonAnthony SonnenbergCappy ThomsonIlvs StraussAkio TakamoriMaki TamuraWhiting TennisJean TinguelyKimberly Trowbridge Andrew TsaiJoey VeltkampRobert Wade,  David Wall,  Patti WarishinaDan WebbJayme YenClaude Zervas, and Jenny Zwick.

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In 2012, the publication of Closed Fist Open Hand was generously underwritten by Carol Bennett, Mike and Cathy Casteel, Charlie Kitchings, Bill and Ruth True, and Merrill Wright. In 2010 Artist Trust contributed funds for equipment and supplies through a GAP grant. Issues 4 - 7 were supported by a generous grant from 4Culture. This website is made possible by the sponsorship of Jon Kvistad. Beginning with issue 6, La Norda has been printed on a RISO High Speed Digital Duplicator donated by Sean O’Connell of the Witt Company. The contributing artists have donated substantial amounts of their time, effort and expertise.

Index

Alaskan Way viaduct, #1 p.2
alchemy, #8 p.7
and/or (Seattle), #4 p.2, #7 p.6
Anderson, Guy, #4 p.3
Andrews, Richard, #1 pp.1,4
Angelico, il Beato, #3 p.3
Antonioni, Michelangelo, #6 p.1
Apple Computer Inc., #6 p.5
archeology, fictional, #6 pp.1,6-7
architecture
   authority, #1 p.3, #7 pp.4
   shelter, #1 pp.1
   desire, #1 pp.1,4
   proto-American, #6 p.6
art collectors, in Seattle, #2 p.4
art critics, #2 p.2
art dealers, #2 p.2
art galleries
   alternatives, #7 p.3
   audience, #2 p.4, #7 pp.2-3
   constraints, #5 p.4, #7 p.3
   free agency, #7 p.3
   neutrality, #2 p.2, #7 p.3
   as prisons, #1 p.1
   as studio, #5 p.5
art museums
   authority, #7 pp.4-6
   as graveyards, #1 p.2
   as hosts, #7 p.6
   history, #2 p.3
art
   accessibility, #2 pp.1-2, #5 p.2, #8 p.5
   ambivalence, #7 p.3
   audience, #2 pp.2,3, #5 pp.2,4, #7 pp.2,4-6, #8 pp.5,7-8
   avant-garde, #8 pp.7-8
   commodity, #2 p.2,5, #4 p.2, #6 p.1, #7 p.3, #8 p.5
   biology, #4 p.6, #5 p.5, #7 p.3
   elitism, #2 pp.3-4, #7 p.3
   emotion, #5 pp.1-2, #6 p.3
   everyday life, #4, pp.1-2, #5 p.6, #6 pp.1-2, #7 pp.2-3
   excrement, #1 pp.1,3
   intuition, #4 p.5, #5 p.2
   irony, #5 p.2
   minor arts, #8 p.5
   narcissism, #7 pp.3,7
   narrative, #4 p.2
   ornament, #6 pp.1,7, #8 p.4
   process, #3 pp.1,4-5, #5 pp.5-6, #7 pp.2-3
   quality, #2 p.2, #5 p.6, #6 p.1
   religion, #5 pp.1,2,5, #8 pp.1-2, 6-7
   remediation, #4 pp.1-4
Arthur, Bea, #6 p.1
artists
   community, #5 p.1,4-5, #7 pp.4-6, #8 pp.1-3
   economic status, #2 p.2, #7 p.5
   education, #5 pp.1,2,5
   fear, #5 pp.1,4, #6 p.2
   freedom, #5 p.6
   and influence, #6, p.7
   as intellectuals, #4.p1,6
   masculinity, #7 pp.1-7,8
   performance, #7 p.4
   power, #5 p.5, #7 pp.1,4-6
   process, #3 p.3, #4 p.5, #5 pp.3-4,6, #6 pp.1, 4-5, #7 pp.4-6
   regional stereotypes, #8 p.7
   romance between, #5 pp.1,5-6
   shame, #3 p.4, #5 p.3,6
   social responsibility, #2 p.2, #5.p.4
   vulnerability, #4 p.4, #5 pp.1,3,5-6, #7 p.4-6
   working class, #3 p.1, #4 p.2
Attia, Kader, #2 p.1
Baer, Jo, “Radical Attitudes to the Gallery”, #7 pp.1,3
Bainbridge Island, #5 p.1
baldness, #7 p.8
Bataille, Georges, informe, #1 p.3
Batchelor, David, Chromophobia, #4 p.1
Baxter, Deb, #6 pp.1,3-4
  “Neutral Nude Part One”, #2 pp.1-2
  “Neutral Nude Part Two”, #3 pp.1,4
   False Hope, #6 p.1 (ill.)
   Launching Pad, #6 p.4
   Sweetness, video, #3 p.4
   Howard House exhibition, #6 pp.1,3-4
   Or Gallery exhibition, #6 p.3
Beaumont, Linda, #7 p.7
beauty, #5 p.2, #7 p.7
   process, #3 p.3
Beauty and the Beast (fairytale), #4 p.2
Beneš, Vincenc, #8 p.2
Bennett, Gretchen
  “Conversations...”, #6 pp.1,4-5
  “You and I Have Memories Longer Than the Road: a philosophy of street art”, #1 pp.1-2
  “There is a crack in everything”,#8 p.3
   Dead Christmas Tree, #1 p.1 (ill.)
   End This Night If It Be Your Will, #5 p.6 (ill.)
   Have a Hangover, #4 p.4 (ill.)
   Hello, exhibition at Howard House, #4 p.4
   Lamp Ball, #5 p.6 (ill.)
   Nirvana (Skid Row, Ted Ed Fred, Pen Cap Chew, Bliss), #5 p.6 (ill.)
   Work Song (exhibition), #7 pp.4-5
   Nirvana, #4 p.4, #5 p.6
   remediation, #4 p.4
Berger, John, #2 pp.1-2, #3 pp.1,4
Berk, Leo Saul, #5 p.4
  “One couple makes time to talk”, #5 pp.1,5-6
  “Masculinity Conversation”, #7 pp.1,7
   Spider Hole, #7 p.8
   Work Song (exhibition), #7 pp.4-5
bioremediation, #3 p.3
Black Panther Party, #3 p.1
Blouin, Louise #3 pp.1,6
Bourgeois, Louise, #1 p.4, #7 p.7
Bowman, Midge, #1 p.4
Brâncusi, Constantin, Endless Column, #6 p.5
Braque, Georges, Czech cubism, #8 pp.1,8
Brakhage, Jane, #6 p.7
Brakhage, Stan, #6 p.7
Brendon, Nicholas, #6 p.5
Brooklyn (New York), #1 p.1, #6 p.1
Browning, Matt
   masthead (ill.), #6 p.1,
   Tradition as Adaptive Strategy (exhibition), #7 pp.1-3 (ill.)
Bruce, Chris, #1 pp.1,4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (television show), #4 p.4, #6 p.5
Burden, Chris, #1 p.4
Burger, John
   Ways of Seeing, #2 p.1
   and women, #2 p.2
Burnam, D.W.
  “Unmediated Melancholy: Debra Baxter’s ’point of zero preconception’”, #6 pp.1,3-4
   untitled essay, #7 pp.1-3
Burroughs, William, #6 p.3
Caillois, Roger, #7 p.3
camouflage, #7 p.3
camp, #6 p.7
capitalism, #4 p.2
caricature, #8 pp.2-3 (ill.)
Carr, Emily
   Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, #4 p.3 (ill.)
   logging, #4 p.3
Cathay, #6 pp.1,7-8
cats, #5 p.4
Celmins, Vija, #1 p.2
chamomile flowers, #5 p.3
Chase, William Merritt, #1 p.4
Chatterjee, Raj, #6 p.6
Chickadel, Ben,Work Song (exhibition), #7 pp.4-5
chinoiserie, #6 pp.1,7-8
cinematic technology, fictional, #6 p.6
civics, #6 p.4
Cobain, Kurt, #1 p.2,#4 p.4 (ill.),#5 p.5, #6 p.5, #8 p.5
Codrington, Andrea, #6 p.3
Cohen, Leonard, #8 p.5
color
   contingency, #4 p.5
   painting, #5 p.1, 3
Cornish College of the Arts, #5 p.4
Cowie, Claire, #5 p.4
   The Gift Shop Presents Presents (exhibition), #7 pp.5-6
  “One couple makes time to talk”, 5# pp.1,5-6
craft, eradication by capitalism, #4 p.2
Craigslist, #3 p.6
creativity
   censorship, #3 p.5
   control, #5 p.6, #6 pp.1-2
   faith, #5 pp.1-3,5, #8 p.7
   mysticism, #3 p.5
   neurology, #3 p.5
   process, #6 p.4
   the repressed, #5 p.4,6, #6 pp.1-2
Cubism
   architecture, #8 pp.3-4
   Parisian vs Czech, #8 pp.1-3,7-8
Cufley, Tyler, Work Song (exhibition), #7 pp.4-5
curators
   audience, #1 p.4
   limitations, #1 p.2
   trust, #1 p.4
Cure, The (musical group), #7 p.8
Daly, Drew, #3 pp.1,3
   Division: Adirondack Chair, #3 p.1 (ill.)
   Mirror Merge, #3 p.3
   Subject: Remnant, #3 p.3 (ill.)
dancing, and vulnerabiliy, #5 p.5
Darling, Michael, #5 p.2
Darth Vader, #2 p.1
David, Larry, #5 p.1
de Beer, Sue
   Hans und Gretel Filmstill (pipebomb), #5 p.5
death, #6 pp.5, 8
   meditation, #3 p.2
   movement, #3 p.2
   the undead, #4 pp.1-4
decay
   symbolism, #3 p.3, #4 p.3
   vegetables, #4 p.3
deconstruction, #5 p.2
desire
   and color, #4 pp.1,5
   poetry, #4 p.5
Dion, Mark, Neukom Vivarium, #4 p.2
Donovan, Tara, #3 p.3
Duchamp, Marcel, #1 p.3, #2 p.4
Elliot, Eric, #1 p.3
Elliot, T.S., #3 p.4
Elsen, Albert, #6 p.3
Eno, Brian, #2 p.5
erosion, #3 p.3
excrement, #1 pp.1,3
exoticism, #6 pp.1,7-8
fact vs fiction, #5 pp.4-6, #6 pp.1,6-7
femininity, #7 p.7
feminism, #3 p.4, #4 p.6, #7 p.7
fermentation, #4 p.3
Ferrari, León
  “Written painting (1963)”, #5 pp.1,3
   Cuadro Escrito, #5 p.3 (ill.)
Filla, Emil, #8 p.1
Fischer, Otokar, #8 p.3
Fitch, Claudia, #6 p.7
  “Masculinity Conversation”, #7 pp.1,7
Flickr, #3 p.6
Fluxus, #6 p.5
Focke, Anne, “A Pragmatic Response to Real Circumstances”, #7 p.6
Fontana, Lucio, #5 pp.3
Fotuhi, Majid, #3 p.6
Francis, Eric, #8 p.6
Fragonard, Jean-Honoré, #6 p.8
Fredericksen, Eric, Work Song (exhibition), #7 pp.4-5
Freize Fair, the, #3 p.6
French Revolution, the, #2 p.3
Freud, Sigmund, #1 p.1
Friends, (television show), #6 p.5
Frye Art Museum, history of, #1 p.4
Fu Dogs, #2 p.1, #2 p.6 (ill.), #6 p.7 (ill.)
furniture, and class, #3 p.2, #6 p.3
Futurist Manifesto, #8 p.2
Galbraith, John Kenneth, The Anatomy of Power, #7, pp.1, 4-6
Gas Works Park, #1 p.3, #4 pp.2-3
genocide, #1 p.3
geodesic map, #6 p.5
gift exchange, #7 pp.5-6
Global Creative Leadership Conference, the
   anecdotes, #3 pp.1,6
Gočár, Jóža, #8 p.2
   Sofa, #8 p.6 (ill.)
Goldberg, Rube, #6 p.1
Glosova, Klara, “Czech cubism from a vantage point of a blind spot”, #8 pp.6-7
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix
   Untitled (Perfect Lovers), #2 pp.5-6 (ill.)
Grade, John, #4 p.3
graduate school, #7 p.7
Graves, Morris #4 p.3
   Bird Sensing the Essential Insanities, (1944), #4 p.4
   Bird Experiencing Light, (1969), #4 p.4
   Wounded Gull, (1945), #4 p.4
Group of Fine Artists (Czech), #8 p.1
Greenwood, Wynne, New Report, #3 p.4
Greer, Mandy, Phoenix, #2 p.4 (ill.)
grunge, #8 p.4
Guangyi, Wang, Cold War Aesthetics, #3 p.6
Guinness Book of World Records, #7 p.2
Guston, Philip, #5 p.1
Gutfreund, Otto, #8 p.3
   Seated women, #8 p.6 (ill.)
   Viki’s head, #8 p.8 (ill.)
Haacke, Hans, #1 p.4
Haag, Richard
   Blodel Reserve, #4 p.3
   Gas Works Park, #1 p.3, #4 pp.2-3
   and ruins, #4 pp.2-3
Hamilton, Ann, #1 p.4
Hamilton, Charles, #6 p.2
Hansen, Eli
   on architecture and pornography, #1 pp.1,4
   exhibition at the Helm gallery, #4 p.3
Harbison, Robert, #6 p.3
Hardy, K8
   Burning Mud Women Mud Wrestling, #3 p.4
   Fashionfashion, #3 p.4
   queer politics, #3 p.4
Harries, Karsten, #2 p.5
Harris, James, see James Harris Gallery
Hashemi, Jason, The Gift Shop Presents Presents (exhibition), #7 pp.5-6
Hasting, Lord Michael, #3 p.6
Heishman, Jenny
  “Do you believe in heaven above, do you believe in love?”, #5 pp.1,5
   Mud Thing, #1 p.3 (ill.)
   skepticism of romanticism, #1 p.3
Held, Robin, #1 p.4
Hello Kitty, #6 p.8
Helm Gallery, #4 p.3
Henry Art Gallery, #7, pp.4-6
   history of, #1 p.4
Herzog, Werner
   Encounters at the End of the World, #6 p.5
Hewitt, Corin
   exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, #4 p.3
Hill, Gary, #1 p.4
Hinrichs, Heide
  “Only There”, #2 pp.1,5
   masthead, #2 p.1 (ill.)
Hirata, Jason #7 p.6 (ill.)
   The Gift Shop Presents Presents (exhibition), #7 pp.5-6
history
   erasure and modification, #8 p.4
homosexuality, #6 p.7
   and the Northwest school, #4 p.3-4
honesty, #4 p.6, #5 pp.1,2
hooks, bell, #8 p.8
Horejc, Jaroslav, Coffee set, #8 p.8 (ill.)
horses
   symbolism, #5 pp.1,3,5
   physiology and psychology, #5 p.5
Howard House, #1 p.3, #4 p.4, #5 pp.4-6, #6 p.3
Hume, Naomi, “Czech cubism: modernist spirituality?”, #8 pp.1-3
hunting, #7 p.7
Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique, #3 p.4
institutional critique, #6 p.4, #7 p.6
intution, #4 p.5
Ishigami, Junya, #6 p.5
Jackson, Michael, #6 p.1
James Harris Gallery, #3 p.1, #6 p.8
Janák, Pavel
  “The usefulness of artistic industry”, #8 pp.1,5-6
   Armchair, #8 p.6 (ill.)
   Design for a memorial urn, #8 p.6 (ill.)
John the Baptist, #8 p.1