Cinders Gallery Big Box Set #4
Cinders Gallery Big Box Set #4
Digital print, Hand-painting, Ink, Silkscreen, Xerox
Box set, Cloth case, Hand-sewn, Stapled
16 × 10.25 × 3 in
Out of Print
University of Delaware Library
Cinders began as an artist-run gallery on Havemeyer St. in Brooklyn, NY. We thought about what our own model for an art gallery would be like. Replacing the coldness with warmth, everyone would be invited to sit around the fire and partake. We decided to make our own perfect space with murals and weird hours and wearable sculptures. It was apparent that there was quite a significant community out there who felt the same way and so we were inspired to start bringing these like-minded people together under one roof. As we searched for the right location, our house literally burned down in front of us, leaving us tragically homeless but also putting the requisite “fire” under our asses to quickly make it a reality. Thus “Cinders” was born; born out of a tragedy, the urgency of life, and a basic DIY tenet: If you are unhappy with the way others are doing it, you just have to do it yourself.
For more than six years, we held monthly exhibitions showing hundreds of artists from all over the world – New York, Providence, Philadelphia, Berlin, France, Chile, Japan, Oakland, Toronto, Gainesville, Montreal, North Carolina, San Francisco, LA… There was always a constant curated selection of artist-made books, prints, records, and odd objects in the back — stuff we loved. It was a long series of seemingly endless amounts of amazing people doing amazing things. Then suddenly in 2011, the rent nearly doubled after our lease was up. Our neighborhood had been rezoned for developers to build luxury condos which helped raise the rents and pushed a lot of our friends out. With no real leg to stand on, we left the space and, discouraged by rent prices in NY, went mobile.
We opened up the doors in the summer of 2004 and have been running with it ever since, always evolving and challenging ourselves and all the ways art can be shown. We are not in one location, but use other spaces and places to do what we do.
— Sto Len, Cinders Gallery Co-Director
1. Universe Against Her by Kelie Bowman
Conceptually re-imagining the end of this charming found book with the visualization of a flood overtaking its pages, painter Kelie Bowman painstakingly hand-silkscreened each page. Part of the Flood Series of Altered Books.
Found trade book with silkscreen prints, 4.5 x 3.25 in., 160 p. Unique. 2013.
2. Combining Our Explosives by Sto Len
One-of-a-kind hand-bound and painted book of sumi ink drawings by Sto Len. Using chance operations, Sto takes each of his ink drawings and folds them into another drawing, creating unplanned interactions between each hand-painted page.
Sumi ink on paper, hand-bound, 9.5 x 6.5 in., 14 p. Unique. 2013.
3. Themes of the Day by Kevin Hooyman
Kevin spares no space in his extensively detailed drawings collected in a loose narrative from within this self-published book which continues his fascination with animals conversing with each other about existential matters normally left to humans.
Perfect-bound book, 11 x 8.5 in., 74 p. Open edition. 2006.
4. Love, Witchcraft, You and Me by Juan Echevveri
Columbian artist Juan Echevveri’s minimalistic drawings are wonderfully efficient, sexy, and compact in form and narrative. His zines represent a new era of South American artists self-publishing in a style that combines comics, tattoos, and drawing.
Photocopied zine, 11 x 8.5 in., 24 p. Edition of 200. 2012.
5. Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson
This is a rare, special edition: out of print, hand silkscreened, and bound by the artist using a sewing machine. Esther Pearl Watson’s comic, based on a high school aged girl’s diary she found in a gas station bathroom, has become synonymous with DIY zine-making and has since become an underground hit as a series.
Silkscreened zine, machine-sewn, 11 x 8.5 in., 8 p. Edition 11/20, signed and numbered on cover.
6. Daybook by Kelie Bowman
Kelie continues to explore the human condition with her use of conceptual imagery and materials. With Daybook, she uses charts and accounting paper to focus on the theme of growth in a larger context. Hand-bound, risograph, watercolor, and stamp on found ledger paper.
Risograph book with hand-colored and rubber-stamped pages on Ledger paper, 9 x 12 in., 21 p. Edition 23/50, signed and dated on verso. In manila envelope with unique painting, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, signed numbered and titled on recto.
7. Vice Into Nice Age Publishing Catalogue by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
Rare and out-of-print self-published book by artist Oliver Halsman Roseneberg in which he draws the covers of books he would like to write one day.
Xerox zine, 11 x 8.5 in., 12 p. 2010.
8. Mage’s Tower by Lane Milburn
Out of print, hand-silkscreened comic by one of the comic underground’s rising stars. Lane comes from Baltimore, MD, and is finding his way along a path of studied, fantasy-based comic fiends who create their own universes post-post tradition.
Silkscreen zine, 10 x 8.75 in., 26 p. Edition 110/120, numbered on title page. 2008.
9. Death of the Self in the Long Tearless Night by Sonny Smith
San Francisco local legend, artist, and musician Sonny Smith is known for his prolific output of ingenuis art and music – he once put out 100 records as 100 different bands in 1 year. This zine is one of his hard-to-find minis featuring his sardonic wit and self-deprecating humor. It tells the tale of a drunk, failed artist who may be based on the artist himself at one point in his life.
Xerox zine, stapled, 3.25 x 4.5 in., 62 p.
10. Bunyon Love You by Robert Dayton
Toronto-based comedic artist Robert Dayton self-published this out-of-print book that features a plethora of inside jokes that feature his deadpan Canadian humor matched with drawings and collaborations with local art luminaries.
Xerox zine, 11 x 8.5 in., 32 p.
11. Mazes by Miniature Garden
This small NY imprint has been putting out limited edition themed books for the past couple years. This is one of our faves – a book of mazes, in all of its interpretations from a variety of artists.
Offset zine, spiral-bound, 8. 5 x 11 in., 18 p. Edition 14/70, numbered on inside back cover. 2010.
12. Second Contact by Chris Day
Chris Day’s books marry comic form with stripped-down design and collage techniques to produce sexy and disturbing images in densely Xeroxed black and white. With a hand-silkscreened cover, this is one self-published and out of print.
Xerox zine, 11 x 8.5 in., 24 p. 2009.
13. Lichen Ocean by Jeremy Taylor and Allyson Mellberg
Collaborating artist couple Jeremy and Allyson make drawings, paintings, prints, and books that feature natural inks and a sly commentary on our relationship to animals and the environment. Without getting too sappy, they are able to drive home serious points while maintaining a lot of fun and humor in the process. Sewing machine bound with silkscreened cover and individual pages.
Silkscreen and relief prints, pencil drawings on recycled paper, 8.5 x 7 in., 64 p. Edition of 100. 2012.
14. Followers of Sound by Andrew Martin Scott, Chris Duncan, and Rich Jacobs
These 3 California –based artists share common influences of skateboarding, punk music, and fanzines. This book is an amalgamation of their love for these forms which features classic music-related fanzine spreads, Xeroxed-to-death photos of bands, personal writing, and a silkscreened cover.
Xerox, digital print, and silkscreen zine with removable postcard, 7.5 x 8.75 in., 50 p. Edition 47/99, numbered inside back cover.
15. Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake
Edie has made a name for himself amongst zine and comic makers for this series of wildly fun, fantastical, and erotic transgender-themed stories that make for a powerful political-mined and sex-positive sentiment in the guise of a beautifully drawn comic.
Zine with silkscreen cover, 8.5 x 5.5 in., 34 p.
16. A Book of Dedications by Tara Lisa Foley
Tara Lisa Foley’s emotional, handmade book is dedicated to the memory of her mother. A wonderful, heartfelt, and poetic book of appropriated found pages, sewing, and hand-drawn pictures and writings by the artist.
Found pages, fabric, ink drawings, 9 x 5.75 in., 11p. Unique.
17. Drawings from a Heroic Fantasy World by Gary Kachadourian
Gary K’s prolific output of themed zines are his labor of love and you can tell he is always having fun and challenging himself, be it drawing realistic renderings of his slot car collection, making pop-up port-o-pottys, or in this case, hero/fantasy drawings culled from our collective memory.
Xerox zine, 8.5 x 5.75 in., 22 p.
18. Plagiarist by Visitor
Visitor is the publishing name of artist Chris Habib, whose work tackles text, speech, technology, and ways in which people are governed by trends in all of those fields. With Plagiarist, Chris creates folk tales whose words are collected from tweets he appropriated from Twitter. Questioning the legality of public domain, modern internet obsession, and our unabashed self-interest with these tools, Chris creates grifted poetry with our debris.
Cloth-bound hardcover book. 9 x 6 in., 296 p. Edition of 500, signed and numbered. 2011.
19. The Only Good Virgin is a Sacrificed Virgin by Cinders Gallery
A collection of letterpress prints that Cinders curated and hand-bound into book form. These 16 artists’ drawing and painting-based work translates well into letterpress.
Letterpress prints in plastic sleeves, hand-sewn into cover, 8 x 6.25 in., Edition 46/100, numbered. 2011.
20. Filling the Void by Doris
This collection of stories about drinking alcohol by mainly writers who have stopped drinking was put together by legendary zine maker Doris, whose personal prose about womanhood, and more recently motherhood, has been influential to independent writing and readers of self-published zines for well over a decade.
Xerox zine, 8.5 x 7 in., 56p.