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From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars (2009)

Edited by: Paul Couillard

Publication Design: Sameer Farooq/New Ink
286 pp. (32-pp. colour section) with index
Includes DVD documentation of Mars’ "Tyranny of Bliss"

With articles by: Paul Couillard, Tagny Duff, Jennifer Fisher, Randy Gledhill, Nelson Henricks, Will Kwan, Paul Ledoux, Joanna Nash, Jennifer Oille, John Oughton and Pam Patterson, Andrew James Paterson, Kim Sawchuk, Dot Tuer

Tanya Mars has been a key figure in Canadian art since she burst on the scene in 1974 with her first groundbreaking exhibition, Codpieces: Phallic Paraphernalia. Provocative and political, Mars has relentlessly shown us that the way to the jugular is through the funny bone, creating a series of compelling "three-dimensional pictures" that have made her one of Canada's most acclaimed and important performance artists. This anthology offers a comprehensive look at her career, including a DVD with photo and video documentation of many of her major works.

"An innovative leader in the performance art scene here and internationally, Tanya Mars makes art that is courageous, humourous, operatic and original. Ironic to Iconic gives the reader a cogent and too little-known background to Mars' career and her role in the development of performance art in Canada."
~Jessica Bradley, curator and director of Jessica Bradley Art + Projects

Retail Price: $32.90 (plus shipping)
To order a copy of this publication, please contact us at info@performanceart.ca
+ Tyranny of Bliss by Tanya Mars
+ Hot by Tanya Mars
+ Canadian Performance Art Legends (Summary)

Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason (2004)

Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason
From the Time Zones Residency

Edited by: Tania Bruguera

Publication Design: Bill Pusztai
36 pp. (including 6 pp of B/W images)

With articles by: Introductory text and performance descriptions by Tania Bruguera plus essays by Tagny Duff and Ein Manning.

Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason is a small book reminiscent of a group of plane tickets in a travel folder that documents a series of liminal performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire. Produced in conjunction with the TIME ZONE residency curated by Tagny Duff, with internationally acclaimed Cuban artists Glenda León and Tania Bruguera.

During the residency, Bruguera will commute weekly between Chicago and Canada (first to Montreal and then to Toronto), using these trips as an opportunity to perform for the unsuspecting audience of her fellow travelers.

Bruguera describes Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason as "...a series of performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire; with the tension that can be found in a state of emotional vigilia, which is the state between being awake and asleep. Each piece will have several layers of appreciation, either from the position of the audience or of their level of boldness. These will be pieces that talk about the false strength and the hidden fragility."

Price: $10 (plus shipping)
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+ Time Zones with Tania Bruguera and Glenda León

La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu (2002)

La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu
Edited by Paul Couillard

Book Design: Randy Gledhill
96 pp. text, 16 pp. photos and DVD insert, 5.5 x 8 inches
Price: $22.50 (plus shipping)

DVD includes the videos Cleaning and Loving It © 2000 and More Cleaning and Loving (It) © 2001, directed by Margaret Dragu and Paul Couillard

Articles by Glenn Alteen, Paul Couillard, Andy Fabo, Debbie O'Rourke and Sarah Sheard; plus chronology by Brice Canyon and story and collages by Margaret Dragu.

Margaret Dragu is a 2012 recipient of a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Margaret Dragu is a warm-hearted, fearless and indomitable spirit who has left her mark across disciplines and across the country. Dragu's astonishing output of work spans back to 1969 and includes forays into theatre, film, video, writing, choreography and above all, performance art. She is perhaps best known for her work in the 1980s, including her long-running X's and O's series, which began with a solstice mega-spectacle in Hamilton in 1983 (X's and O's on the Longest Day of the Year) and continues with her recent "Improvisation for X's and O's". Her 1988 film project I VANT TO BE ALONE reads as a who's who of the Toronto art scene of the 1980s, while her smaller, more intimate 1990s work has been produced and seen mainly on the west coast.

To order a copy of this publication, please contact us at info@performanceart.ca
+ Walking Woman by Margaret Dragu
+ Canadian Performance Art Legends (Summary)
+ Cleaning and Loving it by Margaret Dragu

Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, Manoeuvres and Other Hypotheses for Disappearing (2014)

Alain-Martin Richard
Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition
Performances, Manoeuvres and other Hypotheses for Disappearing

Edited by Paul Couillard and Alexandra Liva
Published by FADO Performance Inc., Sagamie édition d'art, Les Causes perdues

414 pp, with index
Including DVD documentation of The Route To Rose project (2006)
Price: $40 (plus shipping)

Dive into the unique creative journey of artist Alain-Martin Richard with the launch of an impressive new bilingual monograph. In this book, authors Paul Couillard, Doyon/Demers, Hélène La Roche, Paul Ouellet, Nicolas Reeves, Clive Robertson, Guy Sioui Durand and Marianne Trudel join Alain-Martin Richard to provide a comprehensive picture of Richard's career and practice, from his theatrical experiments of the 1970s to his global "manoeuvres" in the 2000s.

Alain-Martin Richard lives and works in Quebec. As an artist, he has presented manoeuvre and performance works in North America, Europe and Asia. He also works as a curator, critic and essayist, publishing articles in numerous journals on theatre, performance, installation and manoeuvre. He was a member of the former collectives Inter/Le Lieu and The Nomads , and remains active with Les Causes perdues in© and Folie/Culture. His works often deploy multiple planes of reality as in l'Atopie textuelle (2000) and The Route to Rosa (2006). Alain-Martin Richard is currently a visiting professor at Laval University's School of Visual Arts, and he is in the midst of preparing a major project for the seventh edition of Manif d'art.

Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition/ Performances, Manoeuvres and other Hypotheses for Disappearing is published by FADO in collaboration with SAGAMIE édition d’art and Les Causes perdues Inc.

ISBN 978-0-9730883-3-5 (FADO)
ISBN 978-2-923612-38-6 (SAGAMIE)

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+ Route to Rosa by Alain-Martel Richard
+ Canadian Performance Art Legends (Summary)