In Print

Issue #4
Launched December 13, 2015


Sweater weather is turning into coat weather. The office dog is trying to steal your cough drops. You’re becoming convinced that the only way to keep up with your creative practice is to cut all social ties. Intercourse will follow you down the rabbit hole. December 13 brings you Issue 4, packed with all things trippy and tropical, raunchy and rhythmical, mimetic and mobile.

Between these not-too-glossy pages you’ll find our distinct combination of atypical prose, poetry, conversation and artwork. Critic Daniel Mendelsohn and artist David Salle discuss cultivating taste, the lead singers of the Butthole Surfers and The Flaming Lips debate selling out, and marine biologist David Gruber and artist/historian Katherine McLeod explore the legacy of William Beebe and the future of deep sea exploration.

Dan Graham reflects on the Zodiac, Matthew Niederhauser shares photos of ersatz architecture in China, Genesis P-Orridge lets us read h/er journals and Greg Kloehn builds and distributes single-occupancy houses to homeless friends.

And if that isn’t enough to melt your winter malaise, Tom McCarthy shares thoughts on his new novel that’s almost about Staten Island and Iain Boal traces the scourge of automobilism. And Devin Troy Strother sexes that rectangle.


A fully-illustrated Pioneer Works publication featuring essays by Clara Halpern, Laura McLean-Ferris, and individual artist projects accompanies Tongue Stones (on view January 18 – March 8, 2015). Bones, objects and ideas are equally subjected to the passage of time. The exhibition Tongue Stones explores legacies past, present and future through a constellation of histories and imminent possibilities. The works in this exhibition include experiments in research, reenactment, distribution, sampling, circulation, documentation and reanimation. In each instant, preservation is contingent on present attention spans, as the act of remembering is bound to the act of imagining the future.



Issue #3
Launched November 9, 2014


This thermal wearing, company-keeping, soul-warming winter edition is like philosophy without the jargon, Internet without the boredom, solipsism without the self, handcuffs without the cops. Ben Lerner discusses Wallace Stevens, his newest book 10:04, and visions of the future. Astrophysicist Janna Levin and science writer James Gleick rap about time—is it a carpet or a hill and what is it like to walk through bread? Hip Hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy remembers when he first discovered kung-fu films. Poet Andrew Durbin deconstructs the “Bro.” And Adam Green talks to Weyes Blood about the scourge of likeability and normcore.

All that, plus a roundtable about numbers with Dorothea Rockburne, Ron Gorchov and Trueman MacHenry, a retrospective portfolio of the late, great, Dan Asher; improvisational music and the Civil Rights Movement; the way we bury the homeless; Paul Laffoley watching Andy Warhol’s TV; and the first video sharing collective, Radical Software. And more.

It’s only $12.

Editors are: Dustin Yellin, Catherine Despont, Joey Frank, Randy Lee Maitland


Issue #2
Launched March 9, 2014


Published twice a year INTERCOURSE is a compendium of readings that encompass art, science, and alternative education. INTERCOURSE extends the conversation happening at Pioneer Works into a supplemental manual for all your inter-disciplinary needs. Issue 2 features essays on a hypothetical footbridge between Brooklyn and Governors Island; a high school project called Foxfire that became the inadvertent guidebook for the 70s back-to-the-land movement, and a discussion with Edward Frenkel about the true nature of mathematics. Performa’s RoseLee Goldberg and Ubuweb’s Kenny Goldsmith discuss the avant-garde and Ariel Pink talks to Animal Collective about horror and childhood. Other features include conversations with Carol Bove and Trevor Paglen, psychedelic celluloid, Ana Mendietta‘s lost earthworks, and the creative power of humiliation. There’s even new fiction from Jesse Ball. We hope this idea archive and record of an evolving discussion becomes an indispensable document in your search for knowledge.

Editors are: Dustin Yellin, Joey Frank, Catherine Despont, Randy Lee Maitland


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 3.11.48 PMKENAN JUSKA
Daily Operation


Artist and co-founder of the radio program and DJ collective “Chances with Wolves,” Kenan Juska, from March 2005 to November 2008 created sequential collages made from cast- off materials primarily found on the streets of New York. The work showcases a wide spectrum of human experience and provides a daily snapshot of our collective lives. Items like newspaper and magazine clippings combined with intimate trinkets from people’s lives render a rough portrait of the collective consciousness and value system of contemporary culture.


The Six Sided Force


Louise Despont explores drawing as abstract meditations, employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, onto the pages of antique ledger books. For this exhibition, Despont has borrowed the geometries of beehives, gardens, and found architecture to offer balanced forms that engage past and present as indicators and provocations. In view of colony collapse, and other environmental concerns, the Six Sided Force investigates the subtle architectures, seen and unseen, between nature and human influence.


ernesto_caivano_settlements-1024x692ERNESTO CAIVANO


Ernesto Caivano’s book, Settlements, accompanied the artist’s survey of selected works from 2002-2013 at Pioneer Works in Spring of 2013. The publication contains an interview and new texts on the artist’s work. Ernesto Caviano’s work has been the subject of solo shows at White Cube in London, Richard Heller in Los Angeles, and at MoMA PS1 where his site-specific mural In The Woods (2004) is permanently installed. Ernesto Caivano has also been included in notable group exhibitions such as No New Thing Under the Sun (2010) at the Royal Academy in London, The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now at the Museum of Modern Art (2006), Greater New York 2005 at MoMA PS1, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial.


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