We Are Insert Blanc Press General Projects.
Founded in October 2005, Insert Blanc Press published it's first chapbook in March 2006, Three Column Table by Harold Abramowitz. Insert Blanc now produces over twelve individual projects a year across various media. We publish large format hardbound artist monographs, photography and print editions, hardbound and perfectbound books of contemporary literature, handmade chapbooks, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, digital albums, and video projects. We also recently started The People, a podcast featuring the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond. Above all, Insert Blanc endeavors to create dynamic conversations across the various artistic disciplines and to support emerging artists and writers in the interest of contemporary arts and letters.
We've Got Some New Projects We're Working On!
Some new Insert Blanc book projects include: Joan, a new novel by Anne Boyer; Colloquy at the Abyss, a collaboration between Harold Abramowitz and Will Alexander; The Pain Itself by Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff; I Love You More, the collected performance scripts of Andrew Choate; A hybrid collection of prose and poetry by Holly Myers; Independence Day, a book of work by Greg Curtis with writing by Kim Calder; An artist book by Janne Larsen collecting her painting, sculpture and installation; A book project by the artist Audrey Chan; A collection of photography by Ignacio Genzon; New Manifestoh! translations by David Shook; A Reboot of the Parrot series, Parrot Part II; a new magazine, New Amusements; Open Press 2015; New Video projects; a New website; and so many other new General Projects we're excited to share with you!
Yes, We've Done a Few Things ...
“The Parrot series, published by Insert Blanc Press, was much like its imprint started in a mess of pleasant confusion—my understanding is Insert Press was at first largely a fake press, that slowly became real—in that prior to the actual writing of each Parrot chapbook, they were simply descriptions of (fake) books by (real) authors to include in the entire fiction that is Insert Blanc; however, after a time, the authors of the (fake) descriptions of the Parrot books were asked to actually write them. ... These Parrots are very well-made, pleasing to look at, to hold, to flip through or to sit down mulling over as seriously as your favorite paperbacks. They call to mind not the muddled shelf of desperate/overwhelmingly-similar zines at any record store on the planet, but a sturdy, comfortable nook in a café where people actually give a shit about reading and are curious about the potentialities of language. Anyway, I digress, but really, I like these books a whole lot.”--Grant Maierhofer, HTMLGIANT
- Under Insert Press we have published several editions of cutting edge poetry and prose. These include both hardbound and paperbound editions as well as handmade chapbooks.
- Under our Blanc Press imprint, we have produced full color Art Monographs and several books of art and conceptual writing as well as limited edition paintings, drawings, and prints.
- We have published a collection of four russian futurist manifestos as a part of the rapidly expanding Manifestoh! series.
- We have published 23 chapbooks as part of the Parrot series and 8 pamphlets of innovative criticism as a part of our Rabble series.
- Additionally, we've published limited edition prints and a number of audiobooks.
- Under the banner of General Projects we have put on film screenings, book launches, poetry readings, and art exhibitions, participated in and helped organize LA's annual Open Press event, produced videos and book trailers, recorded 29 episodes of The People podcast, and more...
We Need Your Support.
Over the past 10 years Insert Blanc has done quite a lot and more, but we've only done one fundraising campaign before at our 5 year anniversary celebration. In the past decade we have grown well beyond a typical literary or arts press and branched out in a number of new and exciting directions. Now, we need your help to do it even better going forward. Your support at any level will help us to do the following:
A. Take on more collaborative and cross-platform activities under the moniker of General Projects
Insert Blanc Press General Projects is a contemporary artist’s production company, able to recognize the need for large collaborative platforms in today’s verbal/visual culture. General Projects has developed alongside Insert Blanc Press over the years as a kind of production company for all the different types of activities we have indulged in that don’t fit under the rubric of book publishing. General Projects is interested in exploring various mediums and media (new and old) and different methods of distribution and dissemination. General Projects has become the platform on which we present projects such as films and events and gallery shows and performances etc. In working with contemporary writers and artists on Insert Blanc and thru endeavors like our podcast The People, we have found General Projects to be a natural and necessary outgrowth from Insert Blanc Press in order to accommodate the types of projects we as a group are driven to pursue. As Insert Blanc Press continues to work with artists and writers on book projects it is the goal of General Projects to encourage our artists and writers to branch out and imagine how their work might appear in another genre in collaboration with musicians, artists, film-makers, app-developers, coders andor web designers. Through that exploration of new platforms we hope to put emerging contemporary artists, writers and creatives into a conversation they would otherwise be missing out on, and then see where we can take it from there. Also, we like to keep General Projects open to whatever direction we might seek to explore and so it can be difficult to anticipate the often exciting new directions in which we are inevitably pulled, but for now we offer the following sketch or outline:
- We are very proud of our relatively new podcast, The People with Editor and Publisher Mathew Timmons and Insert Blanc Artist Ben White. The People features the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond. Over the past two years we have produced 29 shows, interviewed 72 different people, featured songs from 21 different bands and produced 11 Notes from The People segments. We also use The People’s SoundCloud account to host recordings of readings from Insert Blanc Press authors and other gems we find. This is Radio for The People featuring art, literature, talk, cultural criticism, visual culture, and so much more!
- Events & Exhibitions - Insert Blanc General Projects does a lot of events, like our new screening series, horrorshow, and the Open Press event happening again this year from October 9-11, 2015. We have been putting on these kinds of events for years, and have presented the work of writers as well as artists and performers from all over the country and further afield.
- Video & Production Projects - Insert Blanc General Projects has made book trailers and original films alongside the work of our artists and writers. Increasingly we have also made films of our events and projects for documentation. There are various other media activities taken on by Insert Blanc, beyond book publishing, including audiobooks and ebooks that help us to connect to a larger audience.
- Outside Gallery, a project of Insert Blanc Press General Projects is co-curated by Chris Niemi & Mathew Timmons and seeks to create a new exhibition platform, literally outside in the side/front yard of our headquarters in Lincoln Heights. Exploring the differences between institutional or traditional galleries and the kind of aesthetic space many people have access to in their own front yard, Outside Gallery provides a new platform for contemporary art. We held our first show, NUSTACHUS by John Zane Zappas, in February of 2015. We are currently putting together a large group show, Lawn Ornaments, opening July 31, 2015. Looking towards the future, we have a solo show by Kristin Cammermeyer opening in late September and another solo show with Michelle Carla Handel opening in January 2016.
- Inside Gallery, our new series of Pop-Up Gallery/Bookstore projects will start at Art Share L.A. on Thursday July 16 thru Saturday July 18, 2015 including book signings, readings, performances and a chance to see some of our artists work displayed in a temporary space easily accessible from the sidewalk in the Arts District of downtown L.A. Find out more information at General Projects. While we are planning for the possibility of opening a real and permanent brick and mortar space at some time in the next couple years, in the meantime we hope to keep doing Pop-Up Galleries and bookstores every 4-6 months. Pop-Ups allow us to get out into the world and meet more of the people, artists and writers that make Insert Blanc General Projects the dynamic, well-oiled machine it is!
B. Start New Amusements, a multidisciplinary online and print magazine
New Amusements, a multidisciplinary magazine edited by Andrew Choate and Mathew Timmons, will reflect the full range of interests at Insert Blanc General Projects. The magazine will include a large roster of contributing editors from around the world. We are looking to publish three times a year in print and keep a weekly publishing schedule online. Each print issue will include downloadable media as well as a different physical media on vinyl or other hardware devices. The first issue is planned for September 2016.
C. Build a new website more capable of reflecting the various branches of Insert Blanc Press
As our range of projects continues to expand, so does the need for a new website to properly showcase all of the activities that happen under the moniker of Insert Blanc. Our new website is being designed by Janice Lee and Put on the Glasses and will feature new online only content from our past writers as well as new writers from across the globe.
D. Last but not least, your contribution will help us to fund the production of new books!
Our new book projects include:
- Joan, a new novel by Anne Boyer
- Colloquy at the Abyss, a collaboration between Harold Abramowitz and Will Alexander
- The Pain Itself by Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff
- I Love You More, the collected performance scripts of Andrew Choate
- A hybrid collection of prose and poetry by Holly Myers
- Independence Day, a book of work by Greg Curtis with writing by Kim Calder
- An artist book by Janne Larsen collecting her painting, sculpture and installation work
- A book project by the artist Audrey Chan
- A collection of photography by Ignacio Genzon
- New Manifestoh! translations by David Shook
- A Reboot of the Parrot series - Parrot Part II
We have numerous Rewards for you at any level of support, some specific rewards are shown below, and you can always find out more at Insert Blanc Press.
We make a whole lot of budgets and projections at Insert Blanc Press, dreaming up things we would do with all the money that comes pouring in one day. Below we've sketched out where we plan to use the money we raise with this kickstarter campaign. It's fairly particular and straightforward, but we wanted to break out the details for you in case you're interested.
A. General Projects ($5500)
The People ($1500) - Funds will go towards running our monthly literature and arts podcast. Costs include updating our recording and production technology, media hosting, and covering the many other nuts and bolts expenses of running a podcast.
Events ($1000) - This money is for other Insert Blanc events, such as our new screening series "horrorshow" and the Open Press event happening in October 9-11, 2015. We have been putting on these kinds of events for years, and this money will simply allow us to do more. Go here to see some of what we've done in the past.
Video & Production Projects ($1000) - These funds are for the various other media activities taken on by Insert Blanc. These include (but are not limited to) video production, book trailers, audiobooks, and documentation services.
Outside Gallery ($1000) - These funds will be allocated for hosting exhibitions at Outside Gallery. The money will help pay for installation costs, lighting, and all other costs related to running an outdoor exhibition space.
Inside Gallery ($1000) - Funds will be put towards setting up temporary pop-up gallery/bookstore spaces and exploring other alternative exhibition opportunities. Inside Gallery events will include book signings, readings, performances, and more. Costs include space rental, paying staff, and installation and a/v costs.
B. New Amusements ($2500) - Funds will go towards our new triannual video, sound and media art journal. Donations will help cover the cost of design, printing, paying writers and editors, and distribution.
C. New Website ($2000) - Funds will be allocated for the development of our new website, which will be launched in Fall 2015. The costs of the website are primarily paying our designers and web hosting.
D. New Books ($5000) - While this amount of money won't even come close to paying for the printing and production of all of our forthcoming book projects, it will be a great help towards covering those costs as well as paying writers, editors, designers, and editorial assistants ...
Risks and challenges
Over the past ten years we've worked through a number of different challenges in keeping an organization like Insert Blanc Press going. Mostly, the issues that arise come down to time and money, and that's exactly why we're running this campaign.
Most all the rewards for backers of the projects are things we have already made, so we're not too worried about a book not being done on time or a project not coming through.
We've already talked with the designer who will be working on our new site about taking on the project and I think we can say with fair certainty that if you back our project we'll have a new site up before 2016.
Our New Amusements magazine which we hope to launch in September of 2016 is on a time line to be launched months earlier and we've set the September 2016 deadline here so we have a lot of wiggle room and so we don't disappoint any of our backers. Hopefully the first issue will come much sooner!
Otherwise, we've been at this for some time, and we're confident that with your help we'll be able to continue and make the leap to a whole new level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter