Pop-Up Library: The Collectors

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The Cellar in the Attic, 2012 © Courtesy of the Artist and Monte Vista
Pop-Up Library: The Collectors
Curated by: Danielle Sommer

1206 Maple Avenue
5th floor, #523
90015 Los Angeles
June 2nd, 2012 - July 1st, 2012
Opening: June 2nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment


To investigate an experience, we often turn to its physical detritus. We collect it, savor it, fetishize it, or even reproduce it. If none exists, we will go so far as to create it. Pop-Up Library: The Collectors features artists working with the idea of collecting or archiving. Each artist or group featured has been struck by a particular moment, place, experience, or event. Each artist has found his or her own way of attempting to return to the moment, to freeze or expand it, to critique it or reproduce it.

The Pop-Up Library is a collection of artists' books and publications. Our mission is to collect and showcase innovative art- and literature-related publishing projects, as well as commission new works. The Collectors is the first in a series of themed Special Editions featuring works pulled from the collection.


Landfill Quarterly is an online archive, quarterly subscription service, and print journal that studies socially engaged artworks by way of the surplus materials they produce

James Bridle's The Iraq War looks at ten years of Wikipedia revisions in relation to the Iraq War as a framework for understanding the genesis of historical fact—what is allowed to stand and what is not; what we agree on, and what we cannot

Ida Rödén's The Cellar in the Attic uses a collection of photographs documenting interior doors, windows, and staircases to create a fictional history

Erica Van Horn has co-operated Coracle Press for decades. Over the course of that time, Van Horn has produced countless editions of artist's chapbooks, many of which document or list everyday objects like potato varieties or the manner in which different guests fold their napkins.