Public Collectors - June 2017 Newsletter:  Generators, Matalica Tickets, Residencies, a Lecture, and a Project I Resuscitated
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Greetings from Chicago. It's hot, it's uncomfortable, and it has been well over 700 days that Illinois has languished without a state budget. Wow, it must be nice to be that uncaring. Except that it isn't! Though I'm not nearly as delinquent as Governor Bruce Rauner and Co., I waited too long to send a newsletter and I'm sorry. Thank you for your interest in this work and for supporting these continuing endeavors.
— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

Hardcore Architecture in Toronto

Hardcore Architecture, my longstanding project about the houses that hardcore and underground music band members used as their contract addresses, will be shown in Canada for the first time as part of the exhibition GENERATORS curated by Anthony Steptor in conjunction with the Toronto Art Book Fair. All of the printed materials created for the project to date will be on view, including the above new RISO-printed flyer which addresses the furious gentrification happening in Toronto right now. Grab a free copy at the show, or get one from me if you order any of the Hardcore Architecture publications from Half Letter Press. GENERATORS runs from Jun 16-18, 2017 at the Critical Distance Centre for Curators on 180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 (Third Floor at Artscape Youngspace) in Toronto, M6J 2W5.


Earlier this month I completed a new Public Collectors booklet. MATALICA TICKETS consists of the keywords taken from a single Craig’s List ad placed by for tickets to the band Metallica’s June 18, 2017 concert at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The ad that this publication draws from is a wonder of capitalist poetry. Incredibly inane and violently deformed combinations of keywords are thrown at the reader in a desperate attempt to distinguish one ad from dozens of others that are selling tickets to the same event. In an effort to anticipate every possible finger fumble, the word “ticket” alone is repeated in endless mistyped variations. MATALICA TICKETS makes a fragment of the internet experience into a tactile, designed, printed publication. 

This is also one of the most spontaneous Public Collectors publications: MATALICA TICKETS was conceived, designed and printed in just over 24 hours. Copies are available from Half Letter Press for $5.00.

The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program

In early August 2016 I launched the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program. The residency consists of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I also take a photo and write a little report.

The Joong Boo Residency is open to creative individuals that like Korean food and are interested in sharing lunch with me. There is no cost to be a resident and I will attempt to accommodate up to two residencies a month. A typical Joong Boo Residency lasts less than an hour. Residencies can be expanded to include additional hanging out and conversation time if this is mutually agreeable to myself and the Joong Boo Resident. Shopping at Joong Boo Market (at the resident’s expense) after the completion of your Joong Boo Residency is highly encouraged.

There have been 23 Joong Boo Residents since the project began. Since the last newsletter, I've had the pleasure of hosting: Ian McMurrich (upper right), Cara Kuball (upper left), Paul Nudd, Mairead Case (lower left), Peter Redgrave, Molly Davy, Hazel Meyer (lower right), John Davis, Christopher Schreck, and Dmitry Samarov.  Click on each resident's name to read more about our time together at Joong Boo.

To apply for a Joong Boo Residency, simply contact me, tell me about what you do (links to any websites would be great) and let me know the date and time that you would prefer to have a residency. Note that under normal circumstances, Chicago residents are not eligible for Joong Boo Residencies.

Lecture at Elephant Room Gallery with Peter Miles Bergman, Friday, June 23, 2017, 7-9 PM

In conjunction with the exhibit ALL OF THE ABOVE, I'll be giving a lecture alongside Peter Miles Bergman at Elephant Room Gallery, 704 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. My talk will focus on Public Collectors' 2014 project about the late activist and archivist Malachi Ritscher, my ongoing Library Excavations booklet series, and the Joong Boo Residency Program. The talk is free. Doors open at 6:30. Arrive early to get a seat, as space is limited.

Estate Sale Photography - I changed my mind!

Last newsletter I announced the Public Collectors project Estate Sale Photography. Estate sales make the possessions found in private homes, publicly accessible. The photos posted here are selected from thousands of images found on estate sale company web listings from sales that are held throughout the United States. I do not record the name of the company that organizes the sale, or the city and state where it is held. These are objects caught in transition, left behind by death or the need to relocate, and visible only temporarily for the duration of the sale. The photos on this site are not cropped or altered.

At the same time that I announced this project, I decided that it was over! Dead! Well, I couldn't walk away from it as easily as I thought so I've continued adding more material from time to time. If you haven't looked in a while, see what is new here.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope to see you at an exhibition or event soon. Until next time, take care of yourself and those around you.
— Marc / Public Collectors

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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