Publications

SFU Gallery has been publishing books and brochures related to its activity since the 1970s. In recent years SFU Galleries launched a Critical Reader Series. This discursive forum encourages critical writing and projects that run parallel to exhibition programming at SFU Galleries. Our recent publications (going back to 2006) are available for purchase online using PayPal or at SFU Gallery and Audain Gallery.

Featured Publications

Alex Morrison: Phantoms of a Utopian Will / Like Most Follies, More Than a Joke and More Than a Whim

Date: 2015
Price: $10
Publishers: SFU Galleries and Burnaby Art Gallery
Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Length: 52 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

Alex Morrison: Phantoms of a Utopian Will / Like Most Follies, More Than a Joke and More Than a Whim is published by SFU Galleries and Burnaby Art Gallery. This publication includes a curatorial introduction, an interview with the artist by Denise Ryner and a commissioned experimental text by Andrew Berardini.

Morrison’s concurrent exhibitions at SFU Gallery and Burnaby Art Gallery looked to the aesthetics of political protest and counterculture, and the processes by which radical impulses are subsumed within commodities and cultural consumption. In his selections from the two gallery’s collections, alongside his own work, notions of authenticity are challenged, particularly when the “authentic” is absorbed into the mainstream. The questions raised by Morrison’s exhibitions not only address historical and social narratives put forward by our institutions, but also the larger aesthetics and complexities of cultural identification.

Curators: Jennifer Cane and Melanie O’Brian
Copy editing: Mandy Ginson
Design: Stacey Noyes, LuzForm Design
Printer: Hemlock Press

Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience
Edited by Antonia Hirsch

Date: 2015
Price: $15
Publisher: SFU Galleries
Size: 5" x 7 3/4"
Length: 208 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, b&w

Description: Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience is the second in SFU Galleries Critical Reader Series. Edited by artist Antonia Hirsch, the book includes contributions, interviews and reproduced texts by Theodor Adorno, Lorna Brown, Daniel Colucciello Barber, Elena Filipovic, François Laruelle, Olaf Nicolai, Lisa Robertson, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Wolfgang Winkler. 

Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience operates between an artist book and a topical anthology on speculation. Catalyzed by Hirsch’s exhibition also entitled Negative Space, which was held at SFU Gallery September 6-December 13, 2014, the publication is edited and introduced by Hirsch and contains seven conversations and two reprinted texts. Contributors range from artists to writers, theorists, psychoanalysts and anthropologists.

Editor/Curator: Melanie O'Brian
Coordinator: Mandy Ginson
Copy Editor: Bryne McLaughlin
Design: Derek Barnett and Victoria Lum, Information Office
Printing: Die Keure, Brugge, Belgium

Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick
Edited by Melanie O'Brian

Date: 2015
Price: $25
Publishers: SFU Galleries, Carleton University Art Gallery and Oakville Galleries
Size: 8 3/4"x 10 3/4"
Length: 111 pp
Hardcover, perfect bound, colour

Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick is a catalogue co-published by SFU Galleries, Carleton University Art Gallery and Oakville Galleries and includes essays by Adrian Blackwell and Kathleen Ritter that consider ideas and topics related to Roy-Bois' 2013 work of the same name. Roy-Bois' travelling exhibition consisted of a large-scale model for an imaginary building that connotes an idea of the art gallery or museum while simultaneously acting as climbable furniture. Both an edifice and sculpture, Not a new world, just an old trick, showcased works from each institutions collection in addition to Roy-Bois own ink drawings that illustrate architectural forms, proposals and impossibilities.

General editor/Curator: Melanie O'Brian
Copy editors: Mandy Ginson, Bryne McLaughlin
Design: Steedman Design
Printing: Friesens, Canada

The Bells: Damian Moppett

Date: 2014
Price: $15
Publisher: SFU Galleries
Size: 5" x 7 3/4"
Length: 87 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

The Bells is the first publication in the SFU Galleries Critical Reader Series. A discursive forum, the series encourages critical writing and projects that run parallel to programming at SFU Galleries.

Focusing on the unfolding ideas raised in Damian Moppett’s exhibition The Bells (SFU Gallery, January 18 - April 19, 2014), this publication not only contextualizes Moppett’s layered practice, but also engages with the historical and ongoing space of the studio and visual materiality. New texts by poet Lisa Robertson, writer Sharon Kahanoff and Damian Moppett, and a reprinted 1974 text by artist Hollis Frampton, collectively consider Moppett’s widely referential practice through a myriad of lenses: art historical, material and theoretical. Edited and introduced by Melanie O'Brian.

Editor/Curator: Melanie O'Brian
Coordinator: Mandy Ginson
Editing: Bryne McLaughlin
Design: Derek Barnett, Information Office
Printing: Friesens, Canada

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About Academia (Case Study: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC) 
Edited by Sabine Bitter and Antoni Muntadas

Date: 2013
Regular: $12
Publishers: Line Books, Audain Gallery
Size: 5 1/8" x 7 3/4"
Length: 141 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, b&w

Description: Antoni Muntadas was Audain Visual Artist in Residence at the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in 2013. About Academia (Case Study: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC) was realized in partnership with Line magazine and the Audain Gallery and extends from a larger project first produced in 2011. This project investigates the complicated, often contradictory relationship between the production of knowledge and economic power, specifically as it concerns the structure and function of the university. 

About Academia includes the complete texts from interviews by Muntadas with significant figures in contemporary Academia in which excerpts were shown during his exhibition at the Audain Gallery in 2013. It also features transcriptions of panel discussions with Ian Angus, Glen Coulthard, Serge Guilbaut, Kirsten McAllister, Antoni Muntadas and Geraldine Pratt; Andrea Creamer, Am Johal, Natalie Knight, Didier Morelli, Nicholas Perrin and Jerry Zaslove; and contributions from Catherine Murray, Christopher Pavsek, Dara Culhane, Enda Brophy, Julie Sawatsky, Geoff Mann, Myka Tucker-Abramson and Mark Willson, Am Johal, and Carolyn Lesjak.

Curator: Sabine Bitter
Editors: Sabine Bitter and Antoni Muntadas
Production, Text Editing, Transcription, Design: LineBooks


Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives
Edited by Bill Jeffries, Darrin Martens and Glenn Woodsworth

Date: 2012
Price: $39.95
Co-Published by: Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery and Tricouni Press
Size: 9 ½” x 11”
Length: 128 pp
Hardcover, perfect-bound, colour
This book was published on the occasion of two exhibitions of Arnold Shives’ art: Community Spotlight: The Artwork of Arnold Shives at the Burnaby Art Gallery from May 24 to June 26, 2011 and Mountain Imprints at the SFU’s Teck Gallery from July 20 to August 30, 2012, which was comprised of fourteen Shives prints drawn from the collection of the Burnaby Art Gallery. It includes contributions by, Glenn Woodsworth, Toni Onley, Edward Lucie-Smith, Bill Jeffries, Darrin J. Martens, John Grande.

Curators: Bill Jeffries, Darrin Martens
Design: Jen Eby
Printing: Tricouni Press Ltd.

Liz Magor: The Mouth and other storage facilities
Edited by Sara Krajewski and Bill Jeffries

Date: 2008
Price: $20
Publishers: Henry Art Gallery and SFU Gallery
Size: 8” x 10”
Length: 64 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

Liz Magor: the Mouth and other storage facilities was published in conjunction with the exhibition held at Henry Art Gallery from September 13 through to December 14, 2008 and at SFU Gallery from January 10 until February 21, 2009. It includes contributions from curators Sara Krajewski and Bill Jeffries who both elaborate on the exhibition.

Curator: Bill Jeffries
Design: Lynn Fleming and Gabriel Stromberg
Printing: Hemlock Printers Ltd.

Heather Passmore and Carrie Walker: Reflexive Animals
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2012
Price: $12
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Length: 15 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

This book was published on the occasion of the two-person exhibition Reflexive Animals with work by Heather Passmore and Carrie Walker. The exhibition was held at SFU Gallery from September 8 to October 20, 2012. It includes written contributions by artist Julie Andreyev, poet Peter Culley and Bill Jeffries.

Curators: Bill Jeffries
Design: Adriana Contreras
Printing: SFU Document Solutions

Less is More: The Poetics of Erasure
Edited by Jenny Penberthy

Date: 2008
Price: $10
Publisher: SFU Gallery and The Capilano Review
Size: 7” x 9”
Length: 144 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

Less is More: The Poetics of Erasure is a co-production by The Capilano Review and SFU Gallery. The parallel exhibition, curated by Bill Jeffries, was held from November 1 to December 12, 2008. It includes written contributions by Bill Jeffries, Ariana Kelly, Clint Burnham, Tom Phillips, Jamie Hilder, James Arthur, Jen Bervin, Kristin Lucas, Monica Aasprong. Andrea Actis, Derek Beaulieu, Rebecca Brown, Louis Cabri, Sarah Dowling, Oana Avasilichioaei, Stephen Collis, Michael Maranda/Parasitic Ventures Press, Angela Rawlings, Mary Ruefle, Jennifer Borges Foster, Erín Moure, Aaron Vidaver, Nick Thurston, Susan Schuppli, Kristina Lee Podesva and Alexandra Dipple.

Managing Editor: Sachiko Murakami
Contributing Editors: Clint Burnham, Erin Moure, Lisa Robertson
Design: Jan Westendorp

Robert Young: Lacunarian Picturing
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2011
Price: $20
Publisher: The Evergreen Cultural Centre and SFU Gallery
Size: 8” x 10 ½”
Length: 48 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Robert Young: Lacunarian Picturing held simultaneously at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC) and SFU Gallery from June 18 to August 5, 2011 (SFU) and until September 3, 2011 (ECC). It includes written contributions by curators Astrid Heyerdahl and Bill Jeffries.

Sorel Etrog: Paintings and Drawings: 1963-1971

Date: 2008

Price: $10
Co-publishers: SFU Gallery and Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Size: 12 ½” x 12 ½”
Length: 84 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

This publication includes colour reproductions of Sorel Etrog’s paintings and drawings between 1963-1971 with an introduction by art historian Joyce Zemans.

Design: Brady Dahmer Design
Printing: Cross Blue Overseas Printing

Joan Balzar: Vancouver Orbital
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2011
Price: $12
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 8 ½” x 11”
Length: 24 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition Joan Balzar, Vancouver Orbital at SFU Gallery held from March 5 to April 23, 2011. The written contribution by Bill Jeffries charts Balzar’s artistic career by following the trends in her painting styles from her ‘arc and orbit paintings’ to her various explorations of form, light, colour, sound and rhythm.

Curator: Bill Jeffries
Design: Adriana Contreras
Printing: SFU Document Solutions

James K-M: Cave Paintings
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2008
Price: $10
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 6 ¾” x 6 ¾”
Length: 144 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

This book was published on the occasion of James K-M’s exhibition Cave Paintings at the Teck Gallery from September 2 to November 22, 2008. It includes written contributions by Bill Jeffries and Eric McLuhan.

The Insurance Man: Kafka in the Penal Colony
Edited by Jerry Zaslove and Bill Jeffries

Date: 2010
Price: $24
Co-published by: LINEbooks and SFU Gallery
Size: 6 ½” x 9”
Length: 128 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, b&w

The Insurance Man: Kafka in the Penal Colony was published alongside the exhibition of the same name that was held April 25 to June 27, 2009. It includes contributions by Ian Angus, Lee Bacchus, Michael Barnholden, Michael Bourke, Willie Brisco, Rob Brownie, Kathi Diamant, Brian Graham, Mark Jaskela, Bill Jeffries, Tom McGauley, Tom Morris, ryan andrew murphy, carl peters, Kaia Scott, Peyman Vahabzadeh, and Jerry Zaslove.

Susan Bozic: The Dating Portfolio
Edited by Bill Jeffries


Date: 2008
Price: $20
Publisher: SFU Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre and Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Size: 8” x 10”
Length: 64 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition Susan Bozic: The Dating Portfolio held at Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre and SFU Gallery. It includes written contributions by Susan Bozic, Bill Jeffries and Gordan Hatt.

Photography: Susan Bozic
Design: Alexander Hass
Editing: Veronika Klaptocz
Printing: Hemlock Printers

Jerry Pethick: Works 1968-2003 From Collections on Hornby Island
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2011
Price: $20
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 6 ½” x 9 ½”
Length: 48 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

This catalogue was published alongside an exhibition that included a selection of Jerry Pethick’s works made between 1968-2003 and held at SFU Gallery from November 5 to December 17, 2011. It includes contributions by artist Geoffrey Farmer, Bill Jeffries and writer Michael Turner.

Curator: Bill Jeffries
Photography: Scott Massey/Site Photography
Design: Alex Hass
Printing: Hemlock Printers

Marianna Schmidt
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2007
Price: $20
Co-Publishers: SFU Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery and Evergreen Cultural Centre
Size: 9 ¼” x 9 ¾”
Length: 80 pp
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour

This catalogue was published in conjunction with three exhibitions of Marianna Schmidt’s work in 2007. Carnaval Photographs & Paintings at the Teck Gallery from June 25 to August 30, Selected Prints & Drawings at Burnaby Art Gallery from July 10 to August 26 and Mixed Media Works 1963 to 2002 at Evergreen Cultural Centre from July 13 to September 15, 2007. It includes written contributions by Ellen van Eijnsbergen, Robin Laurence, Darrin J. Martens, and Bill Jeffries

Editing: Veronika Klaptocz, Heather Gammie
Design: Jen Eby

Take Your Time, 2010
Edited by Bill Jeffries and Vanessa Sorenson

Date: 2010
Price: $12
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 8 ½” x 11”
Length: 20 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

This book was published in conjunction with the group exhibition Take Your Time at SFU Gallery from October 31 to December 12, 2009. It includes written contributions by curators Bill Jeffries and Vanessa Sorenson.

Editing: Adriana Contreras
Design: Sandra Hanson Design
Printing: SFU Document Solutions

Denise Hawrysio: Situational Prints
Edited by Bill Jeffries

Date: 2007
Price: $5
Publisher: SFU Gallery
Size: 7" x 10"
Length: 16 pp
Softcover, staple-bound, colour

This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition Denise Hawrysio: Situational Prints at SFU Gallery from April 28 to June 23, 2007. Includes contributions by Denise Hawrysio, Ian Wallace and Bill Jeffries.

Editor: Veronika Klaptocz
Design: Sandra Hanson Design
Printing: SFU Document Solutions