Monday, February 8, 2016

'Artifice and authenticity ...'

'Artifice and authenticity are central themes tying together Matt Runkle's eclectic debut short story collection,' writes Pedro Ponce in a great writeup of The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales in the LA Review. 'While artifice is everywhere in these stories,' he continues, 'it is not a source of cynicism or despair; rather, artifice is elemental—a material both resistant and pliable, with which characters map and navigate reality.' Order a copy HERE!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Printing The Hitch at Kala

I'm beginning a three-month residency at Kala Art Institute to print one of the ten chapbooks that will eventually make up The Hitch—an ongoing wedding-themed material novel. The installment I'm printing at Kala, titled 'The Victim', will be letterpress printed from a combination of metal type, photopolymer plates, monoprints from a PVA-painted collograph, and a reduction linocut. 'The Victim' takes a more distanced point of view than the rest of the chapbooks, using a mythic tone as it looks at the shadow side of the bridezilla. There's more info about The Hitch here.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

'... animals out of humans ...'

Zachary Kocanda at the Mid-American Review wrote a really thoughtful and thorough review of The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales. He says the book '... makes animals out of humans, showing them at both their best and worst. It strips what makes us all one confused, messy yet beautiful species.' Get the book from Small Press Distribution!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

How Many Muses?

Here's the title slide for an artist talk I'm giving this weekend at the biennial College Book Art Association conference in Nashville. It looks at the production methods of medieval European manuscripts and twentieth-century mainstream American comics, and talks about how they inspired my artist's book, Catholics.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Seven Deadly Prints

I just finished a 4-flap enclosure to house this suite of prints I made as a companion to Catholics. Each of the seven images is centered around a communion wafer/solar cross, which was printed with heavy impression from photopolymer plates. Surrounding this central image is a Bruce Rogers–inspired frame printed from metal typographic ornaments that alchemically shifts from print to print. The wafers/solar crosses animate a sequence that comments on narrative threads included in the artist's book, while also operating as an independent group. The suite was printed in an edition of ten, and is available either individually or paired with the book in a deluxe edition.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


The Drift Plain Collective is representing once again this weekend, as they bring a bunch of chapbooks, zines, broadsides, and prints to the 2015 Vancouver Art/Book Fair. They'll have copies of RUNX TALES and Catholics on hand, as well as some spectacular books and ephemera by Elizabeth Boyne, Karen Carcia, Cody Gieselman, Kimberly Maher, Elizabeth Munger, Kalmia Strong, and more. A culmination of Vancouver's Artists' Book Week, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair is hosted October 17–18 by Project Space, and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October shows featuring Catholics

Catholics is included in two artist's book exhibitions this month: the Sheffield International Artist's Book Exhibition in the UK and words|matter in Chicago. words|matter, an artist's book library, is hosted by Arts on Elston through October 29 and is dedicated to facilitating hands on interactions with books by over 70 artists. And the Sheffield International Artist's Book Exhibition takes place at Bank Street Arts through October 30 and features over 200 books. To find out more about Catholics, a limited-edition memoir told through text + image, click here.