AP Editions

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, Art Practical is launching a brand-new set of editions, and asking for your support! 

We are offering prints by Bay Area artists Libby Black, Katie Dorame, Ala Ebtekar, Mik Gaspay, Rhonda Holberton, Klea McKenna, Ranu Mukherjee, Jenny Odell, Lava Thomas, and Sam Vernon. Donate $250+ to receive one print or $2000+ for the complete set of ten 10-year anniversary AP Editions prints

Your generous donations will help fund our current initiatives and foster new content for the future. Art Practical started ten years ago as a volunteer-run organization, with a passionate group of contributors who saw the need for Bay Area arts to be represented in international arts discourse. Ten years later, we have mentored a new generation of arts writers and offer competitive pay. We are run by an equally passionate small team of part-time staff, who work hard to support voices that reflects the Bay Area arts community and beyond. Your support will enable us to grow as one of the only remaining publications dedicated to covering arts and culture in the Bay Area. We are people-forward and equitable. We publish with passion, rigor, and integrity through initiatives that include online arts discourse, podcasts, books, educational programs, and public events. As a platform, Art Practical embraces these many forms to connect diverse regional voices and amplify underrepresented perspectives from the Bay Area and broader West Coast.

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Complete Set of AP 10 Year Editions

AP 10 Year Editions

10 digital prints by Libby Black, Katie Dorame, Ala Ebtekar, Mik Gaspay, Rhonda Holberton, Klea McKenna, Ranu Mukherjee, Jenny Odell, Lava Thomas, and Sam Vernon
10 x 14 inches each

Available for donations above $2000, and comes with statements of authenticity.

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Libby Black

Libby Black
Sisters (2019)

digital print
(original: pencil on paper, 2012)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. The postcard in this still life drawing is an image of Jan Saudek’s 1988 photograph Sisters in Arms (Gabina & Annabelle Farová). When artist Libby Black saw this postcard, she thought the women were lovers. She also associated the title Sisters with how two women together are often addressed as sisters, cousins, friends, and so on, instead of lovers. The flowers in the still life drawing are for Jen, Black’s lover.

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Katie Dorame

Katie Dorame
Swamp - Psycho (2019)

digital print
(original: pencil and ink on paper, 2017)
14 x 10 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. For the body of work this piece is from, Katie Dorame drew
landscapes from films that indirectly feature bodies of water. This drawing is from Alfred Hitchock's Psycho (1960), from the final scene when they retrieve the victim's car from a nearby swamp. It was shot in Los Angeles.

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Ala Ebtekar

Ala Ebtekar
detail from Thirty-six Views of the Moon (2019)

digital print
(original: 59 individual cyanotypes on found book pages exposed to moonlight, 2018)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. Using negatives of the moon from Lick Observatory’s archives, Ala Ebtekar treated book and pamphlet pages from texts referencing the moon and night sky spanning the last ten centuries with photographic chemicals, then exposed them to moonlight. The texts on the pages explore local activists’ archives, including Ebtekar’s parents’ collection of short-run edition pamphlets and publications by Bay Area poets and other local D.I.Y. publishers.

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Mik Gaspay

Mik Gaspay
A Semblance of Order (2019)

digital print
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. An echo of an organic aura, the inflatable palm tree is a souvenir fruit born from the industrial and colonial fetish of mysterious foreign lands. $3.99 or $35.99 per dozen.

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Rhonda Holberton

Rhonda Holberton
L'Inconnue de la Seine (2019)

digital print
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. This photograph depicts a stack of silicon face shields molded for the face of the first CPR dummy, Resusci Anne, which has been in production and used in CPR training since 1958. The face is known as “the most kissed face” of all time, and was modeled on L'Inconnue de la Seine (the unknown woman of the Seine), the death mask of an unidentified young woman reputedly drowned in the River Seine around the late 1880s. 

Courtesy of the Artist & Cult Exhibitions.

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Klea McKenna

Klea McKenna
Trinity (4) from the series Automatic Earth (2019)

digital print
(original: photographic rubbing of the heart of an Atlas Cedar tree; unique gelatin silver photogram, 2017)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. Automatic Earth refers to what the artist Klea McKenna sees as a blueprint that exists within nature—a plan within each organism to generate particular forms or patterns that are inevitably flawed. McKenna approaches these broken patterns as allegories for human emotional experience. Using light-sensitive paper and handmade tools, she creates photographic rubbings, which are hand-embossed imprints of earth, concrete, and cross-sections of trees.

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Ranu Mukherjee

Ranu Mukherjee
Body Language (2019)

digital print
(original: pigment and milk paint on paper on panel, 2017)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. Ranu Mukherjee’s painting, Body Language, is made of overlaid lines in saturated ground. The piece intertwines source material from an 1885 Calcutta Art Studio print of the Tantric deity Chinnamasta, with contemporary expressions of physical movement, eroticism, and theatricality. 

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Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell
Hauptstrom (2019)

digital print
(original: digital print, 2017)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. An homage to utopian thought, this collage includes a NASA image of Mars, one of Leonardo's flying machines, the pyramids of Giza, an inverted image of Luis Barragan's Torres de Satélite, Tatlin's Monument to the Third International, towers from the Ivanpah solar facility, an illustration of New Harmony, a Mars vehicle from a NASA illustration, salt flats in Utah, the Gateway Arch, the Futuro House, buildings from Brasilia, the Stanford Dish, the Morcom Amphitheater of Roses, and some imaginary things modeled in 3D by artist Jenny Odell.

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Lava Thomas

Lava Thomas
Angela (2018)

digital print (original: graphite on paper, 2004)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 25

Available for donations above $250, and comes with an artist signature and statement of authenticity. Since 2003, Lava Thomas has created drawings from hair that has been gifted to her by friends and strangers. Each drawing bears the name of its donor, serving as a portrait. Thomas’s hair drawings are executed in the style of 17th-century scientific illustration—drawn from observation in extreme detail. Cutting one’s hair offers a route to personal transformation, effecting a physical change which also signals a shift in self-image or self-perception.

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Sam Vernon

Sam Vernon
a deeper run (2019)

digital print
(original: mixed media, 2015)
10 x 14 inches
Edition of 10

Available for donations above $250, and comes with a statement of authenticity. Sam Vernon integrates everyday objects and two-dimensional media into large-scale installations influenced by found pattern, street art, the human figure, and abstraction. In addition, Vernon creates layered Xerox drawings and collages derived from printmaking techniques to construct narrative. The result of an ongoing investigation into her drawn and photographed image repository is subject to re-contextualization within a site-specific work or mixed media object.

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AP 10 Year Zines

There's No Place Like Home: A Decade of Art Practical

Available for donations above $100. In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we have published a set of zines that compiles a selection of essays and conversations—one from each of our last ten years of publications—and features Aruna D'Souza, Jacqueline Francis, Victoria Gannon, Glen Helfand, Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, Emily K. Holmes, Kevin Killian, Genevieve Quick, Matthew David Rana, Adrienne Skye Roberts, Anton Stuebner, Margaret Tedesco, Weston Teruya, Christine Wong Yap, and Kathy Zarur. Bound together, these pieces chronicle the ways in which our community has considered notions of home in relation to artistic practice over the course of a decade.

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