Saturday, November 5, 2016

2017 Paquita Calendars...ARE DONE!


It will be an extremely short season for Paquita calendars this year (8th annual!), if, that is, you want them before first week of January. I'm heading overseas in a few weeks and will be closing my online store down on November 20th...til the beginning of next year. Now would be the time to get your calendars, especially at these early bird prices. This is also fundraising for a self imposed artist residency in Berlin, so all sales help keep me well fed on brotchen/cheap falafel and able to buy some art supplies while I'm there.

Orders can be done either through a paypal or venmo payment (to carolinepaquita@gmail.com), or if you're local, you can reserve copies via email and pay only $10 a copy for in person pick ups before November 20th. If you order through paypal/venmo, please make sure to include your mailing address with your order!

You can also purchase copies through my Etsy store, however, shipping charges will start applying after the first copy. Now would be a good time to grab copies of other Pegacorn Press titles listed, as some are almost sold out and will not be reprinted. ((I'm particularly proud of Bar Dykes and ENCOUNTERS, which both debuted at the New York Art Book Fair this year.))

The breakdown:
$12: 1 calendar + free U.S. shipping

$22: 2 calendars + U.S. free shipping

$50: 5 calendars +  free U.S. shipping

$100: 11 calendars + free U.S. shipping

Most of you know the drill with all this, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Prices will go up to their normal rate ($12 + shipping) next week in the online store, so now is the time to cash in!



Pegacorn Press events in November:


TODAY--->> I'll be at Comic Arts Brooklyn—It'll be my sixth year tabling at Gabe's (from Desert Island) annual comics fest and it's not to be missed! Mike Taylor will also be at the table with some of his gorgeous new prints that seriously make me drool.

Ace Hotel NYC//Artist in Residence

TOMORROW-->> I'll be doing a one night artist residency at the Ace Hotel—woo-hoo! In celebration of Printed Matter's 40th anniversary, Ace Hotel has been hosting a 40 nights of artists & events across their properties throughout 2016. I'm pleased to have been selected and look forward to making some work and lounging-hotel-style, a rare past time from my former rock 'n' roll life.
 
Saturday, November 12th:

I'll be tabling at the first annual New Women Print & Zine Festival—many thanks to Got a Girl Crush for inviting me to participate in the the first NWPZF at this new amazing space in Brooklyn! (If you aren't familiar, Got a Girl Crush, is an excellent women's magazine that you should make a point to check out.)

11/25: Pegacorn Press at Magical Riso

I'll be giving a presentation at the Magical Riso conference this year titled, "RISO FOR THE PEOPLE," about creating affordable and accessible editions using Risograph stencil duplicators. A little bit of personal history of being a punk rocker who makes zines, to where I'm at now, and why I run the press the way that I do—aka, as a Granny in the basement cranking out the manifestos, spreading an "artistic gaylord agenda." Excited to head to the Netherlands and see as many print studios as possible and then head to...
 

Germany//December
As I mentioned, I'll be back in Berlin on a self imposed artist residency with good friend, Al Burian. Time to relax after a very busy year, which has concluded with me recovering from a concussion since late August. The experience has been pretty intense and life changing—but oddly helpful in leading me towards slowing down in many ways. December is all about self care, working out some longer terms projects/goals, fun collaborations with a couple of my fave Berliners, and heading back to Berghain to dance it up like a teenage raver.

I'm looking forward to 2017 and hope that all is well, wherever this finds you—many thanks for getting through this epic email. There may still be one email blast in the next couple weeks to announce a mega flash sale on art, as I do some fall time studio cleaning/prep for my trip, so be on the lookout.

As always, thanks for your support in this wild thing called life and HAPPY 2017 in advance!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NYABF and fall events



New York Art Book Fair 2016

It's that time of year and Pegacorn Press is pleased to be tabling the New York Art Book Fair again, starting tomorrow! Come by A67 in the zine tent and check out all the new titles (images below), Dean Sameshima's amazing screenprinted t-shirts, Happy/Sad dolls, CUNT hankies, and Riso prints...

I'm super excited to be debuting three new publications at the fair:
BAR DYKES: a collaboration between Merril Mushroom, Faythe Levine, and myself
Encounters: by Dean Sameshima
Lost Love//Love Lost: a new experimental prose/photo book of mine that I printed at Colour Code (in Toronto) during a week long visit/work camp

Special Events
The NY Art Book Fair preview and reception:
Thursday, September 15, 6–9 pm
MoMA PS1

Ticketed Entry $10 (Members $5)

Hours and Location
The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public:
Friday, September 16, 1 pm–7 pm
Saturday, September 17, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 18, 11 am–7 pm


http://nyartbookfair.com/

COMING UP:

Many things happening this fall—here's a little preview...
October 22-23rd:
2016 Queer Zine Fair at The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

November 5th:
Comic Arts Brooklyn at Mt. Carmel Gymnasium

November 25th:
Magical Riso #2 at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
That's all for now...enjoy these last days of summer!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press




Sunday, July 31, 2016

Late summer//early fall events

(*Berlin photobooth, one-a-week-ritual/souvenir)

LATE SUMMER:

Hey all! Happy summer! It's been a hot minute since I've written, but it's been busy times since an amazing month in Germany (thank you, universe!) and then getting caught up in the typical NYC whirlwind of "reality." PEGACORN PRESS is deep in some major projects and before I forget, here's the list of what's happening in the next month and a half...

 

THIS SATURDAY:
August 6, 2016--->12PM-4:30PM
Travis Fristoe Memorial Zine Fest
Dekalb Public Library: 790 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221


Come celebrate the new zine library at the Dekalb Public Library, in honor of my best friend (and dear friend to many), Travis Fristoe, who passed away last year. It's totally in the spirit of who he was to start a zine collection in a public library, so I'm stoked to be a part of this event and to help perpetuate all the goodness he shared in this world. I'm still so terribly sad to have lost him, but look forward to this event and hope that if you're in the area, you can stop by.

If you are unable to come, but would like to make a donation to a fund for his daughter, Astrid, you can do that HERE.


 

ZINE DREAM//TORONTO


2016 has been a "year of the Canadian" for me, so I'm pleased to finally make my way to Toronto, for this great event that my friends from Colour Code put together! (Excited, excited, excited!!!)

Saturday August 20th: 11-6pm
The Great Hall *lower level*
1087 Queen St W, Toronto
http://zinedream.com/


 

It's almost that time of year again:

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 16-18, 2016
Preview: Thursday, September 15, 6-9pm
MoMA PS1

Hooray! Pegacorn Press will be at the NYABF in the Zine Tent again, at A67. There are many projects in the works:

BAR DYKES:
I've been blessed to work with best friend, Faythe Levine, on a publication titled, Bar Dykes, centered around our friend/queer elder, Merril Mushroom. In the early eighties, Merril wrote Bar Dykes, a play about lesbian bar culture in the 1950's—the play will be republished, accompanied by a long form interview with her. A prolific writer and all-around-badass, Merril is, and has been, an influential elder to queers everywhere. I've been fortunate to have spent time with her on multiple occasions when I've visited Dowelltown, Tennessee, so this project means a lot to me—it's also quite flattering that she was excited to do this publication with Pegacorn Press! (Big thanks to Faythe for initiating this project and for being such a great collaborative partner/interviewer/editor/BFF!)

DEAN SAMESHIMA:
I'm also in the process of working on a project with artist, Dean Sameshima, an American expat living in Berlin. Currently untitled, it's a photo-based publication of images—I won't say too much about it until it's done, as we are still very much deep in our process ;). Nonetheless, I'm happy to have connected with him in Berlin and also really looking forward to this publication. Besides his amazing art practice, he makes awesome shirts as well—check out his ETSY.

2017 CALENDAR:
2017 is creeping up and fingers crossed that I will actually have the new calendar ready by the fair. Potentially, this is a tall order, but seeing that I will be spending another month in Europe later this fall, I'm trying to have 2017 calendar sales completed by the time I leave again. (There will be early bird discounts and package deals as usual!)

Why back to Europe so soon? Well, I was invited to speak at the Magical Riso 2016 Seminar in the Netherlands—WOWZA! For the person in the Risograph community that sometimes feels like I'm the granny diligently cranking out manifestos in the basement with an ancient machine and doing everything so DIY or die style, this is a humongous honor! It's not until late November, but I'm truly excited to be included and do a presentation at this international conference, so much so that I felt compelled to announce this event months in advance.

There is still a couple more projects slowly stewing on the burners, but it's still too far away to tell if we'll get them done in time for the NYABF—wish me/us luck!


Photo from Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair, June 2016

#2BLESSED2BESTRESSED4REAL

Thanks for getting through this post—I try to pack it all into occasional meta blasts, rather than constantly putting them up. I've got one foot halfway through "the Luddite door" and constantly reminisce of the days before cell phones//personal computers, when we all sent letters instead. Yeah, I am a granny in a basement talking about the past here (!!!), but I do try to keep on top of things via Instagram as @lilmizpaquitata, if you'd rather follow along via that format.

Nonetheless, it's always such a pleasure to do PEGACORN PRESS—I love it as an extension of my personal practice that keeps me engaged with other artists, as well as the larger world. I truly appreciate all the support that has been extended to me + this publishing adventure throughout the years and look forward to what the future holds.


Hope all is well, wherever you are—get some swimming in while you can and enjoy these warmer months!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press


P.S. The Pegacorn Press Etsy store is back up, if there are any titles/hankies you want to grab before they sell out during "fair season."


 

Friday, May 20, 2016

June in Berlin

 

DEUTSCHLAND!

This upcoming month will be spent in Berlin, which is exciting news indeed! It's been five years since I was last there and it was during that fateful five week European rock 'n' roll tour that Pegacorn Press was conceived. I had already been self publishing since 1996 and printing with my first Risograph since 2009, but had been vision questing ways to formalize what I was already doing—to expand my personal artistic practice to publish works by friends and artists that I admire. It's mind-blowing to think how far things have come in those five years—nearly thirty publications have been released, with new projects always in the works. Thanks for all the support throughout the years, as that is a huge part of what keeps me going!

Before leaving the US, there is a major "everything-must-go" sale via my Etsy store (starting NOW!!!), in order to help fund this epic trip. There are handmade CUNT hankies, Risograph prints, publications (including copies of the cult SF classic, THOSE FUCKING UNICORNS), and the last of the HAPPY/SAD plush dolls. The store will be closed from May 27th through early July, so if anything catches your eye, now would be the time—many titles listed are almost out and won't be reprinted.



Reading (June 5th) +  Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair (June 10-12th)

 

YAY—I'm so excited for these events! All the relevant info is listed on the fliers below...

Mike Taylor's new mini, RANCHERO, while available now in the US, will officially debut at MISS READ.  Al Burian will be tabling with me sporadically throughout the fair, so come by and say hello!
 
 

OTHER BERLIN EVENTS:

I'll be tabling a small comics event on the 18th with Al Burian + will be having an exhibition of Risograph prints at WE MAKE IT, tentatively set for June 24th. When I have all the details sorted out, that info will be posted!

While the month will be busy, if you know of any spots to check out, or queers/freaks/artists to meet while in Berlin, please get in touch. I'm also looking for any leads on queer land projects in Germany (like Ida or Raven's Crossing), so any help with that would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading and happy spring----->>summer!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press



 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring is here...

 

WOW! My first museum talk!

I'm so honored to be giving a talk on Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.)—I hope that you can make it if you are in the area!


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I'm excited to be a part of this amazing group show at Printed Matter:

 
Ordinary Extraordinary

New Independent Publishing by Women
March 26 - April 11, 2016
5:00 – 7:00

Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions.
Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come
Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter….
LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat.
Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”.
Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz.
Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe creates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways.
Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show.
Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanimalistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all.
Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout.
About Easy Come:
LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.”
Image from the cover of Easy Come

Photo by Chris Berntsen. February 2016, New Orleans, LA
 

In loving memory of Evan Sabourin, 1979-2016

 

This past weekend, I lost a dear friend and fellow artist that I was working with. We were in the process of working on a Pegacorn Press publication featuring Evan's art, which was centered around addiction and recovery. To lose him to his struggle with addiction, especially after just having visited him last month in rural Manitoba, is completely devastating. My heart goes out to everyone who is mourning his passing—he was truly a special person and really made a mark on everyone he met.

If you knew Evan, there will be several celebrations of his life happening this month, one of which is tomorrow in his home town of St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba. Another one will be in Minneapolis on April 9th—please email if you want details for that event.
http://morrisfuneralhome.ca/tribute/details/33/Evan-Sabourin/obituary.html#tribute-start
UPCOMING:

I will be tabling the Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair in June, and will be doing several reading events with Al Burian while I'm there for the month. I will also be having an art show of prints in Berlin—more details on all that soon!

In the interim, much love to everyone and happy Spring. Please take a minute to express gratitude to the people that you love and hold close to your heart!


XOXO,
Caroline Paquita + Pegacorn Press


Sunday, February 7, 2016

LA Art Book Fair

 

LA WOMANIMAL

It's that time of year to escape New York and head west for Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair! I'm super excited to exhibit at this incredible fair for the second time and am bringing everything from handmade dolls, screenprinted hankies, Risograph posters, and even the postcard vending machine that was shown in WOO-WOO WOMANIVAL this past fall.

I have a mini debuting as part of Box of Books, Vol. IX, a collaboration between Tiny Splendor and Darin Klein & Friends and I can't wait to see this fine collection in person. Tiny Splendor is a fellow Risograph publisher who does A+ work, while Darin has been collaborating with artists for the past twenty years or so. Big thanks to both of them for asking me to participate!

LAABF is going to be excellent and I'd love to see you—or your LA friends that you tell about it—there!

Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm BUY TICKETS HERE
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, free and open to the public:
Friday February 12, 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 13, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 14, 11am-6pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org
(map)

 

RECENT NEWS:


This past Friday I had the pleasure of being a juror for the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, on a Drawing and Illustration panel. Along with Art Spiegelman and Juan Sanchez, we looked at nearly a thousand submissions by incredibly talented high school aged students. It was a completely mind blowing experience and a day well spent with some legendary artists. Thanks to Monica Johnson for asking me to participate!
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Two Pegacorn Press titles have recently been included in Printed Matter's featured tables. The collaboration with Cold Meat was in Illustrated Erotica, while Primordial Cooch was in Feminist Publications. (I was absolutely tickled to see my work next to Judy Chicago's The Complete Dinner Party and a publication edited by the Guerrilla Girls! Really rubbing elbows with some favorite legends online, ha!) I have deep respect for Printed Matter and what they do—if you are unfamiliar with them, please make a point to check them out—they are truly amazing and deserve your support.

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Online sales will be suspended for most of February while I'm out of town. If there's anything that you want to put a hold on, please email me directly at carolinepaquita(at)gmail(dot)com. There's lot's of exciting news coming up this Spring and I can't wait to spill the beans as everything comes together.

As always, thanks for all the love, support, and encouragement!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita /// Pegacorn Press


COMING UP:

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall news!!!

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WOMANIMAL FEVER...

Wowza!!! There is a ton going on this month, so much so that I've barely had time to compile this post. Thanks for everyone who came out for the New York Art Book Fair—it was an amazing event and I was so happy to be there showing off all the Pegacorn Press titles. All of them are still available through my Etsy store, in case there was anything that you wanted to pick up later!

Amazingly, I have two solo exhibitions happening (both of which are opening super soon), have a new drawing in the newest Smoke Signal, am a special guest AND will be tabling Comic Arts Brooklyn... all in the next couple weeks!

The excitement starts with:


WOO-WOO WOMANIVAL

Opens Thursday November 5th, 7-10pm
Featuring New-Age sounds from a live modular synth set (from 8-9pm), by Balloon Monument.

In conjunction with Comic Arts Brooklyn and Desert Island Comics, Wayfarers is delighted to be exhibiting Caroline Paquita’s WOO-WOO-WOMANIVAL, an exploration of the yin-yang of life/death/happy/sad through a carnival-meets-healing-center installation. Building upon a larger body of work, Paquita uses her WOMANIMALS as a vehicle to explore these topics, as well as gender, sexuality, spirituality, and the nuanced energies that surround the “unknown.”
An amalgamation of works inspired by Coney Island, nudist retreats and crystal shops, the exhibition features drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, sewn soft sculpture, automaton/kinetic wood sculpture, Risograph prints and zines. Viewers will be able to interact with several vending machines, “toys,” and other objects of absurdity while surrounded by crystals, new age music, and essential oils. In celebration of Comic Arts Brooklyn, a collection of works published via Paquita’s publishing house,
Pegacorn Press, will be also be shown.


The show will be up from November 5th- 29th and it happens to be in the gallery of my studio space. If there was ever a time that you wanted to see what I do (and where I have been working for the past two years), now would be the opportunity. If the hours for the gallery don't work for you, feel free to contact me for a scheduled viewing. (Big thanks to Comic Arts Brooklyn and Wayfarers!!!)


NOVEMBER 7th, 11AM-7PM

I'm a special guest this year, as well as tabling at the one and only Comic Arts Brooklyn! You'll be able to find Mike Taylor and myself downstairs at table D15, between Brian Chippendale and Lale Westvind (who has been published several times by Pegacorn Press cause she rules!).

Mt. Carmel Gymnasium: 12 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY


Remember RIDE THE WILD RIDE box set I made last year, archiving all my publications (both my work and the artists that I've published) between 1996-2014? The National Museum of Women in the Arts will be exhibiting it in their library for the next six months, which is one of the biggest honors EVER. In my world, I call this MONDO news and I get a little joyfully teary eyed when I think about how neat this is!

NOV 16 2015–MAY 13 2016
Womanimal: Zine Art by Caroline Paquita
Caroline Paquita (b. 1980) is a Brooklyn-based artist, zinester, and founder of Pegacorn Press. Her first self-published zine, Brazen Hussy, used xerography like other punk zines of the 1990s, but it already shows evidence of Paquita’s distinctive aesthetic, which features strong line work. Paquita’s recent work has focused on envisioning “Womanimals”—half-woman/half-animal creatures that seek to interject a queered whimsy and irreverence into distracted modern culture. This exhibition showcases Paquita’s punk art zine-making over the past 18 years.
- See more at: http://nmwa.org/explore/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions#sthash.3GpuzpB6.dpuf


I'm extremely thankful to the Heather Slania (the Director of the library there) for adding the box set to their collection and being such a pleasure to work with. Big thanks also to Aimee Lusty and Booklyn, for leading me to archive my work and for getting it out there and into several other collections. If you find yourself in DC anytime soon, check it out, or come out for my artist talk that I'll be doing at NMWA on March 25th—more on that later!

(Photo of an automaton in progress for Woo Woo Womanival)

Thanks for getting through this epic post—happy Fall and I hope that everyone is well!!!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita