National Monument Press is new a publishing project by artist Zach Clark focused on supporting the investigation and documentation of under-shared and under-represented uniquely American stories through small edition artist books, zines, and printed matter, conceived of and completed largely through collaboration with other artists.
Relationships, a collaboration with Angela Willetts, is a publication created as part of her solo exhibition titled I Am Maneuvering With Difficulty at Embark Gallery in August of 2017 as part of Embark’s R+D Projects program. This exhibition was a multi-media response to research surrounding Fort Mason, a decomissioned US military base in San Francisco, CA. It took as a starting point the notion of the fortress, and drew lines between military strategies, personal experiences of protection and vulnerability, and forms of communication. In Relationships, the language of international maritime signals is borrowed to speak about vulnerability and the search for love. The images are created from painted renditions of international maritime signal flags, layered together. They reference the alphanumeric codes that determine the accompanying text. By stacking the flags, rather than presenting them in series, new images are allowed to emerge from the confused information. Relationships will be released August 25th, 2017.
A Song For You From Far Away, is the second publication under National Monument Press, documenting battles with addiction and mental health, and the impacts on relationships and families. A Song For You From Far Away was released in July of 2017.
Where Does Your Capital Lie, is a collaboration with SF based artist Annie Albagli in which we have asked women across the country to answer the question “Where does your capital lie?”. Working with one woman from every state, we’re trying to bring to light the unseen, and sometimes unconscious, political implications of how one makes economic decisions. Where Does Your Capital Lie, will be released in the fall of 2017. You can follow along with some of the responses on instagram by searching the hashtag #wheredoesyourcapitallie.
Open & Extended Matters, is an on going open invite project in which I’m opening my print shop to any one interested in collaborating on printing materials in order to process the current political climate. If you would be interested in coming to print, or anything related to National Monument Press, email nationalmonumentpress@gmail.