Clouds is a small publishing house involved in the publication of art books in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are primarily interested in increasing the supply of interesting tomes and slimmer volumes both about and by artists.

We are Warren Olds and Gwynneth Porter. Clouds has offices in Christchurch and Auckland.

FORTHCOMING

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Daniel Malone's Muddy Footprints

PUBLISHED TITLES

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Jim Allen, The Skin of Years

Anne Noble, The Last Road

Kate Newby, Incredible Feeling

Tessa Laird, A Rainbow Reader

Michael Stevenson & Jan Verwoert, Animal Spirits

Nova Paul, Form Next to Form Next to Form
(with Dent-De-Leone)

Fiona Jack, Living Halls

Layla Rudneva-Mackay, Green with Envy

Daniel Malone, Black Market Next To My Name,
co-published with Hopkinson Cundy

Louise Menzies, Pursuit of an Ideal

Anne Noble, Ice Blink

Volume 2., a document-extension of the Artspace project, co-published with Artspace

Dan Arps, Affirmation Dungeon

025 Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling,
PX: Thoughts on Painting

026 Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People: the Book of the Zine

020 Julian Dashper, This is not writing,
co-published with Michael Lett

023 Pūrākau / Myths and Legends / Mitos y Leyendas

022 Sean Kerr, Bruce is in the garden; so someone is in the garden

017 Peter Robinson’s Ack and other Abdications,
co-published with Artspace

018 Sriwhana Spong, Nijinsky,
co-published with Michael Lett

016 Bruce Russell Left-handed Blows: Writing on sound, 1993–2009

015 Daniel Knorr Pukapuka Tohunga Mahi Toi,
edition published with Artspace

014 Sean Kerr Pop, co-published with Michael Lett

013 Joseph Churchward, an extended biography on New Zealand type designer Joseph Churchward, co-published with Jan van Eyck Academie and Colophon

012 The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, co-published with Aotearoa Digital Arts

011 Dan Arps' Sun Seeker, co-published with The Physics Room, Neon Parc and Michael Lett

010 Paul Winstanley Threshold: Paintings 1989–2007,
co-published with Artspace

009 Volume 1., a document-extension of the Artspace project, co-published with Artspace

008 Teststrip: a history of an artist-run space (1992-1997)

007 Meg Cranston, Hot Pants in a Cold Cold World,
co-published with Artspace

006 Ava Seymour, The White House Years

005 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

004 Judy Darragh, Arts Society

003 Tessa Laird, Shards of the Jealous Potter

002 Sweet Punch: recent Nordic video

p001 Bruce Barber & Emma Bugden, Party Without Party

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All the Cunning Stunts, SO GAY!,
published by All the Cunning Stunts

Connect, published by Colophon

Ruth Buchanan Lying Freely, published by Jan van Eyck Acadamie and Casco

Louise Menzies & Warren Olds, Mushroom magazine poster

David Bennewith, Suggestions poster, Joseph Churchward's suggested designs for TV 2 logo

Speculation, NZ Venice Project 2007,
published by Artspace

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

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Peter Robinson: Modern Standards (essays by Francis Pound, Lauren Winstone and Luke Willis Thompson)

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Our publications are available from the following stockists:

Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Pah Homestead/TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
Unity Books, Auckland
University Bookshop, Auckland
Tivoli, Waiheke Island
Wheelers Books, Auckland
Gordon Harris, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch
Unity Books, Wellington
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
Page and Blackmore Booksellers, Nelson

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a stockist. We offer standard trade terms to retail partners.

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Our publications are distributed in the USA and Canada by RAM.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland our publications are distributed by Vice Versa Vertrieb.

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PO Box 147-553
Ponsonby, Auckland 1144
Aotearoa New Zealand

+64 9 309 2604

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Tessa Laird
A Rainbow Reader

A Rainbow Reader is a work of creative non-fiction which looks at colour from the personal perspective of Tessa Laird, an artist and writer based in New Zealand.

In 2009, Tessa Laird started a Doctorate of Fine Arts investigating the (r)evolutionary power of colour, from a personal, and political, transformative angle. A Rainbow Reader is the result of that study, but it is no ordinary academic treatise. Consisting of six chapters, one on each spectral hue, colour becomes a catalyst for speculative writing encompassing art history, literary criticism, personal anecdote, philosophy and anthropology.

Each chapter of A Rainbow Reader is bound in the appropriately coloured card; together, the six chapters form a rainbow spine and operate as a kind of edition-based artwork, a veritable rainbow on your bookshelf.

Tessa Laird is a writer, artist and lecturer, who recently earned her Doctorate of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, with the exhibition and thesis Sheshnag's Coloured Canopy: The Rainbow and the Kaleidoscope as Metaphor and Method. Recent exhibitions include Reading Room with Peter Lange at Objectspace, Auckland, Chupacabra Candelabra at Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, and Freedom Farmers at the Auckland Art Gallery. For nine years Tessa taught on the Contextual Studies programme at the Manukau School of Visual Arts, and she currently lectures at the Elam School of Fine Arts. Tessa’s history includes the co-founding and editing of magazines Monica Reviews Art and Log Illustrated, as well as being the director of The Physics Room in 1997-1998. In 1999 Tessa received a professional development grant from Creative New Zealand to travel to the US. She stayed in Los Angeles until 2003, working at China Art Objects Galleries, the Lord Mori Gallery, and interning with Semiotext(e). She has been a regular art columnist for the New Zealand Listener and writes for a range of art magazines and catalogues.

This publication was funded by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with assistance from the Chartwell Trust and ArtExplore.

Published by Clouds
October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9876593-7-8

Softcover
192 pages
English

Edition: 1000
Dimensions: 135 x 210 x 22mm
Weight: 380gm
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“What a splendid work! It enriches my everyday perceptual experience.”
— Alphonso Lingis

“Each paragraph seems to explode with fascinating ideas.”
— Stephen Muecke

"Meticulously researched, beautifully written, and intensely readable."
— Chris Kraus

“Nice tone. Nice ideas.”
— Michael Taussig

“What a buzz!!”
— Edward Colless

 

Clouds publishing

PO Box 68-187
Newton, Auckland 1145
New Zealand

+64 9 309 2604
www.clouds.co.nz