2012 – Justin James Reed

December 24, 2012

Stray Light Grey by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe at Marlborough Chelsea

Out/Not of this world lectures:
Trisha Donnelly Lecture at VCU
Perhaps one of the most unbearable and incredible lectures I have ever attended. From a questionable broken hard drive, to a loud piercing sound piece played at full volume implying sculpture, and even a white puffy shoe acting as a moment of respite for the artist, it was definitely mystifying. Though, if anything, I left more intrigued and enamored with her work even if only a handful of pieces were actually shown during its entirety.

Nancy Burson at SPESE: Daytona Beach
This one came out of nowhere and reenforced how enlightening the question and answer period following a lecture can be. After offering an anecdote about how the (then) approaching doomsday of December 21st was going to change the world, an audience member asked Burson to expand on the nature of her insight. A long silence gripped the room for what felt like minutes as she (seemingly) debated how much of herself to share. What followed was a deeply personal moment during which not the apocalypse was discussed but a hope and belief in a new era of consciousness, where god is not looked to but instead humanity itself finds that the answers we seek are within.

Nocturne by Wild Nothing
Exercises – CFCF
Bloom – Beach House
Fin – John Talabot
Clear Moon – Mount Eerie
EP – Twigs
For the first part of the year, absolutely critical listening for epic car rides from the mountains of Appalachia to civilization and back again, now perfect for the I-95 Corridor.

Stray Light Grey by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe at Marlborough Chelsea
A time machine. One of the most unique gallery experiences I have ever had.

Sunburn by Chris McCaw at Candela Gallery
Couldn’t have asked for a more welcome show to kick off my time in RVA. Coupled with his terrific book of the same name (published by Candela Books) it was nice to see how easily it transitioned to the walls of Chelsea only a few months later.

Artist’s Choice curated by Trisha Donnelly at MoMA
Not only does Donnelly fill a room with some of my favorite photographs, period (Eliot Porter’s Birds of North America), but this could be the perfect follow-up to her lecture with picks from MoMA’s collection, including: microprocessor diagrams, a painting by Patrick J. Sullivan entitled, “The Fourth Dimension,” a set of photograms by Bernice Abbott depicting wave patterns, and even a pyramid shaped ionizer. It all makes sense now!

Pix or It Didn’t Happen by Abbey Lee Sarver (Self-published)
When everything is mediated by the screen, a new visual language is inevitable. POIDH pretty much nails it.

Cyanotypes by Hugh Scott-Douglas (Mousse Publishing)
Purely psychedelic cyanotypes.

Poem by Fredrik Averin (Self-published)
Using the translucency of paper this little gem strings together smart, funny, and dirty 3-word poems that disappear as soon as you turn the page.

Justin James Reed



December 24, 2012

In a last minute attempt to evaluate the year that was, I have asked a number of people to contribute to Horses Think by making a list of their favorite things this year: books, movies, lectures, music, exhibitions and anything else they can think of.

I’ll post a list each day for as long as I receive them. Feel free to post your collection of favorites in the comments.

8-Ball Zine Fair

November 30, 2012

Horses Think Press will be participating in this weekend’s 8-Ball Zine Fair on Sunday. Should be a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping out of the way. Stop by and say hello.

Publishers include:


DECEMBER 2nd 2012

34 W 32nd ST.
12th FLOOR

2 PM – 12 AM

Larry Clark's Marfa Girl

November 28, 2012

Not sure why I haven’t heard anything about this new film by Larry Clark. Marfa Girl seems to have won a major award at the Rome Film Festival this year.

Clark has decided to forgo theatrical distribution and is streaming the film 24/7 on his website for the very reasonable price of $5.99.

I haven’t watched it yet and there is no official trailer as far as I can see. The clip above is the only footage I could find, but it still might be worth watching when time permits.

Stream the film here.

A New Day

October 19, 2012

Copies of A New Day are now available for purchase.

The book is designed as a series of postcards. Feel free to actually use them. The book can also be disassembled to form a grid of images for the wall.

A New Day
5 x 7 inches
(127 x 178 mm)
Digital Offset
Peel Away Glue Binding
33 pages/postcards
Edition of 250
$25 plus shipping

Please use the button below to place your order:

Here is the book trailer:

The musical track accompanying the book trailer is God Knows by El Perro Del Mar.

Too Big To Fail

October 10, 2012

“I want to do something Big. To do something Big does not mean to do something monumental or gigantic. If something is Big, it’s because it needs to be Big. One must understand that necessity as such or within its own logic. That’s why, when making things Big, I do it myself, with my own hands, with my own materials, with my own visual vocabulary and with my own work. I do it in order to avoid the “Blow-Up” effect and I do it to avoid falling into the trap of “Pumping the Size.” I want to do a Big work to show that the saying “Too Big to Fail” no longer makes any sense. On the contrary, when something is Too Big, it must Fail – this is what I want to give Form to. I want to understand this as a logic and this is the Form! This is what I want to explore, it is the grounding of my new work “Concordia, Concordia.” “Concordia, Concordia” brings back to mind the disastrous wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia and the images of the immersed ship in its confusing architecture. The flooded casino of consumption stands for evidence: the evidence of a coming disaster and the evidence of an announced failure. This is “Concordia, Concordia.”

-Excerpt from Thomas Hirschhorn’s press release for his current exhibition at Gladstone Gallery.

Don’t miss this installation, probably the most memorable exhibition on this list.

Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Concordia, Concordia” is on view at the Gladstone Gallery (530 West 21st Street) through October 20, 2012.

Final Book: A New Day

October 8, 2012

To request the above photographic book:

Send an email (subject: A New Day) to horses [at] horsesthink.com with your name and mailing address.

If you are the first person to respond after the posting, you will receive the a copy of this book in the mail.

A New Day
5 x 7 inches
(127 x 178 mm)
Digital Offset
Peel Away Glue Binding
33 pages/postcards
Edition of 250

*This book is no longer available for request.

NY Art Book Fair – 2012

September 27, 2012

Horses Think Press is excited to participate in this year’s NY Art Book Fair presented and organized by Printed Matter.

I’ll have a range of books from the recently completed series of 12 Books, as well as select copies of hard to find and out of print titles.

There will also be another viewing party for Justin James Reed’s 2013 in the Classroom on Saturday evening at 7pm, a free book giveaway (erupting spontaneously and randomly around the fair) as well as a couple of completely new titles.

Feel free to stop by and say hello, I’ll be outside in The Schoolyard.


Thursday, September 27, 6 – 9 pm
Friday, September 28, 12 – 7 pm
Saturday, September 29, 11 – 9 pm
Sunday, September 30, 11 – 7 pm

Gregory Crewdson – Brief Encounters

September 26, 2012

Screening at Film Forum from October 31 – November 13, 2012.

The original and amazing David Lean directed film Brief Encounter will also be screening at Film Forum a couple of weeks before.

This photograph from Crewdson’s Beneath the Roses series has that original film listed on a theater marquee.

Photography, Narrative and the Book

September 25, 2012

Christian Patterson, House on Fire from Redheaded Peckerwood.

Don’t miss this event happening tomorrow night at SVA.

Christian Patterson is joined by writer Luc Sante and publisher Michael Mack to discuss photography, narrative and the book.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7pm

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
Tel: 212-592-2980

Free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a book signing.