No Coast Editions Issue 3: Tongues assembles the work of three artists investigating themes of visual language, cultural narratives, and playful (mis)translations.
Corkey Sinks, "Demon Baby Project"
offset cover with digitally printed pages, approx. 4"x6"x.5"
Corkey Sinks's Demon Baby Project is inspired in form and content by the dimestore paperback. However, it is less a sensational narrative than a compulsive, culturally paranoid timeline, documenting in worrisome detail the simultaneous rise of women's reproductive rights and feminism, side by side with a growing interest in and fear of the American occult underground. Painstaking documentation of the lives of Margaret Sanger and Jane Addams is intertwined with rumors about the Manson family and popular reactions to Rosemary's Baby. The book draws no direct conclusions of its own, but through its stark presentation and deliberate choice of events and information, allows the reader to construct their own conspiracy theory.
Corkey Sinks, "Demon Baby Project," interior page
Edra Soto, "Untitled"
screeprint on hand-dyed linen, 25" square
During a visit to Edra Soto's studio, we were taken by a sketchbook related to Soto's Excess of Joy and Portraits of the Living series, in which she renders portraits of friends and family using stylization borrowed from afro-caribbean carving traditions, interweaving cultural lineages with personal narrative. For No Coast Editions, we selected two previously unrealized portraits of the artist's dogs, Foster and Sol. The wearable work, hand dyed on linen and printed using both bleach and color techniques, reflects Soto's playful sense of humor and dedication to pattern and surface.
Math Bass, "Newz!" (SOLD OUT)
offset on vellum, 12" x 12.75"
For No Coast Editions, we've reproduced one of Math Bass's celebrated Newz! canvases, a series of abstracted narrative works sharing the same title. Using a stylized, flattened graphic style, Bass's recent works have a highly personalized visual vocabulary that is equal parts wayfinding signage, margin doodle, and hieroglyph.