flask, is a micro press I established in 2004 . It is dedicated to the production and distribution of limited edition artbook multiples by contemporary artists and writers. I began flask as a way of working outside of my own individual art practice through collaboration.  Approaching artists whose work interested and intrigued me, I would ask them if they would be interested in extending their practice into an artbook multiple. In working together in the realization of each project, I gained a deeper admiration and understanding of their work and practice. Working on the design and realization of their project, particular attention is paid to the book as a material object. The form and content of individual books develops through a considered process of experimentation and dialogue. Looking for the ‘right’ solution, some artbooks are time consuming in production and very limited in their edition while others might be digitally printed and staple bound. Regardless, each time an artbook is produced, a wide variety of printing and book construction processes are considered. Along with flask’s own resources, experts in a number of fields contribute to the eventual outcome including; various forms of book binding and printing, offset, giclee, screen-printing, digital, lithography, etching, drawing, photography, collage, letterpress, and fabric arts.

Artbook multiples produced by flask have been exhibited at galleries and museums including The National Gallery of Canada, Trepanier Baer Gallery (Calgary), Jessica Bradley Projects (Toronto), Paul Petro Contemporary Arts (Toronto), and are in both private and public collections including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario (Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives), The University of Victoria (Special Collections Library) and the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections at York University.

Books are distributed through galleries, artist book stores and this web site.

For inquiries please contact:
Lynda Gammon
lgammon@uvic.ca

I acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory this project stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.