Container

Container language in novel forms Container is a project dedicated to publishing language in novel forms. Rarely, our objects look like traditional books. It depends.

Often projects take the shape of things that are not normally classified as "book-like."

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (JOSHUA ROTHES' reel ships as the fifth installment in N...
01/04/2024

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (JOSHUA ROTHES' reel ships as the fifth installment in November).

Writer, designer, and chef of Sublunary Editions Joshua Rothes' TOMB OF THE ECSTATIC POET lives "between feuilleton and footnote" in a series of compressed, abstracted histories.

Find out more and subscribe today at our site! Use code NEWLOOK at checkout to save 10% off a subscription during the month of January.

https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (RÉMI FORTE's reel ships as the fourth installment in Se...
01/01/2024

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (RÉMI FORTE's reel ships as the fourth installment in September).

Typographer, designer, and poet Rémi Forte presents patterns typeset from emotive content that readers discover by looking beyond the visual forms that first present themselves.

Find out more and subscribe today at our site! Use code NEWLOOK at checkout to save 10% off a subscription during the month of January.

https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (GEOF HUTH's reel ships as the third installation in Jul...
12/28/2023

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (GEOF HUTH's reel ships as the third installation in July).

Visual poet GEOF HUTH's "Illuminated Words" introduces the story of "a knight who has killed his own king and, haunted by his life, traverses the Earth while trying and failing to forgive himself."

These works, coming from the union of the asemic and illuminated manuscript traditions explores narrative at a slant through glyphs, color, and space.

Find out more and subscribe today at our site:

https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (Njaimeh Njie's reel ships as the second installation in...
12/23/2023

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024 (Njaimeh Njie's reel ships as the second installation in May).

Pittsburgh artist Njaimeh Njie's collage work engages with Black lives, narratives, and landscapes. In A SERIES OF NOTES TO SELF (AM TO PM), Njie creates a sequence that reflects on community, time, and the forces that shape daily experience through empowerment, embodiment, and perspective.

Find out more and subscribe today at our site:

https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024.In this edition, we look at Eric Pankey's OCCULT NOIR, a...
12/14/2023

Get a DEEPER LOOK at our LOOK BOOKS series, shipping March 2024.

In this edition, we look at Eric Pankey's OCCULT NOIR, a work that he writes,

"riffs upon, and ... troubles various film noir conventions."

This work -- a double reel -- is composed of movies, television, public service films, film strips, and print advertising in a collage format giving us a narrative that demonstrates that there's certainly something troubling beneath the surface of the story we're presented.

Find out more and order today at our site:

https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

We're excited to be at Mission Creek Festival's book fair this year! Come chat with us in Iowa City in April!
12/13/2023

We're excited to be at Mission Creek Festival's book fair this year! Come chat with us in Iowa City in April!

Mission Creek Bucketlist: Come get to know your local Lit community! (We ARE the City of Literature for a reason… Duh 👀)

The LOOK BOOK is back in a new edition with new friends we'll tell you more about over the coming weeks.■ Njaimeh Njie■ ...
11/27/2023

The LOOK BOOK is back in a new edition with new friends we'll tell you more about over the coming weeks.

■ Njaimeh Njie
■ Rémi Forte
■ Geof Huth
■ Eric Pankey
■ Joshua Rothes

Subscribe from now until February 2024 to receive a new reel every two months starting in March 2024.

Prices are inclusive of shipping and, if you have a compatible ViewMaster device or one of our previous viewers, we're including the Reels Only subscription!

Learn more, have a look at some previews, and subscribe: https://acontainer.co/projects/look-book-2024/

How are we implicated in one another? What do we do about it?Charles Theonia's 2018 work Saw Palmettos explores hormones...
11/22/2023

How are we implicated in one another? What do we do about it?

Charles Theonia's 2018 work Saw Palmettos explores hormones, community, and the brain-time continuum in the form of a tincture bottle display, each containing obscured messages.

In the lead up to new projects, we're listing the final copies of some of our book works to home them in collections. Is this your opportunity to own this Container object?

Find out more about the project here: https://acontainer.co/projects/saw-palmettos/

tem: to finish, to complete. A story part history, part make-believe published as a gem collection tray featuring the te...
11/20/2023

tem: to finish, to complete. A story part history, part make-believe published as a gem collection tray featuring the text and 21 papercraft gems with plaster containers.

The book that we started with back in the fall of 2017 is back on sale in the form of its last available copy at the original price.

Leading up to announcing our newest work, we're going back to the archive and posting some final copies of work to get them in the hands of collections and collectors. Here's your chance to own the project that started it all.

Read more: https://acontainer.co/projects/tem/

Announcing Catherine Chen's OTHER MONSTERS OF LOVE, a textile engagement in the form of a 包袱 (baofu), investigating the ...
09/10/2023

Announcing Catherine Chen's OTHER MONSTERS OF LOVE, a textile engagement in the form of a 包袱 (baofu), investigating the materiality of diaspora and grief.

Publishing December 2023.

Second and final day of the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art; can you spot the different friend th...
09/10/2023

Second and final day of the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art; can you spot the different friend that we brought along for today?

Yesterday, we chatted with someone who owned a copy of Saw Palmettos and it made our day! We love chatting with people who have engaged with the works.

Drop by and spend some time with the books if you're in town!

We've been sharing this with our new friends at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair today, and wouldn't want all of you to miss...
09/09/2023

We've been sharing this with our new friends at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair today, and wouldn't want all of you to miss out on the news:

Look Book Series 3 rolls out March 2024.

Follow us or subscribe to our mailing list for updates on preorder:

http://eepurl.com/izecnU

09/09/2023

We're about an hour away from opening at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair. Come see some familiar friends and make new ones!

10-5 today and tomorrow in the Hall of Sculpture.

In only a few days (9-10 September) come find us at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair (https://pabf.cargo.site) with our rema...
09/07/2023

In only a few days (9-10 September) come find us at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair (https://pabf.cargo.site) with our remaining copies of Terri Witek's cross-stitch kit: in the crossed world of animals!

Next weekend (Sept. 9 -10) at Pittsburgh Art Book Fair come see Colette LaBouff's Holdings, a book about relationships, ...
09/02/2023

Next weekend (Sept. 9 -10) at Pittsburgh Art Book Fair come see Colette LaBouff's Holdings, a book about relationships, needs, desires, and (of course) the library.

Learn more at:

https://acontainer.co/projects/holdings/

Container returns to the fold September 9-10, 2023 at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair. More details to follow; we'll see yo...
08/11/2023

Container returns to the fold September 9-10, 2023 at the Pittsburgh Art Book Fair.

More details to follow; we'll see you in Pittsburgh!

https://pabf.cargo.site/

02/15/2023

Of Sawako Nakayasu’s many literary endeavors—poetry, translation, performance art—it is hard to know where one begins and another ends. They each seem to not only be talking to each other but Sawako’s work also blurs the boundaries between them, nesting each within the next in a way that ill...

An opportunity to revisit our first editioned artist book, Tem! We were beside ourselves when the UA Poetry Center reach...
04/22/2021

An opportunity to revisit our first editioned artist book, Tem! We were beside ourselves when the UA Poetry Center reached out to us to purchase it. These kinds of moments are the unexpected joy of watching work live out in the world.

https://arizonaalumni.com/article/rare-gems-poetry-center

Dear Container family,(This message is written by Doug, one of the two co-founders of Container.)(Please visit the memor...
11/06/2020

Dear Container family,

(This message is written by Doug, one of the two co-founders of Container.)

(Please visit the memorial listing here for more regarding memorial donations: https://www.dalessandroltd.com/obituaries/Jenni-Baker/)

I write to you tonight to share the sad news of my partner and press co-founder Jenni B. Baker’s passing on Wednesday night (4 November). She was surrounded by her family at our home in Pittsburgh, PA.

For the last 19 months, Jenni journeyed through the diagnosis of Glioblastoma, a rare, untreatable brain cancer. Many of you who have followed our work will recall Jenni’s bold decision to share this news with you in February 2019.

Following this diagnosis, Jenni and I powered through finishing our last outstanding projects, ultimately deciding that we needed to put Container on hold. Sustaining the energy of fully realizing one of our projects under normal circumstances required a lot of effort and under these new conditions, we realized that we needed to rest for a while. We appreciate everyone who has followed or joined us through our silence.

During our tenure as an active press, we met so many of you whose work we admired; we created projects that tested and grew our abilities as artists; we made many new friends through invitations to collaborate. Jenni’s fearless energy always asked “why not?” rather than waiting for artistic permission. Our projects showed that fierce commitment and you -- the community -- responded to us with unbelievable trust and support.

Jenni’s artistic practice was always one of community-building. To watch her personal work flourish while we grew the Container project remains one of the highest joys of my life. Jenni is responsible for the amazing list of artists who worked with us to produce book objects or the multi-artist Look Book series. She had amazing ability to gather people to work toward a common goal, especially when that goal was so forward-looking that the end was just out of sight.

This press strengthened our relationship as we argued over the correct kinds of glue to use or how to fold thousands of small paper objects. This was the work that Jenni always wanted to do, and I take joy from the fact that we found it together. We thank you for being a part of it and watching us grow in all of the ways we have.

Jenni requested a small, family-only viewing, but asked that folks send memorial donations to a couple of places located at the end of the obituary included at the included link.

For now, Container goes back to sleep, perhaps to re-emerge again some time in the future in some alternate form. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and each other.

Doug Luman
Production Director, Co-founder
Container
https://www.dalessandroltd.com/obituaries/Jenni-Baker/

Time is winding down to take advantage of our $15 discount off of poet Terri Witek's  cross-stitch series. Here's our re...
09/02/2019

Time is winding down to take advantage of our $15 discount off of poet Terri Witek's cross-stitch series. Here's our remaining inventory:

#1: & & & & (remaining: 1)
#2: anchor the animal (remaining: 3)
#3: missing: flowers in a gold vase (remaining: 1)
#4: missing: lamp in the shape of a crocodile (remaining: 2)
#5: siege then sing (remaining: 5)
#6: this is a hunting scene (remaining: 4)

See one you've had your eye on? Secure your copy before someone does first!

http://shop.acontainer.co/category/in-the-crossed-world-of-animals-terri-witek

It's the final day to secure one of Terri Witek's cross-stitch kits from "in the crossed world of animals" for a discoun...
09/02/2019

It's the final day to secure one of Terri Witek's cross-stitch kits from "in the crossed world of animals" for a discount of $30. Learn more about Witek's work below, and get your copy (of which a few designs are down to two copies remaining) and http://shop.acontainer.co/category/in-the-crossed-world-of-animals-terri-witek

From Artist and Poet Terri Witek:

"For the past several years I have been collecting / mistranslating signage from antiquities museums then reinstalling it elsewhere. These phrases, translated through Container’s signature style into cross-stitched pillow kits, now read suggestively in our domestic scenes, I think. To pair fragments displaced from mysterious thousands-years-old objects onto the everyday textiles we lay our heads on implies we gather centuries of broken, forgetful thought in our rooms. And that we can still name/misname our dreams as arriving from an ancient, unknown world to both comfort and disturb our bodies.

Cross-stitch kits were the inexpensive gifts / time-users grandmothers once thrust into children’s hands as a way to keep them still. The act of cross-stitching is easy, then, but also profound–x marks each spot. I like to picture the phrases randomly and multiply thrown onto furniture and beds. To me they combine Container’s signature witty elegance with the tug of something dream/dark."

More: http://shop.acontainer.co/category/in-the-crossed-world-of-animals-terri-witek

Our Container pop-up sale continues through Labor Day with Terri Witek's cross-stitch collection, "in the crossed world ...
09/01/2019

Our Container pop-up sale continues through Labor Day with Terri Witek's cross-stitch collection, "in the crossed world of animals."

Just two copies remain in limited edition patter #4, "missing: lamp in the shape of a crocodile," featuring a vibrant green pillow. More at http://shop.acontainer.co/product/in-the-crossed-world-of-animals-4

THREE DAYS ONLY! Snag one of Terri Witek's "in the crossed world of animals" series, available in six limited-edition cr...
08/31/2019

THREE DAYS ONLY!

Snag one of Terri Witek's "in the crossed world of animals" series, available in six limited-edition cross-stitch kits for just $30 – a $15 deal off the regular price this Labor Day weekend.

Kits feature phrases out of Witek's collection of language taken from antiquities museums. Learn more about Witek's work and how to purchase this limited collection series: http://shop.acontainer.co/category/in-the-crossed-world-of-animals-terri-witek

Address

Baltimore, MD

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Container posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Container:

Videos

Share

Category

Our Story

Container is not a box. Container is not a bag. It is both of these things. As texts continue on a trajectory toward being themselves and the things they represent, publishing models must change accordingly. But, Container is not a publishing model; however if your project is a model airplane or a model of an atom, send it our way. Established to create books which aren’t, in the quotidian sense, books at all, Container creates objects which masquerade as parking meters, wallpaper, or crop seed sleeves. Working with text to determine alternate approaches to the traditional book form, we aim to free artists from being “boxed in” by forms, roles, abilities, or identities.


Other Publishers in Baltimore

Show All