Named after the poem by Czeslaw Milosz, A Magic Mountain is a Risograph press run by Alex Arzt and is currently housed in her studio at The Headlands Center for the Arts. A Magic Mountain works with artists, writers, and organizations to provide design, material, production, and distribution support.
A Magic Mountain’s objective is to make the book-making and printing process accessible and feasible for artists and writers.
AMM is a 5 color press: black, blue, red, flourecent pink, and yellow.
AMM accepts commissions and offers Risograph workshops. Contact Alex for more information and tell a little bit about your project.
Logo design by Adam Zeek.
Projects by AMM:
WHIZ WORLD is a quarterly publication, collaborative network, and evolving art machine. It highlights the lived experiences of women artists with two driving principles: each artist is an expert in their lived experience, and play creates imaginative solutions to grave conflicts. We write from a speculative magical feminist perspective, use allegory and magical language to scrutinize our political climate and combat pervasive misogyny, and invite others to adopt and write from a whiz persona that encapsulates their essential power. Whiz World practices a reverence for ecological entanglements and bodily experience. We are committed to an expanding series of tenets that guide our ideology within the power and mystique of the whiz persona.
The Positions and Situations Project is a series of 100 letter correspondences between artist Alex Arzt and individuals who placed classified ads in 1970s magazines published as resources for back-to-the-landers. Due to disillusionment with The Vietnam War and consumerism, the late-sixties through the mid-seventies saw one of the largest urban to rural migrations in American history. Letters, interviews, and photographs will be printed as three Riso-printed artist books that encompass first-hand stories of the back-to-the-landers.
Commissions by AMM
Velocities by Sara Klein, 2019, two color Risograph book, staple binding. Eight pages. Edition of 100, 8 1/2" x 6":
The Salmon Creek Farm 2019 Catalog, Cover by Whiz World:
The Fourth-Grade Anthology of Poetry and Prose for The San Francisco School Class of 2023: