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A Magic Mountain


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.

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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:

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