ed. Elsa-Louise Manceaux
Publication launch April 11, 2019, 8PM
Casa de Francia, Havre 15
Col. Juarez, Mexico City, Mexico
Contributions by Thomas Kong are included in the latest edition of Caniche
, an annual series of publications conceived, edited and designed by the Mexico City-based artist Elsa-Louise Manceaux. The structure of Caniche
relies on a number of grids, made by the editor and provided to a wide range of international artists. The grids for Caniche
#4 took direct inspiration from the collage practice of Thomas Kong.
More information on the Caniche website
ed. Robin Hustle
with contributions by Gwyneth Anderson, Fionnuala Cook, Grace PT Tran, Marnie Galloway, Nance Klehm & Sara Heymann
68 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, laser printed, edition of 250
Published by Robin Hustle, Chicago, March 2019
celebrates and engages Thomas Kong’s art practice and convenience store, Kim’s Corner Food. This publication emerges out of Robin Hustle’s tenure as ‘Ruth-in-Residence’ in 2018 as part of The Back Room Residencies, and was launched with a series of performances and readings at The Back Room's final event in March 2019.
Contact Robin Hustle to order this publication directly
I Like This Better Than Just Business
Filmed, Edited & Mixed by Jimmy Schaus
Audio interview by Dan Miller
Digital video, 9′7″, 2017
This film was produced by the filmmaker Jimmy Schaus to coincide with the release of At Work with Thomas Kong
in the summer of 2017, and features audio from an interview conduced with Thomas Kong by Dan Miller.
Click here to view the film on Vimeo
At Work with Thomas Kong
by Dan Miller
illustrations by Ruby T
44 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, full color digital, three color RISO, with tipped in business cards by Thomas Kong and Dan Miller, and stickers hand-applied by Thomas Kong
Published by Half Letter Press
, July 2017
In At Work with Thomas Kong
, a new booklet published by Half Letter Press, the publishing imprint of the Chicago- and Auburn, Indiana-based Temporary Services, Dan Miller introduces Thomas Kong’s prolific art practice and the first three years of their experimental collaboration. Together their productions have ranged from business cards and shopping baskets to The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. Housed in a converted storage room behind the store, The Back Room is a community-oriented art space and expanding archive of Kong’s work. Writing about the development of this interdependent relationship across gaps in age, culture, and artistic education, Miller reflects on what might be learned from both the ingenuity of Kong’s practice and their unlikely alliance. At Work with Thomas Kong
includes excerpts from several interviews with Kong and illustrations by artist Ruby T, one of the project’s growing number of co-conspirators.
At Work with Thomas Kong
will be released in the context of Temporary Services’ “Self-Reliance Library”—“an autonomous reading and creating library”—as part of their ongoing collaborative project “Self-Reliance School” project at Oak Park’s new Compound Yellow art space.
Order the publication at Half Letter Press (currently out of print)
Be A Happy Being
by Jisu Lee with Thomas Kong
122 pages, 6 x 6 inches, full color digital, edition of 100
Printed in Seoul, Korea, 2017
This self-published limited-edition publication excerpts and modifies collage elements from Thomas Kong's collages, creating an extensive lexicon of shapes in his siganture materials. A small number of these books are available for purchase directly from Thomas Kong at Kim's Corner Food.
More information on this publication at Jisu Lee's website
Untitled publication for TCB at TCB
12 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, edition of 60
Risograph on paper
Published by Dan Miller, 2016
This publication, including interviews with Thomas Kong and related material, was published on the occasion of TCB
at the Melbourne space TCB Art Inc., the first exhibition of Thomas Kong's work outside the United States.
The booklet, which functioned as a 'reader' for Thomas Kong's work, was available at the exhibition, and was accompanied by a specially-designed room sheet/checklist.
Download publication PDF
Download room sheet/checklist PDF
Photograph by Christo Crocker.
An interview with Thomas Kong
by Jisu Lee, February 2016
in Korean and English
Read the interview in Korean
Read the interview in English
by Steven Husby with Thomas Kong
26 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Margin Creep, Chicago, January 2016
This booklet was released by Steven Husby on the occasion of his exhibition at The Back Room at Kim's Corner Food, Selected by Steven Husby
, in January 2016.
Order on the Margin Creep website
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Excerpts from an interview with Thomas Kong
by Dan Miller, January 2015
Published on thomaskong.biz, 2015
Download interview PDF