Since 2004 North Drive Press has provided hundreds of artists and arts practitioners with the opportunity to produce and cheaply distribute new works in multiple form. The annual publication has included 7" records, posters, books, ready-mades, soap, temporary tattoos, photographs, perfume, and more. Interviews and texts—a core part of the project—are conversational, experimental, and available on our website for free download.
North Drive Press was founded by Matt Keegan and Lizzy Lee in 2003. The name refers to the street (North Drive) connecting the parallel blocks on which Matt and Lizzy lived as kids. The impetus for creating NDP was to produce a mobile group exhibition.
NDP #1: Summerkit was released in the summer of 2004 and was distributed in a brown vinyl sleeve. It contained large double-sided posters featuring reproductions of works from emerging artists. Each side of the posters functioned as self-contained shows; dotted lines around each of the reproductions invited readers to cut out and rearrange the images as they wished. In addition to the posters, a handful of loose art multiples were included. A series of artist-to-artist interviews and a transcript of a panel discussion rounded out this first issue.
Beginning with NDP#2, Susan Barber became the art director of North Drive Press. After initial discussions, the vinyl envelope was exchanged for a cardboard box that worked with both the loose-leaf ethos of NDP and more pragmatic concerns such as shelving and space to include more content, especially the myriad multiples created specifically for the project.
For NDP#3 and NDP#4, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, another artist committed to collaboration and artist-produced publications, joined North Drive Press as co-editor. Sara and Matt expanded North Drive Press to include exhibition and print publishing programs—separate from but complementary to the annual NDP publication. They organized an evening at New York’s performance venue The Kitchen, published a suite of Exquisite Corpse prints, and exhibited at NADA and various other venues.
For NDP#5, artist and musician Sadie Laska helped with the process of inviting contributors. NDP#5 is the final installment of North Drive Press. We’ve been consistently amazed by the enthusiasm and inventiveness of our many contributors. Each year, with a varied cast of more than forty, we've been able to provide the support and editorial response necessary to compile this non-traditional publication. NDP #5 is a great note to end on: we've helped produce a dynamic assortment of artists’ multiples, from temporary tatoos to custom-made soap; and published a varied and compelling collection of interviews, panel discussions, and texts. We hope North Drive Press has added to the long, rich history of innovative, artist-made publications, and we hope our readers will be inspired to continue to investigate the exciting possibilities that non-traditional formats have to offer.
Our thanks to all our subscribers and contributors.