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“Over 260 pages, Stanford's modern take on the mandala creates a stream of dreamlike experiences.” 

― Evan Pricco, Juxtapoz


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BookExpo/BookCon 2018

Smallworks Press will be in attendance for both BookExpo and BookCon, which is being held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from May 31- June 3, 2018. Shimmering Zen will be on full display at booth number 1563. Come by and see us, we would love to speak with you about our book.

BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. It's where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.


James Stanford's Vegas-Inspired Mandalas

Juxtapoz Magazine Oct/Nov 2017

American artist James Stanford’s visually stunning and intricately constructed modern mandala series, Indra’s Jewels, will be premiered during Asian Art in London 2017. This event brings together over 60 of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums for an annual ten-day celebration of the finest in Asian art. Visitors will converge on London for the 20th anniversary edition, which offers gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions, lectures and seminars. 

Stanford had this statement regarding the show: ‘It is with great pleasure that I agreed to participate in this important event. I hope my work will not only be enjoyable for visitors, but will introduce them to the great diversity of Buddhist-inspired artwork being produced today.’ 

As a leading contemporary interpreter of the ancient traditions of Buddhism, Stanford draws from historic metaphor, Chinese fable and the aesthetics of the Tibetan mandala. His conceptually complex and visually sumptuous work, in which the mandala functions as a way to contemplate both immaterial and material realities, has attracted significant interest through gallery and museum exhibitions in recent years. 

Stanford’s pictures are distinguished by a series of colorfully illuminated flickering networks and layers. He has earned a reputation for creating work that pulls apart ideas both old and new, producing colorful and mesmerizing roundels and boxes of shimmering tones and patterns.

Composed of digital photos of historic Las Vegas neon signage and architectural elements from the 1950s and 1960s, and shot in the Nevada desert, the works have been artfully reconfigured using newly developed, purpose-specific technology. Stanford’s intriguing digital reconfigurations convey and respond to the potency of the mandala as a symbol, and to its influence and importance in Asian culture worldwide. His intensely beautiful and sensual images are sure to inspire awe, pleasure and contemplation.

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Fade to Gray returns with a fourth and final edition as Street Art Las Vegas.

Returning for its fourth and final edition, fade to gray will add an additional 48 pages to make room for new artwork that has been added since his last release, bringing the total number of pages to 200.

Authors William Shea and Patrick Lai will be including new works by artists: Shepard Fairey, Triston Eaton, D Face and many more. Cover art by artist Chor Boogie.

Description: Photographers William Shea and Patrick Lai release the first ever photo documentary about the Las Vegas graffiti scene with the intention of creating awareness about the unseen talent and hidden benefits that graffiti contributes to the art community. The 8 x 10 book is made up of 200 pages, and consists of 252 high quality full color images. The project time frame covers a 14 month period, with photos from all parts of the valley.


Suggested retail price: $24.99

Release date: Spring 2019