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.