billy ocallaghan

improper printing


recent works

selected works from improper printing (2009 - present)bv_2.html

northern California artist/publisher of

zines and cascading accordions by billy ocallaghan and friends.

new works

  1. (1)Moby Dick variations

(3) 32 mile horizon (200mm, cascading accordion)

(c) staring at our Sun (transit of Venus flyby) & staring at our Sun (transit of Venus flyby) (NASA VENUS subedition) (cascading accordions);

(f) fountain, a collaborative

work with Mohsin Shafi

(drumleaf binding edition)

  1. (a)horizons study (8-13 miles)

(cascading accordion)

part of collaborative project with nif hodgson (see below)

(d) lucky (cascading accordion)

(open edition);

  1. (b)fluid horizons by nif hodgson,

subtext press (pigment print on

film, concertina/dragon scale binding, transparent sleeve)

more fluid horizonsnif_hodgson___subtext_press_2.htmlnif_hodgson___subtext_press_2.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0
click for sample pagesmdrtq.html
click for sample pagesmcmfmd.html

(link to video page-through)


  1. (e)local, organic +-

    cmyk offset edition of 569

birds of america 2010 supplementbirds_supp1.html
birds of america redactedbirds_redact1.html
the gods sure are queer vol.1queer_gods_1.html

perv (local, organic) pt.1

this study may be not safe for workperv_lo_1.html
this project has its own website - (

staring at our Sun (twister) cascading accordion

lucky (2016)
cmyk offset edition of 1069 lucky.html

cmyk offset edition of 1069

(work by 16 contemporary artists + essay by Amy Cancelmo)


various editions collection of V&A Museum, The Met, Brooklyn Museum, RISD, UVA, Yale, CMC, MICA & MCAD

collection of V&A Museum, CMC & Texas A&M

various editions collection New York Public Library, V&A Museum,


rainbow hue variation cmyk pocket edition of 1069

(collected by MoMA Library & New York Public Library)

NO * ON (24) studio edition 75 (2017 subedition of my first zine)no_24_zine.htmlno_24_zine.htmlshapeimage_14_link_0

collected by UTSA

collected by RISD & UTSA

collected by Cal Poly SLO

  1. (2)crumpled fades (24 page book made in studio)