Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This striking book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. This accordion style book juxtaposes a shape as a white space on a blue, grey, or orange background on one page with the shape in that color on a white background on the facing page. Shapes include a circle, square, triangle, arrow, heart, star, and hand. Bound in grey cloth with orange title on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
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Wien: k/haus, 2001. Hardcover. An Austrian artists' book packaged with an engineer's compass and a four lens action camera, all housed in a custom fitted green tupperware box. This two book set appears to have been issued to document an exhibition of design with work from design students at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and the Royal College of Art, London. The "exhibit is made up of work-in-progress responses to some of the major issues raised around contemporary theory dealing with globalization and new technologies. Each has interpreted this project according to their own understanding of the imperatives of design in contemporary culture and, in this way, the project aims to open up an increasing vital debate around the nature and role of practice in the twenty-first century" (Vorwort / Foreword). The books include "Global Tools," bound with white cloth spine and white paper covered boards titled in black on front and "Think Tank," which is side-stapled in black paper wrappers with white title to front. Both books include photographic illustrations of the design projects with descriptions of the pieces (some in German and some in English). Sample project proposals include the Phrenology Hat, which changes shape according to your mood; the Audio Tooth Implant, which acts as an "electronic third ear"; Step N' Charge, which is a mat that can generate and store energy by being stepped on; and much more. Finger smudges to covers and minor rubbing, else clean and bright. 35 mm film for the action camera is not included; however, there are manufacturers directions in English for both the engineer's compass and camera. There is also a card for the tupperware container laid in with text in German. Most text in "Global Tools" is in German with some in English. The text in "Think Tank" is mostly in English with some German. All items are housed in a light green tupperware lunchbox that has been custom fitted with yellow foam. Empty plastic label on front of box and light wear / soiling. "Think Tank" is 61 pages; "Global Tools" is 197 pages. Size of box: about 11 x 9 x 3 inches. ARTB/050319. Very Good.
La Mesa, CA: Anne Covell, 2017. Hardcover. Number 21 of 60 copies. "On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. That same day, the official White House website (whitehouse.gov) began the digital transition to archive and replace Obama’s policies with those of the new administration. Immediately, people began to notice that key issues such as health care, education, and immigration were nowhere to be found. Keyword searches for terms such as “climate change,” “LGBT,” and “civil rights” all returned 404 errors. Even more conspicuously, the Spanish-language version and the disabled-accessible version of the site were no longer available.Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library that has been archiving webpages since 1996, captured 167 snapshots of whitehouse.gov that day. This book records the last snapshots taken of Obama’s policies before they came down, the 404 errors that followed, as well as the Internet Archive timestamps for when the information was last available and when it disappeared" (Anne Covell).The first layer of this accordion book reveals text from webpages from whitehouse.gov covering topics like "equal pay", "criminal justice", "climate change", "disabilities", etc. from the Obama era. Each of these pages has a tab at the top edge, which the reader can pull down to reveal the content (or lack thereof) of the same page from the day of Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. The contrast is startling. Government webpages once filled with useful, empowering information, were eradicated in a single day. Covell fills these blank spaces with the haunting outlines of book-like shapes to represent a lost library and consequently imparting a feeling of emptiness and loss of hope. The Record presents a powerful visualization of the turmoil that the Trump administration has imposed since its first day in office. Bound in black and white paper wrappers with title to front cover. Letterpress printed accordion on Masa paper with sumi wash and hand brayering. Housed in grey cardstock case with red twine legal closure to rear. Anne Covell's work can be found in collections across the world including Columbia University, San Francisco MOMA, RIT, the National Library of Chile, and Yale. She makes paper as well as books and teaches book arts workshops. Her work often address interactions between humans and nature. According to her artists' statement: "I am interested in the human capacity to physically shape environment, to make claim to earth that must inherently be shared, and the subtle, observable ways nature adapts and responds. Through this lens, I attempt create beauty from perceivably ugly acts as an entry for exploring complex human response to transience and decay." Size: 6.5 x 4.25 x .25 inches (closed); 13 x 42.5 x .25 inches (open). Fine.
Mt. Tremper, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 4 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A striking work by well known book artist Maureen Cummins. She produced this work as part of Swarthmore College's Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Project, with major support by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Additional support was provided by the Lang Center for Social Rsponsibility, the William J. Cooper Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project brought five artists into conversation with Syrian and Iraqi individuals resettled in Philadelphia. Cummins interviewed four participating families in 2018. The text of this book was compiled based on interviews that she conducted with three of the resettled Middle Eastern refugees and their families. The power of this work is that most of the texts of the interviews were heavily redacted to protect the families and their relatives still in the Middle East. Anonymous was typed by the artist using a vintage Smith-Corona typewriter, then later redacted by hand with water based black ink. The loose sheets are held in a commercially produced clip board with metal covers with the title in black on the front cover. Measures 9 x 13.25 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated [9 pages] ARTISTSB/012120. Fine.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Numbered and signed by the author and printer. A collection of five poems by Ronny Someck about ballet with two hand-colored illustrations. Someck is an Israeli poet, musician, and artist who has won multiple awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister's Award, the Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry, and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He is internationally renowned with poems published in over thirty-five languages and ten books of poetry published in English. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. Pointe Shoes is a dos-a-dos structure printed in both English and Hebrew. It is bound in black cloth boards with inset cloth ballet slippers to both boards and decorative pink and black ribbons to spine. The center of both signatures features four black and pink flourishes. Printed on Grandee paper and handset in Alt-Mediaval and Margalit type. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. A fine production. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] PRI/032713. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2003. Number 61 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. At the time this book work was first created, Julie Chen described it as "by far the most ambitious and extravagant piece ever to be produced at Flying Fish Press. Personal Paradigms presents a truly interactive experience for the reader in the form of a game that is played and the results then recorded in a collaborative ledger book. The object of the game focuses on the player's own life experiences and perceptions at the moment that the game is being played." Presented in a sumptuous cloth covered box, the set includes a letterpress printed game board and a multitude of beautiful lasercut game pieces. The game board opens to a full size of 21 x 30 inches. Box measures 15. x 11.25 x 4.75 when closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042820. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 23 of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist/author. This book was inspired by a series of conversations between Julie Chen and her daughter, Eleanor Chen-Ranstrom about pattern, texture, perception, and learning. Artist's statement: "Wayfinding examines the relationship between physical and mental learning through the context of navigation through time and space. The piece focuses the reader’s experience on the physicality of the book as object with the inclusion of three-dimensional cast paper panels and pages that rattle when turned, all housed in a series of shallow boxes that are hinged together in layers. The inclusion of a three-dimensional alphabet abstracted from diagrams of flag semaphore addresses the activities of signaling, translation and gesture, highlighting how information is taken in by all the senses and not just through the eyes" Letterpress printed using pressure printing and photopolymer plates on handmade papers from the Morgan Paper Conservatory and Hahnemuhle Bugra. Measures 9 x16 inches byx4 .5 inches when closed, opening to a full width of 41 inches In fine condition. ARTSB/042820. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Features text from a biblical verse. Taking inspiration from a 15th century manuscript, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created an unique book that has been lettered, decorated, gilded, and bound by hand. Using the same materials and techniques employed by scribes for centuries, Grebenstein carefully letters each word, uses raised 23K gold leaf, and hand paints each border decoration. The page proportions are kept to the traditional ratio, utilizing the centuries old ‘gold rule’ established during the Renaissance. Each page has a similar but not identical border design, following the design principal utilized in the prayer book. Written on Zerkall ingres paper. Beautifully bound by Samuel Feinstein in full blue Niger Oasis goatskin with gilt title to spine and front cover. The front cover features a rose onlay in red and green leather. A gilt stamp of the rose appears on the rear cover. Marbled endpapers by Cockerell Marblers. Signed by the artist and binder. Measures 9.5 inches x 13 inches. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) founded The Abbey Studio, which offers professional calligraphy services and classes, and also Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
2011. Hardcover. Unique Artists' Book. Signed and dated by the book artist and binder. This is a hand-lettered manuscript of Poe's classic poem "Annabel Lee" which was designed, hand-written, gilded, and decorated by Maryanne Grebenstein. Each page is decorated with an elaborate floral motif border with flourishes and initials in gold. Bound in three quarter purple cloth with marbled paper covered boards by Elizabeth Rideout of Charlotte, VT. This manuscript was hand lettered in the Italic style using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Leonardt and Soennecken pen nibs on Pergamenata stationery weight paper in antique. The gold leaf is 23.75 karat on gesso and the decorations are with Winsor & Newton gouache. Unpaginated [8 pages]Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. ARTB/081711. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2018. Number 28 of 30 of the regular edition, signed and numbered by the book artist. Vestiges was conceived in Iceland where Anne was an artist-in-residence in April and May 2018. This striking work includes folded, sewn, dyed, and printed crinoline cloth pieces accompanied by text. They beautifully capture the almost intangible nature of vestiges - things disappearing or no longer in existence by Diane Jacobs of the Scranton Press in Portland. The book's wrap-around cover is white crinoline. The book is printed with Weiss Italic type on Mohawk Superfine paper. The text is hand-written and authored by the artist as are the hand-dyed fabric manipulations (from the colophon). Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. She makes objects, installations, and works with her community. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us. I enter into inquiry-based community engagement through arts education, residency, public work, studio practice, and collaboration. " A lovely work in fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2002. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies. “Chicago binder, book and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text” (Karen Hanmer). This work is a history of an immigrant farming family told through photographs. The family is depicted on both inside covers with one picture dating from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s. Connecting the pictures is a flowing field of corn, which is blurred on one side and detailed on the other. As you open the book the interlocking pages and imagery create a flowing movement that simulates the passage of time. The result is an engaging book that tells a story despite the lack of text. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist’s contact information and edition number on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 2005. Hard Cover. Number 34 of 40. Each book is unique. Second Edition. This book includes a selection of proof pages from various early handprinted books by Romano. The pages include handwritten notes and marks for corrections. Because each proof sheet is different, each illustration and also each book is unique. The poems, which are interspersed with the proof sheets, are written by Romano's father. The typographic pictures and cover are letterpress printed and the poems are inkjet printed. The text is in German with no English translation. (56 pages) ARTB/011713. Fine.
Philadelphia: Heirloom Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "Curio is a collection of quotidian objects that speaks to the idea of woman as domestic curator and as weaker vessel. Images of household vases, cups and bowls are paired with inkblots that evoke the trappings of middle-class existence" (artist's statement). Includes text adapted from the 1868 collection of articles, "Modern Women and What Is Said of Them" and the Kate Chopin novel "The Awakening." Many of the excerpts that the artist has chosen to include objectify women, likening them to jewelry, tables, and other precious possessions. For example: After scolding his wife for sun bathing, Mr. Pontellier looks "at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." Also "The mind ought to be developed a little, and in such a way as to make the body more piquant and attractive. Like the candle inside a Chinese lantern, it may serve to lighten up and show to advantage the pretty devices outside. But the outside is the important thing, and the inside only incidental" (from "Modern Women ...). Others comment on how wives should be controlled or "managed" and the power dynamics within the home. A powerful book about the subjugation of women. Bound in full white alum-tawed leather with seven raised bands to the spine. Printed using letterpress, screenprint, and lithography on paper handmade by the artist. Size: 22 (wide) x 14.5 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This powerful book was created by book artist and printer Jen Farrell to describe the pain and anguish she experienced as Jo, her young daughter, was treated in 2018 to stem the growth of tumor nodules around her right lung. She writes: "While the treatments were challenging, the fallout that followed over the winter was unbearable. The chest pressure, pneumonitis and inability to breathe sent us to the hospital repeatedly, with unsatisfactory results. By ‘unsatisfactory’ I mean punching-a-hole-in-the-wall angry at the lack of understanding about why Jo had these side effects and the weeks, sometimes months, it took to get appointments with specialists. I sought solace in songs that directed my frustration away from people around me. One of these was Black Star’s Respiration, with lyrics that expressed a metaphorical difficulty to breathe in an urban environment. Many of the words applied to our reality; rewriting the lyrics was an outlet for acknowledging the trauma....Respiration is a rewrite of the song, but in this case applied to watching my child struggle to breathe." The book unfolds as a poster measuring 20x14 inches that folds down to approximately 5x 7 inches within red paper covered boards. The covers are printed in two colors on Mohawk Keakolour and the interior text is printed on Fabriano Tiziano paper with ‘fuzz’ in the texture as a nod to the scarring fuzz in Jo’s lungs. The book is accompanied by a white folded paper reference guide to the lyrics with notes on Jen's rewrites. In fine condition. Fine.
Washington DC: 2012-2013. Hardcover. Limited to 7 copies. These three fascinating volumes comprise the Non-Boundaries Series. They document a project undertaken by Zussman in which a group of people was asked to categorize a list of forty-two interactions between memory and reality into three to five categories. The book artist states: "This project has been a physical fulfillment of the question of whether there is any conscious common ground to the way we categorize unfamiliar phenomena and interactions that haven't been categorized for us in advance." The first volume provides the categories representing each participant's grouping and categorization of the interactions. In the second volume, participants were asked to map up to five interactions from the same list, using Euclidean geometric tools of a dot and a line. The third volume uses Jeremy Bentham's circular structure, the Panopticon to explore the interactions between memory and reality from the first two volumes. Each volume is bound in white laminate covers with the title printed in black on the cover. In fine condition. 8 x 10 inches, Unpaginated. This set may require an extra shipping fee. ARTISTSBOOK/081315. Fine.