Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, (2023). 6 of 12 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on the rear panel. Second Edition. The first edition, with a few minor variations to this edition, was limited to 22 copies and sold out quickly. According to the artist: "This resin cast dumpster is a deconstructed artist book commemorating our failings as a society but hopefully encouraging everyone to do better—to BE better. Within the hand-sculpted and hand-painted dumpster are thirteen die-cut, illustrated, letterpress pieces of garbage representing just a few of the horrors we dealt with in 2020. These are packed in a shredded Bill of Rights and includes a small folio, all printed on a speckletone kraft stock. This is a 2nd and final edition representing a recycled idea and recycled problems. Mass shootings are happening at a record rate, hate crimes are increasing, and we’ve literally done nothing about climate change. Have we made any progress?" This hand painted miniature yellow dumpster includes a small remnant of an American flag sculpted on one edge and two removable lid flaps. The thirteen letterpress pieces of garbage feature portraits of Trump, Covid-19, Giuliani, wildfires, maskless people, insurrectionists, abandoned homes, and more. The versos of each image include text describing each "fiasco". Topics addressed range from Covid to George Floyd to climate change and more. A "fun" book art object commemoration of an absolutely horrible year for Americans - and the rest of the world. A letterpress bi-fold summaries the horrors, some of which have been addressed, but most are ongoing. Size: 5.5 x 3.25 x 4 inches. ARTB/110923. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: This is a "book inside books inside a book inside a book-shaped box. This has been called the Droste effect, after their recursive advertisements. The book inside this book-shaped box is a collection of jacket designs for books that only exist inside real books: The Necronomicon, The Whole Art of Detection, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler. Each is presented as if hidden inside a hollow book, for yet another layer of un-reality. The title, of course, is from Magritte's famous painting of 'This is Not a Pipe'." Bound in tan paper with gold fleur-de-lis and title label pastedown on front cover. Housed in a matching cream paper covered slipcase with title labels to the spine and front panels. Size: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches. In fine condition. 78 pages. ARTB/090523. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2018. Number 1 of 3 copies. A scroll book of animals with hidden monsters. A poem in French about animals eating other animals is mounted on the inner flaps. The interior includes a small battery powered blue LED light. The scroll is handcut on Tyvek myriopticon. It velcros into the box onto wooden dowels, but can be removed and laid flat. The front panels of the box are held closed with a magnet. Paper title label to top of box. An playful, inventive, and interactive book art object. Box size: 12 x 15 x 3 inches. Length of scroll: about 64 inches. Text of the Poem in French and English: La faune par Norge Et toi, que manges-tu grouillant? -je mange le velu qui digère le pulpeux qui ronge le rampant. Et toi, rampant, que manges-tu? - je dévore le trottinant qui bâfre l’ailé qui croque le flottant. Et toi, flottant, que manges-tu? - j’engloutis le vulveux qui suce le ventru qui mâche le sautillant. Et toi, sautillant, que manges-tu? -je happe le gazouillant qui gobe le bigarré qui égorge le galopant. Est-il bon, chers mangeurs? est-il bon, le goût du sang? Doux, doux, tu ne sauras jamais comme il est doux, herbivore! Wildlife by Norge And you swarming, what are you eating? - I eat the hairy one that digests the pulpy one that gnaws at the creeper. And you crawling, what are you eating? - I devour the trotter, which slurps the winged one, which bites the floater. And you floating, what are you eating? - I swallow the vulva sucking the pot-bellied one chewing the hopping. And you hopper, what are you eating? - I catch the chirp that swallows the variegated who slaughters the galloping. Is it good, dear eaters, is the taste of blood good? - Sweet, sweet! You'll never know how sweet it is, herbivore! Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2006. One of 8 copies. Made from lasercut metal featuring city views with magnetic text that can re-arranged by the viewer. Created as a reaction to students being accused of forgery, the artist has incorporated 48 Shakespearian quotes to illustrate that nearly everything written has been written before. Rather than choosing well known quotes, she has selected common phrases such as "I know you did" from Love's Labour's Lost, Act 2, Scene 1; "The cat is gray" from King Lear, Act 3, Scene 6; "Let me read" from Coriolanus, Act 3, Scene 1; "But What's the matter?" from Cymbeline, Act 1, Scene 1; and "Let her come in" from Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5. The quotes have been selected from over twenty of Shakespeare's plays. This sculptural book fits together with removable metal wires to form a three-sided pyramid shaped house. A light (not included) can be put inside to help showcase the silhouetted window scenes. Housed in a large yellow and black box covered with canvas and hand painted. As the metal pieces are so heavy, the box has become worn and the edges are beginning to split in a few places. Size: 16 x 20 inches (closed). Weight: 16 pounds. Fine.