Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country. In this beautiful yet chilling work, Williams depicts the catastrophes that are bound to befall our planet due to the stubborn indifference of so many to the effects of climate change. He is equally concerned with changes in American life, in particular the explosion of hatred in our communities. Most powerfully, he examines both without words. The book comprises fourteen original illustrations. Seven are in dry pigments in alkyd medium on watercolor paper, while seven are in ink and wash on Twinrocker handmade paper mounted on black cover weight stock. The paintings first show landscapes and a pretty seaside community but then show the weather disasters they experience. The ink and wash illustrations reflect the existential rift that is occurring in American society in a less representational but equally meaningful way. The title page is black ink on Classic Linen paper and the endpapers are Sapphire Texture paste paper by Claire Maziarczyk. Bound in black paper on Davey board, with a goatskin spine and endbands. Housed in a light blue paper covered box. A stunning production in fine condition. Book measures 7.5 x 18 x 1 inches closed. ARTISTSB/013122. Fine.
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Barcelona: Elies Plana, 2022. Number 38 of 50 standard copies. There were 7 deluxe copies and 15 copies reserved for the collaborators. Signed by Mallarach, Llobera, and Plana. Text in both English and Catalan. This powerful collaborative effort is a response to the decades long efforts to deter or end the extraction activities in the volcanic area in La Garrotxa in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees. The author, Josep Maria Mallarach, has led these efforts since he was a geology student in the 1970s and here offers a history of these efforts, their setbacks, and their successes. In his preface, Mallarach writes that "In the wake of the global abyss, swept along by a system driven by a tide of greed, ignorance, and lack of conscientiousness, the time has come for all voices to be heard....For this reason, I applaud the initiative Extraction: Art from the Edge of the Abyss and I feel grateful for the opportunity to contribute." This handsome book was letterpress printed with digital Garamond on Super Alfa Guarro Casas paper. With double page spreads of striking color linocuts by Plana. In fiery multicolored pochoir covers created by Elies Plana and bound by Poncho Martinez. Housed in a gray and black cloth covered box by Rius. The box is in turn housed in a gray cloth slipcase. In fine condition. . Book measures 10.75 x 12.75 inches. Box is 11.5 x 14 inches. 47 pages plus epilogue and colophon. PRI/050522. Fine.
Aurora, CO: Alicia Bailey at Ravenpress, 2020. Hardcover. Produced in a variable edition of no more than 9 copies of which this is number 4. A collection of 17 endangered frog species, each hand painted (reproduced digitally), and briefly described with terms such as "population decreasing." Labeled ink drawings of frog anatomy are incorporated into each illustration. A circle graph showing frog populations as extinct, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened, least concern, and data deficient accompanied with hand-written percentiles in red adorns the bottom of the case for the book. Along the interior edges of the box the following text is printed: "Blake believed that the object of being human is to learn how to be human. Will we learn to be human in time? To live up to our full capacities in time to save ourselves? To save the world that is vulnerable to us? To fail will bring on a greater tragedy than we can possibly imagine." According to the artist: "This project began with a batch of biology notebooks from my great-aunt Ruth's archive that were created in 1920 as part of her undergraduate education. I inked over several of her pencil drawings detailing frog biology, treated the pages so they would be receptive to oil paint, then painted a variety of frogs, one to a page. Scanned at high-resolution, these images were printed on hand-dyed Mohawk Superfine Text paper with archival digital inks. The images were each mounted on a core of museum board wrapped with elephant hide paper with further details about the depicted frog hand-written in red ink. The pages are bound using a wire edge structure, onto metal rods. The book and box covers have been treated with shellac, then overpainted with gesso, oil, and wax. The covers each have a hand-painted frog behind laser etched mica labels. The diamond shaped book is housed in a custom box with text laser etched into the tray's corner pieces. The base of the box has a print out of a circle graph with a hand-written legend under a layer of cast acrylic." Alicia Bailey has been creating artists' books, limited edition books, and sculptural books since the mid-nineties. Her work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions and is held in many collections around the world. Size: about 8 x 7 x 2 inches. [20 pages.] ARTB/111621. Fine.
Rockport, ME: Two Ponds Press, 2020. Number 29 of 60 copies. Copies number 1 to 20 are the deluxe edition. This beautifully conceived and executed limited edition private press work explores in parallel two critical contemporary issues: the impact of climate change and the status of the increasing number of refugees in our world. Nansen’s Pastport is an artistic re-invention of Norwegian polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen’s refugee passport for post-Great War Europe. The book, designed and conceived by artist Anneli Skaar, is re-imagined as a climate refugee passport for humanity, using Nansen’s own words in a contemporary context, inviting consideration on how to meet the pressing issues of current and future climate migration with wisdom from the past. Skaar writes: "The Pastport's design is based on the United States passport, arguably one of the most recognizable and coveted identity documents in the world. On its pages the U.S. passport features a number of iconic American landscapes and quotations by well-known citizens.... Nansen's Pastport also features landscapes and quotations. The quotations...are taken directly from Nansen's 1922 Nobel Lecture, 'The Suffering People of Europe.' Although Nansen's words reference the issues facing the displaced citizens of post-war Europe, the excerpts feel equally relevant and inspirational even today." The Pastport is bound from blue North Atlantic salmon leather sourced from Iceland. On its cover is the image of an Arctic tern, the animal the migrates the farthest, making a 50,000 mile trip back and forth from the poles every year. The blue cloth covered box housing the Pastport is constructed to feel like an atlas, its dominant size symbolically enforcing geography's significance to the passport within. On the inside cover of the box is a mounted copperplate etching by Skaar. Named Carta Borealis (Northern Map), it emulates the perspective of an Arctic map; its center is the star of the North Pole. The outer case measures 19 x 13 inches. Nansen’s Pastport is 5 x 3.5 inches, 32 pages, identical to a standard passport. Letterpress printing by Art Larson at Horton Tank Graphics and bound and boxed by Amy Borezo. The Pastports cyanotypes processing by Sal Taylor Kydd and the map was printed from the copper plate by Wingate Studio. Accompanied by a softcover illustrated catalog by Anneli Skaar that describes the book, with an introduction by Steven R. Koltai. In fine condition. PRI/111021.