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Artists Books

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Artists Books

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April 03, 2020
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  1. SPRING 2020
    ONLINE CLASS
    SHEILA GOLOBOROTKO | ANDREW KOZLOWSKI
    Week Three: Artist’s Books

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  2. Week 3
    Homework: Artist’s Books
    Dead Poets Society, 1989
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097165/
    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative boarding school. Robin Williams
    stars as an English teacher (John Keating) who doesn't fit into the conservative prep school. On the first day of classes, students
    are surprised by the unorthodox teaching methods of the new English teacher, a Welton alumnus who encourages his students
    to "make your lives extraordinary", a sentiment he summarizes with the Latin expression carpe diem, meaning "seize the day.”
    The teacher inspires students to revive a secret society with a bohemian bent. Dead Poets Society shows us that there is a war
    going on. Not a war of bombs and bullets, but a war that’s just as deadly. It’s a war for the hearts of men. It’s a war for our
    humanity. Throughout the film, Mr. Keating teaches his students how to fight this war. He teaches them not to conform, he
    teaches them to think for themselves, he teaches them to dream, and he teaches them to truly live— and in so doing, he teaches
    us, the audience, how to fight this war alongside them.
    The passionate teacher constantly challenges the students to look at life in a different way: “You must strive to find your own
    voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, 'Most men lead lives of quiet
    desperation.' Don't be resigned to that. Break out!"

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  3. Week 3
    Homework: Artist’s Books
    Week Three: Break Out!
    Post: Artist’s Books
    Process: 

    1. Watch the videos posted on this module on how to make
    books.

    2. Practice making books with blank paper. Explore forms and
    structures from our videos.

    3. Once you have several blank books, choose your favorite
    mock up (or as we say in book arts “dummy.”)

    3. Choose the materials for your book—pages and cover. You
    can use old prints, drawings or copy and digital printouts.
    Expand your imagination. Be inventive! Anything goes!

    4. Based on your sketchbook exercise, add imagery, text, and
    collage. Develop the flow and narrative of your book.

    Goal: Post!
    • One photo of your blank dummy books.
    • Two photos (or more) of your final Artist Book.
    • Reflection

    What did you learn in the process of editing, redacting,
    obliterating the text you chose?

    That is the Break Out! method. To create, we deconstruct:
    stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.

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  4. Title-page of William Blake's Songs of Innocence. This can be considered one of the
    first artist's books having been authored, illustrated, and produced by Blake.
    "Illuminated printing," a relief etching method Blake developed allowed him to not only
    simplify production by directly drawing on the plate, but also keep all facets of creation
    and production together. The acid would then eat away the unpainted surface, leaving
    the design in relief and ready for inking and printing. As Blake did not use type for the
    text of this work, this meant that he needed to write his text backwards, a skill
    essential for engravers and printers. After printing, the illustrations were hand-painted
    by Blake and his wife, Catherine. 

    Syracuse University's copy, created in 1789, is one of 33 known to exist.
    Artists have been associated with the written word since illuminated manuscripts were developed in the medieval period.
    Many have been concerned with books as an artistic enterprise, notably William Blake at the end of the 18th century and
    William Morris at the Kelmscott Press from the 1890s.
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    William Morris

    Kelmscott Press

    Syr Perecyvelle of Gales

    Published: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1895

    Edition: 1st.

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  5. The Book of Nails, by Floating Concrete Octopus, 1992
    This one-of-a-kind book object was produced by Floating Concrete Octopus, an intermedia/performance group which changes its name every year. The
    work comprises a copy of a book entitled 'Vincent Van Gogh' which has been overpainted in black and sealed at the edges with two nuts and bolts. The
    covers of this unopenable book have been driven through with nails, the points of which face out threateningly, and then 'decorated' with splashes of red
    paint, resembling blood. A facsimile of Van Gogh's signature painted in gold is visible on the front cover, with a torn, collaged portrait of the artist on the
    lower cover, possibly portraying the pain of the famous artist's life.
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    Contemporary artists' books are noteworthy for their many different forms and perhaps because of this they have an equally
    large number of precursors and influences. Avant-garde artists throughout the 20th century also produced many books as
    part of their artistic endeavours.

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  6. Lizanne van Essen

    Osteoporosis

    2008
    Artists' books are books made or conceived by artists. There are fine artists who make books and book artists who
    produce work exclusively in that medium, as well as illustrators, typographers, writers, poets, book binders,
    printers and many others who work collaboratively or alone to produce artists' books. Many artists' books are self-
    published, or are produced by small presses or by artists' groups or collectives, usually in limited editions.
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  7. Suze Woolf 

    Alabaster Book
    Artists' books that maintain the traditional structure of a book are often known as book art or bookworks, while
    those that reference the shape of a book are known as book objects. Other types of work produced by artists in
    book format include concrete poetry, where meaning is derived from the spatial, pictorial and typographic
    characteristics of the work, as well as from the sense of the words.
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  8. Tatana Kellner
    Transatlantic Balderdash
    2010
    Publisher: Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
    Subjects: Vocabulary, Word games
    16 x 31 cm.
    Number in edition: 25 Paging: [25] cards
    Letterpress, digital, screen print. Binding: Portfolio
    Signature: Signed by artists
    Printer: Ann E. Kalmbach. Binder: Tatana Kellner
    Transatlantic Balderdash is a series of cards, not unlike flash cards, that feature
    the ‘big words’ used in Errors of the Amanuensis. The 25 words, from admonish
    to ultracrepidarian, are printed using a random selection from the over 3,000
    type fonts available for KaKe Art to use during their residency at the Hessisches
    Landesmuseum fur Industriekultur in Darmstadt, Germany. The cards were
    shown to a group of Germans and Americans asking each group to define the
    word. On the back of each card are their responses and the correct definitions.
    Letterpress and digitally printed, housed in a handmade portfolio.
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    Other types of work produced by artists in book format include concrete poetry, where meaning is derived from the
    spatial, pictorial and typographic characteristics of the work, as well as from the sense of the words.

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  9. Parallèlement

    Verlaine's poems

    Illustrated by Pierre Bonnard 

    1900
    It is however the livre d'artiste, also known as the livre de peintre, that is generally considered to be a key precursor to
    the contemporary artists' book. Originating in France around the turn of the 20th century, the livre d'artisteis a form of
    illustrated book. They are distinguished by the fact that the pages have been printed directly from a source created by
    the artist themselves rather than from a source that has been created by a technician from the artist's design. An early
    exponent of the livre d'artiste was the dealer Ambroise Vollard who commissioned Pierre Bonnard to illustrate with
    lithographs a collection of poems by Paul Verlaine, Parallèlement, published in Paris in 1900.
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  10. The works produced were essentially deluxe, limited editions, produced on high quality paper using specialized
    printmakers. They were generally left unbound so that they could be dismantled for display and so that bespoke bindings
    could be commissioned if desired. Vollard produced numerous works in association with a number of artists, matching
    them up with texts to illustrate. Various other publishers followed suit, collaborating with artists of their own association.
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    Parallèlement

    Verlaine's poems

    Illustrated by Pierre Bonnard 

    1900

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  11. In the 1950s and 1960s Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth (1930–98) and American artist Ed Ruscha (1937–) created
    conceptual works which are considered the foundation of the artists' book genre. In 1962 Ruscha published the first
    edition of Twenty-six gasoline stations (NAL pressmark: SA.91.0042) which comprised 26 deadpan photographs of
    gasoline stations along Route 66 from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. The book was not intended as a means for the
    reproduction of pre-existing photographs, but rather as an artwork in its own right. As the piece retains the essential
    characteristics of a book, such as the idea of seriality and sequence provided by the turning of pages, it is considered
    central to the development of the genre.
    Edward Ruscha

    Royal Road Test

    Artist Book

    Los Angeles, California, USA

    1967
    Dieter Roth

    Little Tentative Recipe

    Artists' book published by Watford School of Art, England, UK
    ca.1969
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  12. Roth's distinctive contribution to the genre was his examination, through his bookworks, of the formal qualities of books
    themselves. These formal qualities, such as flat pages bound into fixed sequences, were deconstructed and
    investigated, this investigation becoming the subject matter of the book itself. For example 2 Bilderbücher (1957)
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    Dieter Roth (Swiss (born in Germany), 1930–1998)

    2 Bilderbücher (Collected Works Volume 1)

    Publisher: Edition Hansjörg Mayer (German, 20th century)

    Stuttgart, Germany 

    1976

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  13. 2 Bilderbücher (1957) consists of two
    picture books of geometric shapes with
    four die-cut holes, screenprints
    ("children's book”), and diecut color
    acetates ("picture book") cut into each
    page to allow glimpses of patterns
    from the pages beneath.
    Dieter Roth (Swiss (born in Germany), 1930–1998)

    2 Bilderbücher (Collected Works Volume 1)

    Publisher: Edition Hansjörg Mayer (German, 20th century)

    Stuttgart, Germany 

    1976
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  14. Dieter Roth

    Daily Mirror Book

    1961
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    In 1961 Roth made a number of miniature books, including the Daily Mirror Book, from trimmed-down pages of various
    daily newspapers and magazines. These books cannot be read in any traditional sense as they contain only snippets of
    images, articles, and advertisements. Words are divorced from their meanings, turned into visual noise.
    Dieter Roth

    bok 2b

    50 pages, letterpress on double sheets, monotype setting, spiral binding

    32 x 32 cm

    1961

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  15. Ed Ruscha’s set of sixteen
    books mark a significant
    change in bookmaking by
    artists as the premise is not to
    enhance or respond to a text.
    They are antithetical to the
    history of livre d’artistes—the
    books do not contain fine prints
    (etchings, lithographs, etc.) but
    are simply printed by the more
    common offset process.
    Ruscha’s use of banal subject
    matter further accentuates his
    departure from the realm of
    h i s t o r i c a l b o o k - m a k i n g
    processes.
    Made mostly in small editions,
    these captivating books have
    received a great deal of critical
    acclaim, especially in recent
    years as his prominence as a
    major contemporary artist has
    increased.
    Ed Ruscha
    Complete Set of Artist Books
    Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Various Small Fires and Milk, Some Los Angeles
    Apartments, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los
    Angeles, Royal Road Test, Nine Swimming Pools and Broken
    Glass, Crackers, Babycakes with Weights, Real Estate Opportunities, A Few Palm
    Trees, Dutch Details, Records, Colored People, and Hard Light


    Various publishers, 1963–1978
    Artists’ Books Brief History

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  16. Ed Ruscha 

    OH / NO 

    Cloth-covered hardbound book with two color 

    fore-edge printing and silver leaf edges.

    5.25 x 7.50 x 2.07 in

    Edition of 230

    This work is signed, dated, and numbered 

    on the colophon inside the book.
    In 2008, Ed Rusha uses language to sly and subversive effect in his work; in OH / NO he employs
    traditional art-making methods to riff on our modern lexicon.
    OH / NO is a fore-edge book, with printing that appears when the gilt edge is fanned one way or another.
    Fore-edge painting was popular in the 18th century but rarely used today. Graphicstudio research
    encompasses the recapture and revitalization of such technology, enabling the development of fore-edge
    printing. The pages of the book are blank, perhaps a commentary on the meanings we would ascribe, or fail
    to ascribe, to such seemingly simple words.
    When the book pages are fanned in one direction the text OH appears. When the book pages are fanned in
    the opposite direction the text NO appears.

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  17. Robert The

    This 

    Artist Book

    1992
    Artists' books became popular throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and the genre has continued to expand. During
    the 1980s and 1990s many more artists began to use the book as a medium for self-expression and they continue to
    do so. Techniques remain varied and range from the traditional to the experimental. Small presses and individuals
    have continued to promote the art of letterpress printing and the hand-crafted book. Some artists have chosen to use
    computer-generated images while others have used the photocopier to reproduce their work. Many artists have
    taken up the challenge to experiment with the content and physical structure of the traditional book form. Artist’s
    Books and book objects have continued to step outside conventional boundaries to encompass concepts associated
    with the fine arts. Works range from the minuscule to the gargantuan. Artist’s Books are not restricted to the use of
    paper and ink but can incorporate all kinds of materials and appended objects. While such works are usually unique
    or limited editions, some are produced in multiple copies.
    Artists’ Books Brief History
    Robert The

    The Art Crisis 

    Artist Book

    1992

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  18. 1) Single Sheet Books:
    8 Page folded and Maze Book Variations
    https://youtu.be/6TIlviIcJ5E

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  19. Martin La Roche Contreras
    KCH (Kings County Hospital)
    Publisher: Good Neighbour

    Brooklyn, New York

    2018

    Pages: [8] p.

    11 x 7 cm

    Paperback

    Folded

    Risograph

    Black-and-White

    Edition Size: 96
    KCH is a paper model of the T building at the Behavioral Department of the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. It was produced by Martin La
    Roche Contreras during a 4-month artist residence at the hospital. Invited by Beautiful Distress, an organization that wants to break stigma around mental
    health issues, the artist lived and worked in the hospital. He initiated a weekly creative workshop with patients and therapists at PHP (Partial
    Hospitalization Program also known as People Help People). As part of his stay, Martin met Toshiko Kobayashi, who introduced herself as an origami
    therapist. Without a concrete understanding of what an origami therapy could be the artist tried to rebuild it from his imagination. The result is this small
    zine-publication. - Good Neighbour

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  20. Esther K Smith
    Purgatory Press

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  21. Infinity Remove
    Susan Happersett
    Drawings & Research: Esther K Smith
    Design: Dikko Faust
    Hand Typography and letterpress printmaking
    2004

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  22. Martha Hall
    We Have To...
    Monoprint pages, cotton thread
    2016
    The artist book attempts to depict illness as a non-linear process. This is expressed through the folded monoprint
    pages, which have been put together to open out and cascade. Each page/section of the book is unique and the
    overlapping images and stitched marks create a layer of complexity that invites the viewer to take time to engage. The
    process encourages the viewer to look and sense beyond what they can physically see, metaphorically aligning them
    to the patient whose internal vision has been sharpened through the experience of the illness.

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  23. Carol Dubosch
    Small Tasks Accomplished
    This paper was dyed with walnut
    ink and watercolor before folding
    into this triangular meander book
    with pop-up tags for the small
    amount of text. It fits into the
    origami box with the folded crane
    on top.

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  24. Sheila Goloborotko
    Everything That I Know
    5.75 x 5.25 inches
    Edition: 9
    2011

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  25. Natalie Draz
    The City Within
    The City Within is a kinetic bookwork exploring cartography and
    fantastical anatomy. Juxtaposing bird’s eye maps and hand-
    drawn street-level maps with a rib cage of text centered around
    Montreal’s downtown core, The City Within overlays the heart of
    a city with the interior body of a city dweller. Both a bookwork
    and a sculptural object, this multi-layered book is able to be
    read and explored through many pathways. Using metaphoric
    imagery and a transforming book structure as an open-ended
    narrative, Natalie Draz combines traditional print media of
    intaglio and screenprinting with flag, tunnel book and pop-up
    structures. Housed in a wooden box.

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  26. 2) Pamphlet Stitch and Staple Bound
    https://youtu.be/a5HnK5qcj9A

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  27. I. Nichols, Emma Kohlmann
    Gabinetto Segreto
    Publisher: Emma Kohlmann

    Florence, MA
    Pages: [16] p.

    19 x 14 cm

    Paperback

    Staple Bound

    Monochrome on Colored Paper
    In the National Archeological Museum in Naples, Italy, there’s a room filled with erotic
    art excavated from Pompeii during the Enlightenment. For a hundred years, the
    “secret cabinet” was closed and re-opened and closed again in accordance with
    shifting views on obscenity and sex. This short, staple-bound zine is an account of
    the artists’ visit to the “secret cabinet,” combining handwritten text and sketches with
    photographs and a screenshot from Wikipedia. The zine, finally, is a meditation on
    love across history: “I wonder what they were dreaming about 2,500 years ago? Did
    they keep the same promises? Were they attracted to the same things that turn me
    on? Would I have been able to find you?”

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  28. Joe Roberts
    I am a Blue Whale
    Publisher: Innen

    Zürich, Switzerland

    2019

    Pages: [28] p.

    13 x 19 cm

    Paperback

    Staple Bound

    Offset Printed

    Monochrome on Colored Paper

    Edition Size: 500
    A playful optimism and a sense of limitlessness radiates from the mixed media works of Joe Roberts. The hyper accumulative collage works, effusive
    paintings, and candid illustrations in I am a Blue Whale abound with smiley motifs, skating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and positive messages of self-
    acceptance. Joe Roberts is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is inspired by childhood comic books, imbued with humor, and influenced by
    psychedelic trips.

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  29. Brian Cotnoir
    On The Mystic, Magick,
    Talismanic,
    Alchemical Practice of Zine
    Making
    Khepri Press

    New York, NY

    2019
    Pages:12 p.

    21.8 x 14 cm

    Paperback

    Staple Bound
    Process

    Photocopy, Risograph
    Color
    Edition Size: 200
    On the Mystic, Magick, Talismanic, Alchemical Practice of Zine Making is a description
    of alchemical practice through the making of zines. Alchemy is the art and science of
    bringing something to its final perfection or completion. And, being perfected, can in
    turn perfect. It is about making change in the world for the betterment of the world and
    the soul. You know, like Marx said, “the philosophers have only interpreted the world,
    in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” - Khepri Press

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  30. Paper Paper Film is a paper sculpture facsimile of a box set of
    educational films on Paper and Gravure Printing, published by
    Meridian Educational Films in 1983. The original box set was found in
    a storage closet within Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art
    Print Studios. Through the creation of this laboriously handmade
    physical copy, the artist transforms an outdated tool for education into
    an art object in direct conversation with the power structures of how,
    why, and what is archived.
    Paper Paper Film
    Other Contributors: Assembly: Perri Murray, Savannah Bustillo, Courtney
    Parbs, Ashleigh Pillay
    Assembly: Perri Murray, Savannah Bustillo, Courtney Parbs, Ashleigh Pillay
    2019
    Place of publication:
    Rosendale, NY
    Publisher: Women's Studio Workshop
    Subjects: Artists' books--History and criticism, Archival Studies, Paper,
    education
    16.5cm X 24cm X 5cm
    Number in edition: 52
    Paging: 59
    Paper: Handmade cotton paper, Colorplan (bright red and leather
    embossed) acetate, Rives BFK, Awagami Murakumo Kozo Select Natural
    Digital Inkjet Washi
    Printing method: Silkscreen, laser print, Silver foil stamp, die cut
    Typeface: Twentieth Century
    Binding: Perfect Bound (adhesive)
    Structure: Book Object
    Signature: Signed by the artist
    Printer: Imin Yeh, Chris Petrone, Courtney Parbs
    Binder: Imin Yeh, Chris Petrone

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  31. Becky Slemmons
    They did not know that the books were already in our head,
    Kiln-fired and cold-worked glass, etched cover, hand-dyed
    linen coptic-bound artist’s book. CD containing sound piece is
    pocketed inside lid. Container: foam, wool-blend felt, thread,
    11 x 9 x 6 inches, Book unpacked: 7.75 x 6 x 3 inches,
    Edition of 5.
    2015

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  32. Sheila Goloborotko
    While We Do As Lovers Do
    Title: As Lovers Do I, II
    Found Objects Assemblage
    8.9" h x 7.5" w x 1.3" d
    Date: circa 1980’s

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  33. 3) Accordion Fold
    https://youtu.be/kqaT-9ol5KY

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  34. Katie Baldwin
    Treasure
    2008
    Rosendale, NY
    Publisher: Women's Studio Workshop
    20 x 429 cm. folded to 20 x 20 cm.
    Number in edition: 35
    Paging:1 folded strip ([22] leaves)
    Handmade abaca
    Letterpress, woodcut (moku hanga), screen print
    Typeface: Optima
    Throw out accordion, hard covers
    Accordion Fold Book
    Signature: Signed by the artist
    Printer: Katie (Katie Amelia) Baldwin
    Binder: Katie (Katie Amelia) Baldwin
    Other notes: Images and Japanese text taken from a Jiffy Pop popcorn label
    Treasure, a narrative poem about personal change, uses the images of Jiffy Pop
    popcorn (instructions in Japanese) as a metaphor for a turning point in a woman’s
    life and suggests an imminent need for change everywhere.

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  35. Karen Kunc
    Extension
    Intaglio with handcoloring, sumi ink and gold enamel paint,
    accordion folded into decorated patterned papers
    6.25 x 5.5 inches folded; 6.25 x 46 inches open
    2005-2014
    Karen Kunc
    Combinations
    Relief printed etchings, with watercolor on Lana Cover paper, 13 pages, accordion
    folded, with wooden box container 3.25 x 5 inches folded; 3.25 x 70 inches unfolded
    1997
    Karen Kunc
    Charting
    Screen print, watercolor and acrylic on carved poplar wood pages, accordion sewn binding, handmade box
    7 x5 x2 inches folded, 7 x 20.5 inches unfolded.
    2000

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  36. Eszter Sziksz
    In Her Silence
    Eszter Sziksz
    Pop Up Book
    Eszter Sziksz
    te.jpg
    Eszter Sziksz
    Turkish Fold Book

    Mokulito Print

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  37. Nick Satinover
    Conventional Wisdom
    Digital prints in drumleaf book form
    hardcover with relief printing on masa paper
    2010, 10″x15″, 20 pages

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  38. Nick Satinover
    Four-track recordings:

    june 2018 – june 2019
    Edition of 10 with 2 artist proofs
    music recorded to cassette tape on tascam
    four-track machine and transferred digitally.
    audio recordings primarily improvised and
    unrehearsed. images in approximate
    chronological order.
    Hand printed / hand made case +
    photo zine + two cd-rs.

    Case is made from monotype and
    screenprint on masa paper, wrapped around
    backboard.

    Cd sleeves are screen printed.
    1:45 minutes of music across 24 tracks.
    24 color laserjet images corresponding to
    titles/tracks.
    For purchase and audio samples follow link.

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  39. Nick Satinover
    Artist Talk
    https://youtu.be/-bTP9uSJeJM

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