Martha Carothers. Eyes On, Hands Off. Newark, DE: The Post Press, 2000.
Martha Carothers directly examines the concept of the book as exhibit
in this work that is composed of a single page opening in a plexiglass
enclosure. The text discusses the lack of interaction in a museum context,
stating that "When any book lies open under glass it is by a sheer
act of faith that we assume it is really a book." A small stamp
of a hand actually points to this sentence as if to say that the viewer
will not get the message unless it is explicitly pointed out.
Lent by Martha Carothers.
Dennis Evans, 1946- The Canticle of Hours. Dennis Evans, artist; Carmine Chickadel,
poet. Neo Vatikan Press, 2000.
Sidereal Press, the printing house of Sheila Coppola, hand set these
poems and struck them on letterpress. The color images were created
by digitally photographing original paintings and processing them in
Photoshop. The color images on the right half of each page are woodcuts.
The Canticle of Hours follows the eight divisions of the day
for prayer in the Roman Catholic Church. It integrates themes from Buddhism,
zodiac signs, and the passing of the seasons. The theme is the passing
of time from hours to a lifetime.
Alisa J. Golden. Wind, Wire & Web. Berkeley, CA: Never Mind the Press, 2000.
This combination concertina/single-layer flag book features a short
vignette about spiders, telephones, and static which is printed on acrylic
painted pages that are set into the valleys of an accordion. An enhanced
dream about spiders and searching for help is printed on cloudy glassine
and hidden in the outer folds of the spine.
Charles Hobson. Dancing with Amelia: Amelia Earhart's Six Year Marriage with George
Palmer Putnam. San Francisco: Pacific Editions, 2000.
The illustrations in Dancing were done in pastel/monotypes and
computer printed as IRIS images. The pages have been die cut into an
airplane shape based on the design of the twin-engine Lockheed Electra
Amelia Earhart flew on her last flight. The text is fiction, inspired
by Earhart's letters to her husband. Hobson recreates the marriage of
Earhart and Putnam as lovers and dance partners, lending another dimension
to the public image of the famous pilot.
Peter Rutledge Koch. Hard Words. San Francisco; Missoula: Gallery 16: University of
Montana Art Galleries, 2000.
According to the artist, "These one word picture poems began in
1991 in response to the custom of issuing wanted posters. I was searching
for a new language to express what was wanting (wanted) in my own vocabulary
of symbols. The lead and wood types, copper electroplated and zinc photoengravings
were collected from various sources, such as a newspaper office near
Freezout, Montana and a printer's junkyard in San Francisco."
Lemons Descending is meant to be looked at, to be touched and
to be listened to - all at once. Designed as a coherent multi-media
experience, the flow of the book is synchronized with the recorded selections
so that the audio, visual and tactile senses combine to fully enhance
the narrative. The compact disk includes a recital performed by soprano
Eileen Clark and cellist Matt Haimovitz. The music is illuminated by
letterpress printed poetry and color etchings by Michael Kuch. The poets
include Emily Dickinson, Anna Ahkmatova, Richard Crashaw, Hildegard
von Bingen and Pablo Neruda.
To Persephone; lithographs by Enid Mark. Wallingford,
PA: ELM Press, 2000.
The ancient story of Persephone's abduction by Hades, Lord of the Dead,
is the Greek myth of the origin of the seasons. Nine contemporary poets
respond to the emotional depths of the myth. The poems are accompanied
by a sequence of lithographs, which can be extended to reveal a continuous
landscape panorama. The image of the pomegranate, the fruit that plays
a key role in the ancient myth, appears as a design element throughout
the book and as glass seeds on the book's cover.
Enid Mark has been awarded a 2001 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and has
exhibited her books the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The British
Library, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
Kelly Wellman. Palimpsest. California: this is my body press, 2000.
All of the quotations in the books are taken from the Oxford English
Dictionary, under the word " Palimpsest." The word
refers to a manuscript in which a text that has been erased and written
over can still be seen. The images are photographs of tympans, which
are sheets of paper or cloth placed between the impression surface of
a printing press and the paper to be printed.