3.0 # 13 (The Ruin) Accordion edition of 8 books – No. 8/8. The Ruin is an elegy – a thoughtful, meditative poem from the Exeter Book (8th cent). Jac has taken word sections to create his accordion book for the collaboration on http://artistbooks.ning.com. The images are digitally printed from monoprints. Text sited includes The City Buildings fell apart, the works of giants crumble tumbled towers, ruined roofs and the barred gate broken. Although the poem seems a description of the visual manifestation of the site, the work has sufficient ambiguous aspects regarding the passage of time and the transience of earthly living. Voicing earthly instability seems to speak directly to the tragic impermanence this world offers.
3.0 # 13 (Mare nostrum)
An accordion book, part of the 3.0 # 13 collaboration. A sea wash which includes a map of Ulysse’s journey in Homer’s Odyssey, the tale of Martine is described thus:
“I live close to the Mediterranean sea which is “our sea” that is the link between all the Mediterranean populations ( South of France, Italy, Spain, Greece + the 3 North African countries Marocco, Tunisia and Algeria). All these populations have history, stories and myths in common, as well as conflicts and wars. At school I was fascinated by the Greek mythology that we all studied” – Martine I think we remain fascinated? The book concludes with the following note: Its the story of a journey whose starting point is the infinite expanse of the sea that leads one to the infinite dimension of isolation. (Just as an aside, MareNostrum is also the name of a supercomputer in Spain – no, I didn’t know that, it was just an interesting connection to a mythical mind)
The Concierge and the Lobby Boy
(Chapbook – first edition of 5)
Second set of aleatory free verse made while watching The Grand Budapest – on an airplane. Strange experience to write/watch/eat/think/fly. Mingling actions/thoughts and the experiences thereof create a surreal, disjointed set of free verses. I am aware that not all of these works will be successful – but that’s the nature of learning and writing – right?
a beautiful boy
on the cusp of manhood
would you like wine with that?
Thank you so much
chicken or beef?
I’ll just put it here.
What would you like maam?
he’s rude and
sans apples and
deliberately bald -
a drink or something?
the trolley rolls on.
3.0 # 13 (20 grs Maxima) Edition of 10 handmade books. N0. 9/10. Marcela started a mini ‘revolution’ with this book of holes and thread. Apparently postage in Argentina is affordable (but still expensive) if a letter is below 20grams. It was very clever to make a work full of holes to create a scale of economy that still function as a successful book – very clever Marcela. A mini ‘revolution’ because this work spawned the next collaboration on Robert Heathers artist books website http://artistbooks.ning.com where we all congregate and exchange books. The new title? – 3.0 # 14 (Holes).
3.0#13 (Industrialized Objects)
Information taken from a blog on http://artistbooks.ning.com/profiles/blogs/industrialized-objects?xg_source=activity where Theresa explains her methodology. Please see the link for a full explanation. “ Industrialized Objects is the first in a series of Chap Books exploring WW1 Trench Art and the historical narrative surrounding the making of Trench Art from brass artillery shells. Created for the Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition
Industrialized Objects is made from a single sheet of Zerkall using Photo Litho and Silk Screen”…
Theresa is “using the medium of Mail Art to explore the complex narratives presented in Trench Art and the hybrid nature embedded within the objects. Industrialized Objects is the culmination of research into the social history of WW1 and the production Mail Art”. For the full article, including exhibition times/dates please follow the link above.
The Wind is Blowing (and other works) – Wolfgang Günther/ Cheryl Penn – An Encyclopedia of Everything
Book 9 of collaborative poetry, 2nd writing venture between Wolfgang Günther (Germany) and Cheryl Penn -The Wind is Blowing (and other works) - First Edition of 6 chapbooks.
Correspondence between nula horo – Wolfgang Günther and I began in about March and ended in May – as far as I can tell – my emails are misbehaving. This work was slightly different as Wolfgang was tending his gardens and I was tending minds, so he wrote quite a few verses and I interjected. This is a different sort of process to the way all the other collaborations worked.
Sometimes it felt like writing in a time warp, that I was behind Wolfgang’s place of mind – an interesting experience. For the full work see:
3.0#13 (Morning Coffee) (Pamphlet bound book, no. 1/9 – thank you – my favorite number in a series!)
A fabulous book by Stephanie, conceptually sound and satisfyingly heavy. This hessian bound work represents her “love of coffee and, instead of drinking it (she) has used it as a drawing tool and a source of inspiration. To make this book (she has) printed from the lid and cardboard slip of a take-away cup, printed from coffee sacks and drawn/made marks with ink, filter coffee, coffee beans and stencils”. I read a good article about coffee snobs - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/java-jargon-coffee-lovers-take-language-lessons-from-wine-snobs-1.1072573
and lets face it, life would not be complete without that morning jab, now would it??