Image: Traced, re-drawn, lifted from outside sources
Layout: Across the folds or gutters
Technique: Hand drawn or painted
Text: Process of erasure
Adjectives: formal, transparent, impressionistic
|the front cover with the title, Or Not|
The book for August is titled Or Not. As specified by the Artists' Book Ideation cards, the structure is based on an historic book structure known as a palimpsest. Or Not is a palimpsest of last month's book, The End of the World is Near!. On the front cover, the lone image is the tiny red elephant... seen on the cover of End of the World is Near! as the logo of the United States' Republican National Political Party. The remainder of the cover of End of the World..! has been whited out, painted over, and erased to form the new book cover for Or Not. In the new book, the red elephant symbolizes the mascot of a mythical circus, and is now printed on a bright yellow balloon. As specified by the ABI cards, primary colors were hand painted onto the neutral-colored text block.
|first page spread... our own circus collaged from a '60's little Golden Book|
|The Circus poster and the circus workers?|
|making up the rules...|
|the basics of life in the circus...|
|The best circus ever!|
|the back cover... the trick is successful relationships|
Artist book Ideation Cards for September:
Color: Least Favorite
Layout: Centered on the Page
Paper: Transparent, Translucent
Structure: Codex: pamphlet, multisection binding, board book, stacked folios, etc.
Technique: High tech: letterpress, printmaking, etc.
Text: Self generated
Adjectives: Scientific or research-based; serious; mystical or spiritual
Andrea Z. sent in this description of the book she made using July's Artists' Book Ideation cards:
|Andrea's August book, Statistics|
Winston Churchill once said: "I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself". With statistics we pretend to understand and explain nearly everything. They lead us to believe that they make things more transparent but in reality they mostly prove what the creator wants to people to believe.
I took the prompt "transparency" and the idea that you can find statistics for nearly everything and play with it. The paper is semi-transparent vellum. The last page contains a map of the USA with all fifty states. Each preceding page only contains the states that are relevant for the respective statistic. I picked unusual topics like "states where it is illegal to hunt with a bow shorter than 28 inches (Montana and South Dakota)" or "Top 10 states with the highest rate of summer Olympians per resident in 2016 (Surprise: Rhode Island)"
All drawn Artist's Ideation Cards were used: Primary colors red, yellow and blue on neutral paper, a layout across the gutter, pamphlet (historic) binding, and a transparent process of erasure lifted from outside sources.
|Statistics: transparent vellum pages and hand drawn imagery and text...|
Thanks Andrea, for that fascinating and funny book! And thanks to Matthew E. for the title to this month's book, Or Not.