Monday, October 31, 2016

October: Sunday In Bed All Day Watching Netflicks

        Color: Black & white
        Image: None (disregarded using the Wild Card option)
        Layout: Centered on the page
        Paper: Single color
        Structure: multiple openings
        Text: None
        Technique: Digital
       Adjectives: Narrative, miniature, photographic

   October's book is titled Sunday in Bed All Day Watching Netflicks. The book structure is a single-leaf folded book that has multiple gate-fold openings. The single sheet of paper folds down to a miniature book, 2 inches by 2 inches. At it's largest, the book is 4 by 4 inches. 

The title is the only text in the book. It was digitially printed onto a sheet of white Cranes® 100% linen paper with a Brother® laser printer.

The images are photocopies of a piece of crumpled wax paper, printed on the front and backside of the single sheet of paper. The black and white imagery resembles bedsheets. This uses the wild card substitution for the criteria of no image. 

As the pages unfold and refold on themselves, the narrative is simply the beginning, middle, and end of a day wasted (or not, depending on one's point-of-view).

The changing imagery of the bed sheets illustrates and describes this narrative.

This is a story where nothing really happens except someone laying in bed all day passively watching others' stories. It is a story about the simple act of existing... of making an impression by just being.

And as the pages are folded and unfolded, opened and closed, the book returns to its beginning...

like the mythical Ouroboros, the snake eating his tail... from the Creation myth of the perpetual eternal cyclic renewal of life.

Early alchemical ouroboros illustration with the words "εν το παν" ("one is the all"). From the work of Cleopatra the Alchemist (Greco-Roman Egypt).

November Artists' Book Ideation Cards:
Color: Favorite
Image: Collaborate with another artist
Layout: minimal or restrained
Paper: Neutral
Structure: Single sheet binding
Technique: High tech. (letterpress, printmaking, typewriter, etc.)
Text: Collaborate with a writer or poet
Adjectives: Strange or exotic; complicated or confusing; futuristic

1 comment:

  1. I love this book. Good example of structure and narrative coordination.