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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Dennis Yuen

Hokusai No Yurei by Dennis Yuen

Dennis Yuen - Hokusai No Yurei (Hokusai's Ghost)

Unwrapping Dennis Yuen’s book is a rare treat. This physically lightweight object morphs into something of unexpectedness weightiness with the unwrapping of each layer of the cotton cord that makes up its bulk.

Using lengths of cotton cord suggestive of Yurei’s (a Japanese folklore character) long hair, the book successfully evokes a sense of the ethereal outside of the specific context of Japanese folklore.

This book is produced in an edition of one and sells for $2000 .

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Karen Kunc

Ephemera by Karen Kunc

Karen Kunc - Ephemera

 

I have been an admirer of Karen Kunc’s prints and books for many years so I am delighted to have two of her works included in this years’ Artists Book Cornucopia exhibition.

 

Impeccably designed, printed and bound, Ephemera is an accordion structure with multiple layers of woodcut imagery combined with letterpress image and text. This elegant presentation evolved from an invitation from Longwood University to poet Robert Pinsky and Karen Kunc.

 

The book includes the two poems Rhyme and The Want Bone

 

An excerpt from Rhyme

 

Air an instrument of the tongue

The tongue an instrument

Of the body . . . 

 

And from The Want Bone:

 

The tongue of the waves tolled in the earth’s bell.

Blue ripped and soaked in the fire of blue . . . 

 

This book is produced in an edition of 50 and sells for $950.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Kyle Holland

Neglected by Kyle Holland

Kyle Holland - Neglected

Neglected, a two volume piece with a wrap around cover is an elegant commentary on a disappointing father/son relationship.

 

Silhouette images of leafless trees, printed letterpress, grace both the interior panels of the wrapper and the covers of one volume. The second volume has a letterpress bird silhouette on the cover. Variations on the two shapes, bird and trees, appear throughout both volumes; the text is poignant and sparse. 

 

One volume is printed in bright, warm colors pulp painted on handmade paper, the second is in cooler tones, on translucent paper, furthering the sense of remoteness the title implies. 

 

Although the two volumes use the same visual forms and approach to text, they complement rather than repeat.

 

Kyle Holland finishes his undergraduate studies at Memphis College of Art this week. His work is already accomplished and sophisticated. I look forward to his future projects. 

 

This set is produced in an edition of three and sells for $400. One copy is still available

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Cynthia Nourse Thompson

Artists Book Cornucopia III – Cynthia Nourse Thompson

 

Cynthia Thompson - Grievous 2

Cynthia Thompson - Remorse 1

The physical and historical path the two girdle books, Grievous and Remorse, by Cynthia Thompson follow make them highlights of the exhibition. 

Each has pages of handmade paper made from historically significant rag fibers (Grievous from unblessed purificators and corporals and Remorse from an unblessed cappa). 

 

Bound in goat with nickel clasps made by Thompson, the associations and presentation are clean, pure and ordered. 

 

That they are so rich with content while visually so spare and elegant is a noteworthy accomplishment.

 

Both books are produced in editions of 5 and sell for $3200 each.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Servane Briand

Traces by Servane Briand

 

Servane Briand - Traces 2

A favorite attribute of this book is how lovely it smells. The book’s flexible yet sturdy covers are infused with beeswax, which means the book smells good and also feels wonderful in the hand. It is a palm-sized book, easily held while being read, and intended to act, in Briand’s words

as a daily companion and a reminder of the passing of time

I say read even though the book hasn’t any text. It does have narrative qualities. The pages progress through a series of color and tone shifts and each page has a variety of marks and symbols that resemble a partially faded pictographic alphabet. Each signature has a double gate fold, adding to the narrative aspect.

 

Servane Briand - Traces 1

This book is a one of a kind and sells for $300.

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Sun Young Kang

In Between Presence and Absence – Sun Young Kang

 

Sun Young Kang - In Between Presence and Absence, 2

 

 

This is the 2nd in a series of shaped page book objects created by Korean artist Sun Young Kang,  and is a continuation of her ongoing exploration of absence/emptiness and presence.

 

Using limited text

 

The presence only exists when the absence is recognized

 

and meticulous craft, Kang brings a meditative aspect to her work. Additional wonder comes when one recognizes that these works are crafted from quiet, repetitive work processes. 

 

Although the abstract Buddhist  philosophy of ‘emptiness’ is difficult to grasp, Kang succeeds in presenting the non-visual concept as a tangible object that has both presence and absence.

 

Viewing this work is quiet pleasure. 

 

This book is produced in an edition of 10 and sells for $600

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Linda K. Johnson

Seasons of Winter by Linda Johnson 

 

Linda K Johnson - Seasons of Winter

 

This book makes use of an everyday, low-end material, papertoweling, to create a book perfectly suited for Randy L. Mayes’ musings on winter. Johnson handset the type and printed on slightly translucent papertowels. That each is carefully  torn at the bottom edge creates a series of soft edge layers very evocative of falling snow. 

 

For Johnson the 

torn fore edges . . . connote the sense of time passing and the observationsof winter changing as the season progresses and ultimately gives way to spring. 

 

The book is stab bound at the top, the cover a cool tone Amate paper.

 

This books is produced in an edition of 25 and sells for $125.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde

Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde – Hello Catty! 


Karen Chew & Nanette Wylde - Hello Catty!

 

The whimsical black and white drawings and colorful cats on the pages of this book make it great fun to peruse. That each page also includes text accessed via moveable wheels, pulls and pop-up flaps makes adds to the fun.

 

The book is a collaborative work inspired by the unpleasantness of unnecessary meaness. Those unpleasant ‘catty’ traits are treated in a lighthearted and visually appealing and interactive way, such as  a spread featuring a feline cemetery complete with epitaphs such as 

 

This dead kitty was one to fear because no human ever called her dear. 

 

The book also includes a game, buttons and a bit of organic catnip.

 

This books is produced in an edition of 28 and sells for $300

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Cynthia Colbert

Cynthia Colbert – The Scars We Carry

 

Cynthia Colbert - The Scars We Carry

 

It is my belief that hand-crafted objects are forever imbued with the energies present during their production, regardless of the intention of their maker. Whether or not viewers are able to tune in to these energies depends on a range of variables.

 

The hand-worked covers of The Scars We Carry exude calm. To find out that they were sanded and carved while the artist was in a wheelchair recovering from back surgery, unable to rush about and over plan, is consistent with their hand-worked appeal. 

 

Cynthia says: 

 

The process of making this book helped me heal. I had unlimited time to think, plan, and reconsider my plans and when I was able, I created the book with certainty and calmness.

 

The text block pages present a series of cuts and slits, sewed together and/or patched over with translucent paper. The limited text includes hand-written descriptions of some of the scars Colbert has earned over her lifetime.

 

The books is well crafted in a coptic binding, lies nice and flat and is held closed with a flat hand-knotted braid and shell button.

 

This books is produced a one of a kind and sells for 600.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Heather Doyle-Maier

Her (un) Doing – Heather Doyle-Maier

Heather Doyle-Maier - Her (un) Doing

Heather Doyle-Maier works in performance, installation and book arts.To all her work she brings a sense of quietude paired with undertones of outrage at or, in this case, a questioning of the status quo.

Her (un) Doing is a feminist look at the traditional “learn to dress myself” fabric books, exploring the simple tasks involved in dressing a small girl as commentary on the process of being fastened into a gender.

In answer to the question How can we remove the packaging of girls, and babies in general? Doyle-Maier states:

I’m not sure we need to, or can. Dressing up babies is not only part of keeping them warm and safe, but part of how we adore them, and their survival depends on us adoring them. . . No matter what clothing we choose for our children, we make a statement about how we want them to be held in the world, . . . it’s good to be aware of the potentially limiting contents of whatever packaging you are applying.

The book, as is typical of all her work, is beautifully crafted with care and attention given to both physical and conceptual details.

This books is a one of a kind and has been sold.

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