Lynn Sures, Rick Potts, Terrence Chouinard – VARIATIONS on the Dialectic between Mingus and Pithecanthropus erectus


c. 2005
edition of 55
10.5 x 7.5 x .5 opens to 10.5 x 60


Based on Charles Mingus’s musical work, “Pithecanthropus erectus,” images and words weave the music’s story together with the factual tale of the discovery of early hominid Pithecanthropus erectus. In the symbolism of Mingus, Pithecanthropus erectus represents the accomplishments but also the tragic self-satisfaction of the dominant hominid. The four stages of his rise and fall are documented in the pages of the book, in works directly responding to the music written and performed by Mingus. Artist: Lynn Sures Text: Rick Potts Printer: Terrence Chouinard Lynn  produced watermarked handmade hemp sheets and handmade abaca pulp paintings for the body of the book, and abaca sheets for the wrapper. The letterpress-printed woodcut images incorporate polymer plate text.

Lynn  produced watermarked handmade hemp sheets and handmade abaca pulp paintings.  . . the woodcut images are printed with a letterpress. Lynn Sures’ studio practice includes three-dimensional paperworks, printmaking, book arts, and ceramic sculpture. Her artist’s books appear in the Penland Book of Handmade Books, and 500 Artist Books. Her work is represented in collections of the United States Department of State, the US Library of Congress, Yale University, and the American Museum of Papermaking.

Accordion-bound book, 16 accordion pages plus three 2-folio watermarked pamphlets of essays sewn in; title and colophon are printed over a woodcut on the wrapper.

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