[Easthampton, MA: Wide Awake Garage, 2005. Large, thick quarto quarter morocco box (30 x 21 x 7 cm), enclosing three metal objects, two texts in wrappers, and a 12 panel accordion construct (page edge ca. 8.5 cm) assembled with metal hinges. Fine. First edition. Copy #5 of fifteen numbered copies (plus an artist's proof and a prototype), signed by Kelm. A project long in conception and production, MARS includes an accordion book structure bearing images of the god Mars, as well as the phrase "God of War" and the two names of the god (the Greek "Ares" and Roman "Mars"), that can be assembled into a three-dimensional dodecahedron shape by pinning the sides together (pins included), the surfaces of which were built up with color by layering paste paper decoration, silk screen printing, and mouth-atomizer spattering. Also present are two texts: THE NARRATIVE OF MARS (11pp, in printed wrappers, including the colophon) and "The Voice of Mars," a collaborative poem by Kelm, and Greta and Taz Sibley, printed on folded stiff card. The narrative is a full history of the conception, design and production of the work, as well as an explanation. The three objects include an actual iron-nickel meteorite found in Namibia, a rusted Civil War canister ball, and a chrome steel ball bearing -- the latter representing the Scientific Mars and the Military Mars. The significance of their positioning in the box inset in relation to the orientation of the accordion construct is elaborated in the NARRATIVE.... Accompanied by a 2002 t.l.s. from Kelm associated with the delivery of the main portion of the work, and a 2005 e-mail arranging for the imminent delivery of the printed texts and the completion of the project. This was a central work in Kelm's 2007-8 exhibition at Smith College, POETIC SCIENCE. Kelm's work is imbued with his knowledge of physical science, alchemy and philosophy, which combined with his skills and talent as binder and book artist, has produced a unique body of sculptural and kinetic bookworks. OCLC: 61330357. (Inventory #: WRCLIT75860)
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