East Hampton, NY, 2015. Unique artist's book, on Richard de Bas paper, signed on titlepage and dated and initialed on handwritten "artist's statement" at last page. Page size: 10 x 6-1/4 inches; 56pp; + titlepage & colophon. Bound: hand-sewn into buff wrappers and then affixed to ochre-colored leather with cut-out leather onlay of red spiral on dark blue; housed in blue cloth over boards clamshell box with red cloth edges, labels on spine and front panel with title and artist digitally copied from original collage by the artist. The artist has used India and acrylic inks with various shaped cut-outs, fold-backs to create a striking page design in black, red, blue, and yellow. The text of Walt Whitman's CROSSING BROOKLYN FERRY has been copied onto blue and black and white papers in black and pale blue inks, cut into strips, and collaged onto the pages at random. The artist notes in the colophon, "Just as in a music mix where notes and phrases appear, blend, reappear and collide, WHITMAN MIX offers Walt Whitman's CROSSING BROOKLYN FERRY in a new arrangement...In such a process thought is fluid, accident is active, and every encounter multiplies meaning." Strong geometric shapes on each page highlight the poet's verse. Page 46, with a cutout in (more or less) the shape of Manhattan has "bright flow, I was refresh'd," at the tip of the island. Strips of words collaged vertically off to one corner, on p. 43, blue paper alternating with white on black ground, conjure up a block in mid-town. A cut-out triangle at the top of the page, which in itself is a triangle within a triangle, summon up the top of skyscraper. What the reader sees is limited only to their imagination encouraged by Whitman's words. Barry McCallion's fascination with the sea and Walt Whitman (not to mention Walt Whitman's fascination with the sea) is ongoing. This book is as good a validation as one could hope to find. (Inventory #: 11070)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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