here are 3 sets of things i have done that could be in sync with your leads:
- the 03 following images are pages from my journals:
2. The following set is a text about immigration, shown here as close-ups of a spread I printed from type (the last 2 pages was type-over-woodcuts) for a collaborative book (which we printed in an edition of 10) – I imagine the text over the woodcuts would be hard to recreate, so maybe (if you like this) I could have the whole thing handwritten in a journal page style?
3) Still rummaging through my files on the immigration topic: this is an artist statement about an unique book (which was auctioned for the Center’s benefit)
You will see the information repeated, because I am compiling here for your editorial perusal a short (the first paragraph) and a long version of the same statement. I imagine neither is fit to publish as is, but if you are interested maybe I could round it up to something more Tinker-Street-like?
” ‘Notions’ attempts to compartmentalize the elements of abrasiveness caused by preconceived notions about immigration. Featuring two books stitched shut and together in order to stay permanently linked, its employs grid patterns, translucence, distorted geometry and a jail-like shape to represent a confinement without fixed boundaries. The two books/boxes are identical in size, shape and construction. The only difference between them is in the text, for each contains one side of a given perspective. The books/boxes are titled “I” and “You”. “I” displays the defensive arguments and expose the lack of preparedness. “You” displays the challenging attitude brought upon by lack of information and experience.”
“As a bookbinder, I produce boxes to house the books I produce.
As an artist, I’ve been investigating situations where two sides of the same perspective can be contrasted within form.
As an immigrant, I’ve been constantly challenged by the native naive perspective – by which I mean lack of perspective – of what it is to be on the other side. By the same token, I’ve always made a conscientious effort to understand the motivations of others (often without success, often slipping into condescending attitudes).
The solution I’ve found to weave the elements of craftsmanship, artistic investigation and immigrant perspective is a set of two non-adhesive map-fold books bound together with coptic chains inside wooden boards.
Both books contain only two sheets each, stitched shut and together in order to stay permanently linked. Upon the opening of the covers the books become boxes, as the covers and pages turn into the four walls and base.
The two books/boxes are identical in size, shape and construction. The only difference between the two is the text, for each one of them will be invested with one side of a given perspective about possibilities. The books/boxes are titled “I” and “You”.
“I” will display the defensive arguments and expose the lack of preparedness. “You” will display the challenging attitude brought upon by lack of information and experience.
The design of two books/boxes attempt to convey the elements of misunderstandings provoked by preconceived notions, exposing their naïveté. In order to do so, I included features such as grid patterns, translucence, distorted geometry, jail-like box-like confinement without fixed boundaries.
Windows on the four sides lead to the viewing of the quotes inside.”