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Out West
November 21, 1998 - May 1, 1999

The Artist's Book in California: Part 1, Northern California

organized by  Steve  Woodall

Wallace  Berman
Semina 7 (reproduction)
(1994) Folder with pocket containing 18 items, mailart magazine, Larkspur, original 1961. The nine issues of "Semina" are essential documents of the beat era, and Wallace Berman was one of the era's most fascinating and influential figures. He began the magazine in Los Angeles in 1955, when he was given a tabletop press, and produced it at irregular intervals over a period of ten years. "Semina," which couldn't be purchased--it was given away to friends and acquaintances--contained his own deeply mysterious collage and poems both by writers he admired (Artaud, Hesse, Cocteau), and by significant poets of his milieu, including Michael McClure, John Wieners, William Burroughs, Robert Duncan, and David Meltzer. McClure called "Semina" "a décor for soul-building."
Kathleen  Burch
Spontaneous Combustion
(1996) Tesla coil with plastic spiral
Frances  Butler
Wing Kit No. 2
(1989) pine, paper, common hardware/ text burned into wood
Marylee  Bytheriver
Outside Art
Ann  Chamberlain
(1996) drop-spine box by John DeMerritt; alternating sheets of watercolor paper and vellum that have been printed with Ann Chamberlain's photographs and images from medical records. Working with Robert Buckenmeyer and Griff Williams of Urban Digital Color in San Francisco, she produced continuous tone IRIS prints, registered to represent an accretion of memory and cellular history.
Julie  Chen
Radio Silence
(1996) concertina book and box
Bonnie  Cohen
Golden Pheasant Book
(1995) handmade kozo with rabbit skin glue, pheasant feathers
Betsy  Davids
Turning Into a Pumpkin
(1996) paper bag, photos, collaged elements, handwritten text
Marie  Dern
(1997) Coptic binding in paper covered boards, handcolored photoengravings by Carl Dern
Alisa  Golden
Walking on the Sentence Stones
Georgianna  Greenwood
Eros II
(1994) photocopied images collaged onto Canson paper; handwritten text with India ink, gouache, and a Sakura "Pen Touch" white pen
Susannah  Hays
One Sun, One Apple, One Day
(1998) Vandyke brown photograms on Kaji paper, with slipcase
Mark  Head
Three small books, untitled
(1998) 1997-1998; accordions, open to circular configuration (diameter, height): 4 1/4 x 4; 4 1/4 x 2 1/4; 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in; linoblock prints and etchings, collaged elements, variants of editions
Charles  Hobson
Andromeda Imagined
(1998) IRIS printed from six mixed-media figure drawings; Binding and clamshell box by John DeMerritt;
Diane  Jacobs
Untitled (bra)
(1998) Woven paper, letterpress printed, and wood; with a box for viewer response
Alastair  Johnston
Muted Hawks
(1997) vertical accordion, letterpress text and illustrations
Lisa  Kokin
Jewish Science
(1998) ten 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in altered pamphlets
Seth  Kroeck
McCarty Street
(1994) letterpress printed matchbox with wooden matches
Mary  Laird
Firewoman Learns to Carry Water
(1997) Japanese cloth covered drop-spine box; acrylic, pencil, pen and gold leaf painting and embellishment; handwritten text
Graham  Mackintosh
Letter to Che Guevara by Jack Thibeau
(1967) envelope with three 8 1/2 x 11 in sheets/ reproduction of letter, with envelope
Please Plant This Book by Richard Brautigan
(1968) poems letterpress printed onto seed packets
Ruth  McGurk
Hall of Fame
(1998) Baseball horsehide cover, drawings with handlettered text
Howard  Munson
(1997) accordion-fold with paint and collage
Michael  Myers
Common Sense by Tom Raworth
(1973) poetry book in spiral-bound notepad form, letterpress
Nance  O'Banion
Domestic Science: Pop Up Icons and Idioms
(1990) Typography, printing and book production by Julie Chen
Patricia  Olynyk
(1997) lithography, monoprint, drawings, and collage on handmade paper
Asa  Peavy
(1997) illustrations and binding by Coriander Reisbord; The elegant structure, incorporating transparent vellum and evocative red past paper, merges perfectly with the content of this book of poetry - written by a physician - which describes various anatomical systems of the human body. This is certainly the most traditional book in the show, but its heightened utilization of form/content elements, including reduction linocut illustrations of microscopic images, brings it into the realm of the artist's book.
Luis Delgado  Qualtrough
La Lotería Cosmológica/The Cosmological Lotería
(1996) 42 5 x 7 in toned silver gelatin photographs, mounted to cards, boxed.
Sonya  Rapoport
Arbor Erecta
(1998) web-based book; diskette, computer installation
Transgenic Bagel, The
(1996) web-based book; diskette, computer installation
Coriander  Reisbord
Angry Heart
(1998) used cutting blades sewn into curtain fabric
Felicia  Rice
Codex Espangliensis
(1998) Letterpress printed on Mexican bark paper, accordion binding in portfolio box
Artemio  Rodrigues
(1997) suite of 8 linocuts; portfolio by John DeMerritt
Judith  Serebrin
House Hunting Scroll
(1994) hand-colored etchings and dry-point
Svea  Seredin
Passing Down
(1993) Spheres of text suspended by translucent nylon nets in a box
Anne Hicks  Siberell
(The Work of a) Diligent Scribe
Melissa  Slattery
Lucky Year
(1994) altered book; spackle, beeswax, gesso and polymer
Indigo  Som
Aeronautics of Love, The
(1996) mobile, two paper airplanes;
Rich  Spelker
Bomb-Proof Book (ZRC1(ZI2ZFPR))
(1996) letterpress printed; cast metal enclosure
Seiko  Tachibana
(1997) linoleum block prints and letterpress
Holbrook  Teter
Common Sense by Tom Raworth
(1973) poetry book in spiral-bound notepad form, letterpress
Donna  Thomas
Meditations at the Edge: Paper and Spirit by Dorothy Field
(1996) handmade paper, letterpress, special binding
Peter  Thomas
Meditations at the Edge: Paper and Spirit by Dorothy Field
(1996) handmade paper, letterpress, special binding
Gretchen  Treuting
Remarks on Color by Ludwig Wittgenstein
(1997) laser printed on a variety of materials
Katherine  Venturelli
(1995) three monotypes, accordion structure, wood slipcase; text by Herb Boxhorn
Kathy  Walkup
Village Life English Language
(1998) letterpress printed, with found cuts
Anna  Wolf
Tibetan Prayer Wheel
(1996) cylindrical accordion
Arne  Wolf
Genesis 5: The Generations of Adam
(1996) woodtype prints on vellum
John  Woodall
(1998) ginko leaves, lead, paper from a braille edition of the Old Testament, cardboard, wrapping paper
Dorothy  Yule
Memories of Science
(1996) prototype for an edition; pop-up collages, Mohawk Superfine and Superfine Cover overlaid with paper from a wasp's nest laminated to Sekeishu

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