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artists' books; Korean (language); visual poetry; concrete poetry; letterpress printing


28 unnumbered pages : color illustrations. Limited edition of 32 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. "This book is about the differences between how language is observed and interpreted. My focus is on three languages which are Korean, English and Konglish (Korean + English) ... There are short, humorous stories in each language that I have personally experienced based on the differences of the languages and how they function in different cultures ... Two laser cut volvelles ... have mixture of both Korean and English alphabets. The book will be very different depending on what language you are able to speak ... If you understand both languages, you will be able to compare the two sides, understand both sides of my stories"--Artist's statement at the 23 Sandy Gallery Booksellers' website, viewed on April 20, 2015. "'Konglish' is an artist book about living with two languages, by Jana Sim. Images and text were written, printed, and bound in this unique structure, a combining of two existing forms: the Drum Leaf and Dos-a-Dos, by the artist at Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book & Paper Arts 2010. The images and text were letterpress printed using polymer plates on Somerset white velvet, except for the images of Korean snacks, which were inkjet printed. The volvelles were laser cut on Canford Royal Blue paper and Grafix Clear-Lay Red acetate"--Colophon. Letterpress printed in black, red, and blue, with Korean and English text alternately blind-impressed without ink. Issued in a three-panel purple cloth over boards wrapper with string and button closure and the artist's name debossed on the lower right panel. English and Korean.

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[Chicago, Illinois] : Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book & Paper Arts, 2010.


©[Chicago, Illinois] : Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book & Paper Arts, 2010.

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laser beam cutting; volvelles; dos-à-dos bindings; letterpress printing; inkjet printing; debossing; book cloth (textile material); paper


20 x 23 cm




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