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artists' books; landscapes (environments); petroleum; letterpress printing


36 pages : color illustrations Cover title. Limited edition of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. " ... written, designed & letterpress printed by AB Gorham at Small Craft Advisory Press, Tallahassee, FL, for the MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Typeset in Scala & printed on a Vandercook 15-21 with photopolymer plates & linoleum block on handmade cotton/abaca paper"--Colophon. "Laid in a Japanese two-flap hard cover with title (once incised, once printed) on two flaps ... Laid out in a shifting grid, Gorham's poetic text and the book's simple but elaborate structure reinforce the straightforward complexity of a time and place"--Vamp & Tramp Booksellers' website, viewed on February 20, 2015. "An attempt to understand the lore spun throughout lifetimes spent in the oil patches, courthouses and other haunts of the oil and gas industry, 'Whipstock' manages the iconoclast of the landman, the grid of Township and Range used to identify tracts of land, as well as the more organic and inorganic forms that comprise the actual physical landscape. Paging through the book, the act of unfolding the folios creates a series of shifting views, a slow exposure of this complicated concept"--Artist's statement at the Vamp & Tramp Booksellers' website, viewed on October 8, 2014. Outer-most flap of hard cover has small circular incisions and printed gold dots in addition to title; a numbered grid is attached to the inside. Hard cover has magnetic closure. Paper signatures are attached at two spines and sewn into a two-flap illustrated paper wrapper. Numbered pages printed with illustrations and poetry fold and intersect over one another to create a shifting, multi-directional reading experience. Library has copy number 11.

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


Tallahassee, FL : Small Craft Advisory Press, 2014.


©Tallahassee, FL : Small Craft Advisory Press, 2014.

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letterpress printing; magnets; poetry; illustrations (layout features)


16 x 16 cm




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