Friday, December 4, 2020

Kvetá Pacovska, Couleurs du Jour (Les Grandes Personnes) [The Big People], Editions des Grandes Personnes, Paris, France, 2010

This is just an astonishing book by this formidable Czech artist, illustrator and graphic designer known particularly for her work with children's books. And this monumental 164 page accordion with its cut-outs, cut-ins and every other way in which Pacovska has taken liberties with the pages of this book, is a wonderful testament to her legacy.

In one of the double flaps of this book is this statement by Pacovska (b. 1928):

I choose the colors according to their sound, their own noise… Green Monday, Blue Tuesday, Orange Wednesday, Pink Thursday, Sunday has yellow ears… This is what I imagined when I was ten years old, surprised that no one others do not know the color of the days. Of course, depending on the mood, age or point of view, these colors could's up to you to look at them now.

82 pages, double-sided, individual pages 5" (t) x 5" (w) and when fully opened 35ft 10".

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a different angle and a different view

6dreams, editor Roger Omar, Valencia, Spain

Roger Omar has just sent me three new works in this wonderful series of accordions that illustrate dreams by children from around the world.  See this blog's posting of a whole bunch of them here: 6dreams, editor Roger Omar

This is a really beautiful and well thought out accordion project initiated in 2002 by Roger Omar, which combines a really sharp conceptual framework, matched with a fresh formal design and presentation. 

At the present time there are approximately 38 accordions in this "6dreams" series, and the underlying structure and theme of the individual accordions is so simple and beautifully complete. Individual accordions are designed by different illustrators, and they are based on 6 dreams as described by children between the ages of 8-10 years, most of them from Mexico and Spain, and presented in both Spanish and English.

The format and size is the same for all of these 5 page double-sided accordions: individual pages 8.25" (h) x 7.75" (w), and when fully open they are 38.75".

For further information about this innovative project go to:

Title: Mujer Tarantula
Dreamers: Mexican children from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Illustrator: Boris Pramatarov
Date: July 2020

Title: Era un Pajaro (I was a bird)
Dreamers: Children from Villava, Navarra, Spain
Illustrator: Katsiaryna Dubovik
Date: July 2020

Title: Furry Black Puppy
Dreamers: Children of Lavacolla, Santiago de Compostel, Galicia, Spain
Illustrator: Sophie Nicklas
Date: July 2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dogan Surek, Manhattan Bus Map (1996) and Bewerbungs unterlagen für wichtige aufgaben (2000)

Manhattan Bus Map, Printed Mayer, Essen, Germany 1996, ed. open

Three couples are depicted with different bus routes coming out of their mouths in a mash of phallic symbols and what appears to be heated discussions. I've been unable to find anything from Durek about his larger practice and this particular work, however he's been very active making artists' books and accordions for quite a while and there are a number of them spread out across this blog. This one leaves me curious about its meaning, and I'm still taking in its rather crude images and overpainting.

6 pages single-sided, individual pages 8.25" (h) x 5.75' (w), when fully open 2ft 10.5".

Bewerbungs unterlagen fur wichtige aufgaben (Application documents for important tasks), Odenthal, Germany, 2000, ed. 100.

An architecturally themed work with depictions of 4 rooms with notations for what is to take place in each part of the space. At the bottom of each page are titles/texts that read: 1. we build your dream home, 2. we are ready for 2100, 3. we offer innovative problems, 4. we are reflexively modern.

Perhaps I'm missing the 'humor' and the point to this work, in which on page 4 Surek has stamped the following "D. Surek Dipl.-ing. Architekt".

6 pages single-sided, individual pages 5.75" (h) x 4" (w) and when fully open 2ft.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Susanne Bürner, L'Isère and Le Travail, Manufactures d'histoire, Deux Ponts, Bresson, France, ed. 750.

Two accordions that take the format of the old fashioned folded postcard strips, and both explore the industrial and post-industrial landscape of the town of L'Isere that lies on the river of the same name, near Grenoble, France. The large factory in the town was a mine for processing the local stone. Interestingly, Isere was also the name of the French ship that delivered to the USA the 214 boxes inside of which was the Statue of Liberty.

This book project was sponsored by local organizations and historical groups interested in documenting the history of this previously important industrial area.

Both accordions: 12 double-sided pages, individual pages 3" (h) x 4" (w), and when fully open 4ft.

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both accordions have the same reverse side with the L'Isere river in the middle

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Molly Colleen O'Connell, Pantsless Pocket Pictionary, 2007

Not exactly sure what is happening here in this comic accordion, but the text begins with "dirty, filthy, sick hippy man cursed by a snakeboner into his current form: a 64-story tall feline guru, who begins the cult of the troubled teen...", and then its all a crazy roller-coaster from there — topless dancers, genital philanthropists, sex crazed gurus, ritual shaves, hypnotic prayers, panagiarions, pantlikas and the shartruse tribe all wrapped together in a cool combination of texts and quirky drawings, and printed in four colors.

10 pages, double-sided, individual pages 3.5" (h) x 2.5" (w) and when fully open 2ft 1".

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