Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
I just came across another copy of this fantastic magazine created by indigenous Mayan women in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico to promote Mayan culture. La Jicara's format, and this one is an atypical vertical accordion, embodies both pride, and resistance as it's modeled on the codices created by the women's Mayan ancestors that were all but destroyed by the Conquistadors and priests during the Spanish conquest. This periodical is only one of a number of publications produced by Taller Lenateros (The Woodlander's Workshop) which was founded in 1975 by an expatriate American, Ambar Past to promote Amerindian culture. The full range of their beautiful artists' books, prints and other publications can be seen, and purchased at: Taller leñateros - papel hecho a mano.
I'm uncertain as to whether La Jicara is still being published but their current catalogue lists #8 (1998). In the summer of 2003 in Oaxaca I had the memorable experience of finding an almost complete set in the public art library near the main church. Silk-screened cover with 16 pages at 8.75" x 5.5", fully extended 11ft 4".
Friday, July 1, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Romano Hanno, Worte machen das Unendliche endlich (Words Make the Infinite Finite), Basel: Romani Hanni, 2008. [Edition 290]
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
This accordion comes in a beautifully made folder and the work is made up of photographs of 16 folded paper planes that are based upon drawings & diagrams for planes that were never actually manufactured. Photographed in a studio setting the 'planes' appear to have a substance and presence that is at odds with their reality. On the reverse side of the images are texts that describe the name, date and country of origin, as well as information about the design and history of each plane. This is a really fascinating conceptual accordion bookwork!
19 single pages at 8.25" x 11.75", and fully opened 13ft 0.75".
|Each plane design has annotations and a short history on the back.|