Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Leo Quievreux, De la Paille sur la Ligne Bleue (The Straw on the Blue Line), Collection Sandwich #5, Le Dernier Cri, France, 1997. [edition 150]

Another great accordion from the Le Dernier Cri's 'Collection Sandwich' series that I was lucky enough to find this summer. I'm unsure how many there are in the collection (10?) but it seems to have started in 1995 and continued throughout the decade. This cool series is marked by editions designed by either an individual artist or a collaboration between two artists. The square format, the black boards of the covers and the silk screened insides reflect a real concern with quality and presentation. This one by Leo Quievreux is no exception and, although my French is not really up to translating the texts contained in here, you can clearly see that there's some kind of surreal landscape in which a crew of barely human creatures are fighting it out.  Size 5" x 5" with 7 double-sided pages, total length 45".

Monday, September 21, 2015

Collection Sandwich #3, Le Dernier Cri, France, 1997

I was recently lucky enough to find this copy of an accordion from Le Dernier Cri's 'Sandwich Series' of astounding accordions. This particular one is no exception although I'm unable to make out the name of the artist(s). No sweat as the book has the usual twisted energy of a Le Dernier Cri publication, but this time in the accordion format its given full play. Individual pages 4.75, x 4.75" seven pages double-sided silkscreen with an overall length of 33.25". 

The reverse side opened up.

Leo Quivereu and Judex, Cocaine14, Le Dernier Cri, France, 2014. [edition 200]

Another totally wonderful & crazy publication from Le Dernier Cri. The book comes accompanied by a simple publication featuring the drawings of Virginie Loze, which is not particularly interesting and anyway pales in comparison with the energy of Cocaine14, which was created in collaboration with the two artists Leo Quiveruex and Judex. The way the book is structured as a series of interwoven accordions creates havoc with book form and really engages the reader in exploring its many interlocking & unfolding sections — it's a really fun 'read.' Individual pages 6" x 8.25", with 39 double-sided pages.

A spread from the booklet by Virginie Loze.

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Windmills Winding Waters, Wild Hawthorn Press, Scotland, 1985

Another of Finlay's delightfully suggestive and short works, with the same text repeated on the reverse. 2 2/16" x 2 14/16", total length 11 12/16".

Ana Frois, The Musicians, mixed media, Portugal, 2014

An intriguing accordion that has a photographic substrate with the musicians rendered in pen and ink on the surface. The curious thing about this accordion is that although the subject is music there's no sense of sound, in fact its a peculiarly 'silent' work. Ana describes herself as an architect and self-taught illustrator illustrator from Coimbra in Portugal and the mother of 5 year old twins. 9 pages, single sided with each page 5.75" x 3.5" with a total length of 31.5"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mars Tokyo, Psychedelic Faces, 2015

A funky and vibrant little artists' book from the Baltimore-based Mars Tokyo. With its corrugated cover and faux Ray Johnson bunny on the front to its inside strip of beautifully drawn psychedelic faces that pop out like a gallery show on steroids this tiny book packs a big punch!

Individual pages 1 5/8" x 2". 10 pages, fully extended at 1' 8".  

Loris Lora, Eventually Everything Connects, London: Nobrow Press, 2014.

Another cool addition to the Nobrow leporello series. This book's theme comes from Loris Lora's earlier project that "...started while attending the Art Center (Pasadena), which highlights the relationships and connections of creatives during a very innovative and exciting time period of design." The accompanying poster/booklet spells out all the different ways in which the figures in the accordion's assorted scenarios were connected to each other within this new architectural & design moment. Prominently displayed across the back of the poster/booklet is a quote from the design guru of this period, Charles Eames, "Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects... The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se." 

Single pages 13.25" (height) x 7.75" (width). 20 pages, and fully extended at 6' 5.5".