Sunday, December 4, 2011

Stan Shellabarger, Dragging Book, 2009, drypoint prints on paper
 MDF cover with steel printing plate

A fascinating artists' accordion book by this body & performance artist who uses different processes, including walking, to create his conceptual and time-based sculptures, drawings and bookworks.

For this book "Stellaberger hung ten galvanized steel plates end-to-end horizontally on a wall. Wearing gloves whose fingers were covered with coarse grit sandpaper, he paced back and forth, dragging his hands across the plates. He printed the resulting plates like one would a drypoint print. The prints were then trimmed, hinged together, accordion folded and placed between two waxed MDF covers with one of the steel plates attached to the front cover." [text from a description of the work at Western Exhibitions, a contemporary art gallery in Chicago] 

Edition of 10, individual sheet size 7.5” x 13.5”, open size 7.5" x 120" Western Exhibitions

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