Monday, July 16, 2012

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Evening (1999) and BP (1997), Wild Hawthorn Press: Stonypath, Little Sparta, Dunsyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Two tiny accordions by this important Scottish artist (1925-2006) who published a large amount of printed matter through his Wild Hawthorn Press, and much of it is still available at: Wild Hawthorn Press - Cards Index  Evening: 1.25 x 2", extended 8".  BP: 1.25 x 3", extended 14.75".

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mark Wagner, Fortune's Daughter: An Allegory of Prosperity, 2005

A really sharp work that's an offset lithograph presented in an accordion/map fold format of the original currency collage. Made from 200 dollar bills its size is 35"x14" and as Wagner points out on the back cover its reproduced here in a 0.4375 scale from the original which measures 80"x32". The work resonates on many different levels, not the least being the long history of the female nude in art and coupled with all the metaphors related to currency and you have a bookwork that's rich with all sorts of associations. To see more of Wagner's works or to purchase your own copy of this work ($15) see: Mark Wagner Inc.