Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Richard Long, A Walk Past Standing Stones, Coracle Press for Anthony d'Offay, 1980

This is a really beautiful palm-sized accordion documenting a series of 9 standing stones that Long passed during one of his walk-as-art works in Cornwall, England. Either as documentation of an ephemeral activity, or simply as an artists' book, this small publication exudes a sense of intimacy through these mute signposts while a narrative of distance connects Long's walk and the origins of these stones.

For further information about Long's activities see his site at:richard long Individual page 3.5"(h) x 2 3/8"(w), extended 23.5".

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lewis Koch, Street vendor, Paris, France, 1991, from "Touchless Automatic Wonder." Madison: Borderland Books, 2009.

This street vendor is hawking an accordion postcard strip of scenic views of Paris, and this photograph can be found on Lewis Koch's website Touchless Automatic Wonder  A recent post on this blog has featured Koch's "8 Wisconsin Images" (1977) another accordion postcard strip.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bea Nettles, Seasonal Turns: Four Accordion Books, 1998

An intriguing boxed set of 4 accordions that reference the seasons. Each double-sided accordion has one photograph per page in a loose sequencing that foregrounds both the image's singularity and simultaneously its place within a larger series of images. Single page: 3.5" x 3.5," fully extended 17.5" 

Nicolas Lampert, Seeing Green: Art Ecology and Activism in MIlwaukee, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, 2008

Catalogue for an art show curated by Nicolas Lampert and exhibited at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee in April, 2008. Includes reproductions of works and short statements by the more than 35 artists from Milwaukee whose works all reflect an engagement with community, the environment and working with the public to foster dialogue and collaboration. Single page: 7" x 11", fulled extended, 35".

Lewis Koch, 8 Wisconsin Images, 1977

Koch created this postcard accordion under the auspices of the Wisconsin Arts Board who hired him and eight other artists to work on a project called "Wisconsin Images." All the photographs were taken around the state and this publication was inspired by his involvement with the theme. All the artists' works also appeared in a book documenting the project titled "Wisconsin Images" (1978) edited by Michael Doyle. Individual cards: 4" x 6", fully extended 43".