Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Echoes Series, Wild Hawthorn Press: Little Sparta, Scotland, 1994

I don't pretend to know what's happening in this accordion by the incorrigible Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. With this piece he takes up one of his persistent themes — the post-revolutionary period in France and the Jacobins, one of the more radical groups formed in this period, and who were responsible for the Reign of Terror from 1793-94.

The first quote is from Guillaume Apollinaire, the second by Finlay himself and the third by the distinguished art historian Stephen Bann, a friend who has written and lectured extensively about Finlay's fascinating and complex works.

4 pages, one-sided, individual pages 5.25"(h) x 4"(w), when opened 16".

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Igor Hofbauer, Grrad, Strane Edizioni: Seripola, Italy, 2015, ed. 300

I have no idea what the title of this accordion means. Igor Hofbauer is from Zabreb, Croatia and studied in that city's Academy of Fine Arts. Known as an illustrator and designer of many music posters for the Zagreb club Mo?vara, he more recently has been experimenting with comics. This accordion features one side with a long and wonderful panoramic image that depicts a post-apocalyptic urban landscape, and on the reverse is a series of images that reveal none of the power of the image overleaf. 

12 pages, double-sided, individual pages 9.5" (h) x 6.25 (w) and when fully opened 6ft 3".

 reverse side 

back cover