Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Andrew Alexander, The Man Maker [codex], Cram Books, Brooklyn, 2022

Above is Alexander's accordion with a 'bellyband' cover that displays the title of this Risograph book. This is a kind of slapdash work done very loosely in the style of a faux Mayan codex with a narrative that is all about becoming an artist and the associated desire for recognition, as well as the accompanying agonies & uncertainties involved in believing in yourself as an artist. Alexander says this book is based on a Jorges Luis Borges short story "The Circular Ruins," available at this link: Microsoft Word - Borges, The Circular Ruins.docx

Alexander has "...been a working printmaker for over a decade working with David Sandlin, Gary Panter and dozens of other artists to make books, prints, and clothings." He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2016, and then attended their MFA Illustration and Visual Essay program.

16 single-sided pages, individually 10.25" x 7.25", and when fully opened 9' 8".

Cover page of the book

the final page

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