by tag – book

Here is another beautifully constructed book from Claire Van Vliet’s Janus Press. Beauty in Use is a book of poetry by Sandra McPherson, her third collaboration with Janus Press. Each poem is accompanied by a colorful and complex paper quilt.  The book is assembled and bound without the use of adhesives.

shelf / / Claire Van Vliet — posted on January 12th, 2015

Shelby Arnold Concertina Shelby Arnold Concertina Shelby Arnold Concertina Shelby Arnold Concertina Shelby Arnold Concertina Shelby Arnold ConcertinaA lovely, simple and inspiring concertina book created by Shelby Arnold. We found this one at the excellent Desert Island. Enjoy.

shelf / / Shelby Arnold — posted on June 11th, 2014

documenta 13 - 100 notes, 100 thoughts (1) documenta 13 - 100 notes, 100 thoughts (2) documenta 13 - 100 notes, 100 thoughts (3)

The thirteenth edition of documenta, the prestigious German contemporary art festival, wrapped up September 2012. As a teaser for that festival, the organizers, along with Hatje Cantz, put together a list of 100 slim volumes titled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts which “comprise facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.” The long list of artists and theorists covered includes Ruins or Books favorites Kenneth GoldsmithWilliam Kentridge and Florian Hecker. And the titles are largely available at the project site (or perhaps at your local art book shop), and a browse of the project site will reveal that several of the later episodes are available free via PDF.

documenta 13 - 100 notes, 100 thoughts (4)The following pictures come from the Alejandro Jodorowsky volume. The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion.

Here’s the product page for this Jodorowsky item.

Here’s the wikipeda page for the documenta festival.

Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (3)
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (2)
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (4)
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (5)
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (6)
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts (7)

 

 

 

 

shelf / / Alejandro Jodorowsky — posted on May 1st, 2013

Mark Z Danielewski - Fifty Year Sword

from jacket mechanical

Mark Z Danielewski - Fifty Year Sword

via io9

Mark Z. Danielewski is no stranger to the cleverly put together novel. He’s best known for House of Leaves, which has been published in at least 6 variations of color configurations and levels of elaboration.

The Fifty Year Sword was first published in a lovely and limited edition in 2005, and has been scarce since then. It looks like we’re finally getting a proper run of it in October from Pantheon. And as if the first limited run wasn’t lovely enough, the ante has been upped with this excessive box, which is limited to 1,000 copies and currently available (and rather affordable) via links found on the Pantheon/Knopf site. Check out the signed frontice spread from Z.

Mark Z Danielewski - Fifty Year Sword - Signature

from Mark Z Danielewski’s Instagram

initially via Jacket Mechanical

 

shelf / / Mark Z Danielewski — posted on August 25th, 2012

Self-published, image narrative. 200 pages. Clean and beautiful. Photos from the Justin Sloan site. Book available there, and from Printed Matter.

shelf / / Justin Hunt Sloane — posted on August 21st, 2012

ruins or books

Architect-gone-illustrator Nigel Peake‘s excellent collection of books, zines and prints includes this beautiful catalogue of London’s Bridges.  In it Peake makes studies of the structures that are detailed to the point of abstraction.

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

Purchase your very own bridge paraphernalia: it comes in book or print.

Other reasons to love Nigel Peake include his blog, where he posts the occasional whimsical photograph of a garden hose, and his appreciation for bicycle touring.

shelf / / Nigel Peake — posted on July 26th, 2012

photo credit: ruins or books

negative space by mungo thomson. published in 2007 by JRP|Ringier via Christophe Keller Editions. beautiful thing. we picked this up at the Flash Forward photography festival in Boston. but you can and should pick it up at Printed Matter.

photo credit: ruins or books

photo credit: ruins or books

photo credit: ruins or books

photo credit: ruins or books

the mungo thomson site is worth the visit. not only for more negative space imagery as below, but also for the delightful Font Study (TIME) and other books that we look forward to tracking down.

beyond the book the project extends to walls and ceilings and a screen saver. remember screen savers?

image from the mungo thomson site

shelf / / Mungo Thomson — posted on July 19th, 2012

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