Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Portland Publication Fair + New Works / Books to be Read at Night & Outside

NEW WORKS
Abiquiu Lake / Elk Lake / Slocan Lake // Books to be Read at Night & Outside // editions in 10

Prints + Books + Publications / for sale
2016 Portland Publication Fair
Wednesday, December 21 / 12 - 6
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel / 1022 SW Stark / Portland, Ore. / 97205
Abiquiu Lake / Elk Lake / Slocan Lake / Hand-bound mirrored mylar + bookcloth, foil stamped / 3 5/8" x 5 5/8" / editions of 10 each / 2016 / $20 USD

Soft-bound, travel editions of my Books to be Read at Night & Outside series. Made in an edition of 10 each, these hand-bound books are durable, pocket sized and, yes, are meant to only be read at night and outside.

Other printed works / books / publications are also available at the Publication Fair, or by contacting the Librarian at personallibraries {at} gmail {dot} com. Please visit abraancliffe {dot} com for more information and images!

Winter 2016 Printed Matter


(The next mailer will be sent in May / June 2017.)

All members receive packets of printed matter twice a year. If you would like to join the Library and receive this matter too, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. If you just want some printed matter, you can purchase a la carte, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 New Acquisitions / 7 Years of PLL!!!!!!!

 I have no excuse! I have been very behind on accessioning books into the Library. Okay - one excuse is the lack of available shelf-space. I am working on making space on the shelf for all of these books. Pictured above are four books in the Robert Smithson Collection:

Mallarmé by Guy Michaud (also below, such a beautiful cover!)
New Lives, New Landscapes by Nan Fairbrother
American Space by John Jackson
The Watershed: A Biography of Johannes Kepler by Arthur Koestler

 More from the Robert Smithson Collection:

The Artist's World in Pictures by Fred McDurrah
Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible by B.H. Friedman
Modern Artists in America, vol. 1, edited by Robert Motherwell and Ad Reinhardt
Object & Idea: An Art Critic's Journal 1961-1967 by Brian O'Doherty

Below is a spread in the "Women Artists" (hmmm) chapter of The Artist's World in Pictures.

 Below are more art books from the Smithson Collection:

Turner: His Life & Work by Jack Lindsay
Matisse by Jacques Lassaigne
Matisse and the Nude by Alan Bowness
Art & Visual Perception by Rudolf Arnheim

One of the loveliest spreads in a book - from Lassaigne's Matisse - seen above.

 Gardening & Gardens! (from Smithson's Collection):

Lawns & Ground Covers by James Crockett
Italian Gardens by Georgiana Masson
Gardens of England & Wales Open to the Public by National Gardens Scheme
Garden Making by Example by G.C. Taylor

Below, an example of what you can learn from Lawns & Ground Covers:
 
 At this point, just assume these books are from the Smithson Collection, unless I say otherwise:

Let's Explore Indian Villages by Bertha Dutton
Dictionary of Geological Terms by American Geological Institute
Clocks & Watches by Chester Johnson
Easy Guide to Merida, Yucatan and Nearby Archaeological Zones by Richard Bloomgarden





Insect Ways by Clarence Weed
The Observer's Book of Common Insects and Spiders by E.F. Linssen
The Ants by Wilhelm Goetsch

From Maria Mitchell's Collection - one of the most incredible astronomy books in the PLL holdings! This is truly a book to see in person:

Outlines of Astronomy by Sir John Herschel

Not pictured, but also accessioned:

The Social History of Art, vol. 2 by Arnold Hauser (Robert Smithson Collection)
Geography of the Heavens by Elijah Burritt (Maria Mitchell Collection)

For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Summer 2016 Printed Matter





(The next mailer will be sent in November / December 2016.)

All members receive packets of printed matter twice a year. If you would like to join the Library and receive this matter too, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. If you just want some printed matter, you can purchase a la carte, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 


Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy + When Looking Down is Looking Up

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy + When Looking Down is Looking Up
c3:initiative
December 12, 2015 - January 17, 2016
7326 N. Chicago / Portland, Ore. / 97203
Opening Reception + Book Launch / Saturday, December 12 / 5 - 7 pm
Gallery Hours / Friday - Sunday / 12 - 5

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy
2015 Portland Publication Fair
Sunday, December 13 / 12 - 6
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel / 1022 SW Stark / Portland, Ore. / 97205

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy is a book that reproduces over one hundred, self-reflexive black pages from multiple, paperback editions & copies of Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. When taken out of context and accumulated, these once playful, visual metaphors reveal the printing inconsistencies of ink on paper (varying density, hickeys, oxidation spots, and moiré patterns). The hidden nature of the page, that which was unread, can now be read. In this case, astronomical imagery is revealed; that of stars speckled across an inky blackness or the soft haze and ripple of a galaxy. Since the 1760s, readers, printers and publishers have been forced to grapple with the black pages of Sterne's novel; this struggle with discovery, meaning, and craft is at the heart of The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy.

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy can be purchased through c3:initiative, at the 2015 Portland Publication Fair, or by contacting the artist at personallibraries {at} gmail {dot} com for $70 USD.

The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

When Looking Down is Looking Up is an ongoing investigation of the shift from outer space to page as a re-envisioning of matter and printed matter. It centers on how when contemplating what is known and unknown, one usually finds themselves either staring down at the page or up into the sky. The viewing at c3:initiative from December 12, 2015 to January 17, 2016 will include photographs and book works.

I would like to thank Shir and Erin at c3:initiative for supporting When Looking Down is Looking Up and The Secret Astronomy of Tristram Shandy, as well as Publication Studio for continued support and for organizing the Publication Fair.

c3:initiative
Publication Studio
2015 Publication Fair
abraancliffe.com