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Transmission - Ely, Timothy C - 2012. 
Colfax, WA, 2012. Unique. Hardcover. As new. Timothy C. Ely. Planetary Collage Standard Drum Leaf binding with bifurcated leather spine. Decorated endpapers by the artist. Manuscript frontispiece, manuscript and letterpress title page signed and dated by the artist. Six double-page spreads; 7 leaves total. Drawn, painted, and tooled throughout by Timothy Ely in watercolor, graphite, inks, and dry pigments on Arches paper. Paper- and tex- tile-covered boards treated with resins, graphite, meteorite dust, and carbon- iron pigments with gold, bronze, and anodized red foil stamping, along with rivets and punch tooling. Edges treated with dry pigments, graphite, and wax. Housed in a custom drop back box by the artist.31.3 x 24.5 cmTransmission is a book about conveying information. While Ely?s explanation of Transmission (below) focuses on topographical maps as a means to communicate information about earth-bound geographical features, spread 2 (just after the title) give us a clear indication that Ely, as always, has more on his mind. We could be looking at waves of sound, light, or water. The right side of the spread depicts a more familiar trope in Ely?s work, the golden ratio expressed as a Fibonacci spiral. Throughout the manuscript, we are treated to realistic, mystical, and mysterious forms of communication. They could be interpreted variously as color charts, topographical or celestial maps, measurements of sound waves or seismic waves, and possibly a map to the center of the earth, all annotated in Ely?s cribriform text and numbers.What might be called the central spread of the book is a complex drawing in shades and textures of black, white, and red. At first glance, the image on the left gives the impression of an electrical circuit. Closer examination of the spread as a whole is dizzying. It seems to depict a dense galaxy of stars overlaid by a close-up of a star chart of a specific constellation. Topographical maps of different densities, cribriform writing in several sizes, and squares within squares combine with the stars to evoke a sense of deeply alien space and time.Ely, in describing Transmission, gives us important clues to meaning in his other work:?I have been as interested in perception as I have been in the more mechanical aspects of my work in the arts. How we see or select or filter what we experience seems as critical to the work as the actual process of assembly. Visual choices of materials and subject or concept are grounded in the way our eyes and ears work. I think all of my books and larger drawings grapple with the problems of seeing. Transmission simply refines the point a bit more. The book contains lucid dream targets and my references that explore the wave forms of relief maps. solid earth gives way to diagrams of frozen form that reveal the height of a mountain. As a perceptual illusion it is beautiful to me, and works when planning a hike or military exercise. The map is not the territory, yet the image on paper transmits enough information for the perceptual model to be taken in and used. The cribriform script, ever-present and persuasive, reminds the viewer that, though this script defies translation, it aligns with transmission and evokes a sense of reading without being read. Like materialism, it is another of my favorite illusions.?
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