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Mechanism - Ely, Timothy C - 2012. 
Colfax (WA), 2012. Unique. Hardcover. As new. Timothy C. Ely. Planetary Collage Standard Drum Leaf binding. Decorated endpapers by the artist. Manuscript frontispiece, manuscript and letterpress title page signed and dated by the artist. Seven double-page manuscript illustrations; 8 leaves total. Drawn and painted throughout by Timothy Ely in ink, dry pigment, watercolor, and graphite. Ely?s binding is a steampunk revelation comprising hand- painted reliefs of gears, rivets, shells, and sand. Housed in a custom drop back box by the artist. 30cmx22.5cm.Mechanism is a manuscript book, a ?looking-at machine,? depicting a comic book-like mechanical world in outer space, with space stations and rockets incorporated into the right-hand illustration of each spread. The left-hand illustrations resemble schematics of machine details, heavily annotated in Ely?s cribriform writing, frequently in the apparent form of mathematical formulae. The recurring image throughout the book is the gear, sometimes alone, sometimes meshed with others. Ely refers to leaf 4, which depicts (among other things) an astronaut-like figure, as a ?self-portrait.?The book ends (leaf 14) with an echo of the same images as leaf 4.In many ways, Mechanism, as is often the case with Ely?s books, resembles the style and sensibility of some of Leonardo da Vinci?s manuscripts: precise mechanical drawings of imaginary machines far ahead of his time. At the same time, Ely invokes and evokes a dream state in Mechanism, inviting the viewer to share the unique universe of his mind.
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