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Kurtz - Heart of Darkness
[East Hampton, NY]. 2012. Artist's book, unique, hand-lettered, hand-painted and collaged on Japon Nacre paper, signed by the artist, Barry McCallion, on the titlepage, and dated "August / 2012" on the last page. Page size: 5-5/8 x 3-3/4 inches; 35pp. Bound: loose as issued, housed in green paper over boards wrappers with title on front cover collage which also features pen and ink painting of black heart on terracotta ground, housed in green cloth over boards clamshell box, title HEART OF DARKNESS / KURTZ printed in white on black ground inset on paper label on front cover. The text is taken from Joseph Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS, specifically those passages describing Kurtz. The images spread across each page, making a double-page spread with the text lettered below it in terracotta colored ink. The images are all landscapes: brown and black ink with collaged colored paper (the green textured paper) in green, terracotta, and blue. Often the backdrop of the landscape is a series of parallel lines suggesting an impenetrable fence. The landscapes are not benign; rather they maze-like and negotiating through them has an air of difficulty and almost futility. Mr. McCallion's interpretation of this important character in one of western literature's important novels leads the reader / viewer to the conclusion that Conrad's setting is as much a character in novel as the actual named figures.
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