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Osceola, Godspeed WITH: Four original sketches for illustrations in the book
[Brooklyn, NY]: Mike Taylor, 2017. Signed Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Mike Taylor. Copy 21/26, bound by the artist, with original, unique, signed frontispiece drawing by Mike Taylor, hand drawn using both his right and left hands. This copy accompanied by 4 original drawings made in preparation for the silk-screen illustrations in the book. From a total edition of 25 (misnumbered as 26). 7 hardcover copies (6 numbered copies plus one AP case bound by Taylor and one additional AP in a unique art binding by Celine Lombardi). Each of these 8 copies has a unique drawing on the frontispiece and is signed and numbered (or noted AP) by Taylor. The remaining 17 copies in the edition are signed, numbered and bound in wraps by the artist. Osceola, Godspeed is a departure for Mike Taylor, best known for his paintings, screen prints, graphic novel-style artist's books, zines, and tattoo art. The book is a short story both written and screen-printed by the artist, accompanied by 12 full page illustrations, each a 3-5 color screen print also by Taylor. Written and printed in Brooklyn, Taylor considers this his final New York book, though he collated, bound, and issued the edition after his move back to his native Florida in the summer of 2017. The illustrations are based on Taylor's recently completed series of paintings inspired by the pilgrims in Chaucer's poem The Canterbury Tales. This association is alluded to in the imagery on the endpapers. Also a pilgrimage tale, Osceola, Godspeed is a modern-day trail of tears, a dark comedy in which the pilgrims are participants in a reality TV show. Set in a dystopian near-future era of peak resources for some, but rapidly dwindling options for others, nothing is as it seems. Some of the characters in the story are have-nots in a televised race for survival, the goal ostensibly a tract of farmable land in the nation's interior. Other participants have alternate agendas. Taylor's screen print illustrations incorporate traditional hobo symbols used to convey useful information to fellow travelers. The symbol on the title page of Osceola, Godspeed indicates "Authorities are Alert: Be Careful." Taylor says the drawings "... were attempts at rendering larger paintings in a smaller format, as well as lots of textural experimentation and working out who would be who in the story. They each have ink, colored pencil, pencil, gouache, and pen. Two of them have the hobo symbols I ended up using in the book, along with penciled in meanings for myself. I have to say, I really like them as drawings- the prints turned out so different, but they bear a lot of structural similarity." Case binding. Black book cloth silk-screened in gold ink by the artist. Bound by Mike Taylor in 2017. Book: 25cm x 25cm. Drawings on Bristol board in ink, colored pencil, pencil, gouache, and pen. Each drawing 23cm x 28cm.
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