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The History of the Decline and Fall
Long Beach, California:: Terry Braunstein,, 1998.. One-of-a-Kind. 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.75"; 10 pages including pastedowns. Altered book. Photomontage, mixed media, and cutouts. Hand assembled and signed by artist. Terry Braunstein: "I have been making artists books for more than twenty years, and have produced over seventy - some one-of-a-kind, others in limited edition. I began to make books because I was interested in the ways in which the viewer's response to this medium differed from that of painting and printmaking, which were my previous media to this point. I wanted to use the way that we accept knowledge as 'deep' and information 'important' from a book; the way that memory is created over pages (time) in a book; and the feelings that we bring to books from our childhood. "My bookworks began as collages in pages reminiscent of scrapbooks. Over time the collages became increasingly photographic - the images blending almost seamlessly, though surrealistically. In more recent years I have been working on 'altered books' (artists books made from previously existing books), that are more sculpture than two-dimensional. The hundreds of pages in these books have been glued together to make only two or three double-page spreads, and they may contain objects and doorways." Surreal and allusive, this altered book challenges any reader to make meaning. The tone is one constant, at least as somber as the title.
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