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Reading Emerson's 'Circles'
Portland, Oregon:: Triangular Press,, 2015.. Edition of 30. 16 x 20"; 24 pages. Hand-written texts pressure-printed onto tissue paper. Laser-printed texts printed onto UV-Ultra. Covers: printed Zerkall paper dry-mounted between batiste. Bound with wooden spine and bulldog clips. Wrapper constructed of book cloth and book board. Signed and numbered on the colophon by the artist. Barbara Tetenbaum: "During a 2-week residency at Caldera, near Sisters, Oregon, I rewrote Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Circles' using a special pen that leaves a hard raised mark if you go slowly enough. I wrote out 23 pages which took nearly 30 hours. I did this to accomplish three things: to force myself to read Emerson's essay very slowly; to record distractions and thoughts that I had while reading his words; to create a surface that I would later use to print an edition of artist books using a technique I developed and call 'Pressure Printing.' Pressure printing uses a low relief plate (my Emerson writings) which is put underneath the paper to be printed (tissue paper) and then run through the letterpress over a type-high inked block. This allows the low relief image to grab more or less ink from the block as it rolls over it. I have now printed an edition of 30 copies of all the pages I wrote out. My thoughts and distractions will be laser printed on transparent paper and interleaved within the book to show that reading is rarely a linear experience, but much fuller experience unique to the reader.
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Last Found On: 2015-10-05           Check availability:      ABAA    

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