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Extraordinary Popular Delusions & The Madness of Crows A Study of Cause & Effect
Tacoma, Washington:: Crow-Magnon Press,, 2013.. Edition of 50, small format. Large format: 9 x 12.5"; Small Format: 8 x 9.5". The books in each format have 128 pages (4 signatures of 16 leaves or 32 pages) containing 117 digital prints from Hoppmann's original illustrations of India Ink, Conté Crayons, graphite, and color pencil. Printed on 90 pound Canson Classic Cream® drawing paper. Hand deckled. The binding of each book and the box containing each book are different. One example: Cover of vegetable tanned leather with suede lacing. Cover wraps around book block and is held in place with 3 cut sticks passing through suede loops. Laid in handmade wooden box of distressed wood and rope hinges in the shape of crows' feet. Signed and numbered by the artist on the title page. Mark Hoppmann: "The idea behind Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows began unknowingly with a simple sketch made several years ago. Crude, like most sketches, but this knock-kneed twisted little bird had a character that was hard to define. The title, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows, like so much of the work in this collection, is a play on words, taken from a book first published in 1841, titled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds written by Charles Mackay. Rosemary Ponnekanti, Tacoma News Tribune February 24, 2012: "This series follows an unlikely hero - the small tented figure of a crow - through some pretty astonishing adventures in time and place. With amazing dexterity, Hoppmann shows what beauty can be created through simple pen and ink (or at least calligraphy nibs, colored India ink, conte crayons, and graphite). Inspired by historical illustrations such as The Book of Kells, Hoppmann makes textures and borders with every imaginable line work: hatching, cross-hatching, flaring geometric shapes, curlicues, patchwork. It's the ultimate doodle, intricate and flawless. And inside these borders are the crows: humble little birds with astonishingly expressive gestures considering the only facial feature they have is a beak. Like comic book heroes, they wander through literary and historical worlds ..." Mark Hoppmann: " While The Madness of Crowd' deals with the delusions of many, including the Salem witch hunts, and Tulipmania, I have attempted to take both the delusions and fantasies of my own and use crows as the messenger. "Each handmade book contains over 117 illustrations with virtually no text except where text is part of an illustration.
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