Philip Tressell : Sentences

Philip Trussell’s Sentences are fallen aphorisms from a hermetic cosmos: quotidian and mystical, cantankerous and surprisingly humane. These cutting ripostes to the information age are more Elizabethan than postmodern, yet timeless in their devotion to the craft of disciplined observation. Trussell’s truncated satire probes at the habits of social life and the routines of ego with a nihilist’s shtick, discontinuous and unabashedly promethean. Sentences is a singular literary debut by a seasoned outsider artist.

Paperback. 84 pages. Edited by Bradley Ray King. Twenty-six copies lettered and signed by the author, each containing an original sentence.

ISBN: 978-1-950055-00-5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Trussell is a painter and a poet who lives in Austin, where he also mentors artists, writers, and other truants. Born in South Texas in 1943, he was trained as a painter at The University of Texas at Austin and at Yale School of Art and Architecture. In the 1970s, Trussell worked with Harvey Brown at Frontier Press in West Newbury, Massachusetts, drawing ads and designing books for Stan Brakhage, Al Glover, and Ed Dorn, with whom he became lifelong friends. Trussell returned to Austin in 1982, and has since become a sort of godfather to the outsider artists and literary scenes there, hosting salons, guiding the reading of counter-academic students, and connecting spiritual isolatoes like himself. On Dorn’s tip, he worked closely with Skanky Possum Press and made art for their publications for over a decade. In 2012, he started writing discontinuous sentences as a daily practice. He soon began arranging them into sequences on postcards, and mailing them out to map what he calls a ‘speculative geography’ of his fellow dog-paddlers in the river of shit.

Author photo by Bill Daniel.

Bradley King is a poet, editor, and teacher living in Austin. In 2015, he met Trussell at a reading, and promptly received his first of many postcards.

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Richard Hell : uh: flip movie dance alphabet peepshow toy enigma boring book

uh by Ernie Stomach was first published in 1971 by Genesis : Grasp Press in New York. Stomach’s aim was a version of the Roman alphabet in which the glyphs correspond in their differentiations to lower-case block-lettered forms, but stripped to the naked elliptical minimum so that they would be not only sexy, but hard to distinguish from each other (facilitating misreadings and forcing the reader to pay attention). The letterform contents of that book were created crudely by the author using X-Acto knifed mylar templates and a felt-tip pen. Now, with the advent of font software, Stomach has been able to recreate the book as he would have done it at the time were such technology available. This book’s design differs from the original edition only in the improved technology and materials used.

Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5 in. 64 pages. b&w throughout
Edition: 500 with 30 signed and numbered
ISBN: 978-0-9860040-7-0

Ernie Stomach is a heteronym of Richard Meyers (Richard Hell / Theresa Stern). In 1970, young poet Richard Meyers, who was also an editor of Genesis : Grasp magazine and press, imagined he might spend the rest of his life making works in the personae of several different artists he conceived. Ernie Stomach was the first, then Theresa Stern (most of whose poems were collaborations with Tom Verlaine of the band Television), and then Richard Hell (best known as a progenitor of “punk”). By 1974, he’d settled into a career as Richard Hell and little by the other authors has been published since.

 

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Kyle Schlesinger & Drew Matott : FREE LSD

FREE LSD (2017)

Edition of 30. 11 x 14″

Drew Matott & Kyle Schlesinger

 

Free LSD is a collaboration between Peace Paper Projects and Cuneiform Press. The artists shredded and pulped American military uniforms to make thirty unique sheets of handmade paper. The wood type, from the renown Rob Roy Kelly Collection, was set by hand and printed in silver.

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Kyle Schlesinger & Drew Matott : A People’s Curriculum for the United States

POLITICAL PUBLIC POSTER PEDAGOGY

This portfolio was produced in celebration of the first People’s Curriculum for the United States Workshop, a political, pedagogical, public poster project. Facilitated by Drew Matott and Kyle Schlesinger, the curriculum was written, designed, and printed by the people, for the people. The paper was made in Hamburg by Peace Paper Project artists using leftover pulp from workshops with Middle East refugees who pulped their clothing. The type is from the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. Proceeds from the sale of this portfolio will contribute to further education and activism through letterpress workshops.

Interested in bringing A People’s Curriculum for the United States Letterpress Workshop to your community? Send us a query for details.

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Helen Adam : The Collages of Helen Adam

Helen Adam always had her camera with her. The first picture I have of hers is from a Halloween Party with Ebbe Borregaard, Joe Dunn, and me in costume. She was famous for the strange phenomena her brownie camera permitted—swirls of light and water spouts rising up out of ponds next to Robert Duncan. After I returned from Japan in 1964, I found my old friend, painter and Zen student Bill McNeill, was making a movie starring Helen—Daydream of Darkness. Scenes were dramatic, overlooking the ocean, crashing waves, swirling capes in front of moody cypress. 1963-64 was a time of heightened social activity, and Helen took lots of pictures of her poet and artist friends, many of which were in her show at Buzz Gallery. Her photos were a great gift of the moment.

— Joanne Kyger

 

The seamless collages of Helen Adam seem to defy their own construction. The collaged images are so deftly woven together that we often do not at first see the eerie combinations half hidden in what appears to be a normal, regular, expected scene. Then our eyes draw back in question and looking again we see that the highly fashionable, exquisite gown is held up by clinging bats stretched neatly over the pale shoulder of the young girl, replacing elegant spaghetti straps with slender bat arms and long bat fingers. How did Helen Adam do that? This must be tweezers work of the highest order. We can only marvel at the creation of these chilling, stunning, magical, monstrous, intriguing paperworks. They become interconnected, forming an ever-widening labyrinth that draws us into the dark, uncharted world of Helen Adam, where her marvelous camouflage unhinges our reality.

— Maureen Owen

 

Helen Adam lived the dream-scape of visionary poesis and made dramatic icons of her visions in witty, wicked, and campy-critical collages. It is thrilling to have this selection of her bewitching and informative art treated with the care and affection it deserves in this elegant presentation.

— Rachel Blau DuPlessis

 

 

 

Edited by Alison Fraser. Featuring essays by James Maynard, Lewis Ellingham, Samuel R. Delany, Robert Hershon, and Kristin Prevallet.

 

Hardcover. 176 pages. Full color throughout.

 

ISBN: 978-0-9893132-4-7

 

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Tate Shaw : Blurred Library : Essays on Artists’ Books

Despite the fact that the field of artists’ books has grown steadily since the mid-sixties, the discourse has been largely under-theorized. Blurred Library: Essays on Artists’ Books, is a stunning collection of the most revered essays by Tate Shaw, the Director of Visual Studies Workshop. For years, Shaw’s contributions to the field of artists’ books as a theorist, artist, writer, historian, and teacher have been celebrated internationally, but have largely gone undocumented, until now. Shaw’s versatility as a scholar and artist allow him to take a holistic approach to his subject that is historical, conceptual, anecdotal, contemplative, and engaging. Blurred Library is an indispensible contribution to the field of artists’ books, essential reading for emerging and seasoned artists and scholars alike. Lavishly illustrated throughout by photographer Doug Manchee.

Tate Shaw is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), Rochester, NY, a nonprofit organization supporting artists’ books, photography, and the media arts. He is also an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport, SUNY where he directs the Master of Fine Arts program in Visual Studies at VSW. Shaw makes artists’ books, writes essays, organizes symposia on books, and is co-publisher of the small imprint Preacher’s Biscuit Books.

Paperback. 208 pages.
ISBN: 978-0-9860040-6-3

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A People’s Curriculum for the United States

A People’s Curriculum for the United States is a public poster project written, printed, and distributed by the people and for the people. A People’s Curriculum for the United States asks what America needs to (re)learn in this political climate? What’s missing from the American Curriculum under this regime? Peace? Civil Rights? Close Listening? Kindness? If you could teach America something, right now, in just a word or two, what would it be?

Printed letterpress from wood type in two colors on heavy-duty poster board. Background colors will vary. 18 x 22 inches. Shipped flat from Austin, Texas. Please contact us for special prices on orders of twelve or more. If you would like a particular poster, please specify. Posters are handmade in small editions, so supplies are limited.

Interested in bringing A People’s Curriculum for the United States Letterpress Workshop to your community? Send us a query for details.

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Martin Buber : Power and Love

Martin Buber (1878–1965), the Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his existential philosophy of dialogue, was also a poet. Typeset in Gerard Unger’s Swift with art by Courtney Cook, “Power and Love” was printed letterpress in two colors on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper measuring eleven and a half by seventeen and a half inches. Edition strictly limited to seventy copies signed and numbered by the artist. Shipped flat or rolled at your request, these broadsides are only available direct from Cuneiform Press.

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Steve Clay & Kyle Schlesinger : Threads Talks Series

Threads, a series of talks devoted to the art of the book, includes poets, artists, and publishers. It explores and enriches relationships between various strands of book culture that are often approached in isolation: poetry and writing; visual and performing arts; collaboration; design; printing; independent publishing; literary history; critical theory; and material culture.

The premise for the series was very similar to the kind of interdisciplinary approach to the book that has interested us all along. A book is never more successful than the relationship between its parts; the philosophical and material connections between writing, art, design, typography, translation, and distribution is more significant than excellence in any isolated area.

The talks were originally recorded before a small studio audience, then made available to the public on PennSound, and are now collected here in written form for the first time.

Threads began in March 2009 and concluded in October 2012. There were twelve speakers: Alan Loney; Charles Alexander; Simon Cutts; Buzz Spector; Jerome Rothenberg; Cecilia Vicuna; Jen Bervin; Kathleen Walkup; Johanna Drucker; Keith Smith; Richard Minsky; and Emily McVarish.

Edited by Steve Clay and Kyle Schlesinger. A co-production with Granary Books.

Paperback. 194 pages. Full color throughout.

ISBN: 978-1-887123-84-6

 

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Jon-Michael Frank : How’s Everything Going? Not Good

I feel therefore I die. I think therefore I suck. Somehow I was born in this book.

— Sommer Browning

Jon-Michael Frank’s twisted take on life will make you laugh, then cry, then do one of those laugh-cry hybrids that really freaks everyone out.

— Colin Nissan

A co-production with Ohio Edit.

Paperback. 98 pages. Full color throughout.

ISBN: 978-0-692-53193-852195

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