As I just announced on my personal photo-blog Singular Images, I am very excited to accept pre-orders for my artist book Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra! Which is one of the reasons that I have not been providing book reviews for the past couple of weeks. The other wonderful reason for my absence is that the book publication will occur concurrent with the exhibition of this body of work at Fabrik Projects, a gallery located in Los Angeles (adjacent to Culver City), which opens May 5th and runs through June 2nd, 2018. The artist reception will be on Saturday, May 12th, so if you are on the left coast at that time, I hope you can join me from 6-8pm on the 12th.
Also, I was just notified by Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), that two of the photographs from this project were selected for their third annual Fine Arts exhibition which will exhibit concurrently. This is a new experience for me!
This project investigates an urban landscape in a documentary style. Although this project was initially developed as a political satire to create a parody of “bigley” wall on the America”s southern border with Mexico, it has come to symbolically represent some issues that are more universal. This American landscape is a metaphor for political, economic, social, and cultural barriers and walls that people create to impede the progress and acceptance of others. If you are building or maintaining walls, you are not building bridges to acceptance. Aesthetically, this project has already been likened to a mash-up of Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” with Christo’s “Running Fence”.
The books will be ready to ship by the middle to end of next month. I am doing the leporello binding and it may take me a little while to complete each of the dozen connections required for these artist books.
So here are the artist book publication details:
Self-published, publication date; May 2018 (concurrent with exhibition at Fabrik Projects, Los Angeles, CA)
Stiff covers with flap-over French fold, Leporello book design
Pages: 66 pages (blank verso)
Photographs: 31 Images, color
Printing: 4 color lithographic printing
Leporello binding: hand-bound by the artist
Book design and layout by the artist
Artist book, edition size 99 + 5 A/P
Book trim size: 6-1/2” x 8-1/4” (165mm x 210mm)
Acknowledgements & Colophon, without essays, captions or pagination
Text: English and Spanish
Cover paper: 18 pt C1s Tango
Interior paper: 80# GPA Uncoated Text (Gloss)
Retail price: $59.50 USD (CA residents add sales tax)
I can process your book orders through Paypal. Until May 5th, for those in the United States, the price will include my shipping costs. For outside the U.S. I need to add an additional $15.00 to the cost of the book for shipping (if it turns out that it is more, I will absorb it).
Note: since the book will not been printed until next week, the book images are from my book-dummy.