Journeying. Quite Contrary Press, Tony Bellaver, Mary V. Marsh.
Journeying.

Journeying.

Oakland: Quite Contrary Press, 2011. 32 pp. accordion-fold. Wooden box: 5.25 x7.5 inches; book: 5 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches. Paper and plywood. First edition. No. 1 of an edition of 10. Journeying consists of a bamboo veneered plywood (plyboo) box with a sliding draw with brass pull and paper label made to resemble a card catalogue (or miniature file cabinet) containing 32 page accordion-fold book printed by inkjet on library check-out cards (once found in back of books) with "Journal entries, sketchbook observations, haikus and drawings transcribed on library cards record a love of backpacking, collecting, discovering the natural world and making art together; " a truncated octahedron, and a separate colophon on white lined card. A collaborative project by Tony Bellaver and Mary V. Marsh (who collects and categorizes images and discarded library materials to look at reading, consuming and propaganda): "Responsive and proactive, we present a synthesis of two approaches of understanding the human environment and the natural environment. We stand apart as voyeurs, responding to what we see, and at the same time are active contributors. As a team, we put ourselves in the natural environment somewhere between viewer and participant. In our studio, Quite Contrary Press has become the expression of that experimentation, like a foundry using ideas and experience to craft words, images and objects, collaboratively and individually. Journals and diaries provide the source for projects and research. Patterns of daily activities and observations are recorded. Maps, drawings, photographs and objects collected are incorporated in a layered story of our journeys to create texture and meaning in our diary-like works. Notes and ideas are synthesized with images into prints, artist’s books and assemblages." The hiking in this case took place on the John Muir Trail. A fine copy. As new. Item #43043

Price: $400.00