Item #402 Obvert. Marlene MacCallum.
Obvert

Obvert

s.l. s.n. [Marlene MacCallum], [1997]. Editioned artist’s book. 28.7 x 21.3 cm [case, closed]. Sewn into a bi-fold case covered with brown mulberry paper. The title is printed in faint silver to the case’s upper cover. The case is lined with red paper pastedowns. The text-block is wrapped in a folded barrier sheet of Japanese paper and was sewn into the case’s centre panel through either side of the centre pastedown. Unpaginated [ll. 7 total, including one vertical fold-out leaf]. A fine copy. The text-block is a (triple) gatefold structure: it comprises two sets of concertina leaves (ll. 3 each), each joined to one side of a centre leaf. The centre leaf folds out vertically. The structure thus extends in three directions when opened. The leaves are printed on one side only. Each set of concertina leaves is printed with a single page of text, flanked on either side by a photogravure. A fifth photogravure is printed to the centre leaf. Illustrated with a total of 5 photogravures by Marlene MacCallum. The text was printed by letterpress. In lieu of a title or colophon page, the work is titled, editioned, dated, and signed by Marlene MacCallum on the verso of the innermost left concertina leaf. From an edition of 10 copies. The present copy is number 5. Item #402

“In this work, I am exploring how the ordinary can so easily become the extraordinary. Initially, the images and text describe a childhood memory of interior space inverting but then as one moves through the book and closer to the spaces, the shift between normal and odd occurs via representations of tactile sensations.” — Marlene MacCallum.

Price: $950.00

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