What We’ve Read! – March Edition

We are back with more books. yay! Did you miss us? This month we have 4 books that all have a crafted approach to them. Thees books show us that publications can have more than just the pages the images are printed on – it could also be the overall experience that makes the book complete.

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Julia Borissova, Nautilus, 2018

This unbound artist’s book encourages the viewer to interact with and imagine the multiple possible forms. Each copy is signed, folded and cut out by hand creating a unique book every time.
Through my work, I wanted to allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the space of the city and translate the experience I was able to get – the ability to perceive and live a place not only visually, but also through direct interaction, tactile contact with it.
Using photographs from the local historical museum, I created collages right on the walls of houses. My intention was to remove these images from the museum space and return them to the city, I wanted the city itself to become a museum.

Price: $89
Publisher: Self-Published
Artist Website: juliaborissova.ru
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Cody Bratt, Love We Leave Behind, 2018

“Don’t leave me now
Don’t say goodbye
Don’t turn around
Leave me high and dry
I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast
I am alone in the night
Been tryin’ hard not to get in trouble, but II’ve got a war in my mind
I just ride
Just ride, I just ride, I just ride”
– Lyrics by Lana Del Rey, Ride

My series, “Love We Leave Behind,” is born from revisited memories of a formative relationship I shared with a partner many years ago. We loved each other fervently, yet we were unable to manage the respective fears and challenges we each brought to the other. As the relationship progressed, we were unaware that we were endlessly pirouetting between joy and self-destruction with each passing day. Even as we began to realize, neither of us were quite able to let go of each despite passing the relationship’s expiration date.

In making these photographs and the monograph, I wanted to create an “emotional documentary” of which depicts the journey one might take in trying to find the strength to break away from such a sickly love. Each photograph doesn’t mark a literal or specific memory. I mean the photographs to be read as an ambiguous state of mind, as memories and dreams simultaneously half invented and half lived. Indeed, many of these moments are drawn from recurring images I only vaguely remember now.

My goal was to create a series of photographs which felt specific enough to be familiar, yet open enough for the viewer to inhabit and fill in with their own story. I borrowed recognizable visual tableaus from the American road trip and mixed them with intimate portraits in temporary spaces meant to depict the interior moments of the journey. Combined, I hope they render the lyrical, although never reliably factual, sense of searching, discovery and loss inherent in letting go.

Trade Edition: 10×13 Hardback, 96 Pages, Ed of 500
Collector’s Box: Handmade clamshell box + print. Limited Ed of 25

Price: $60 for Trade Edition, $425 for Collector’s Box Set Ed. 25 (inc. monograph, handmade clamshell box, paper portfolio and choice of 8×10 ed. 14 print).
Publisher: Fraction Editions
Artist Website: www.codybratt.com
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Allison Stewart, Bug Out Bag: The Commodification of American Fear, 2018

Bug Out Bag: The Commodification of American Fear takes you down the rabbit hole into America’s obsession with guns, prepping, and the Apocalypse. In the book you meet 13 preppers from all over the United States and go inside their Bug Out Bags, which they keep at the ready to survive the first 72 hours of a disaster.

The preppers themselves offer survivalist insights and screenshots from online discussions show how seriously these bags contents are debated. The book includes essays by Rachel Monroe, Pete Brook, Max Presneill, and the artist.

Price: $40
Publisher: Self-Published
Artist Website: www.Allison-Stewart.com
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Mary Morgan, DELETE THIS NUMBER, 2019

We’ve all been there. We get excited for a date. We psyche ourselves up thinking, maybe this will be super, and it’s totally worth getting out of bed and hitting pause on the Netflix binge for. And it goes fucking terribly.

DELETE THIS NUMBER is a photography series of 20 people’s worst date stories.

The series is meant to bring hilarity to our shared misery when it comes to dating, and to ask people to make light of the ridiculousness of life.
The zine is shot, printed and hand-stitched by the artist.

Price: $13
Publisher: Self-Published
Artist Website: missmarymorgan.com
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