Building the book (part one)

May 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting, personal) (, , , )

(Best place to start if you don’t know anything about this project is with the post below this one.)

The thing about this book is that it has to be done in parts – it’s not at all the kind of thing that can be whipped out via an all-nighter or a marathon of a couple of serious drawing days. Everything is slow and methodical. Cut, measure, paint, dry, glue, dry some more, cut a little more, and so on. It sort of has its own pace, at least for now. And all of this is exaggerated by my documenting it as I go, so I have to first build the thing to see if it works, then take it apart and document it in parts, and then build it back up again.

But so far so good. Here are some preliminary pictures:

It starts out 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, which is the same size as an Artforum magazine (this will become important later, but for now it’s not a big deal). I haven’t fully bound it yet since that will be the very last step and there is no cover, so you’ll just have to trust me on all this.

Here it is opening…

and more open:

You can see one of the tree stumps popping up already. With a little help (there are tabs in the back that can be put into slots on the base to help keep them standing up), the rest of the stumps come to life:

There are two girls standing in this forest of tree stumps, and surrounding them – on a yellow banner – is the following text:
There is a consciousness there – it is absolutely real – at first glance you feel as though you are alone + miles away from the rest of the world – you come across that place + it’s like you’re not supposed to be there, not supposed to see this corner of the universe – it’s supposed to somehow always remain alone and unseen. And then, in an instant, that corner that had seemed so empty, vacant, dead, can seem to suddenly spring to life ad be totally filled with this presence – you’re not alone at all – you are actually surrounded – + the world isn’t empty at all and is in fact quite crowded. This place that seemed so desolate is brimming so full with life.

So the reader opens the book, the tree stumps and the girls pop up, and the reader reads the text. Now, if she wants to continue reading the book, she’ll need to do some work to reveal the next part of the story.

In the back of the book, there is a pouch:

…and in this pouch are the things she’ll need for the next part. (Note that I will probably have to remake the pouch so it can accommodate more things, but that’s not such a big deal.)

So here, I’m taking things out of the pouch:

…and here are the parts for one of the trees to be assembled, all spread out on a tabletop:

Basically, it’s is made out of a series of cut paper with tabs and slots and scored bits, all of which fit together and make the full tree. Once the whole forest is assembled, more text can be revealed and the reader can go on to do her next task.

So, later tonight: Assembling the tree…!

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1 Comment

  1. The book FAQ « working said,

    […] a bit of an FAQ surrounding the massive book that I’m building (see Building the Book part one, part two, and part three to get the background on the piece). It’s in response to some of […]

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