BEFORE ALL COLOUR FADED (RICORDO DI GENOVA)

Gracia Haby
Before all colour faded (Ricordo di Genova)
2009
Artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of Ricordo di Genova: Twenty vedute artistiche a colori, Genova, Italy

 

An artists' book nineteen pages in length, made especially for the exhibition A key to help make your own world visible (2009), it features collage and pencil across the pages of Ricordo di Genova: Twenty vedute artistiche a colori. Peel back the blue cover with its faded gold lettering and prepare to amble about Genova, meeting ducks port side, and perhaps sighting a school of colourful fish at L'Acquasola if you pass through at correct time. Washing lines make great pathways for the nimble of foot who are not afraid of heights, and mind you don't disturb the kangaroo quick to temper at the Palazzo Doria. Travel well.

(Though the original title of this book boasts twenty views there are actually only nineteen in this copy.)

This artists' book was later exhibited as part of By This Unwinking Night (2012).

 

EAGER FOR THE OLD JOYS ONCE MORE

Gracia Haby
Eager for the old joys once more (Musée Grévin)
2009
Artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of a hard-cover book on Musée Grévin, Principaux Tableaux du Musée, Paris, France
(Reproduits par la glyptographie, 10 boulevard Montmartre)

 

An artists' book twenty-three pages in length, made especially for the exhibition A key to help make your own world visible (2009), it features collage and pencil across reproduits par la glyptographie. There is a hare in le panorama detaille, and someone you may well know seeks an audience in the Vatican. A golden feline bears witness to a crime, a rabbit escapes the carving knife. The laboratory is no place for you, and death comes to us all. The principaux tableaues of the Musée Grévin serve as education.

This artists' book is in the collection of the University of Melbourne Library.

 

Related links,
Over My Shoulder (II)
In the domed reading room of the State Library, once again, we invite you to turn the pages, thanks to iPhone's aid. Apologies to film and video makers the world over, and thank you Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5 In E Minor, Op. 64-3. Valse: Allegro Moderato) for the sound playing in the background.

The Artist and the Book, Materiality, Number 1: Book, Pinknantucket Press, 2012