FIVE CITIES: COPENHAGEN, LONDON, PARIS, BRUSSELS, PHILADELPHIA

Gracia Haby
A series of five artists' books from five different cities
Created for and exhibited as part of A key to help make your own world visible
2009

 

(I)
Many tiny potentialities (Københaven)
2009
Artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the twelve pages of Københaven

An artists' book featuring collage and pencil across twelve scenes of Copenhagen, in which stars, like those previously explored in the zine Tumble & Fall (2009), and animal collide.

(II)
A view gleaned through looking-glass (London)
2009
Twelve page artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across London Postcard Views of Note

Prepare to scamper from Tower Bridge fish a-leaping to the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, but, as you play the tourist, be ever mindful that these postcard views are detachable in this artists' book.

(III)
Meet me at the Opéra Theatre and hand in hand we'll go through the streets of Paris (Paris Vues Artistiques)
2009
Sixteen page artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of Paris, Vues Artistiques et Panoramiques (établissements papeghin, 24 rue des petites, Paris, France)

In this artists' book with its the monochrome photographic views of Parisian landmarks neatly displayed as tourist's souvenir to pocket, proportion has once more become a source of play as animals enter stage right. Though the gilt lettering on the cover is now faded, the path ahead holds promise.

(IV)
Exhausting all possible avenues (Abbay d'Aulne, Bruxelles)
2009
Ten page artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of a small red-covered book of cartes vues détachables of Abbay d' Aulne, Bruxelles (Ern. Thill, lve, Simonis, 20–22, Bruxelles)

In the ruins, papered characters try to blend, some more successfully than others, in this artists' book now in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

(V)
Spending the night (Hotel Stenton, Philadelphia)
2009
Twelve page artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of a small booklet for the European Plan at the Hotel Stenton on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, PA

The Hotel Stenton no longer stands, but history tells us that the Hotel Stenton "offered lodging for $2 and upward per day on the European plan and $4 and upward per day on the American Plan. The European Plan usually covered the cost of the room whereas the American plan covered the cost of both the room and meals at the hotel" (Staying in Philadelphia: The Hotel Stenton and Hotel Walton).

 

MORE THAT I WAS LED TO BELIEVE (AMSTERDAM)

Gracia Haby
More than I was led to believe (Amsterdam)
2009
Sixteen page artists' book, unique state, featuring collage elements and pencil across the pages of Amsterdam

 

Sixteen blue sky landscapes of Amsterdam, it begins with a Pampas deer in pursuit at the Palais Nieuwe Kerk, an Addax at the Centraal Station, and a leaping tiger at the Rijks Museum. Other animals include a Dromedary, a Snow leopard, a precariously placed African ass in Reguliersgracht, an inquisitive Golden hamster, several birds of varied plumage, and a Giant anteater, the largest of its family, in Prinzengracht. It was exhibited as part of A key to help make your own world visible (2009).