This week, all posts will be bookish, to honour the final days of David Mirvish Books.
Collecting artist books is an interest of mine, and since these books are often fabulously inexpensive, it always surprises me to find that some of my favourite editions are not sold out.
I have three books to suggest, and you can own them all for less than the price of a very cheap dinner out. Eat at home, and buy some art!
All are available at Art Metropole, itself a landmark institution in Toronto. They celebrate their 35th anniversary this year. Visit in person, or online.
Stephen Andrews, Three Hundred Sixty Five Pictures, 1998
"A beautiful and thoughtful collection of the artist's works frm 1994 to 1998. 17 b/w tipped-in images plus one unique Fingerprint portrait included with every copy. These drawings reflect on the resilience of the human spirit undaunted by the challenges of time, love and loss. Includes "Sonnets", "Album", "Fingerprints", "Personals" and "Crosswords" pieces. Essay by Cheryl Sourkes."
(Update: No longer available at Art Metropole)
Barbara Balfour, M, 1998
"Artist's book bringing together the psychological and somatic states of skin cancer and melancholy, linked etymologically to the word melanin. Includes autobiographical texts written by the artist. English and French texts with b/w images printed on sandpaper and mushroom speckled paper."
Katie Bond Pretti, Sonority of Words, 2007
"Three chapters designed to develop a narrative as the drawings progress from beginning to end. Though not containing any literal message, the lines and shapes which form each drawing direct the viewer through a sequence of events. Similar to way in which the letter-symbol elements of sound poetry necessitate that the viewer forms their own associations, this story depends upon handmade marks to express dynamics and intonation. The format of the book echoes the linear theme featuring fold-outs to accommodate larger and continuous images, while its scale maintains intimacy."