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[BKARTS] Artist Book Information Sheet
Following the "Drucker Gate" discussions on this list as well as
discussions at the Wellelsely ABC conference about what librarian's
need I've decided to create a one-page "Artist Book Information Sheet"
for each of my artist books. I am intending to send this sheet to each
library that I sell a book to and also give it to dealers who sell my
books so that they can better explain the book and its concept in my
I'd like to post a rough draft of an early version of this information
sheet on this list in order to generate a discussion about the merits
of something like this as well as what information would be appropriate
I'm thinking that if we as book artists include this kind of material
with our books, perhaps we can push ourselves further down that road
toward documentation and review that was so hotly debated. And, how can
we artists expect librarians to pull all of this information out of
thin air? They just can't get all of the detail that Drucker proposes
from a the book itself at worst, or even a personal visit at best.
Feel free to critique this rough draft. I've included real data about a
real book so that we can talk about a tone and intent. Some of this
things I'd like to find out in this potentially painful exercise are:
Is there enough information for a librarian to catalog this book?
Are there technical details that are missing or some that shouldn't be
Is the "back story" behind the book useful? I know this should this be
unnecessary if the book was executed well enough to begin with, but in
case I miss my mark and nobody tells me, perhaps it should be included?
Will this information be truly helpful or just another sad attempt at
Here is the rough draft:
ARTIST BOOK INFORMATION SHEET
Title: Colfax Day & Night
Author/Artist/Photographer: All images and text created by Laura Russell
Binder: All binding by Laura Russell
Concept: Original concept by Laura Russell
Book Format: Two-sided spiral binding with pages opening left and
right. Daytime photo of each vintage neon sign appears of left side of
the split-page spread, and a nighttime shot of the same sign appears on
the right side.
Edition Size: 100 copies total of two production editions (quantity of
each depends on demand). This book bound on demand until edition is
Deluxe Edition: Wrap-around Plexiglas hard-backed cover and clamshell
Soft Edition: Just the interior spiral-bound structure, Mylar covers
Production Specifications: Archival digital "giclee" printing on Mohawk
Superfine paper. Black book cloth covering on deluxe edition. All
materials used are archival quality.
Size: 10” wide x 8.5” tall
Number of Pages: 19 pages on each side
Number of Images: 34 original color photographs
Signed and Numbered: Yes
Creation Date: Conceived, photographed, designed and produced in 2003
Retail Price: Deluxe edition: $375 Soft cover edition: $150
Marketing Descriptive: Colfax Avenue is an amazing street. It’s past is
a colorful history of roadside landmarks and infamous travelers. It’s
present is a different kind of colorful, still vibrant and very much
alive. Colfax Day & Night is a photographic journey down Denver’s
infamous Avenue. Nighttime and daytime photographs of fast-disappearing
vintage neon signs are presented side-by-side to see how the soul of
the street transforms day to night.
Back Story: I started taking photographs of vintage neon signs during
my years as a graphic designer. I was looking for examples of
interesting fonts or typography to use in my graphic design projects.
Now my efforts to photograph these signs are not only a study of our
graphic history, but also my own small effort to document and preserve
our ephemeral cultural landscape. Vintage neon signs are endangered by
the development and growth of our urban areas and very few preservation
efforts. Most of the signs I photograph were built between 1930 and
Colfax Avenue was the main road through Denver before I-70 was built in
the early 1960s. It was famous as a tourist stopover with kitchy hotels
and roadside attractions. And it became infamous through the writings
of authors such as Jack Kerouac. Denverite's still claim their beloved
Colfax to be "the longest continuous street in America" as it travels
more than 20 miles though the heart of downtown Denver from the
foothills to the plains. Today, parts of Colfax are enjoying a
redevelopment boom, which threatens its aging strip joints, cheap
motels, dive bars and liquor stores. Sadly, this intriguing visual and
cultural landscape will slowly fade into the sunset.
I shot the photographs for this book during my last few months living
in Denver. As we prepared to move to the Pacific Northwest, I became
very sentimental for this town that I called home for almost 20 years.
I felt a need to shoot these signs as if they were friends I would
never see again. I will always miss Colfax Avenue and its vibrant soul.
So, what do you think? This document would travel with the actual book.
If some of my descriptions are unclear you can see the book on my web
site at: www.laurarussell.net/Colfax.html
Thanks for your help with this. I truly would appreciate any ideas for
making this more useful.
Have a good day,
Edelpappband / "Millimeter" Binding Bind-O-Rama, Entry Deadline - October 1, 2005
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