Daily Archives: May 7, 2008

Horse and Buggy Press

So why not consider a revolutionary if not long-forgotten information concept: a book; a book whose pages have texture that can be felt; a book whose letters make a slight indentation in the paper yet jump off the page; a book with hand-stitched binding.

“I’m trying to get people to see a book as an aesthetic artifact, not as a generic container,” says Dave Wofford, who operates the one-man letterpress Horse and Buggy Press. “I like the concept of attention to detail, tactileness, intimacy. To me books can’t be beat for those things.

via The Durham News

Horse and Buggy Press

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Punk rock rural

“Punk was a time and a place,” she said, “a pinpointed moment that will never be re-created or re-established, but its influence is really legendary at this point, much more than anybody ever thought it would be.”

But Cervenka isn’t looking back from Los Angeles, her former home. No, the queen of L.A. punk moved to Jefferson City in 2006 to create collage art in a large barn. She writes, and she is still making music.

“When you live in a big city your whole adult life, it’s nice to get away,” she explained, “and I didn’t grow up in a big city; I grew up in small towns.”

Cervenka now enjoys the luxuries of rural life, appreciating her limestone house and the black Angus cows that dot her horizon.

via Columbia Tribune

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One Day Poem Pavilion


The results of an extensive exploration with shadows, the One Day Poem Pavilion demonstrates the poetic, transitory, site-sensitive and time-based nature of light and shadow.

Using a complex array of perforations, the pavilion’s surface allows light to pass through creating shifting patterns, which–during specific times of the year–transform into the legible text of a poem. The specific arrangements of the perforations reveal different shadow-poems according to the solar calendar: a theme of new-life during the summer solstice, a reflection on the passing of time at the period of the winter solstice.

The time-based nature of the poem–and the visitor’s time-based encounters with it–allow viewers to have different experiences either seeing a stanza of the poem or getting the whole poem. All of these possible experiences are equally valuable and have meanings unique to the individual. This technique has the potential for producing particular effects and meanings within an architectural environment. Without the use of a source of power other than the sun, this project uses light and shadow to push the boundaries of communication and experiential delight. [Watch the time lapse video here.]

by Jiyeon Song | hat tip J-Walk

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Eye Rhymes purports to be the first book to examine Plath’s visual art and to “gauge that art in relation to her heralded literary career,” and it does feature artworks of hers that have never been published before. But mostly, it’s another look at Sylvia Plath’s development as a poet.

via Bookslut’s Plathophilia: Rereading Sylvia

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Walt Whitman at Eye Level

In Bartlett’s depiction one of Whitman’s eyes appears larger than the other, as if he has given you an all-knowing wink. That feeling—as if he has just let you in on the biggest secret in the world—is exactly how I feel each time I revisit his poetry and find something new about the poet, the world, and ultimately, myself.

via Eye Level

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