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Production Narrative

by B. Freeman

This being the inaugural edition of The Journal of Artists’ Books, it is appropriate to offer a statement of purpose. Artists’ books have come of age. This is increasingly evidenced in the number of mature artists whose primary medium is artists’ books, the many public and private collections, exhibitions, college level classes, and texts about artists’ books. JAB will be a forum for serious and lively debate about artists/ books and the contents within them. Buy more artists’ books. They’re cheap. (Excerpt from front page). With the strength of many supple limbs the tree grows tall. We envision JAB to be a collective enterprise. It will be published on an irregular basis depending on finances, submissions, enthusiasm, scheduling of other projects, day jobs, etc. We encourage potential contributors to submit texts and/or images to the editorial board with the following strict guidelines; SASE with Mac disk, Microsoft Word and/or hard copy, black and white images (up to 8 ½ “x 11”). Utmost care will be taken with all materials but we are not responsible for any damage or loss. (Excerpt from back page). JAB was founded in 1994 in order to encourage lively and serious debate about artists' books. Our mission is to develop the field of artists' books by means of critical discourse and creative exploration of the intersections of book arts, artists' books, poetry, photography, experimental literature, and other book related creative endeavors. As a forum for the study of artists' books, JAB publishes articles, reviews of artists' books and exhibitions, and commentary on conferences as well as other book arts-related activities. JAB also documents current activity through interviews with artists, showcases creative work in the form of artists' statements and artist-designed pages, inserts, and covers.

Critical Analysis

by B. Freeman

Design Features

typographic: Overall, the text is presented in a two-column format with traditional use of font size and weight to call attention to particular passages within the articles; however, there is a large, overprinted, independent verse spanning the even pages.

imagery: Contains drawn and collaged artists’ pages. There are photographs of three installation pieces discussed in Brad Freeman’s article.

graphical: Traditional two column format with illustrations and illustrative photos. There are also artists’ collage pages.

Journal of Artists’ Books JAB

title note: [B. Freeman]

Agents

Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
artist
author
binder
designer
photographer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States

location:

dates:
birth: 1951-01-23


Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
artist
author
binder
designer
photographer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States

location:

dates:
birth: 1951-01-23

note: [B. Freeman]


Joe Elliot

type: other

role:
artist
author ReViewing the Subway as a Book


Melissa Dawn Watson

type: other

role:
artist JAB logo and Innie & Outie drawing

nationality:
active: United States


Johanna Drucker

type: other

role:
artist Beuzenbub, Sprouts ‘n Malevich


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Place Interplanetary Productions

place: New York, NY

dates:
publication: Spring 1994

edition size: Approximately 400

Measurements

horizontal: 8.5 inches closed

vertical: 11 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)

binding: other Folded

media:
ink (local)

other materials:

Appearance

general description: Pamphlet with cover and text pages printed on Mohawk Superfine.

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Cover contains masthead, JAB logo, inaugural statement of purpose, and the beginnings of the two articles continued within.

color: no

enclosures:
item:

Content

pagination: paginated 12

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

With the strength of many supple limbs the tree grows tall. We envisioned JAB to be a collective enterprise. It will be published on an irregular basis depending on finances, submissions, enthusiasm, scheduling of other projects, day jobs, etc. We encourage potential contributors to submit texts and/or images to the editorial board with the following strict guidelines; SASE with Mac disk, Microsoft Word and/or hard copy, bolack and white images (up to 8.5” x 11”). Utmost care will be taken with all materials but we are not responsible for any damage or loss. If you would like to receive more copies of this issue of JAB (vol. 1, no. 1) and/or the next issue (due Fall ’94 probably) send $2.00 for each copy plus .75 handling to the address below. Special promo copies are available upon request. BRAD FREEMAN INTERPLANETARY PRODUCTIONS 601 W 115 ST #94 NEW YORK NY 10025 USA (212) 316 – 4652 Publisher, printer, computer stuff, art direction – Brad Freeman Editorial Board – Johanna Drucker, Joe Elliot, BF JAB logo and Innie & Outtie drawing – Melissa Dawn Watson B&B* (Beuzenbub), Sprouts ‘n Malevich – Johanna Drucker & BF