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Production Narrative

by B. Freeman

If everything goes as planned, JAB4 was imageset and printed by BF at SUNY Purchase, Center for Editions, September, 1995. Design, etc. by BF. Melissa Watson did the JAB logo. 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.

JAB4: The Journal of Artists' Books

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 interior front and back covers
author “Interview with Joan Lyons” and “Rambling Rant: Travels, Video, Typophiles…Books?”
publisher
designer
printer


Janet Zweig

type: other

role:
author “All Dressed Up With No Place To Go: The Failure of Artists' Books”


Johanna Drucker

type: other

role:
author “Critical Necessities”


Phil Zimmerman

type: other

role:
author “A Few Observations”


Anne Moeglin-Delcroix

type: other

role:
author “A Mass Produced Object of High Order”


Renee Riese Hubert

type: other

role:
author “Bertrand Dorny at the Musee Pompidou”


Darren Wershler-Henry

type: other

role:
artist Artist's Pages 23, 24, and 25 (excerpts from NICHOLODEON: a book of lowerglyphs)


Clive Phillpot

type: other

role:
author Letter to JAB


Clifton Meador

type: other

role:
artist front and back exterior covers (collaboration with Kevin Bradley of Hatch Show Print)
author “Hatch Show Print,” printer - front and back exterior covers (collaboration with Kevin Bradley)


Kevin Bradley

type: other

role:
artist front and back exterior covers (collaboration with Clifton Meador)
printer front and back exterior covers (collaboration with Clifton Meador)


Melissa Watson

type: other

role:
artist JAB logo


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: JAB

place: JAB, 324 Yale Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06515; Printed at SUNY Purchase Center for Publications

dates:
publication: 1995-00-00 September 1995

edition size: 500

note: Numbered on inside back cover [K. Shewmaker]

Measurements

horizontal: 8.5 inches closed

vertical: 11 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)
letterpress (local)

binding: saddle stitching (AAT)

media:
ink (local)

Appearance

general description: Pamphlet with offset printed text block and interior cover and letterpress printed exterior cover.

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Letterpress printed in chartreuse, red, and black, the exterior front and back covers were designed and printed as a collaborative by Clifton Meador and Hatch Show Print's Kevin Bradley in Hatch Show Print's legendary Nashville, TN shop. Various size faces of the local talent are printed primarily in chartreuse with additional accent portraits overprinted in black and red. Also overprinted in red and black are two iterations of the JAB title - one, using initials, in shadow-effect, western-style woodtype, and the other in all caps and spelled out. The issue number, four, is also dually noted - once as a numeral and once via the alphabet. The interior front and back covers are offset printed and feature a series of photographs stitched together to form a single landscape shot of Helen Douglas, Johanna Drucker and Telfer Stokes frolicking through Scotland's Yarrow Valley in June of 1995. The photo was taken and layout designed by Brad Freeman.

color: yes The exterior front and back covers are letterpress printed in chartreuse, red, and black.

Content

pagination: paginated 32 pages

numbered?: numbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

If everything goes as planned, JAB4 was imageset and printed by BF at SUNY Purchase, Center for Editions, September, 1995. Design, etc., by BF. Melissa Watson did the JAB logo.