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Production Narrative

by B. Freeman

If everything goes as planned JAB8 was imageset and printed at the Center for Editions, Purchase College SUNY, Oct. 1997. 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.

imagery: Contains several examples of the works discussed in the various articles. The cover was designed by Phil Zimmermann. The colophon features a photograph of publisher Brad Freeman as the JAB Repo Man.

graphical: Traditional two column format with illustrative images.

Journal of Artists’ Books JAB 8

Agents

Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
designer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States

dates:
birth: 1951-01-23


Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
designer
printer
publisher

nationality:
born: United States

dates:
birth: 1951-01-23


Phil Zimmermann

type: other

role:
artist front and back interior and exterior cover


Janet Zweig

type: other

role:
author “Ars Combinatoria and the Book"


Didier Mathieu

type: other

role:
author “Flagrant Delit: The Books of Bernard Villers Edition Remorqueur”


Pattie Belle Hastings

type: other

role:
author “Cosmological Wit: The Books of Ruth Laxson and Press 63+”


Thomas Gunther

type: other

role:
author “Essential Aspects of Subculture Periodicals in the GDR and their Place in Cultural History”


Johanna Drucker

type: other

role:
author “Profile/Interview: Cathy Courtney”


Laurel Beckman

type: other

role:
author “The Problem with Role Models: Contextualizing So Cal 1970’s FemArtBooks and the Matter with Contemporary Practice”


Felix Bernstein

type: other

role:
photographer The JAB Repo Man


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Place Center for Editions

place: Purchase College SUNY

dates:
publication: 1997-10-00

edition size: 600 copies.

Measurements

horizontal: 8.5 inches closed

vertical: 11 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)

binding: saddle stitching (AAT)

media:
ink (local)

Appearance

general description: Pamphlet.

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Cover was designed by Phil Zimmermann in the style of his book Long Story Short (then a work in progress). The front exterior cover features a close-up image of a hand emerging from a narrow band of water and four blocks of text. The interior front is a cropped image of a woman lying in bed with a lower border of bamboo stalks and four sections of text. The interior back cover continues the image on the interior front cover, this time with a dirt and twig lower image and four text blocks. A similar text layout is incorporated into the back exterior cover. The image band at the bottom of the page is fire and the main image echoes the one used on the front exterior cover.

color: yes The interior and exterior covers are color images.

Content

pagination: paginated 32

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

If everything goes as planned JAB8 was imageset and printed at the Center for Editions, Purchase College SUNY, Oct 1997. 600 copies. Design and printing by BF. The Journal of Artists’ Books (ISSN 1085-1461) is published twice a year, once in Spring & once in Fall.