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Production Narrative

by B. Freeman

JAB9 was imageset and offset printed at the Center for Editions, Purchase College SUNY, Feb. & March 1998. The text & Cover are Mohawk Superfine. Inge Bruggeman letterpress printed the cover in Santa Barbara. 550 copies approx. 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. Page numbers, when present, vary in size, placement on the page, and opacity.

imagery: Contains drawn and collaged artists' pages. Also features images of and from several books discussed (see related works).

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

JAB9: 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:
author “General Theories of the Artist Book: Ulises Carrion/El Lissitzky/ et al.”
designer
publisher
printer


Inge Bruggeman

type: other

role:
artist Interior and exterior front and back covers.


Cynthia Young

type: other

role:
author “La Symphonie Silencieuse by Jean-Claude Gotting.”


Gary Sullivan

type: other

role:
author “No Problem, Brother! By Roy Villevoye/Between the Two by Helen Douglas.”


Victoria Sancho

type: other

role:
author “John Baldessari”


Johanna Drucker

type: other

role:
author “Books as a Way of Life: Rosmarie & Keith Waldrop.”


Ted Purves

type: other

role:
author “Contingency and the Ontic Book: Some Readings of an Artist's Book by J.H. Kochman”


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: JAB

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

dates:
publication: 1998-00-00 February and March, 1998

edition size: approximately 550

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: The cover for JAB9 was designed and letterpress printed by Inge Bruggeman of INK-A! Press in Santa Barbara, California. The design is based on Geoffrey Tory's Champfleury (1529), but with a modern twist. Tory went to what now micht seem a humers, yet valiant, extreme with his investigations into the symbolic poperties of letters. This desire (need? To create (impose?) order and meaning onto the objects around us is what inspired the cover design. Although the cover is meant to be humorous, it also addresses the notion that such an extreme need to impose order on letter forms can result in the imposition of political and social order as well.

color: yes The exterior front and back covers are letterpress printed in color. Page 25 is offset printed in color.

Content

pagination: paginated 32 pages

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

JAB9 was imageset and offset printed at the Center for Editions, Purchase College SUNY, Feb. & March 1998. The text & Cover are Mohawk Superfine. Inge Bruggeman letterpress printed the cover in Santa Barbara. 550 copies approx.