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.
by B. Freeman
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
born: United States
author “General Theories of the Artist Book: Ulises Carrion/El Lissitzky/ et al.”
artist Interior and exterior front and back covers.
author “La Symphonie Silencieuse by Jean-Claude Gotting.”
author “No Problem, Brother! By Roy Villevoye/Between the Two by Helen Douglas.”
author “John Baldessari”
author “Books as a Way of Life: Rosmarie & Keith Waldrop.”
author “Contingency and the Ontic Book: Some Readings of an Artist's Book by J.H. Kochman”
edition type: editioned
place: 324 Yale Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06515; Printed at SUNY Purchase Center for Publications
publication: 1998-00-00 February and March, 1998
edition size: approximately 550
horizontal: 8.5 inches closed
vertical: 11 inches closed
binding: saddle stitching (AAT)
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.
pagination: paginated 32 pages
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.