by K. Shewmaker
JAB20 contains the announcement from Brad Freeman: JAB will cease as a periodical after this current issue. However, JABBooks will continue to publish artist books – the next will be Nether Wallop due for publication in 2004. The decision to quit publishing JAB was difficult and long and I remain somewhat conflicted. We’ve had an unexpectedly good ten-year run of twenty issues on what started out to be a one-shot deal. At first the purpose of JAB was to serve as a vent to get somethings off my chest. It seemed there were some rather uninteresting or contrived books getting a lot of attention and I wanted to feature work by serious artists who were making books in a rigourous and sustained manner. (Statement continues, for full text see JAB20 pp. 1-2.) The film for JAB20 was imageset through a production grant at the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, NY. JAB20 was printed at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts. The cover was designed by Ruth Laxson and printed in 175 lpi duotone at Nexus Press, Atlanta. All design and offset printing was done by BF. The paper is Opus Dull at approximately 500 copies. 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 K. Shewmaker
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: Features images of and from several books discussed (see related works).
graphical: Traditional two column format with illustrations and illustrative photos.
JAB20: The Journal of Artists' Books
born: United States
author “Last JAB, Book of Ruth, MCBA/Bolger Concept to Print Residency,”
artist front and back interior and exterior covers
author “Thinking about Ten Years of JAB.”
Mary Jo Pauly
author “A Centering, of Sorts: The Evolving Idea of Minnesota Center for Book Arts.”
author “Alter – Aesthetics.”
author “In the Context of Reading.”
edition type: editioned
place: Nexus Press, Atlanta, GA
publication: 2003-00-00 Fall 2003
edition size: approximately 500
horizontal: 8.5 inches closed
vertical: 11 inches closed
binding: saddle stitching (AAT)
general description: Pamphlet with offset printed pages and letterpress printed cover(s). The paper is Opus Dull.
format: pamphlet (AAT)
cover: The interior and exterior front and back covers were designed by Ruth Laxson and are collaged sketches including abstracted human figures, handwritten text, reptiles, insects, and musical notations.
color: yes The segment, “JAB Covers, 1994-2003” is printed in color.
pagination: paginated 40 pages
The film for JAB20 was imageset through a production grant at the Institute for Elextronic Arts at Alfred University, NY. Special thanks to Jeseph Scheer, Jesse Schiffrin, Pere Bode, Joome and Mark Klingensmith at IEA. JAB20 was printed at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Special thanks to Lori Spencer and Patty Smith at UArts. The cover was designed by Ruth Laxson and printed in 175 lpi duotone at Nexus Press, Atlanta. All design and offset printing was by BF. The Paper is Opus Dull at approximately 500 copies. All JABs are copyrighted and may not be copied, excerpted, reprinted, etc., except by permission from the publisher (apologies to Guy Debord).