by T. Shaw
VSW Press Founder Joan Lyons and the artist are obvious resources for an accurate production narrative of this title.
by T. Shaw
imagery: The relatively crude shapes and slightly jaggy lines of linoleum cut make up all of the imagery, jirating black bodies, waves, fireworks, and of course, stars and stripes.
graphical: The design is full bleed imagery on every page. There is no text, only visuals. Color makes for chapter divisions in the work.
openings: Openings are consistent throughout. With the exception of a half-title page, each opening is one stage of an animated sequence of graphic imagery.
turnings: The turnings are varied spread to spread to engage the reader in the visual narrative running through the book. Graphic elements on the fore-edge of a page spread are often connectors linking to the next space.
development: The book develops from visuals which expressively communicate chaos, then violence, classification/segregation, then celebration, representation, and interventionism, and resumption all told through dancing, performance-like graphic elements.
sequence: Visual themes--waves/water, strips/stripes, fireworks--are sequenced through movement and alteration
textual: The dancing black bodies act like textual components to tell the story.
structure: There are divisions where one motif is moving into another made obvious and singled-out by color.
This work promotes a person-centric view of the flag icon, rather than its symbolism of divisions by boundaries (e.g. the stars are created from "people" rather than standing for states, etc.). Moreover, through the first person possesive of the book's title, we are aware of the artist problematizing personal identity through the work. In its own simple way, it takes an interventionist stance with regard to a national symbol.
note: [T. Shaw]
Visual Studies Workshop Press
location: Rochester, New York
edition type: editioned
publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press
place: Rochester, New York
edition size: 700
vertical: 5 inches closed
horizontal: 4 inches closed
binding: smyth sewing (AAT) Perfect Bound
format: codex (AAT)
color: yes three colors: red, black, blue
pagination: unpaginated 64