Vashon Island, WA: 2014. Artist's book, one of a series of 50, each copy with variations, all on Arches Text Wove and BFK papers, with occasional Japanese paper interleaves, signed and dated by the artist, Suzanne Moore. In addition, there is projected a deluxe edition limited to the first 5 with additional hand-lettered pages, to be priced at $7,000. Page size: 11-1/4 x 15-1/4 inches; 35pp. Bound by the artist: custom-dyed black Cave Paper, tooled in gold and silver gilt arabesques, almost forming circles with lines and circles radiating out from center, housed in custom-made black cloth over boards, felt-lined clamshell box with grey paper label printed in black with the title and artist's name, highlighted with red and gold gilt circles by the artist.
The book is accomplished in a variety of mediums: original painting and drawing as well as silkscreen prints, with texts in wood and metal types (from the types of the Springtide Press) and polymer plate letterpress printing, embossing, and gold foil and 23k gold leaf, all by noted artist and calligrapher, Suzanne Moore. Ms. Moore collaborated on the letterpress printing with Jessica Spring of Springtide Press. While the book is an edition, the amount of hand work makes each copy slightly different. The reader / viewer is taken on a heady ride of visual images and words that are in the traditional linear format of a book: turn the page and move forward. However, the repetition of circles on each page, either as "zero" in various shapes and sizes printed in black, or as they appear in the painted images as giant circular swirls in a myriad of colors, or multiple combinations of text and image forming intriguing and provocative images, leads the reader / viewer around to zero, subverting or enhancing or furthering the linear concept of the book (reader's choice!). As an example of the complexity of this intriguing book, the opening text page spread is a series of zeros and printed text (by Moore and Denis Guedj) on a white ground. Ten pages later, the same design of zeros and text blocks (text now by Gregory Orr and Moore) is on a black ground. Of course, it looks completely different than the same art and printed text on the white ground - or does it? Coming full circle indeed!
Suzanne Moore started investigating the complex history of the simple digit, "0" in two earlier commissioned artist's books, ZERO, FACES OF THE VOID (2007), and ZERO: CYPHER OF INFINITY (2009). In this edition book, she investigates concepts and controversy around Zero. She has incorporated texts by Denis Guedj, Charles Seife, the A. E. Stallings translation of Lucretius, Sir Isaac Newton, Victoria Finlay, Gregory Orr, Wassily Kandinsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson. She ties this seemingly disparate group of authors / scientists together with her own words, pointing out the alarmingly limitless possibilities of Zero. These texts present questions that explore the complex history and eternal mystery of the void taken from science, philosophy, calculation, and symbology all interpreted through art and text. A most beautiful book! Item #10101