East Hampton: 2015. Artist's book, unique but one in a series (each different) with text of Whitman's CROSSING BROOKLYN FERRY, from LEAVES OF GRASS on Arches paper for the art and brown St. Armand linen paper for the handwritten text, signed by the artist on the colophon. Page size: 10-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches; 52pp. Bound: tan wrappers with title lettered in stenciled outline, black ink filled with silver gilt ink, housed in green paper wrapper, in green silk over boards clamshell box with hand-painted blue label on front panel showing ferry and blue paper label on spine with title and author and artist and image of a steam-powered ferry.
In each of these books, the artist takes inspiration from Whitman's verse which repeats words and phrases. Here he uses archival photo fragments in sepia and black and white photographs of ferries and docks and dockyards, assembled on hand-drawn grid as if a contact sheet. These (rectos) are combined with India inks and collages (versos) on black grounds highlighted with white, green, and orange. The hand-written text in black ink is interleaved between two collage and photo folios. The artist's repetition mirrors Whitman's verse. The artist notes that "Whitman probes the future gathering Life's passengers, those present and those to come, in a luminous vision of shared humanity." Item #11074