Tucson, AZ: 2022. Artist's book, one of 15 copies with 3 variant AP copies, all on cherry veneers and abaca paper by Tom Balbo at Morgan Conservatory, each signed and numbered by the artist, Donald Glaister. Bound: by the artist in full black morocco with cherry veneer inset panels on front and back, front panel veneer with collage of paper, metal, Mylar and acrylic paint, each page hinged for flat opening of page spreads, headbands of orange and green, black endpapers made by the artist with his distinctive abstract designs, housed in custom-made cloth box. Page size: 14 x 12 inches; 46pp. including colophon. The text, is from the preface of the 1855 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, intact and without breaks or rearrangement, provided by Mark McMurray. Set and printed by Jessica Spring of Springtide Press in Tacoma.
The artist writes that COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS was conceived, edited and produced as a response to social and political American life in the early 21st century, with guidance from Walt Whitman in the middle of the 19th century. The visual concepts, materials, and techniques developed and employed in the edition are primarily of our time, while acknowledging the time, vision, genius and humanity of Whitman. Each page of text is followed by a page spread which visually relates to that text, then the next page of text , visual page and so on.
Whitman's instructions are simple in appearance only ("Love the earth and sun and animals,..." ) are paired with complex and abstract art, forcing the reader / viewer to revisit Whitman's dictums. This is a book for our time, inspired by the pandemic years full of incomplete instructions. Item #11612