by Harry Reese
"Making art is a kind of research, an investigation of what we know, what we don't know, and something in-between. My prints are meditations on some of these thoughts and possibilities... What interests me is that each thunder can be considered as representing a compression of words, puns, images, suggestions, and inferences that correspond to a particular technological period in the history of western civilization and culture." - Harry Reese
Funagainstawake plays on the satirical intent of the novel in which language is used inventively to entertain and to wake up its readers. This book concentrates on issues of language, technology, and artistic vision as presented in James Joyce's classic work Finnegans Wake, published in 1939. The "ten thunders," or one hundred-letter words, from Joyce's book provide source material and titles for this series of monotypes. Reese's examination of Finnegans Wake has been shaped by the work of Marshall McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Bob Dobs, and by artists such as John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Dick Higgins
Each book contains ten monotypes and a letterpress text printed by the artist in his studio in Isla Vista, California, with an original image on vinyl for the title page. Bound in cloth-covered wire-edge hinging structure with hand-colored boards by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. Housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box by Jill Jevne. Signed by Harry Reese. 10 hors commerce, 20 for sale.