Anonymous Stellar Ravines. Will Alexander, Byron Baker. Granary Books. 2024.
Anonymous Stellar Ravines. Will Alexander, Byron Baker. Granary Books. 2024.
Anonymous Stellar Ravines. Will Alexander, Byron Baker. Granary Books. 2024.
Anonymous Stellar Ravines. Will Alexander, Byron Baker. Granary Books. 2024.

Anonymous Stellar Ravines.

Granary Books, 2024. Item #3645

12 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. cloth-covered clamshell box, with 77 loose pages laid in.

Anonymous Stellar Ravines comprises 75 “telepathic eruptions”—Will Alexander’s poetic responses to Byron Baker’s ink drawings. The original collaboration included 327 “visual scripts” by Baker, to which Alexander contributed improvisational responses.

Of the project, Alexander writes:

"Anonymous Stellar Ravines formed within the scale was telepathic autoignition. It ignited via no externalized scripting evolved from super-imposed density. Not unlike Sri Aurobindo’s psychic identity via the Adesh. A telepathic self-governing that spontaneously erupts from the mind terrestrially applicable to lock and key. My condensed written inscriptions were simultaneous with Byron’s visual insights. Thus, inner audition became one with the visual field at sempiternal scale. There existed no psychic residue, no foreclosed drafting by mistake. There was no irregularity within our collective mental field. What persisted was an unforeseen genetic bonding that persists within nature. Not a superimposed hallucinatory amalgam but instantaneous yield not unlike sharks in water or trees from soil being telepathic inevitability that formed sempiternal lightning on Earth."

This is Alexander’s first artist’s book, though he collaborated with artist Baker in a prior work, The Codex Mirror (2014), which Cornel West described as “powerful and poignant,” bringing “together two great artists who take us on a journey so badly needed in our dark times.” Alexander’s recent book, Refractive Africa, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2022.

The pages were printed in Los Angeles by E&T Graphics, including tipped-on digital prints of Baker's drawings. The title and colophon pages were printed by Aardvark Letterpress. Cloth-covered clamshell boxes were fabricated by Charlene Matthews, and assistance to the project was provided by Armand Kossayan. Published by Granary Books in New York City.

This is from an edition of 25 copies, plus 2 copies hors commerce, numbered and signed. As new.



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