Turning Leaves of Mind. Ligorano/Reese, Gerrit Lansing. Granary Books. 2003.

Turning Leaves of Mind.

Granary Books, 2003. Item #GB_115

6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in., 80 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.

Turning Leaves of Mind by New York-based artist team Ligorano/Reese and poet Gerrit Lansing is a full-color conceptual essay and artists’ book based on photo-documentation of Spanish bookbindings from the 13th to the 18th century, undertaken by Nora Ligorano through Fulbright and Kress Foundation grants. Photos of ancient books from the major libraries and archives of Spain are subtly transformed into abstract objects. The artists enlarged, cropped, and manipulated these images to recontextualize the surface ornamentation and structural design of these early books. Marshall Reese’s and Gerrit Lansing’s poetic texts interpose the exquisite visual elements, creating a meditation on the word and writing. Turning Leaves of Mind is a testament to the book as the most elegant information storage and retrieval mechanism ever invented.

This is from an edition of 700 copies in wrappers, of which 26 were specially bound in leather by Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage, lettered and signed by Ligorano/Reese and Gerrit Lansing. The lettered copies are accompanied by a portfolio of digital prints. The edition in wrappers is out-of-print.



Further reading: 
collected reviews and press, including Jason Weiss in ARTNewsUmbrella Reviews, and Nancy Princenthal in Art On Paper.

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