The Square. Emily McVarish. Granary Books. 2009.
The Square. Emily McVarish. Granary Books. 2009.
The Square. Emily McVarish. Granary Books. 2009.
The Square. Emily McVarish. Granary Books. 2009.

The Square.

Granary Books, 2009. Item #GB_144

8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in., 64 pp., cloth and paper over boards.

Into screen-studded, phone-riddled public space, The Square introduces a figure intent on capturing an everyday scene. Among the vacuums of telepresence and dislocations of real-time, in the face of a multiplied oblivion of “setting,” this allegorizing figure counts on material detail to sum up a whole for which it will come to stand. Yet the moment will not be framed as such. Even within the grid of the daily, everything marks its own time. The resulting composition is not an image but a score.

Blind-stamped pages, scattered holes, perpetual calendar parts, pedestrian video stills, dotted lines, and overturned letter-blocks extend and perform The Square’s three texts.

The Square was written, designed, handset, and printed letterpress by Emily McVarish. Quarter cloth binding with printed paper over boards by John DeMerritt with McVarish. This is from an edition of 45 copies, of which 10 are hors commerce and 35 for sale; each signed by the artist. Out-of-print.

Pictured: cover; pp. 8–9; 42-43; and 56–57.

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