Too Much Bliss.
Granary Books, 1992. Item #GB_20
9 x 12 in., 46 pp., cloth over boards, clamshell box.
“I’ve been circling this book like a suspicious cat for the past month, not daring to form an opinion about an object that is so much an extension of the artist that only his physical presence is missing. Henrik Drescher... has poured his guts into Too Much Bliss. There they are, in the form of contorted creatures, floating body parts, exploded decoration, splattered watercolor, collage, cryptic messages written in an elegantly clumsy hand, sheets of latex, and ‘ornamentalities’ by Lauren Drescher. He describes all this as ‘scars, tattoos, cracks, memories, impressions, flashbacks, forgotten instructions,’ or as is written on the last page, ‘everything at once.’ ”
–Barbara Tetenbaum, Bookways
“This book has the look of some manic, encyclopedic new age Sears and Roebuck mail order catalogue of all the elements that ever existed in the course of organic history and human memory.”
Printed letterpress by Philip Gallo at The Hermetic Press on Rives BFK, with extensive collage, drawing, cutting and painting, and several latex pages. Bound in cloth over boards by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. Housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box by Jill Jevne. This is from an edition of 41 copies, of which there are 10 hors commerce, 6 artist's proofs, and 25 for sale; each signed by the artist. Out-of-print. Fine condition.
Pictured: cover; pp. 1–2; 3–4; 5–6; 7–8; and 29–30.
Further reading: Tetenbaum, Barbara. "Too Much Bliss Review." Bookways 43 (January 1993).
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