Granary Books, 1996. Item #GB_41
10 x 12 1/2 in., 42 pp., cloth over boards.
“The current tension of the book reflects the present tense of electronic media continuing to come into being. This is not a contrast between the space of the real and the space of the virtual, but between two modes of imaginative life for thought, language, and the eye, each competing to determine the relations of history, language, and thought. As the page was once written, so the monitor redraws itself. The new temporal logic of history still remains to be seen. Here the transcript is watched and watching its viewers who struggle to preserve some illusion of participation in the process. Where will the marginalia appear, the annotations of the reader, if the history which writes itself in the future is always on the inside of a glass surface which resists inscription? Whose idea will have been a moment on the screen and whose impressed on the receptive pages of a more tangible memory when both are proved to be material traces of the elusive, immaterial-seeming, process of thought?”
–Johanna Drucker, from exhibition booklet for installation of "The Corona Palimpsest"
Based on the eponymous video/book installation made by the artist team Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, The Corona Palimpsest contains a printed collage of video stills, newspapers, art history books, and magazines, with handpainting by the artists.
Handpainted by Ligorano and Reese using stencils and paste paper methods, with letterpress, offset, and collage. Collages printed letterpress on 120 gm Arches text laid by Joe Elliot and Anne Noonan at Soho Letterpress. Stills printed offset on Yu-jade. Bound in cloth over boards by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. This is from an edition of 40 copies, of which 10 are hors commerce and 30 are for sale; each signed by Ligorano/Reese. As new.
Pictured: cover; pp. 3–4; 11–12; 17–18; and 31–32.