Granary Books, 1997. Item #GB_50BFK
12 x 14 in., 11 pp., printed on Rives BFK paper.
“It’s a thought-provoking work in taking the incomplete project from the already completed photographs, and using the bare bones of the images as a basis for liquid and simple line drawings which distill down to the essence of a photograph—more often than not the person photographed...The book ends up being ‘ghostly’ in the truest sense of the word: the two artists inspired by the incomplete project (incompleteness being one of them most inspiring and proto-creative states) consisting of photographic bones and transforming these bones into subjective ‘words’ which themselves become drawings—responsive to the traced and transmuted images of the photographs, what the words ‘say’ becomes ethereal.”
–Marcella Durand, The Poetry Project Newsletter
This project is based on traced sketches of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs made by George Schneeman for a collaboration he planned with Ginsberg. After Ginsberg’s death, Schneeman and Anne Waldman converted the tracings into this homage. The words were generated by Waldman and handwritten by Schneeman. The portfolio consists of 10 collaborative works plus the colophon, housed either in a cloth-covered folder (for those printed on BFK) or a cloth-covered clamshell box (for those on Dieu Donné).
Printed letterpress by Philip Gallo from magnesium engravings. Boxes by Barbara Mauriello and Judith Ivry. This is from an edition of 145 copies, 100 of which are on Rives BFK (30 hors commerce, 70 for sale), and 45 on Dieu Donné handmade paper (15 hors commerce, 30 for sale), signed by Schneeman and Waldman. This is no. 43 of 100 on Rives BFK paper. As new.
ABOUT ANNE WALDMAN
ABOUT GEORGE SCHNEEMAN
Pictured: cover and four pages.
Further reading: Durand, Marcella. Poetry Project Newsletter, Issue #166, October/November 1997.